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Office of the Press Secretary

June 6, 2011

STAFF GUIDANCE: President Obama to Honor BCS Champions Auburn University at White House

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, June 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will welcome Auburn University’s football team to the White House to honor the team’s 2010 BCS National Championship. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities as well as for winning championships.  As part of their visit to the White House, the Auburn Tigers will meet with local Washington, D.C. area students.

As is standard practice with all championship ceremonies at the White House, staff are expected to attend and remain professional at all times.

There are also a few additional rules for this specific occasion:

Please make sure all computers are securely bolted down. This especially includes laptops.

Do not accept any payments from coaches. The coaches may claim that “you did a good job at work last week” and try to hand you cash. White House staff are prohibited from accepting these payments as a result of the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006.

“Icon” or not, do not allow Cam Newton to sit at the President’s desk.

Recruiting limousines are not allowed on the White House grounds. The Auburn assistant coaches have been informed and are expected to comply.

The Administration is looking forward to a successful event – and to honor Auburn’s championship season, all trees at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be 100% manicured.

*This is a joke. We’re counting down the days until college football is back.