Whether you like him or not, President Barack Obama is very special. He proved it once more with a Barclays Premier League squad.
Swansea City soccer players had a great excuse for turning up late for training go. They reported about an hour and a half late for collective sleeves during the past week.
Maxime H. - 15/07/2016
The Premier League team owned by American investors Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan is currently based in Washington D.C. for their preseason tour. And the most famous D.C. resident was to blame for Swans’ extreme tardiness on Thursday morning.
Swansea players left their D.C. hotel to make the short journey to Washington DC United's training complex. They found the roads around their hotel had been closed off to facilitate the arrival of one particular personalty: President Barack Obama.
"I'm sure managers have heard some great excuses over the years as to why a player is not on time for training but I don't think anyone has blamed American President Barack Obama. Well we did -- and it was genuine," defender Anger Rangel said to Swansea City’s website.
"With our hotel a short distance from the White House, they closed the roads in the vicinity for an hour because Obama was due to return from official business.
"Our coach couldn't get to the ground until Obama's motorcade had passed, which included a number of speeding police motorbikes and a dozen blacked out vehicles.
"At first we thought they had closed the roads off because chairman Huw Jenkins had arrived. But it was only the American President!"