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Team USA -- Please Hold for Obama

6/24/2010 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

As if they weren't fired up enough -- Team USA just got a phone call from President Barack Obama congratulating them on kicking ass in the World Cup.

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TMZ just obtained this pic of the entire soccer squad gathering by a speakerphone tonight at the team hotel in South Africa -- where we're told Obama informed them, "that while he was meeting with General Petraeus in the Oval Office, he could hear the rest of the West Wing erupt when Landon Donovan scored the game-winner."

Obama also asked about Tim Howard's ribs and Clint Dempsey's lip.

We're told the team was super stoked about the phone call and can't wait to kick some more ass when they play Ghana on Saturday.
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Sonja    

Politics aside, that's pretty cool, sounds like the team got pretty pumped to get the call.

1580 days ago
2.

a long time Leno fan!    

First!!!!!!!! Great call president Obama, way to go Team USA!!!

1580 days ago
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Adrian    

USA got lucky, Algeria was dominating the whole game... and don't know why Obama even calls them if he doesn't even care about the World Cup or the USA Football Team..

1580 days ago
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Darryl    

I am so happy that there is nothing pressing going on in the US so the White House can watch the game. Nope, can't think of anything the government should have been doing. Plenty of leisure time on our dime.

1580 days ago
5.

Adam    

USA got lucky? Algeria dominated? USA got a goal taken away and clearly dominated possession, shots and the tempo.



That aside, good call on Obama. Glad he's not taking more time off to take a trip to SA right now though!

1580 days ago
6.

bring back recent posts    

I think it is exciting they won, considering Americans r't into soccer generally, but...I hope England wins!

1580 days ago
7.

G     

@ 4



You had to bitch about it didn't you. Good for them, agree let's put politics aside for once.

1580 days ago
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zima    

I can't believe he didn't call john isner at wimbledon..that was an 11 hour tennis match! he is also an american

1580 days ago
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zima    

thank you zippy! how true!!!

1580 days ago
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Doyers    

@3, you were either watching a different game or know absolutely nothing about soccer. If you say they were lucky, well that means the US is now equal footing after that wretched call vs. Slovenia.

1580 days ago
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Hannah    

USA didn't exactly play great, they drew two and won one, and were the top over all due to goals scored. There are other countries who won all group games. Calm down USA, you'll be out soon. :)

1580 days ago
12.

Fred Farkel    


Let's see.



We're in the midst of THE WORST WORLD WIDE PROBLEMS KNOWN TO MAN - and The White House staff is watching TV????




Oh please.



Can we throw this rooster-struttin chicken-headed know-nuthin arrogant fool out yet??

1580 days ago
13.

Terri    

Congrats to team USA.

1580 days ago
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Sonja    

LMAO @ Zippy.. really? OH man I remember the good old days when most of us called Bush "King" George... now talk about someone wanting to be a dictator! I guess amnesia runs rampant in some circles!!



As for Daryl and Adrian it's called support, it's your president calling to say congrats and giving words of encouragement. It has nothing to do with what is going on in this country.. I suppose he could be like some past presidents and choose NOW to go on vacation but no he's working.. God forbid he make a damn phone call to our countries team to support them during these international names ... cripes what a bunch of petty twerps you two are.

1580 days ago
15.

Swinson    

Obama = media whore

1580 days ago
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