President Obama still proud of Jackie Robinson West kids

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Count President Obama among the people still supporting Jackie Robinson West Little League — the kids anyway.

Little League International stripped the Chicago team's U.S. title Wednesday, after months of allegations about Jackie Robinson West officials using ineligible players and illegally redrawing the league boundaries. The team JRW put on the field won the U.S. title before losing to South Korea in the international final. Still, they won the hearts of Chicago and even celebrated at the White House.

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While debate rages about whether Little League did the right thing, the White House said Wednesday that the president is still proud of the Jackie Robinson West kids, whom he met last November in the Oval Office.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the Chicago Sun Times' Lynn Sweet:


“The president invited Jackie Robinson West Little League team to the White House to celebrate the accomplishment of those young men and the performance that they — you know, the strong performance that they delivered on a pretty large stage for a 12-year- old. The president is proud of the way that they represented their city and the way they represented the country.

“The fact is, you know, some dirty dealing by some adults doesn’t take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men.”

I asked Earnest if there was any message to the boys.

Ernest replied, ” I think what the president would say is that — that, again, the actions of those adults doesn’t in any way take away — does not in any way take away from the accomplishments of those young men who performed brilliant on the baseball diamond on a pretty large stage.

Obama, of course, knows very well how things can get messy when the personal motives of adults take over. Just look at the government.

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