Wie and Obama connect in Pidgin


The Solheim Cup experience includes yet another thrilling memory for Michelle Wie.

President Barack Obama congratulated the winning U.S. Solheim Cup team Tuesday in a ceremony in the White House Oval Office. Upon meeting Wie, he initiated a conversation with her in Hawaiian Pidgin, a creole language based in part on English and common among Hawaiian residents.

Wie and Obama both attended the Punahou School in Honolulu, an elite college prepatory school. Wie honored the connection by presenting the president a traditional Hawaiian lei made in their school’s colors.

“He mentioned in his talk that we are alumni, it was pretty cool,” Wie said in a brief telephone conversation after the ceremony. “I didn’t know what to expect coming here, but it’s been so awesome, so crazy.”

U.S. Solheim Cup assistant captain Meg Mallon said Wie left the Oval Office looking like she did when she was lighting up the competition with her elevated play.

“She had the same bounce in her step she had going down the fairway at the Solheim Cup,” Mallon said.

The American team also toured the Senate floor and will visit the Pentagon on Wednesday. Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Nicole Castrale and Natalie Gulbis all gained an audience with the president along with captain Beth Daniel. Juli Inkster could not make the trip as she was attending her nephew's wedding.