Tide heads to White House, Barrett Jones says he might be too conservative to move in

Alabama last White House trip in 2010 (AP file photo)

The Alabama football team will head to Washington today. Read all about the trip in today’s newspaper …

TUSCALOOSA — Barack Obama got away without a Barrett Jones handshake when the Alabama football team last visited the White House.

Not this time, the Crimson Tide senior promised. He’ll get to the front of the line to meet the president when the Alabama delegation makes its return this afternoon. Per tradition, a 1:20 p.m. reception at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave will honor the 2011 BCS national champions.

So will Jones, a star student with a history of humanitarian trips, size up the landmark as a potential future residence?

“You never know. I might be too conservative,” he said. “Maybe I could be the governor of Alabama, but I don’t know if I could be president. But yeah, it’s always fun to go there. It’ll be my second trip to see the president. Hopefully I’ll get to shake his hand this time. I was a little mad the last time. I was a scrub, I guess. … A scrub starter.”

Nick Saban got considerably more face time with Obama on the White House mission following the 2009 national title. This will be his third after winning the 2003 BCS crown with LSU, but he best remembers his first few trips to the nation’s capital.

“When I was a kid, I was a patrol boy,” Saban said. “Everyone knows what a patrol boy is, right? He holds the flag out so people can cross the street when people go to school. Well, for being a patrol boy, you go to go to Washington D.C. every year.”

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