President Bush and nearly the entire Florida congressional delegation squeezed into the East Room at the White House today to cheer the championship Miami Heat.
Bush gave the team the presidential seal of approval for its first NBA championship, despite the fact, as he noted, "you beat a Texas team.
"I can assure you, however, then Governor Bush, the Governor of Florida, was thrilled, as were a lot of Florida fans," said Bush, noting he was joined by Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, along with Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Alcee Hastings, Robert Wexler, Ander Crenshaw, Jeff Miller, Kendrick Meek, Ron Klein and Tim Mahoney.
"These players did something that they weren't supposed to do," Bush said. ‘‘Remember, they went into the Eastern Conference championship as the underdog...They weren't supposed to win. And they did something no team has done in nearly 30 years, which is win four straight, and become the NBA champs. And your fans are really proud of you."
The full remarks and a video of the event are here:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/02/20070227-7.html