Trump soaks in cheers at col­lege foot­ball game

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump knew where to go Satur­day for home field ad­van­tage, find­ing com­fort in the Deep South with col­lege foot­ball fans cheer­ing the na­tion’s top two teams — and him.

His re­cep­tion at the show­down be­tween Louisiana State and Alabama con­trasted with the scene at Game 5 of the World Series in Wash­ing­ton, where was booed, and the mixed re­sponse to his ap­pear­ance at a mar­tial arts fight in New York.

Trump, sit­ting one tier above the field, waved as fans turned around to look up at the pres­i­dent. He smiled, gave a thumbs-up a few times and threw a cou­ple of fist bumps into the air as the Alabama fans waved red and white pom­poms in re­sponse. First lady Me­la­nia Trump got an equally en­thu­si­as­tic wel­come.

There was lit­tle sign of po­lit­i­cal sen­ti­ment on cam­pus but plenty of bi­par­ti­san grum­bling about the long lines to get in due to en­hanced se­cu­rity.

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