UPDATE: President Donald Trump has finally found a sporting event crowd that loves him. The cheers vastly outnumbered the boos at today’s Alabama-LSU showdown. See video for details.
The White House press pool said Trump was standing, waving, and fist pumping from his box, and pointing to people in the crowd near him who were waving and taking pictures. On the field, the Alabama band was saluting the military by playing each branch’s theme song as the announcer named the branch.
Then the announcer asked the crowd to stand together to sing “America the Beautiful” to honor fallen soldiers. Trump was standing straight with his arms to his side and staring ahead solemnly. The First Lady was next to him with similar pose.
As the band concluded and the announcer said “Roll Tide,” Trump applauded.
EARLIER: The biggest showdown in college football’s season to date takes place today in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in front of two special guests.
President Donald Trump is planning to attend the game between Alabama and LSU, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. He’s no doubt hoping for a warmer reception that he received at the World Series at a recent UCF bout.
But joining him is the infamous Trump Baby blimp, which will float over the campus. The blimp’s presence was secured by a GoFundMe campaign, the Washington Post reported.
The balloon depicts a bright orange Trump donning a diaper secured by safety pins. It was seen during Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom this summer, and has since become an anti-Trump activist staple.
The blimp will be four blocks away from the stadium hosting the game and the Commander-in-Chief.