Robert Gibbs rooting for Texas over 'Bama

There's an old Chinese proverb that says the enemy of your enemy is your friend.

In college football, that means you root for the opponent of your rival, which is just what White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is doing.

Gibbs said Wednesday that he's rooting for the University of Texas Longhorns to beat University of Alabama's Crimson Tide in Thursday's national championship Rose Bowl game. But it's not because he's a Texas fan.

Gibbs is a native of Auburn, Ala., and his home team is the Auburn University Tigers, longtime rivals of the Crimson Tide.  "I will e-mail all my friends in Alabama and tell them good luck," he told reporters, "and I will root as hard as one possibly can for Texas."

Gibbs and his fellow Auburn fans had their big bowl game last month, when the Tigers beat Northwestern University's Wildcats, who hail from President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago, Ill., in the Outback Bowl, 38-35.

Gibbs majored in political science at North Carolina State, where he played goalie on the soccer team for two years. 

H/T: Bob Cusack