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President Obama: “Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion.”

President Obama Welcomes NHL Champion Pittsburgh Penguins To The White House Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins had another very important job left to do: visit the President of the United States.

The Penguins don’t go to Washington D.C. until Nov. 16. That could, understandably, be a problem; it’s an election year, and whatnot. So instead, why not go right now? They have two days off in between preseason games, and it’s not like it’s all that far away...

The Penguins went to see the President, and it was awesome, starting with the most Sidney Crosby thing ever.

But it was Phil Kessel who would be the star of the show (and we’ll get back to him shortly...)

(Was Nick Bonino consulted on this??)

Mike Sullivan wore his most American pair of socks.

Kris Letang decided to go the history route while waiting.

While Eric Fehr and Brian Dumoulin were being just plain cool.

A photo posted by Brian Dumoulin (@du24theboyz) on

And then, of course...

And President Obama had the line of the day - one we’ve been saying to ourselves for months now.

When the President says it, you know it’s good.

Here’s the whole thing, in all its glory: