Barack Obama sent note to A-Rod, J. Lo congratulating them on engagement
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez recently got engaged, and among the luminaries and A-listers who passed along their best wishes was none other than Barack Obama.
Rodriguez took to social media to share the letter written by the former Commander-in-Chief — on official Obama stationery, no less — writing, “This means the world to us.”
This means the world to us.— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 22, 2019
“Michelle and I just wanted to congratulate you on your engagement,” Obama wrote in the note. “After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes it all better.”
Interestingly, Obama has not always held A-Rod in such high regard. When Rodriguez’s PED scandal first broke in February of 2009, Obama, in the first year of his first term and in his first prime-time news conference, called the news “depressing.”
“And if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree,” Obama said at the time. “And it’s unfortunate, because I think there were a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.”
Rodriguez clearly finds himself in better standing with Obama now.
All that said, it goes without saying that A-Rod and J. Lo are among the biggest celebrities in the U.S., but even the former MLB superstar recognizes what a tremendous honor it is to have a former President make note of one’s engagement. It’s a good gig if you can get it.