President Barack Obama expressed his admiration for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team today, voicing a bewilderment with the sport that is likely shared by many of his constituents. “These gymnastics folks — I don’t understand how they do what they do,” Obama told supporters at a rally in Mansfield, Ohio Wednesday. “So I told these young ladies as I was congratulating them ‘How do you not bust your head every time you’re on that little balance beam?'”
Obama said he put in a call to the ‘Fab Five’ from Air Force One this morning to express his congratulations on the team’s Olympic victory in London yesterday.
Here’s what he told the gymnasts, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, per the pool report:
To Aly Reisman: “Michelle and have watched and decided of all the Olympians, you guys amaze us the most.”
To Jordan Wieber: “I’m so impressed by how you bounced back and led the team. Tell your parents I’m proud of them too. I don’t think I could watch if I were them.”
To McKayla Maroney: “Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable.”
To Kyla Ross: He remarked how she was “really steady.” “I was impressed by how cool you were. I don’t know how you do what you do especially the balance beam.”
To Gabby Douglas: “You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there.” And: “Keep at it. Stay cool.”
Obama also congratulated U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps via Twitter last night, after Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal last night, breaking the Olympic record:
Photo: Twitter / @BarackObama
And the President apparently followed up today with a phone call to Phelps, according to this tweet from the swimmer:
Photo: Twitter / @MichaelPhelps
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