The Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl win at the White House Tuesday with President Joe Biden — and their star quarterback came out firing jokes about election denialists.
Tom Brady, who last appeared for a White House Super Bowl event during George W. Bush’s presidency in 2005, noted to the crowd assembled on the White House lawn that at one point his team was 7-5 and “not a lot people, you know, think that we could have won. In fact, I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think we won.”
“I understand that,” quipped Biden, who was standing off to the side.
Brady also joked that after he forgot how many downs there were earlier in the season, some people referred to him as “Sleepy Tom” — a reference to former President Donald Trump’s nickname for Biden.
“Why would they do that to me?” Brady asked.
“I don’t know,” Biden said.
Brady’s Trump digs — and appearance at the White House — were a bit of a surprise, given his longtime friendship with Trump. In 2015, Brady, then a New England Patriot, told Boston’s WEEI that Trump had sent him a “Make America Great Again” hat that had been spotted in Brady’s locker.
“He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times,” Brady told the station. “So now that he’s running for president, he sent me a hat. He obviously appeals to a lot of people, and he’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with.”