The reigning college football champions visited the White House today, and President Obama made the Ohio State Buckeyes feel welcome and appreciated. We may not agree with the President on all things, but he did a good job of spotlighting the defining qualities of this team of stalwarts: they were a resilient bunch who didn’t back down after some initial adversity and showed true character in winning an improbable championship.
Kish wonders why Presidents spend their valuable time visiting with sports champions and similar cultural figures. I don’t. America is about a lot more than politicians and business leaders. Our sports and sports heroes help to define us and illustrate many of the traits that we think have helped to make our country great — traits like competitiveness, grit, and drive, and a refusal to quit when the going gets tough. The Buckeyes deserved a little recognition from the nation’s Chief Executive for their unforgettable season, and kudos to President Obama for deftly handling that small but nevertheless important task.