Wrestler Dan Gable’s young grandchildren stole the show at his Medal of Freedom ceremony Monday afternoon as they leaned on the Resolute Desk and took a seat on the floor of the Oval Office.
Gable, 72, considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, arrived at the White House with his large family in tow as was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump Monday.
The former wrestler and coach responded, ‘No chance,’ when asked if he thinks Trump could take him in a match as the president touted his 2-0 election record. Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden, but still refuses to concede and claims the election was ‘rigged’ and riddled with ‘fraud.’
Dan Gable’s grandchildren stole the show at his Medal of Freedom ceremony as some of the younger children refused to hold back on how they really felt about attending the event
Gable, 72, considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, was donned with the honor by President Donald Trump on Monday
At some points, Gable’s grandchildren took a seat on the floor of the Oval Office
Sammy Olszta, 6, one of Gable’s grandsons, leans against the Resolute Desk and nearly bends over backwards
He also didn’t look too pleased while leaning on the desk right next to the document declaring Gable the recipient of the highest civilian honor
Gable was joined Monday by his 13 grandchildren, his wife Kathy, daughters, Jenni, Molly, Annie and Mackenzie, and sons-in-laws
One of Gable’s son-in-laws (to his left) was pictured holding three different children throughout the ceremony
Gable is pictured here winning first place in Men’s freestyle wrestling in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany
During the ceremony Monday, Trump took a few questions from reporters, turning it into a mini-press conference
Trump repeated claims that the presidential election was ‘rigged,’ lamenting it was riddled with ‘fraud’ by Democrats
Gable also briefly addressed the press
Highest Civilian Honor: Trump and Gable hold the document declaring Gable a Medal of Freedom recipient
Gable proudly dons his Medal of Freedom as his children perk up toward the end of the ceremony
In the weeks following the election, the president has had very few public appearances or events. In the last week, however, the president has awarded two Medals of Freedom.
On Thursday, Trump donned former football player and coach Lou Holtz with the honor in an Oval Office ceremony-turned-press conference.
During the ceremony for Gable, it was really his grandchildren, situated with his family over his right shoulder, who became the stars of the show.
A few of his grandsons decided to either sit or lay on the floor of the Oval Office at various points throughout the ceremony while one son-in-law juggled between three different children in his arms throughout.
One grandson also leaned on the Resolute Desk with a bored appearance as he stared at the text of the document declaring Gable’s receipt of the Medal of Freedom award, signed by the president.
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a Trump ally, was present at the event Monday. He was a college wrestler and before seeking public office was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Jordan just barely missed making the U.S. Olympic team in 1988.
Trump presented the Medal of Freedom to Gable on Monday after awarding another to retired football coach Lou Holtz on Thursday
Gables family smiled from behind him as the president situated the medal on Gable’s neck
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a Trump ally and former collegiate wrestler and coach, attended the ceremony Monday
Gable is a wrestling legend
He went on to coach wrestling at the University of Iowa
Following the ceremony, Trump took questions from reporters.
He took the opportunity to slam the election results and lament of the circumstances surrounding the presidential election.
‘It was a rigged election,’ Trump said when asked if he is trying to dispute the election was not conducted fairly. ‘If you look at the different states, the election was totally rigged.’
‘It’s a disgrace to our country. It’s like a third world country, these ballots pouring in from everywhere, using machinery that nobody knows ownership nobody knows anything about,’ he continued.