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South-Sider Obama to Victorious Chicago Cubs: ‘Want to Come to the White House Before I Leave?’

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Barack Obama may be a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, but that didn’t stop him from celebrating the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win Wednesday night.

The president acknowledged the North Side rival team’s historic victory in the early hours of Thursday — before inviting the Cubs for a visit at the White House.

“That’s change even this South Sider can believe in,” he said, of the Cubs breaking their 108-year-long curse. “Want to come to the White House before I leave?”

Michelle Obama would sure like that! Despite being married to a Sox fan, the First Lady said she’s “been rooting for [the Cubs] since [she] was a kid.”

“Go Cubs, go!” she wrote on Twitter after the elusive World Series victory. “So incredibly proud tonight.”

Last month, Barack was asked on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live about whether he was happy to see the Cubs in the World Series. And while the 55-year-old hesitated for a second, he eventually told Kimmel “yes.”

“To see just how happy everybody was, I actually felt pretty good,” the president explained. “I am rooting for the hometown team even though it is not my team.”

Susan Walsh/AP
Susan Walsh/AP

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The Chicago Cubs were named the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series winners Wednesday night in an extra-inning game 7 of the series — besting the Indians 8-7.

It’s the first time the team has placed in the World Series since 1945, when they lost to the Detroit Tigers. 

Loyal Cubs fans have long united over their team’s inability to garner a series win, even going so far as to nickname their team the “Lovable Losers.” They trace back the losing streak to the 1945 World Series, when Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis was forced to leave Wrigley Field because of the stench of his pet goat. After the ouster, Sianis allegedly declared that “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!”

Now, 108 years later, the Cubs proved Sianis wrong.