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When a President calls you by name

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Apr 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Derek Jeter has been to the White House before. He’s meet the past three Presidents, and he said there one thing that stood out about his first meeting with Bill Clinton.

“It’s kind of awkward when they know who you are,” Jeter said. “That was probably the weirdest thing with President Clinton. ‘Hey Derek, how are you doing?’ What?”

The Yankees will return to the White House this afternoon, with the official ceremonial events beginning at 3. Jeter said walking into the Oval Office is “sort of like being in Steinbenner’s office.”

Jeter has met President Obama in the past, and although the President will likely be rooting against the Yankees this weekend — they play his beloved White Sox — President Obama has said he’s a fan of Jeter.

“When a President calls you by name, that’s hard to believe,” Jeter said. “Any time someone says something like that, especially coming from the President, it’s overwhelming.”

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