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 TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech 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 TrumpDC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Ivanka Trump slams lawsuit as example of 'vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars' MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Enforcing the Presidential Records Act is essential for preserving our democracy's transparency, history 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.