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(Presidential) seal of approval: Obama congratulates Packers

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has spoken with Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy to congratulate him and the team on their Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The White House said Monday that Obama, who was neutral on the Super Bowl after his beloved hometown Chicago Bears were knocked out of contention, told McCarthy that "even a Bears fan" can appreciate what the victory means to Green Bay and Wisconsin.

The president asked McCarthy to pass on how impressed he was with MVP Aaron Rodgers' season. Obama also said he looked forward to hosting the Packers at the White House -- an outcome he noted had been predicted by Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson.

The Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Obama noted McCarthy's leadership in guiding the team through injuries.

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