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President Barack Obama leads a soccer chant as he arrives in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, to watch the World Cup 2014 match between USA and Belgium on July 1, 2014 in Washington D.C.  Mandel Ngan —AFP/Getty Images

PHOTO: Obama Surprises World Cup Watchers, Chants For Team USA

Jul 01, 2014

President Barack Obama joined the World Cup-watching bandwagon at a viewing party in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House Tuesday afternoon. Obama led about 200 White House staffers in a chant of: "I believe that we will win!” after entering to watch the game around halftime.

"So I was worried that if I walked in and Belgium scored, I'd get in trouble -- oh no!," quipped Obama.

President Obama believes. #LetsWinThisThing #USA https://t.co/lzWxezTyno

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2014

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama had been meeting with his national security team around the game’s start time.

While Obama was watching at the Eisenhower Building, reporters at the White House had a viewing party of their own going:

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