Obama congratulates Capitals on Stanley Cup win

Former President Obama congratulated the Washington Capitals on their Stanley Cup championship win as thousands of fans descended on Washington, D.C., for a victory parade.

Obama couldn't resist giving a shout out to the Chicago Blackhawks while congratulating the Washington team. Chicago won three Stanley Cups during Obama's presidency.

“Congratulations to the @Capitals!” Obama tweeted Tuesday. “This @NHLBlackhawks fan knows what it’s like to lift that cup – and I’m happy for all the Caps fans who cheer so hard for their team, and for a team that celebrates so hard with its fans.”

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE also congratulated the team for the win on Friday, saying it proves “D.C. is popping, in many ways.”

The White House encouraged federal agencies to allow employees to leave work for two hours on Tuesday to attend the championship parade along Constitution Avenue that will end with a rally on the National Mall.

White House advisers Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpHard choices in training Americans for AI workplace of future Ex-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers MORE took a picture with the Stanley Cup and Capitals players on Saturday after reportedly running into them at a restaurant.

The Capitals are expected to be invited to the White House, but at least one Capitals player, Devante Smith-Pelly, has said that he will skip the visit because of Trump’s rhetoric.

"The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist," Smith-Pelly, who is Canadian and one of the two black players on the team, reportedly said last week.