The United States Women’s National Team may be publicly feuding with the sitting president, but a former commander in chief has taken to Twitter to show his support for the champions.
Former President Barack Obama posted a photo and a heartfelt message to the World Cup winners on Wednesday as they paraded through the streets of New York City.
Obama showed off a personalized team jersey and praised the players “for being such a strong inspiration to women and girls – and everybody – all across the country.”
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday and suffered damage to multiple organs, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the latest reports.
As news of the shooting spread, an outpouring of support came from athletes across multiple sports. Former Red Sox teammates led the charge on social media and were joined by other baseball players, including Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, as well as NBA star Karl Anthony-Towns and former Boston Celtics fan favorites Kendrick Perkins and Isaiah Thomas.
Among those also offering their thoughts and well-wishes was former United States President Barack Obama, who welcomed Ortiz to the White House after Boston’s 2013 World Series championship.
That title came mere months after the events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Obama referenced the terrorist attack, and Ortiz’s “spirit and resolve” in its wake, in his tweet to the former slugger on Monday morning.