This Monday’s college football national championship game taking place in Atlanta is a pretty big deal, and not just because the powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will face off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will have even more eyes on it because President Donald Trump is planning on attending with First Lady Melania Trump.
The Trumps will be the guests of Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, as well as Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue. Interestingly enough, both Purdue and Ayers are natives of Houston County, the same county from which UGA quarterback Jake Fromm hails. (Personally, I hope it means that the First Couple will cheer for my Bulldogs.)
The Atlanta Police and Secret Service are already working on plans to have the proper security in place for such a high profile appearance by the president. Naturally, the logistics of having a presidential visit to an already big event will create some havoc. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is already advising folks to avoid Interstate 75 on the northwest corner of metro Atlanta, which is the most direct route from Dobbins Air Force Base to the heart of the city.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans has already tweeted out her sarcastic advice for the president - at least she has being a Georgia fan going for her:
The White House Press Secretary has offered congratulations to the two teams in the championship:
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened her press briefing Tuesday by congratulating the SEC schools “from two great states, both in the heart of Trump country” for bowl victories that propelled them to the championship.
When pressed about what she meant by calling the two states "Trump country," Sanders said she was simply trying to congratulate “two great football teams in the greatest conference in the country.”
As the room erupted into laughter, she added: “Which I'm sure that most of you will all agree, even those that don’t live in one of those lucky states.”
The presence of Donald and Melania Trump will certainly add even more excitement to a championship game that already promises to be one for the ages. It’s going to be fun!