President Bush invited the Bulldogs to the White House to honor them for winning the College World Series. Fresno State joined some other NCAA team national championship teams at the White House. In his closing remarks, the President congratulated Fresno State for not giving up and quoted Bulldog right fielder Steve Detwiler.
Following an hour-long tour of the White House, the team got a private audience with President Bush and he posed for pictures at the base of the grand stair case. That staircase leads up to the residence area of the East Wing of the White House. In the area of the photo session were amazing portraits of former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhauer, Harry S. Truman and George H.W. Bush.
Bush and the Bulldogs chatted about baseball and the improbable College World Series victory. He praised the team for winning what he called "a brutally tough tournament" and congratulated them for their upset wins.
President Bush told the squad that he is close friends with Texas Longhorns coach Augie Garrido, a former Fresno State player.
Bush is an avid sports fan, and as the former owner of the Texas Rangers, he told the squad that he follows baseball most closely. He talked to the team about the importance of earning their degrees, and then chatted to a couple of the pro players on the team, Steve Susdorf (Phillies), Clayton Allison (Dodgers) and Justin Wilson (Pirates), about their experiences playing professional baseball.
After taking a team photo with the team, Bush adjourned to the South Lawn of the White House to address the teams. The White House band played the Bulldog Fight Song as the team paraded to their seats. Bulldog captains Steve Susdorf and Clayton Allison joined the President on stage. He saved his comments about the Bulldogs for the end of his speech, at which time he singled out Detwiler's grit and toughness. Detwiler played the majority of the season injured, and was an integral figure in Fresno State's College World Series championship. He drove in all six runs with two homeruns in Fresno State's 6-1 win over Georgia in the national championship game. Upon hearing his name spoken by the President, Detwiler was in shock.
"I was videotaping the speech and when he said my name, I started shaking," said Detwiler after. "I had chills up my spine and couldn't hold the camera still. This is way too soon, too much to even think about right now. I'm in awe, really. I'm lost for words."
The day began with a tour of some of the Washington D.C.'s most historic sites. The tour started at the Lincoln Memorial and a National Park Ranger, Bob Healy, provided the team with an informative and guided tour. After that, the team visited the Vietman Memorial, Korean Memorial and Washington Monument. The weather was overcast and unseasonably mild for winter on the east coast with temperatures in the mid-50s.
The Bulldogs went to the top of the Washington Monument, where the view was spectacular and one could see the D.C. metro area for nearly 40 miles in every direction.
After that, the Bulldogs went to the White House. After getting through the security screening process, the Bulldogs took an extensive tour of the White House, spending the majority of the time on the first floor of the East Wing.
The team enjoyed the White House tour and took plenty of photos of the various rooms and many famous portraits of former Presidents that line the walls. That led to the historic meeting the President Bush.