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Remarks: Joe Biden Welcomes the UConn Men's Basketball Team to The White House - May 26, 2023

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Dan Hurley
    Person
  • Unidentified
    Person
  • Miguel Cardona
    Person
  • Unidentiified
    Person
  • Jordan Hawkins
    Person
Very Positive

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:00:00-00:00:15 (16 sec)
You know -- please, have a seat. Everybody but Blumenthal and Doug. [Laughter] I've been trying to get them to stand for me for years. [Laughter] For years. 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:15-00:00:24 (9 sec)
Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. I really mean it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here. And know -- I tell you, it's a really honor to have you all here. 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:24-00:00:41 (17 sec)
And congratulations to the ni- -- to 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions, the UConn Huskies! [Applause] 3

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:41-00:00:44 (3 sec)
Doug was going all through central America telling -- talking about you guys. 4

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:00:44-00:00:48 (4 sec)
And you got to stop getting in parades. [Laughter] You know what I mean? 5

Miguel Cardona

Unknown
00:00:48-00:00:49 (1 sec)
I'm back in action. 6

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:49-00:00:52 (3 sec)
You're back in action? [Laughter] All right. 7

Joe Biden

Negative
00:00:52-00:01:11 (19 sec)
Well, we also have the first -- the Second Gentleman here. "Second Gentleman" -- that sounds ridiculous. This guy is a hell of a lawyer, and he gave up his practice so his wife could be Vice President of the United States of America. But he's still [inaudible]. [Applause] 8

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:01:11-00:01:19 (8 sec)
Well, I tell you what, Dick, your boys done it, man. And I want to thank everybody for being here today. 9

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:01:19-00:01:32 (14 sec)
And members of -- you know, we have a few people who went to UConn and kind of like it, you know? [Laughter] I was telling the president of the university that when I was in school -- 10

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:32-00:01:32 ( sec)
[Toddler crying in audience] 11

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:32-00:01:45 (13 sec)
That's okay. Look, she's allowed to do anything you want. [Laughter] Kids rule in my house, okay? What's the matter? 12

Unidentified

Unknown
00:01:45-00:01:46 (1 sec)
Aww -- 13

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:01:46-00:01:56 (10 sec)
What's the matter? [Laughter] I don't blame you. I'm bored with me, too. [Laughter and applause] Yeah. How you doing? 14

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:56-00:01:56 (1 sec)
How old is she? 15

Unidentified

Unknown
00:01:56-00:01:56 ( sec)
[Inaudible] 16

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:56-00:02:01 (4 sec)
Two years old. I tell you what -- that's a good age. [Laughter] Hold her tight. 17

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:01-00:02:28 (28 sec)
Well, at any rate, look, all kidding aside, when I was -- when I was in college, I didn't play basketball. I played football. But I did -- and one of my best friends, a guy named Pete McLaughlin, and he played for Providence College -- used to be competitive with you guys back 100 years ago. [Laughter] And -- but we always talked about Connecticut. And we had a couple great basketball players from the University of Connecticut from Delaware who happened to be women basketball All-Americans. [Applause] 18

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:28-00:02:41 (12 sec)
But -- any rate, we also have -- you know, we got a guy -- we needed someone to be the Department of Education, and we found this guy, Cardona. You know what I mean? [Laughter] 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:41-00:02:59 (18 sec)
Miguel has four different degrees from the -- your great university, and he's been a -- you know, I don't know -- but -- but he couldn't make the team. [Laughter] That's the real cl- -- he knows UConn has brought -- he's been one of the great fans for years, a Connecticut guy. 20

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:59-00:03:05 (6 sec)
And, look, one of the premier programs in the country, you all have. And that's not hyperbole; it's a fact. 21

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:03:05-00:03:27 (23 sec)
Thirty-six NCAA tournaments. Six Final Fours. Five national titles -- '99, 2004, 2011, 2014, and this year. Not bad, guys. Not bad. [Applause] 22

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:27-00:03:48 (21 sec)
And you started this year, you know, unranked, and then you went 14 and 0. And just to keep everybody's interest, you lost the next six of eight games -- [laughter] -- and they counted you out. It's not bad, isn't it? But you got a coach who decided that doesn't matter. And, hell, he knows something about how to win. 23

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:03:48-00:04:04 (15 sec)
By the way, he's brand new to basketball, in the family. [Laughter] You know -- but you bounced back with a resounding 15-2 run. That ain't bad, man. [Applause] 15-2 run. 24

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:04-00:04:15 (11 sec)
Started -- seeded -- you were a fourth seed, and you won every single game by double digits; in the final blowout, a fifth national championship. Congratulations. Congratulations. 25

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:04:15-00:04:21 (6 sec)
Nothing like a comeback, man. [Applause] 26

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:04:21-00:04:24 (3 sec)
I think you all did that deliberately. You know what I mean? [Laughter] To keep people -- 27

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:24-00:04:34 (9 sec)
Look, you know, and -- and did it all as a team, and the whole country could see it. Anybody who loves basketball watched it all. 28

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:04:34-00:04:43 (10 sec)
When three players fast through Final Four because of -- it falls during the holy month of Ramadan, the country sees what it means to commit to something bigger than yourself. 29

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:04:43-00:05:03 (20 sec)
And when another star player scores 16 points after being sick all night with food poisoning -- [laughter] -- he's nuts. I mean, I don't -- I don't know how the hell you did that, man. [Laughter] I don't know how you did that. Pretty -- you know, it gets the sense of what it means to dig deep and show up for others. 30

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:03-00:05:12 (9 sec)
And, you know, with Coach Hurley's family in the stands, on the sidelines, on the court, the country got to see what it means to devote your whole life to a shared passion. 31

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:05:12-00:05:18 (7 sec)
And, Coach, you had an unwavering and unyielding belief in this team, and it was clear and it made a difference. 32

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:05:18-00:05:25 (7 sec)
And this team is proof that there's no quit in UConn, just like there's no quit in America. None. 33

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:25-00:05:31 (6 sec)
There's nothing we can't do when we believe we can do it if we do it together. And that's exactly what you all did. You stood up. 34

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:31-00:05:36 (5 sec)
And that's what sports and this country is all about: possibilities. Possibilities. 35

Joe Biden

Positive
00:05:36-00:05:42 (7 sec)
And one more thing: I hosted the LSU women's team earlier today for their championship title. 36

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:42-00:05:52 (9 sec)
Jordan, I heard you and your cousin -- you know, Angel -- played one-on-one growing up. Is that true? 37

Jordan Hawkins

Unknown
00:05:52-00:05:54 (2 sec)
We did. 38

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:54-00:05:55 (1 sec)
You did? [Laughter] 39

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:55-00:06:00 (5 sec)
One's the child of a -- a bro- -- a brother; the other, the child of a sister. 40

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:00-00:06:07 (7 sec)
So, I've set up a basketball court on the South Lawn. [Laughter] There's a court down there by the tennis courts. 41

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:06:07-00:06:20 (13 sec)
And, Jordan, your uncle thinks he can take you as well. [Laughter] So I just want you to know that we're going to -- after this, we're all going down to see that one-on-one game. 42

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:20-00:06:28 (9 sec)
I tell you what, man -- it's in the blood, isn't it? [Laughter] It's in the blood. What a gr- -- what an incredible thing. What an incredible thing. 43

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:28-00:06:34 (5 sec)
And congratulations to the whole UConn Nation. It's got to make you feel good. 44

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:34-00:06:42 (9 sec)
How many here are -- family members have a son or a dau- -- a son up here? A mom, dad, brother, sister out there? Raise your hand. 45

Joe Biden

Positive
00:06:42-00:06:48 (5 sec)
Look at whose hand goes up first. I've got to find out what your name is. [Laughter] 46

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:48-00:06:52 (4 sec)
What -- 47

Unidentiified

Unknown
00:06:52-00:06:53 (1 sec)
Luke. 48

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:53-00:06:54 (1 sec)
What's your name? 49

Unidentiified

Unknown
00:06:54-00:06:55 (1 sec)
Luke. 50

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:55-00:06:57 (3 sec)
Do you know anybody up there? 51

Unidentiified

Unknown
00:06:57-00:06:58 (1 sec)
My dad. 52

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:06:58-00:07:00 (3 sec)
You're kidding me. [Laughter] 53

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:07:00-00:07:03 (3 sec)
Hi. What's your name? 54

Unidentified

Unknown
00:07:03-00:07:06 (3 sec)
Go ahead. Say it in the microphone. 55

Unidentified

Unknown
00:07:06-00:07:07 ( sec)
Cash. 56

Joe Biden

Positive
00:07:07-00:07:13 (6 sec)
Cash, I tell you what -- I want to know who your haberdasher is, man. [Laughter] You're looking good. 57

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:07:13-00:07:14 (2 sec)
Anyway, look, this is a family affair. 58

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:14-00:07:18 (4 sec)
I want to wish you -- thank you all for being here. 59

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:07:18-00:07:28 (10 sec)
And, you know, there's nothing like -- think about any -- whenever the nation has been down, what's always brought us back? Sports. Sport. 60

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:28-00:07:36 (8 sec)
And thank God we're not down yet. But you guys are something else. And I wish you all the best of luck in the whole world. 61

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:07:36-00:07:45 (9 sec)
How -- how many of you graduate this year or leave this year? Well, you got -- we got room on the team down here too, you know what I mean? 62

Joe Biden

Positive
00:07:45-00:07:48 (2 sec)
So, thank you so very, very much. 63

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:48-00:08:03 (15 sec)
And, Madam President, thank you. I started to ask the president about the team, and she started to tell me it was a great team, but then she started to tell me all the other significant things that happened at UConn. Okay? [Laughter] 64

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:08:03-00:08:10 (7 sec)
And so, I just want you to know -- and I want to just wish you all the best of luck. And God bless you all. 65

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:10-00:08:24 (15 sec)
And I'm going to turn this over to Coach Hurley. Coach? [Applause] 66

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:08:24-00:08:28 (3 sec)
[Referring to the onstage microphones] Any -- any one you want to do. 67

Dan Hurley

Unknown
00:08:28-00:08:30 (3 sec)
It -- I -- I -- 68

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:30-00:08:34 (3 sec)
And, by the way, he married a Jersey girl too. [Laughter] 69

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:08:34-00:08:39 (5 sec)
Jersey girl. It's worked out pretty good for both of us. Yeah, no doubt. 70

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:39-00:08:41 (2 sec)
We both married way above our station. 71

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:08:41-00:08:42 (1 sec)
Yes, we did. [Laughter] Yes, we did. 72

Dan Hurley

Very Negative
00:08:42-00:08:54 (12 sec)
I always would really dread speaking after Gino Auriemma. This is a whole 'nother level -- [laughter] -- whole 'nother level of fear right here, coming up here. 73

Dan Hurley

Unknown
00:08:54-00:08:57 (3 sec)
So I'm going to stick to my script. [Laughter] 74

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:08:57-00:09:17 (19 sec)
Yes, so, Mr. President, you know, you -- you grow up in sports, and, obviously, you know the sacrifice and commitment, you know, it takes to achieve anything great. But, you know, you grow up, you're working and competing, you know, dreaming of achieving something, like, really enormous, something really big in team sports. 75

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:09:17-00:09:33 (17 sec)
And it's, like, the first thing that comes to your mind -- right? -- when you do something big and win that incredible championship is like: You know, we get to go to the White House and meet the President of the United States. And it's such an honor to meet you, President Biden. So thank you for having us here. 76

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:09:33-00:09:57 (23 sec)
And it's an honor that you truly got to earn, you know? To -- you know, to earn one of the greatest honors in sports, you've -- you know, you've got to work. And, obviously, you never forget it. You know, but you earn it through having tremendous, you know, culture and brotherhood, you know, which we work to every day to develop as a program. 77

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:09:57-00:10:09 (12 sec)
Obviously, this team's -- you know, their abilities on the court, you know, were unmatched in terms of anyone in the country. This was, you know, truly the elite team -- you know, the elite team in college basketball. 78

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:10:09-00:10:32 (23 sec)
We had the greatest leadership in terms of what we got from our older players in Andre Jackson and Adama Sanogo. We had a really miserable -- [applause] -- yeah. Right? You know, like politics and sports, two tough businesses to get into, right? [Laughter] 79

Dan Hurley

Leans Positive
00:10:32-00:10:51 (19 sec)
You know, January was a rough month, and the leadership of those two men, you know, really got us through a really difficult time. And, you know, this becomes, you know, one of the greatest teams in UConn's storied basketball history. This team right here. So, I couldn't be prouder. 80

Dan Hurley

Neutral
00:10:51-00:11:06 (16 sec)
Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Vice President Harris, Second Gentleman Emhoff, and the White House staff who have been unbelievable today -- you know, it's crazy too, by the way, right? These cameras and all the -- [laughter] -- you know, the people playing the music. [Laughter] Telling -- 81

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:11:06-00:11:06 ( sec)
[Inaudible] 82

Dan Hurley

Slightly Negative
00:11:06-00:11:24 (18 sec)
No, you know what was cra- -- I got to say this too: The police escorts -- we could get used to that. [Laughter] Right? And particularly when you're in Houston, man. Those cops -- the police there in Houston, man, they were a well-oiled machine. We were getting places fast. [Laughter] 83

Dan Hurley

Very Positive
00:11:24-00:11:51 (26 sec)
But on behalf of UCo- -- University of Connecticut, the great state of Connecticut, and then all of Husky Nation, I just want to thank you and your administration, you know, for providing for us like what will be a day and memories we will never forget. 84

Dan Hurley

Positive
00:11:51-00:12:24 (34 sec)
And then, as a token of our appreciation over there, we're going to have our captains, Adama Sanogo and Andre Jackson Jr., present you with that UConn jersey. [Laughter] You don't want him posting you up. [Laughter] That's a big boy. 85

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:12:24-00:12:27 (3 sec)
No, no, no, I want him standing next to me. [Laughter] 86

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:12:27-00:12:28 ( sec)
[Mr. Jackson Jr. and Mr. Sanogo present the President with a gift] [Applause] 87

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:12:28-00:12:30 (3 sec)
I thought these guys were standing on risers. [Laughter] 88