Obama celebrates nation's Olympians

President Obama used the weekly White House address to send his best wishes to the U.S. Olympic team on Saturday.


“To all of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes wearing the red, white, and blue – know that your country couldn’t be prouder of you,” Obama said. 

“We admire all the work you’ve done to get to Rio and everything you’ll do there. Thank you for showing the world the best of America.

“And know that when you get up on that podium, we’ll be singing the National Anthem – and maybe even shedding a tear – right alongside you,” he added.

The athletes, Obama said, are representative of all walks of life.

“Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the gold standard: We’re a nation of immigrants that finds strength in our diversity and unity in our national pride,” he said.

“And let’s see in ourselves the example they set — proving that no matter where you’re from, with determination and discipline, there’s nothing you can’t achieve,” the president added.