Obama visits Olympic Training Center, brags about socks

President Obama ties his shoes as he sits on the mat during his visit to the U.S. Olympic Training center, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Obama ties his shoes as he sits on the mat during his visit to the U.S. Olympic Training center, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
(CBS News) For a brief time Thursday, President Obama acted as cheerleader-in-chief as he visited the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., telling reporters "we could not be prouder" of all the U.S. athletes in the games.

During his visit, he met with Paralympics swimmer Michael Prout who won two medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and is about to head to London for this year's Paralympic Games.

He also gave "a special shout out to the women's soccer team today avenging the loss in the World Cup" after the team beat Japan, 2-1, in the Olympic final. He also congratulated the women's water polo team on their gold medal victory.

Later, the president stopped by a wrestling gym, where he removed his shoes to walk onto the mat and talk to a team of young cadet wrestlers.

"This looks like a pretty young crew," he said. "You know, for wrestlers you smell pretty good."

Afterward, as he was putting his shoes back on, CBS News' Peter Maer quipped, "Very presidential, sir."

"I want to point out: no holes in my socks," the president joked. "My grandmother would be proud."

  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBSNews.com's Executive Editor, Washington.

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