President Obama went one step further to give thanks to Tim Howard and Team USA after he told the goalie he might have to shave his beard to avoid being mobbed when he got back home.
Since the team lost to Belgium, the President got on a call to praise their heroic efforts despite losing, and soon the hysteria led to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Wikipedia page getting hacked, only to be ‘saved’ by Tim Howard. In addition, fans of Howard launched a petition on the White House ‘We The People’ website campaigning to change the name of Washington National Airport to ‘Tim Howard National Airport’. So far, 17000 people have signed it.
In this week’s address, the President highlighted the soccer team along with a special 4th July message: