AP: Obama honors Alabama Crimson Tide

Obama Hosts BCS Champion Alabama: President Barack Obama hosted the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team at the White House Monday. Alabama beat Texas back in January for its 13th national title. (March 8 )

ALSO from the AP: “I think it’s safe to say that the Tide is back,” Obama said, to the occasional “Roll Tide” chant from his audience.

The president received a football, helmet and jersey from Alabama players after his speech and went on to shake the hands of most of the team, including Saban and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

“As Coach Bryant once said, “I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude,'” Obama said. “I think this team would make him proud, because they’ve got that winning attitude.”

Among those in attendance was Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, who has repeatedly clashed with Obama on economic and banking issues by virtue of his position as the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. (read more from the AP below)