Richard Lipsey has been to the White House before and even met with U.S. presidents. But the businessman and LSU Tigers booster, who accompanied the championship LSU football team on its ceremonial trip to the White House last week, says this visit was unlike anything he’s ever experienced.
Lipsey, who was invited by LSU coach Ed Orgeron to make the trip, says the group arrived around 9 a.m. and was allowed to roam around the ground floor for nearly an hour, admiring the artwork and soaking up the history. At 10 a.m. they were called into the East Room, where they met with President Donald Trump, who spoke to the group and joked with them for nearly an hour.
When that gathering concluded, the team and entourage followed the president to the Oval Office, where they lined up and each took an individual picture with Trump behind his desk. While the gathering lasted for two hours, it didn’t actually include lunch at the White House, as was previously reported. Instead, the team went back to the Marriott for a celebratory feast.