July 21, 2008 was a memorable day for three members of the USA Softball Women’s National team as they were invited to a day at the White House with President George Bush, the First Lady and members of the White House staff. Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.), Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) and Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) were invited to an official send off from the President and First Lady to the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. athletes who will be representing the Red, White and Blue in Beijing, China.
“It was such an incredible experience,” said Finch. “I was honored to be at the White House with all the other athletes and we were welcomed with open arms. The President was so nice and to think that I had the chance to eat dinner sitting right next to him was just crazy. He said was looking forward to coming to one of our games in China.”
“It was great to be there and feel so comfortable,” said Duran. “It was an honor to be one of the few Olympians to be selected to go to this event. It was a pinch-yourself experience to look down and see the White Housechina and Jennie sitting next to the president eating dinner. I was moved by the history of the White House and realizing all the people that have walked the halls I was standing in.”
The day started with a 10 a.m. greeting by the President in the Rose Garden. Members of the Olympic team were greeted with a couple remarks by the President before USA Softball’s Finch presented him with an authentic softball jersey with ‘Bush 08’ embroidered on the back.