President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman in the Red Room after welcoming the team to the White House to honor their 2011 World Series victory, Jan. 17, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Tradition holds that the President hosts the national champions of major American sports at the White House. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last year, and so this was their turn in the spotlight with Barack and Michelle.
You may remember that First Lady Michelle had actually attended one of the Cardinals' World Series games in honor of our Veterans.
First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to a joke by President Barack Obama as the President and Mrs. Obama welcome the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 World Series victory, in the East Room, Jan. 17, 2012.
Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Saint Louis to hang out with soldiers at the first game in the World Series as part of their Joining Forces initiative.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, with veteran James Sperry and his daughter, Hannah, pause for the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19, 2011. The First Lady and Dr. Biden attended the game as part of their Joining Forces initiative.
Michelle attended Game 1 of the 2009 World Series (Yankees vs. Phillies), escorted by baseball legend Yogi Berra, a wounded solider who threw out the first pitch, and the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.