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Alabama Crimson Tide To Visit White House, Obama

Posted: 04/19/2012 8:31 am Updated: 04/19/2012 1:07 pm

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is playing host to the national champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team at the White House.

Obama, an avid sports fan, has followed a presidential tradition of inviting sports champions to come to Washington to be recognized for their exploits. NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was honored at the White House on Tuesday.

Obama begins his day Thursday with his regular national security briefing and will meet with senior advisers later in the Oval Office.

In the afternoon, the Crimson Tide will be honored at a South Lawn ceremony for winning their 14th national championship.

The president completes his day by attending a campaign event in the nation's capital.

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Filed by Michael Klopman  |