Wading into one of the most storied football rivalries,President Barack Obama saluted U.S. troops Saturday, kicking off aseries of observances marking the end of the Iraq war. As the 112thArmy-Navy game unfolded before him, Obama said: ”They’re the bestwe have to offer.”The president tossed the coin at the start of the game, visitedwounded soldiers and their families, and walked through aceremonial cadet gantlet at halftime, switching sides in thetraditional symbol of commander in chief neutrality.As he watched players exchange hits on the field, Obamareminisced about his own athletic past, noting that it was early inhigh school that he got the idea that he wasn’t cut out forfootball”I played football in 9th grade and then I realized I was morebuilt for basketball,” he said Saturday from the CBS broadcastbooth at FedEx Field. ”I was a big kid in the 8th grade and thenin the 9th grade suddenly everyone started getting a little heavierthan me.”Obama attended the game with Vice President Joe Biden and withBiden’s wife Jill. He strolled into the packed stadium, shakinghands as a song by the hard rock band AC/DC blared out of thestadium loudspeakers. F-18 jets and Apache helicopters flew information overhead.Wearing a dark suit and tie and… Read full this story
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