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President Barack Obama receives an autographed Green Bay Packers Charles Woodson from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, center, and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, upon his arrival in Green Bay, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, en route to nearby Manitowoc, Wis., where he will a tour renewable-energy factories and talk about jobs and the economy. Obama, a Chicago native, predicted the Chicago Bears would beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Chicago Bears' number-one fan congratulated the Green Bay Packers on their Super Bowl win.

President Obama personally called Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on Monday to congratulate him on the team's win Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The president commended Coach McCarthy on his leadership in guiding the team through a rash of injuries both throughout the season and during the game," reads a written statement from the White House.

The president watched the game at the White House with about 150 guests and a menu of bratwurst, cheeseburgers, Buffalo wings, deep-dish pizza and more.

About two weeks ago, Obama visited Wisconsin for a rally and received a Packers jersey from Gov. Scott Walker in the spirit of the NFC Championship game against the Bears.

"The president told McCarthy that even a Bears fan can appreciate what the victory means to the people of Green Bay and Wisconsin, and said he looks forward to hosting the team at the White House -- just as Charles Woodson predicted," the statement read.

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