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Tide to visit Obama

President Barack Obama delivers an address on the economy, jobs and taxes at Florida Atlantic University, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Mark Randall/Sun Sentinel/MCT)

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The BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to the White House Thursday in celebration of the team’s 14th national championship and successful 2011-2012 season.

President Barack Obama will recognize the team’s efforts both on and off the field during the presentation, which will take place at 1:20 p.m.

The trip to the nation’s capital is the team’s second in three years.

“I think it’s safe to say that the Tide is back,” Obama said during their March 2010 visit. “There’s no question that this team is here in large part because of what Coach [Nick] Saban has done.”

The team is expected to bring Obama a gift, similar to their previous trip to the White House when they gave him Alabama memorabilia, including a jersey and helmet.

Last June when the Auburn Tigers visited the White House, Obama congratulated them on “winning their first national title since before I was born,” and spoke about the team’s commitment to helping Alabamians recover in the wake of the recent tornadoes that affected much of the state.

“Even though one of the toughest-hit areas by the storm was the home of the Crimson Tide, this team knew what we all know in situations like this, which is we’re all on the same team,” Obama said, according to a White House release. “We’re all Americans first and foremost, and we’ve got an obligation to support each other in times of need.”

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