Biden incorrectly refers to NHL commissioner as Gary ‘Batman’
During their Monday off, the Tampa Bay Lightning were honored at the White House by US President Joe Biden, a custom that has been extended to champions of various major North American professional sports leagues each year. In many ways, it was an indescribable event for the president, except for one hilarious mistake.
Biden accidentally referred to Commissioner Gary Bettman as “Gary Batman” and continued without even thinking of correcting himself.
We’re all Victor Hedman here, laughing at Biden’s expense – clearly he’s not the sports fanatic that past US presidents were. Despite Biden’s mistake, everyone apparently had a good time.
“Almost everyone was on board, and everyone who could do it – former players and others – they all tried to do it here,” defender Ryan McDonagh said. “It’s just a great tradition that we have: you’re on a championship team, you go to the White House and you meet the president.”
McDonagh, who has played for the United States in several international competitions, spoke on behalf of the Lightning. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lightning weren’t able to get to White House ceremonies as quickly as they’d hoped, a point not lost on captain Steven Stamkos.
“It took a long time to prepare,” Stamkos said. “We didn’t know if we were going to get this opportunity, but it was definitely worth the wait.”
For the Lightning, Monday’s visit was an opportunity to reassess their bid for a third straight Stanley Cup victory, putting back-to-back victories in the rearview mirror.
“The good thing with our group is that the hunger is always there,” McDonagh said. “We don’t need any kind of extra motivation, but it certainly increases the excitement, for sure, before the last week of the regular season and before the playoffs start.”
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