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Obama lauds Michael Phelps' Olympic golds, then brings up his 'Phelps face'

Obama lauds Michael Phelps' Olympic golds, then brings up his 'Phelps face'

It was Team USA day Thursday at the White House, which meant President Barack Obama talked a good deal about two Olympians who grew up swimming not far from Washington.

First up: Bethesda's Katie Ledecky, in attendance in the East Room.

"I was nervous that she was going to ask me to, like, hold all her medals while I was speaking or something," Obama joked of the five-time gold medalist. "So she obliterates her own records in the 400[-meter] and the 800 freestyle, lapped the field in the 800. When you were watching it on TV — you all see it on TV, like there's nobody else in the pool? Crazy."

Minutes later, the focus was on Michael Phelps...

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