Washington, D.C. has often been called the most powerful city in the world. If true, then Joe Gibbs has carved out quite a reputation in the highest corners of our nation's capital.
During the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning at the Washington Hilton Hotel, at which Gibbs attended, President Bush mentioned Gibbs' return as Redskins head coach less than a minute into his speech.
"All of us believe in the power of prayer," President Bush said. "And for a lot of people here in Washington, a prayer has been answered with three words: Coach Joe Gibbs. Joe is admired for a great career and even more, he is respected for his convictions and character.
"Joe, we're glad to see you back on the job."
To laughter and applause, Bush added: "I'm all in favor of second terms."
Gibbs said he spun around in surprise at hearing the president mention his name.
"I was totally taken aback," Gibbs said. "I'm sitting there at 7 a.m. at the prayer breakfast and the next thing I know, when he said it, I kind of spun around and said, 'Good gosh, I can't believe he said that!'"
"I couldn't wait to call my wife Pat and tell her it happened. I enjoyed it--it was nice. That's one of the things I love about Washington. There's no greater place where you have more people who can really do things in the world."
Gibbs later addressed the crowd at the National Prayer Breakfast.
"It was a great morning where everyone could focus on prayer and praying for the government--so that to me meant a lot," he said. "And how many times do you get to be in the same room as the president of the United States?
"So you enjoy that and you realize that it's a special place. This morning was a special time when I hope that everyone focused on God blessing our country."