“Ted Lasso” is going from the Premier League to the president’s office.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were set to welcome cast members of the Emmy-winning Apple TV+ show to the White House Monday afternoon to discuss ways to promote mental health.
The meeting came as the Bidens were said to have gotten a kick out of the soccer show’s “message of positivity, hope, kindness and empathy,” and were looking forward to discussing “the importance of addressing your mental health to promote overall wellbeing” with the cast, according to officials.
Jason Sudeikis, who plays the titular character — an American who suffers from panic attacks as he is tasked with coaching a London soccer club amid a crumbling marriage — was to be joined by cast members Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Toheeb Jimoh, Cristo Fernandez, Kola Bokinni, Billy Harris and James Lance.
In addition to “Lasso,” Sudeikis is well known for lampooning his host during his stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” when the Democrat served as Barack Obama’s vice president, and in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Biden, 80, previewed the meeting on Twitter with a yellow “Believe” sign above the door to the Oval Office, accompanied by the simple caption, “Tomorrow.”
In the show, Lasso placed the sign above his office door to motivate his middling team to make the most of their potential.
“‘Ted Lasso’ has inspired the world through its universal themes around optimism, kindness, and determination and the Lasso philosophy to ‘believe,’” Apple TV+ said in a press release, according to Variety.
Biden’s administration secured hundreds millions of dollars last year to expand mental health services nationwide.
With AP wires
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