WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – President Obama welcomed Major League Soccer champions, the LA Galaxy, to the White House Tuesday. The president honored the team’s 2011 season.
But he couldn’t resist giving star player David Beckham a hard time.
“We also have a young up and comer on the team, a guy named David Beckham. I have to say I gave David a hard time. I said half his teammates could be his kids. We’re getting old, David. Although you’re holding up better than me. Last year at the age of 36, David had his best year in MLS, leading the team with 15 assists. He did it in spite of fracturing his spine halfway through the season and injuring his hamstring a week before the championship game. He is tough. In fact, it is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.”
Following the ceremony, the LA Galaxy players held a soccer clinic on the White House South Lawn for students across the country. It’s part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative to combat childhood obesity.