Why are Kemba Walker and Jim Calhoun at the White House? Oh yeah, it's because they won the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) holds up a jersey while posing for photographs with 2011 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun (R) and team guard Kemba Walker at the White House May 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. UConn earned the national championship with an 11-game run through the postseason, ending with a 53-41 win over Butler in the NCAA title game. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The men's basketball team made the trip down to Washington D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama and be congratulated on their national championship. The visit was brief -- only eight and a half minutes with the president -- but it was still nice for the Huskies. Here's Obama, from the Courant:

"I have to be honest — this is a bittersweet day for me," Obama said. "On the one hand, I get to congratulate a great team and a great coach and national champions, but on the other hand, I'm reminded once again my bracket was a bust."

This was the third straight year a Husky team has been to the White House (the women's basketball team went in 2010 and 2009). It was also Jim Calhoun's third visit. He and his teams also traveled to the White House in 1999 and 2004. If you want to take a trip down memory lane the Courant has a nice slideshow of Huskies posing with presidents.

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