Right before they met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to be honored for their incredible performance in this year’s NCAA championships, players of the LSU Tigers recorded a brief dance video and shared it to social media.
The video showed them dancing to rapper Lil Elt’s popular song “Get the Gat.” It quickly went viral, attracting thousands of likes on Twitter and hundreds of thousands of likes on TikTok. But it also caused a question to go equally viral: “Who is that!?”
For featured in the video was a white woman who certainly wasn’t an LSU Tigers player.
— Subtweet Shawn (@SubtweetShawn3) January 17, 2020
Seriously, who is that!?
Who is the woman dancing in the video?
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 17, 2020
Who is the lady?
— Kajun Kannabis ?⚜️? (@KajunKannabis) January 17, 2020
I just want to know who the woman is.
— Tank for Trevor in 2021 (@2000Nhgt) January 18, 2020
Who is the woman?
— MAGA-man (@Land0kid) January 18, 2020
Who is the woman who starts the gig off?
— Ben Meyers (@BenMeyers54) January 18, 2020
Who is that Blondie ???? what’s her @
— Sheldon Balfour (@slimcutta_) January 18, 2020
IDK who that woman is but she is ??? and I’m impressed!
— The OG Hillbilly (@LauraLMonroe33) January 17, 2020
Who is that cougar, tho?
— Jared (@jaredstill) January 17, 2020
Ready for the answer?
Drum roll, please …
“[T]he woman is Gemi Bordelon, wife of former LSU and NFL player Ben Bordelon. The Bordelons have close ties to members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation. The family lives in Lafourche Parish near Coach Orgeron’s hometown,” Baton Rouge station WBRZ has confirmed.
Her husband, Ben Bordelon, played for the LSU Tigers as an offensive guard and tackle back in the 90s. After graduating from LSU in 1996, he went on to play for the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and now serves as the chief operating officer of Bollinger Shipyards.
While previously an obscure figure, Bordelon is now a social media star — to such an extent, in fact, that some are even jokingly calling for her to be president because of her “good moves”:
Gemi Bordelon should run for President. ❤️ https://t.co/8PmCbwb6mf
— Torrey M. Spears ?? (@torreymspears) January 17, 2020
Gemi Bordelon for President https://t.co/29EfYU43L3
— Riley Barnes (@rileybarnes96) January 17, 2020
— Brandon Rabb (@Brandon_Rabb) January 18, 2020
Beautiful (Married) woman from viral #GetTheGat White House video Gemi Bordelon is a Conservative.
Of course she is, Conservative chicks got all the good moves? pic.twitter.com/MdVKbZrY6T
— Deplorable?Texan (@MediaJuggernaut) January 17, 2020
Gemi Bordelon got some moves
— Robert O. RPh, PA-C, JD (@shakakalaka) January 18, 2020
Yeah, sure, OK, but just to be clear, the president’s got moves too, you know.
Case in point:
Trump Hotline Bling pic.twitter.com/rvhMId6D3D
— just_woodsie (@just_woodsie) September 19, 2016
Get it, Mr. President!
After dancing their hearts out with Bordelon, members of the LSU Tigers went on to be formally welcomed to the White House by the president.
“This LSU team will long be remembered as one of the greatest in college football history. And I just want to say congratulations, and go Tigers!” Trump said during a lengthy speech in which he spoke about the team’s tough but ultimately victorious season.
He saved some praise for the coaches, including head coach Ed Orgeron.
“[T]his team, your head coach. I watched him on television. … You did a job that few people will ever be able to do again. The team is said to be one of the greatest teams — maybe the greatest team in the history of college football. Right? And that’s pretty amazing,” he said.
Listen to the whole speech below:
He also had praise for how the team stuck together and prevailed after offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law, WDSU sports reporter Carley McCord, died in a plane crash only hours before the Peach Bowl game in Atlanta last month between the Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners.
“Your football program has inspired countless fans across the country, and it’s not just for what you have done on the football field — which is true. In the face of a heartbreaking tragedy, you rallied together behind Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger,” he added.
Despite learning about her death only hours before the game, Ensminger went on to help lead the team to a stunning 63-28 victory.
Sports Illustrated confirmed at the time that he’d learned of McCord’s death from Orgeron only hours before the game. But even with the weight of her death on his mind, he persisted.
“There was never a doubt that Ensminger would coach, living up to his reputation of toughness and grit, of hard work and focus,” the outlet reported. “After all, Steve sometimes sleeps in a cot in his office during fall camp.”
“He’s a journeyman of a coach, fired three times as a coordinator or assistant, humble enough to find ways to dodge media interviews, the focus of hard fan criticism upon his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2018. Those close to him aren’t surprised by the strong will he showed Saturday.”
Watch Ensminger walking through the crowd after the team’s victory:
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 29, 2019
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