President Barack Obama poked fun at one of sport’s biggest stars at the White House on Tuesday, remarking that British soccer player David Beckham had a knack for combining athletic prowess with commercial appeal.
The quip came as the president congratulated Beckham and his teammates of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who defeated the Houston Dynamo last November to clinch the 2011 Major League Soccer Cup.
The President quipped, “I gave David a hard time; I said that half his teammates could be his kids! We’re getting old, David. In fact, you’re holding up better than me.”
Obama also took aim at the British sportsman’s sideline as an underwear model, adding, “It’s a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.”
Beckham’s fame transcends the soccer field. He has landed endorsement deals with Adidas and Pepsi, and is known for showing off his body in underwear ads for H&M. His wife, Victoria, is a former member of the Spice Girls, one of the most successful bands of the 1990s.