VIDEO: The Giants visit the White House

Yesterday, President Barack Obama welcomed the World Series champion San Francisco Giants as baseball’s “characters with character.”

Obama was joined by California lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Giants great Willie Mays. Obama noted that Mays was a 23-year-old outfielder when the Giants last won the World Series.

The President commented:

“For this team, winning the World Series means remembering their roots — especially when those roots run deep.  Last year, after all the confetti had been cleaned up and the players had gone home, Willie Mays took the trophy back to the site of the old Polo Grounds in New York.  And he visited students at P.S. 46, on the spot where the stadium once stood, and told them stories about playing stickball with the neighborhood kids all those years ago.

So that’s what this team is all about:  characters with character.  And so once again I want to congratulate this team and wish them all the best of luck in the rest of the season — unless the White Sox are in the World Series, which right now is not a sure thing.”