Packers' fans kid Bears-loving Obama

Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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MANITOWOC, Wis., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Forgive Wisconsinites for being a bit cheesy about giving Chicago Bears fan in chief President Obama a couple of Packer jerseys Wednesday.

Obama traveled to Wisconsin after the Green Bay Packers beat the da Bears in Chicago Sunday to earn a spot in Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6.

Gov. Scott Walker proffered Obama a jersey embossed with "Obama 1" on the back, while Manitowoc, Wis., Mayor James J. Schmitt presented a jersey with "Woodson 21" -- cornerback Charles Woodson's number -- to the president.

Woodson autographed the shirt, penning, "See you at the White House. Go Packers!"

"They're rubbing it in," Obama told reporters and the crowd.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs joked, "We're going to need another plane to take back all the Packer paraphernalia we're going to get today."

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