Obama Congratulates Buehrle for Perfect Game

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President Obama has called White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle to congratulate him on pitching the first major league perfect game in five years, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports.

The president learned of the perfect game while en route this afternoon from his town meeting in Shaker Heights, Ohio to the airport in Cleveland, according to Knoller. Someone at the White House emailed the news to Mr. Obama, who saw it on his BlackBerry.

The president immediate placed a call to Buehrle. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Mr. Obama told the pitcher "it was an unbelievable achievement."

According to Gibbs, the president joked that the perfect game may have happened because the president "wore a White Sox jacket to the All-Star Game last week."

"As a fan, it's extraordinary," Mr. Obama told Gibbs. "When you're a White Sox fan, and I know the guy who did it, it makes it even more fun."