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U.S. gymnasts, top left to right, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross raise their hands on the podium, next to Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa, right, and Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva, left, during the medal ceremony during the Artistic Gymnastic women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. Team U.S. won the gold. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Sure, to a high-school aged girl it may not rank up there with a tweet from Justin Bieber, but the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team received a phone call from President Barack Obama Wednesday congratulating them on their impressive performance in London Games.
The call came Wednesday morning as the president was flying on Air Force One to a campaign stop in Ohio.
The White House Press Office said that he spoke to the team in the following order: Aly Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Gabby Douglas.
White House officials said he congratulated each one, plus added the following:
To Aly: “Michelle and I have watched and decided of all the Olympians you guys amaze us the most.”
To Jordan: “I’m so impressed by how you bounced back and led the team. Tell your parents I’m proud of them, too. I don’t think I could watch if I were them.”
To McKayla: “Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable.”
To Kyla: He remarked how she was “really steady,” adding “I was impressed by how cool you were. I don’t know how you do what you do especially the balance beam.”
To Gabby: “You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there.” And: “Keep at it. Stay cool.”
Afterward, the athletes took to Twitter to share their excitement.
Jordan tweeted out to her followers: "Just talked to the President on the phone! Pretty much the coolest thing ever!! @BarackObama #ProudAmerican"
Gabby had similar thoughts. She tweeted: "Just talked to the President of the United States!!! WOW such and honor and a amazing feeling!! #thankyou"
McKayla tweeted: "Just talked to the President of the United States.. #whaaaat So grateful!! That was amazing!! #ProudToBeAnAmerican"
Tweeted Aly: "@BarackObama So nice of you to talk to all of us!!! So honored to be able to speak to you on the phone! Thank you for everything! :)"
And Kyla tweeted: "Such an honor getting to talking to the President on the phone!!!! Thanks for supporting us!"
The Fab Five weren't the only ones receiving personal messages from the president. The man with the most Olympic medals in history woke up to a tweet from Obama, too. He tweeted Michael Phelps around midnight ET.
The tweet: "Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. -bo"
Since it was signed "-bo," that means it came from the President himself, not White House staffers.