It was a day to celebrate Hollywood at the White House. President Obama welcomed the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy to his home Tuesday and honored them for their respective leagues titles in 2012. "It is great to have both teams here not just because they share a hometown," Obama said before detailing how both franchises had to overcome slow starts to their seasons before winning. "I'm a little resentful coming from Chicago that L.A. seems to be getting all these championships." The Kings, who played Monday in Chicago, received a tour of the White House before the ceremony. Obama made sure to mention the result from Monday night, when the Kings dealt the Blackhawks their fourth regulation loss of the season on a late goal by captain Dustin Brown. "I'm going to be a good sport -- these guys pointed out that they beat my Blackhawks [on Monday]," Obama said after earlier giving a nod to Darryl Sutter, who played and coached for the Blackhawks. "I will also say that, given this season how rare it is to beat the Blackhawks, I want to congratulate them for that, as well." Galaxy star Landon Donovan gave the president a Galaxy jersey with the No. 1 on it and a soccer ball, which led Obama to show off his skills with a quick header to himself. Brown then presented the president with a No. 44 Obama Kings jersey, to which he responded, "That’s a good-looking jersey. Forty-four is a lucky number." When Obama posed for a photo with the Kings, he put his arm around Brown and said, "Let me see that toothless grin. This is what a hockey player should look like." After the ceremony with the president, three Kings players -- Brown, defenseman Rob Scuderi and goaltender Jonathan Quick -- joined Donovan and two members of the Galaxy (Mike McGee and Todd Dunivant) in a question-and-answer session with children from around the country as part of the White House's "Let's Move!" initiative.
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