President Biden hosted a celebration with the 2021 Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Tuesday morning on the White House, persevering with a current run of celebrations with title-winning athletes.
Once once more, Tom Brady stole the present.
Mr. Brady, the Tampa quarterback who has missed a number of presidential workforce visits after profitable earlier Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, was questionable for attendance on the occasion this week. But he confirmed up on Tuesday, tanned in a darkish go well with and sun shades, strolling onto the South Lawn together with his coach, his workforce proprietor and the president himself.
Mr. Biden opened the festivities, praising the Bucs for his or her persistence in reeling off an unbeaten run to the championship after beginning the season with seven wins and 5 losses: “This is a team that didn’t fold, got up, dug deep,” the president mentioned, relishing his function as a form of cheerleader in chief. “It’s an incredible run.”
But it was Mr. Brady, the ultimate speaker and a seven-time Super Bowl winner, who snagged the headlines with a pair of political jokes that appeared to be jabs at former President Donald J. Trump, with whom Mr. Brady has shared a protracted friendship.
After a sport in opposition to Chicago final 12 months, wherein Mr. Brady momentarily forgot what down it was on the sector, Mr. Brady joked that individuals started calling him “Sleepy Tom,” a reference to Mr. Trump’s penchant for calling Mr. Biden “Sleepy Joe” through the marketing campaign.
Mr. Brady additionally invoked Mr. Trump's persevering with and baseless claims that he really gained the 2020 presidential election, which many Trump supporters proceed to consider. The quarterback mentioned many individuals didn’t consider the Buccaneers might win the championship final 12 months.
“I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think we won,” Mr. Brady mentioned.
He turned to Mr. Biden. “You understand that, Mr. President?” he mentioned.
Mr. Biden smiled.
Mr. Brady final visited the White House in 2005, and skipped visits beneath President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump.
The celebration for the Buccaneers was held in 84-degree warmth late Tuesday morning. Tampa Bay defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 earlier this 12 months to win the N.F.L. crown.
Last month, Mr. Biden welcomed the World Series champion, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to the White House when the workforce was on the town for a sequence in opposition to the Washington Nationals.