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Obama talks Sox while meeting Giants

CHICAGO -- The San Francisco Giants might have been at the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series title, but the Chicago White Sox were also on the mind of President Barack Obama.

According to the transcript of his speech to the Giants’ traveling party, Obama praised the ability, as well as the charitable endeavors, of the World Series champs. But it still wasn’t enough to make them his new favorite team.

“So that’s what this team is all about: characters with character,” Obama said. “And so once again I want to congratulate this team and wish them all the best of luck in the rest of the season -- unless the White Sox are in the World Series -- which right now is not a sure thing.”

No, it definitely is not. So not only are all eyes on the South Side focused on general manager Kenny Williams and what he might do at this weekend’s non-waiver trade deadline, somebody is also watching from the Oval Office. No pressure.

The White Sox references weren’t complete, though. Giants managing general partner Bill Neukom gave Obama a custom-made baseball glove during the ceremony.

“White Sox colors,” Neukom said.

Replied Obama: “I notice you put the silver and black on there. I appreciate that. That was good.”