BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots are going to Washington. Again.
The White House announced on Thursday that President Barack Obama will honor the Super Bowl champions on April 23 at 2 p.m.READ MORE: Bail Set For Woburn Man Accused Of Accidentally Shooting Friend While Showing Off Gun
It is, of course, an honor extended to all national champions, and it will be the Patriots’ fourth trip to D.C. since April 2002.
The Patriots’ previous three White House trips — in 2002, 2004 and 2005 — all came when President George W. Bush was in office. This year will mark the team’s first visit to President Obama.
It was their visit in 2004 — following the victory over the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII — when President Bush and Bill Belichick shared this classic exchange:
President Bush: “I also appreciate so very much the coach. I don’t know what it’s like in the locker room, but I remember when you were here last year — or two years ago — and you said you were going to say a few words and you said like four words.”READ MORE: Head Of The Charles Regatta Will Return To Boston This Fall
Belichick: “I got carried away.”
President Bush enjoyed some more jokes at Belichick’s expense when the team visited in April 2005, following the Super Bowl XXXIX win over the Eagles.
President Bush: “Welcome. Well, back again. I was thinking that Coach Belichick was so comfortable coming to the Rose Garden that he might just wear one of those designer sweatshirts. I’m a little disappointed. I’m glad to see you own a tie, though.
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This time around, as in years past, the team will be lauded not only for its accomplishments on the field but also for its dedication to community service.