Pence supports the Colts
Today President Bush addressed Republicans at our annual planning retreat at the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While most of the time was spent in very serious discussions of challenges at home and abroad, there was one very light and very Hoosier moment.
Knowing the President's enthusiasm for professional sports, Mrs. Pence got the idea that we and the kids should surprise the President by showing up in the colors and uniforms of the Super Bowl-bound Indianapolis Colts. While there was a dress code for the luncheon, just before the President approached us, Mrs. Pence passed out the Colts jerseys she snuck into the banquet to our three kids.
The President of the United States was delighted when we greeted him in glaring blue and white! He said. "Ok, Pence, alright, the Colts...it might be their year!" We assured him that it was. The President spoke very seriously of his admiration for "Manning" and "Dungy" saying "good at football and good men."
Later I chatted with Josh Bolten, the President's chief of staff, and he told me about his experience watching the Colts-Patriots game at Camp David with President Bush last Sunday. He said, "I never remember eating in front of the television set but we did that night." He made no commitment about the President's preference at the Super Bowl but did say, "he sure was impressed with the Colts last Sunday."
Weren't we all. Go Colts.