Obama is also a West Ham fanDecember 31st, 2008 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Chicago, Dec.31 (ANI): US President-elect Barack Obama may sport a ubiquitous Chicago White Sox cap, but it turns out he is also a fan of West Ham United, a soccer team in the England’’s Barclays Premier League.
According to the New York Daily News, Obama attended a game five years ago when visiting family in the U.K.
The team itself was quick to capitalize when Obama won the Presidency last month, inviting him to attend a game at Upton Park in the East End the next time he visits London on official business.
West Ham fans watching a recent West Ham game at Nevada Smith’’s - a haven for soccer fans on 3rd Avenue near Union Square - were quick to voice their appreciation when the subject of the President-elect came up.
“It’’s not often you get the leader of the free world as a supporter of your team,” said Paul Shrudsole, a native of Essex. “It’’s not bad having the President supporting West Ham United.”
Some made the connection between Obama and West Ham’’s blue collar roots and fan base the team was founded out of Thames Ironworks in 1895 and is a natural fit with the President-elect’’s history as a community organizer and his focus on the working and middle classes.
Obama’’s choice of West Ham bespeaks a more genuine interest in the world’’s game than that of his one-time rival, Hillary Clinton. Clinton has been linked to Premier League superpower Manchester United - widely considered the most popular franchise in the sport. (ANI)
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