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President Barack Obama recognizes Alabama Crimson Tide football team for their BCS National Championship win

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President Barack Obama congratulated the Alabama Crimson Tide's football team for their BCS National Championship win at the White House this afternoon. 

Obama and head coach Nick Saban strolled out from the West Wing and to the podium. He opened with a "Roll Tide!" and said it was good to see Alabama again.

He congratulated them on their 15th title and third in four years and joked that the players are starting to "learn their way around the White House." He said they have "I was thinking about just having some cots here, they're here so often, but we couldn't find any that were big enough."

He gave warm regards to the family and friends of longtime Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who passed away recently.

He also congratulated them on a stellar season -- After the Tide took the lead 28-0 over Notre Dame at halftime, "that's when I stopped watching," he said.

Obama complimented Quarterback AJ McCarron for "showing the kind of poise that very few 22-year-olds possess." He noted that since it appears that McCarron will be coming back for 2013, he will be subjecting SEC defenses "to a little more pain."

He said that credit should also go to family, friends, coaches and grocers: "These guys eat a lot." Finally, he said that "since I'll be president for four more years, I expect that I just might see these guys again."

Saban then stepped up and expressed thankfulness for all that Obama does for our country. McCarron then presented Obama with a #15 Obama jersey, helmet and football. Saban joked that now that he has the gear, they'll schedule a meeting about playing time -- Obama replied, "Keep me on the bench."

To a "Sweet Home Alabama" recessional, Saban and the team greeted and took photos with Obama.

Click below to watch the ceremony in it's entirety.

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