David Beckham was out to impress in America once again, and took the White House by story yesterday as the LA Galaxy visited President Barak Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.
The MLS Cup winners were visiting the capital in recognition of last season’s success, with the likes of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane enjoying a presentation with the American leader. A Q&A session with 26 children from the Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program followed for Beckham, who was understandably the centre of attention.
Questions were thrown at the former England captain on a number of topics, who was eager to promote healthy-living after a short speech from the First Lady about the perils of childhood obesity.
"I have four children. I have a 13-year-old boy, a nine-year-old boy, a seven-year-old boy and nine-month-old little girl,” he responded when asked about his life away from the pitch.
“So my favourite activities are spending time with them at the park. Playing soccer, of course. And my favourite snack would have to be - when I was your age I was told that carrots would make me see in dark - so I love carrots."
After being teased earlier in the day by President Obama about his underwear range – which was advertises in the USA during the SuperBowl half-time show – Beckham was back down to business and much more comfortable fielding questions about his career.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was happy to provide an insight into his move across the Atlantic, and hinted that the lure of building the profile of soccer in the States was a big motivator behind his switch.
“I had the opportunity to come to this great country for a different challenge and playing a sport that is not one of the biggest sports in the country,” he noted.
“I love a challenge. I love being part of a team. I have got great team mates, great coaching staff, great fans. So I wanted to come (and) play here and be successful here and win a championship. And it is one of the reasons that we are in the White House today."