Postcards, Pics and Tweets from the Miami Heat's Day at the White House

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

Jan 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (left) presents president Barack Obama with a signed basketball during a visit to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY
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The defending champion Miami Heat visited the White House on Jan. 28 for an audience with President Barack Obama. Naturally, cyberspace exploded with excitement.

Championship-winning teams have been visiting the White House for decades now, and being congratulated by the President is something that anyone is going to find exciting. For some reason or another, professional athletes find this activity exciting, and the Heat were no exception.

However, there was more to the day than just meeting President Obama. The players got an extensive tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., which provided everyone with some good fun.

Everyone was ready to roll from the start, but not before making sure they were dressed appropriately. Star guard Dwyane Wade went the extra mile and actually posted a picture of his suit on his Instagram. Believe it or not, he and girlfriend Gabrielle Union looked very presidential themselves, at least when Wade's bright sneakers were taken out of the equation.

Oh, and let's not forget the fun they had in front of Abraham Lincoln's portrait.

Of course, Wade was not the only player who found some time to have some fun away from the President. Three-point specialist Mike Miller and reigning MVP LeBron James found some time to sit in the White House's library and reenact any given scene from the hit show The West Wing.


Speaking of James, he too appeared to be enjoying his day. From podium fun with Udonis Haslem to basking in Bill Clinton's glory with Wade, it's clear that he felt like a kid in a candy store when at the White House.

However, we saw just how excited he was when it came time for the ceremony with President Obama himself, in the East Room. Who knew that one of the biggest stars in the world could also be starstruck?

On the whole, it was a great day for the Heat. President Obama was given his team-signed basketball and jersey, and his family also got some nice swag as well.

The Heat also took some time to visit Walter Reed Hospital to visit some of America's Wounded Warriors, showing that some of our favorite players are great off the court as well as on it. Thinking about it now, meeting Obama was just the icing on the cake.

Love or hate Miami, this is a sports tradition that anyone can appreciate. Seeing how the Heat enjoyed the day just made us all appreciate it a bit more.