The Cleveland Cavaliers had their much-awaited visit to the White House on Thursday afternoon to celebrate their NBA Championship win with President Obama. As per usual, the team toured the House and spent some time kicking it with the President who is as cool as ever now that he’s within months of finishing his eight-year tenure as Commander in Chief.
It’s rumored that they even shot some hoops on on the White House basketball court.
And of course there was the ceremony, during which President Obama was his usual, charming self.
“Welcome to the White House and give it up for the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers,” Obama said to the relaxed crowd. “That’s right, I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.”That’s what we’re talking about when we talk about hope and change!”
Obama with the zingers!
Oh god I’m going to miss those witty zingers…
Perhaps the best part of the entire scene though was the low-key adorable reaction that Iman Shumpert had as Obama readied himself to take the usual picture with the team. With his #16 custom ‘Obama’ jersey in hand, the President requested that the podium be moved for the photo-op. Apparently it was at that exact moment that Shumpert’s excitement about the whole day hit maximum capacity.
Watch the awestruck look on his face as the podium is moved away and Obama steps in for the picture:
Iman Shumpert was legit amazed that President Obama's podium was movable pic.twitter.com/IxieVZtp4F
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) November 10, 2016
DE-LIGHT-FUL. The man is a pure delight. He’s looking around like “ARE YOU GUYS SEEING WHAT I’M SEEING?!” and he’s getting absolutely zero reaction from anyone around him. But it doesn’t matter because he is thrilled with the whole ordeal and that’s all that matters.