Remarks to the
we're delighted to have all of you here today. My thanks to
the players and the coaches and managers and supporters of the
all of us are here today to boost the Olympic effort and especially our hockey
team. I don't have to tell you what a great privilege it is to be on this team.
I think you know the
So, obviously, we wish all of you well. I know you've been working hard. You've been traveling far and wide and getting some terrific experience. In fact, Dave Peterson has said, ``You're a team with strength, size, talent, and even some trickery.'' Fellows, I could use you on Capitol Hill. [Laughter]
Now, I'm told that this year we're going to have another display of hockey expertise out here in the Rose Garden. The last time we tried that I was talked into hitting a puck, and I actually got it by the goalie for a score. At that time, I made my famous Shermanesque declaration: ``You will never see me hit another puck again as long as I live.'' And I was very firm about that. In fact, I think I told somebody my feet were set in cement on that issue. So, the sound you are about to hear is that of cement breaking up around my feet. [Laughter]
So, in addition to wishing all of you well, thanking your generous supporters, urging all Americans to get behind you, I will now proceed to hit another hockey puck -- or try to. [Laughter]
the President hit several hockey pucks, Coach David Peterson of the
I can't say anything except the prayer that we once taught in my football team, when I was playing football. What we would always say was -- you knew you couldn't ask Him to help you win -- [laughter] -- both sides belonged to Him -- so, it used to be, ``May everyone do their best, may there be no injuries, and may everyone feel good about the result, whatever it is, because they will have done their best.''
Note: The President spoke at in the Rose Garden at the White House.