President Obama World Cup Speech

Setting The Oval Office TV Schedule

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

Jun 02

Every manager, every executive, every leader has to do it. They have, at some stage, to step back and let their team get on with their job without them. And a quick Obama World Cup speech to the team helps to set the tone and the objectives. The President of the USA had one of those moments last week. The occasion? The White House’s farewell and god speed for Team USA heading off to the FIFA world Cup in South Africa.

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President Obama World Cup Speech In 2010

No Time For A Long Obama World Cup Speech

The President likes to use the informality of the White House gardens for his set-pieces, such as this Obama Rose garden speech. On this occasion, however, he met the well-attired team informally, shook hands, and then announced that this was not the moment for a long speech! How those football players must have been relieved.

Mixing humour and sobriety, however, he wished them well : “you are going to be representing all of us.”

He also noted that they would be at the centre of a world stage, that all eyes would be on them and that they had enormous support. He then observed how the USA was proud of their achievements to date and would be proud whatever happened next. Great motivational words.

The best line?

“Somebody in the Oval office is going to be watching ESPN to make sure that things are going ok.”

With President Clinton and Vice-President Biden attending, that’s some send-off. Some fan club.

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    And England, and France, and Italy…! Next time.

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    A 1-1 tie with the man of the match in one goal and the “hand of plod” in the other. That’s football.

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    The World Cup probably will be great this year

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