Presidential “Bunnygate” Controversy

When the 2012-2013 N.C.A.A. Women’s Basketball Division I National Champion University of Connecticut basketball team met President Barack Obama at the White House, to accept his congratulations and present him with gifts, they created a bit of a visual firestorm. During the ceremony, Obama snapped his fingers after one of the players seemed to agree that his bracketology “needs some work.”  He picked incorrectly had picked Baylor to win the title. That snap, was quickly made into this animated .gif.

a1050c26-8c2e-473e-aaa3-81adf8ef0490_795743540However, the team also made news when Stefanie Dolson and Kiah Stokes gave the commander in chief, “bunny ears,” which this story by John Altavilla explains so well. The photo below, by USA Today Sports photographer Evan Habeeb, captured the prank and is now the subject of a spirited debate.

Washington, DC, USA;  Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart (top row, second from left) gives President Barack Obama bunny ears during the Connecticut Huskies White House Visit at the White House. Photo by Evan Habeeb - USA TODAY Sports

Washington, DC, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart (top row, second from left) gives President Barack Obama bunny ears during the Connecticut Huskies White House Visit at the White House. Photo by Evan Habeeb – USA TODAY Sports

The next image however, may be a bit more disruptive to the champion UConn Huskies team as Breanna Stewart was singled out by the actual culprits. This may create some trust issues on the team. But more likely, they will treat it the same way they visited the White House… with a good sense of humor.

Washington, DC, USA;  United States president Barack Obama (right) gestures towards Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart (top, center) during a visit to the White House. Photo by Evan Habeeb - USA TODAY Sports

Washington, DC, USA; United States president Barack Obama (right) gestures towards Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart (top, center) during a visit to the White House. Photo by Evan Habeeb – USA TODAY Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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