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Obama welcomes London 2012 Olympians, Paralympians at White House

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U.S. Olympic 400m sprint gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross takes a picture with U.S. President Barack Obama as the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams visit the White House in Washington, on Sept. 14.

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US President Barack Obama greets US Olympians on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 14, during ceremony to honor the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic teams.

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Members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, including swimmer Michael Phelps, gather on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 14, in Washington, DC. The U.S. team brought home 104 medals, 46 of them gold medals, from the games in London.

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AP reports -- President Barack Obama tells U.S. Olympians and Paralympians they are the "portrait of what this country is all about" as he, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama salute their achievements at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The Obamas and Biden saluted the U.S. teams at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

At the Olympics, the U.S. won 104 medals, 46 of them gold, their highest total at an Olympics not held in the United States.

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets U.S. Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder as first lady Michelle Obama welcomes members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House in Washington, o Sept. 14.

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US President Barack Obama speaks as First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during a ceremony to honor the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic teams on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 14.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama holds President Barack Obama's hand as she speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 14 during ceremony to honor the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic teams.

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