The World Champion New Orleans Saints will finally meet President Barack Obama when the Black and Gold stop by the executive mansion en route to playing the New England Patriots in the team’s first exhibition game of the 2010 season.
The Saints are scheduled to drop by on Monday, August 9th though a time has not been released.
NBC Sports had reported in June that the politics might have been a factor in the unusually long delay, as Saints owner Tom Benson is a large contributor to Republican causes. However, Saints vice-president of communications Greg Bensel strenuously denied the story quickly after it appeared, claiming that the early August appearance had been set months in advance.
Furthermore, Bensel confirmed that the team’s Republican owner would be on hand for the ceremony.
The NBC Sports story had made references to recent Super Bowl winners that had visited the White House much closer to their victories than the Saints. Both the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts made their victory lap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue within three months of winning the big game.