The White House is a friend of U.S. Soccer. The men's and women's national teams have visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on multiple occasions, and Vice President Joe Biden attended the USA vs England match in South Africa in 2010 and the USA vs. Ghana match in Brazil. As such, President Barack Obama turned out Tuesday to take in USA vs. Belgium with fellow White House employees.
It started off...awkwardly. Obama entered the watch party while admirably trying to lead a rendition of "I Believe," only mistakenly changing "will" win to a less-optimistic "can" win (to be fair, his campaign slogan was "Yes We Can!" not "Yes We Will!"):
After the 2-1 loss, which eliminated the Americans in the round of 16 for the second consecutive World Cup, Obama upped the optimism considerably via the White House's official Twitter account, while praising the efforts of Jurgen Klinsmann's side.
Biden offered words of encouragement too, singling out Tim Howard, whose 16 saves kept the USA alive in the face of waves of Belgian pressure.
Proud that our guys, just like our country, never gave up. Tim Howard--most valuable player in the World Cup. #USMNT— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 1, 2014
There's been plenty of chatter about how the U.S. men's national team captivated the nation, and it starts at the top, with the two people charged with running it.