President Obama calls U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their World Cup performance. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama called the U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard from the Oval Office on Wednesday (July 2) to congratulate them on their World Cup performance in Brazil. Obama told the players, "You guys all did us proud, not just by hard you played and how well you did, but you guys just carry yourselves with a lot a class, and it makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sports." Much-fancied Belgium needed extra time to crack heroic United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory on Tuesday that set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina. Praising Howard, Obama said; "I don't know how you're going to survive the mobs when you come back home." More than 22 million people in the U.S. watched the U.S.-Belgium game on Tuesday beating the number of viewers, some 19 million who tuned in to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series last year.