WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin share the same goal – getting back to the White House next year.

Obama honored the Super Bowl champions on Friday, noting the similarities between the Giants' 2008 championship and its most recent triumph.

"They ended up winning with a circus catch in the fourth quarter, MVP performance by Eli Manning ... a come-from-behind win over the Patriots. So this is all starting to sound kind of like déjà vu all over again," Obama said.

In his speech, Coughlin injected some political references for a president in the heart of a re-election campaign, telling his team and guests on the South Lawn that he hoped coming back to the White House "was not a twice-in-a-lifetime experience."

"We both have a goal to get back here next year. We have a lot of work to do," Coughlin said to cheers and a pat on the back from Obama.

Coughlin noted that his team overcame a 7-7 start to win their final two regular-season games and win the NFC East. The Giants won four postseason games, capped by a 21-17 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

"Offense, defense and special teams doing their job. Each group having different objectives and motives but playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone. Wouldn't it be nice if Congress operated the same way?" Coughlin said, drawing a smile from Obama, who has frequently clashed with House Republicans.

Obama also got into the act, reminding the team that it watched a highlight reel the night before the Super Bowl set to defensive end Justin Tuck's good-luck music: Phil Collins' 1980s song, "In the Air Tonight."

"I don't know about a little Phil Collins before a big game," Obama said. "I may try that before a big meeting with Congress."

The team presented Obama with a blue No. 44 jersey and a football signed by the players.

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  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama walks with New York football Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, for a ceremony where the president honored the Super Bowl XLVI champions New York Giants.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama poses with New York football Giants, including captains, from left, Zak DeOssie, Justin Tuck, and Eli Manning during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, to honor the Super Bowl XLVI Champions.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    With the Super Bowl trophy in the foreground, and New York football Giants head coach Tom Coughlin in the background, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, during a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl XLVI Champions.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    New York football Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin speaks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the Super Bowl XLVI champions New York Giants .

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama honors the Super Bowl XLVI champions New York football Giants, Friday, June 8, 2012, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama talks with members of the New York football Giants, from left, head coach Tom Coughlin, and captians Zak DeOssie, and Justin Tuck, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, during a ceremony where the president honored the Super Bowl XLVI Champions.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama stands with New York football Giants head coach Tom Coughlin as speaks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, during a ceremony where the president honored the Super Bowl XLVI champions New York Giants.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    New York football Giants quarterback Eli Manning is seen behind the Super Bowl trophy on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the Super Bowl XLVI champions New York Giants.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama talks with New York football Giants quarterback Eli Manning during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, where the president honored the Super Bowl XLVI Champions.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with New York football Giants player Justin Tuck, center, as teammates Zak DeOssie, left, and Eli Manning, right, watch, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, where the president honored the Super Bowl XLVI Champions.

  • President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champs

    U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes the National Football League Super Bowl champions New York Giants to the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Giants defeated The New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XXXXVI.