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Tim Howard for defense secretary? Obama promises to 'think about it'

President Obama congratulated the United States men's soccer team on their World Cup run, and said that he was listening to Americans' pleas that he make goalkeeper Tim Howard his next defense secretary.

"Chuck Hagel's got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I promise to think about it," Obama said.

There are two White House petitions involving Howard, who made a record 16 saves in the U.S.'s heartbreaking loss to Belgium. One asks that he be named secretary of defense, while the other calls on Obama to rename D.C.'s airport the "Tim Howard National Airport." --Jon Terbush