President Bush Honors Lady Bears At White House

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    President George W. Bush welcomes Baylor University women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, her team and family members to the Oval Office, Wednesday, July 20, 2005, in honor of the Baylor University team winning the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball championship. White House photo by Paul Morse.
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    The Lady Bears pose for a group photo in the west wing of the White House, before heading out to the Rose Garden.
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    The Lady Bears react to the president's arrival at the Rose Garden.
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    President Bush accepts his commemorative Dr Pepper bottle, a gift from the Lady Bears.
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    President Bush leads the way to the Oval Office.
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    Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison presented the Lady Bears with a proclamation congratulating the team on the national championship.
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    Kim Mulkey-Robertson with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
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    (L to R) - Rep. Chet Edwards, Victoria Jones, Chameka Scott, Chisa Ononiwu, Monique Jones and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
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    Rep. Chet Edwards presents Kim Mulkey-Robertson with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol.
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    (L to R) - Baylor Interim President William D. Underwood, Rep. Louis Gohmert, Rep. Ernest Istook and Rep. Chet Edwards.
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    (L to R) - Baylor Interim President William D. Underwood, Rep. Ernest Istook, Rep. Louis Gohmert, Rep. Chet Edwards and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
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    (L to R) - Baylor Interim President William D. Underwood, Rep. Ernest Istook, Assistant to the President Karl Rove, Rep. Louis Gohmert, Rep. Chet Edwards and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
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    Former Baylor students who now live and work in Washington, D.C., attended a reception with the Lady Bears in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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    Congressman Louis Gohmert, a Baylor law graduate, gave the Lady Bears a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol.
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    The rotunda ceiling in the U.S. Capitol.
July 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2005) -- President George W. Bush honored the NCAA champion Baylor Lady Bears basketball team on Wednesday, July 20, at the White House.

The president joined the team for a brief ceremony and photo opportunity in the Rose Garden, where he was presented with a special gift from senior Chelsea Whitaker - a commemorative Dr Pepper bottle celebrating Baylor's national championship. President Bush then invited head coach Kim Mulkey and the team into the Oval Office.

Following the visit with the president, Baylor players, coaches and other members of the traveling party attended a Baylor Network event in the Indian Treaty Room in the East Wing of the old Executive Office Building. The event was attended by several Texas elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco, U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert, JD '77, of Tyler, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rep. Ernest Istook, BA '71, of Oklahoma, and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston. Other attendees included Karl Rove, assistant to President Bush, Baylor dignitaries and several Baylor graduates currently living and working in Washington, D.C.

The team also toured the White House and received a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol led by Rep. Gohmert, a Baylor Law alumnus.

The official Baylor Athletics web site also offers further details of the event, Lady Bears To Visit White House.

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