Many aspects of the federal government are currently shut down, and that includes much of the White House staff. So, when President Trump invited the college football national champion football team, the Clemson Tigers, to the White House, he had to handle dinner arrangements on his own. To say his choice was “different” is an understatement.
After beating Alabama last week in the College Football National Championship game, and completing a 15-0 season, the team was invited to the White House by President Trump to celebrate their accomplishments.
However, due to the shutdown, much of the White House personal staff is currently furloughed.
“I had a choice,” Trump said. “Do we have no food for you? … Or do we give you some little quick salads that the First Lady will make, along with the Second Lady — they’ll make some salads.
“(No), I said, you guys aren’t into salads.”
According to White House statements, the President spent his own money to have over 1,000 fast food sandwiches and burgers brought into the White House for the team to enjoy.
“The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. “Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.”
“My challenge to the team this season was that we were gonna have to accept the challenge each week,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said at a victory parade for the team. “We called it the ‘eye of the tiger and the heart of the champion.’ And what that means is not just intensity, but focused intensity. And not just passion, but focused passion. You know it when you see it and you know it when you don’t. Every week I would come in, and I would put up tape and I’d say that ain’t it… That is. If we’re gonna get where we wanna go, it’s gonna take everyone in here accepting the challenge… You saw that Monday night out in Santa Clara, California. You saw the eye of the tiger and the heart of a champion. Especially especially in the fourth quarter, that 10:02 drive was the longest in Clemson history.
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