Washington (dpa) - US President Barack Obama took a break from the
campaign trail this week, plumping down on the sofa to watch the US
women's gymnast team take Olympic Gold, he said Saturday.
"I caught as many events as I could, jumping off the couch for a close race, or a perfect vault," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "I watched the wonderful young women of our gymnastics team recapture the team gold for America."
Obama sang praises of the swimmers winning "a haul of medals," the women's soccer team, the women's eight in rowing, the judo and skeet-shooting gold medalists, and of Michael Phelps becoming "the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time."
He said he was "filled with pride" watching gymnast Gabby Douglas become the first African-American to win a gold medal in the women's individual all-around.
But most of all, he said he wished he had been there in person along with First Lady Michelle.
"I've got to admit I was a little jealous she got to go," Obama said.
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