Heard on the Hill: Prez’s Soccer Substitutes

Posted July 15, 2011 at 6:02pm

Last week, President Barack Obama announced an official delegation to pop over to Germany this weekend and attend the Women’s World Cup. (As an aside: USA! USA!)

The delegation, led by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, will represent the president at the match. She’ll be joined by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, who proclaims his “particular passion” for soccer on his official ambassadorial website.

Murphy helped bring a professional women’s soccer team, Sky Blue FC, to New Jersey and served on the board of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. And according to his website, it’s a family affair. “All Murphys play, to a greater or less degree, the beautiful game,” it says.

The final member of the delegation: Chelsea Clinton. Why? We haven’t the foggiest. Perhaps because she developed some sweet soccer moves back in the day as a student at the same school that the Obama daughters attend?

In any case, we would have loved to have joined this football-crazy trio, but no one asked us. (Sad face.)