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President Obama references Angels' Trout

Mike Trout does not yet have the same name recognition of other American sports' top athletes.

He lost to Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt in the first round of this winter's "Face of MLB" competition on MLB Network; and Nick Swisher, a slightly above-average Cleveland outfielder has four times as many Twitter followers, despite half as many tweets.

But as was learned Friday, President Obama knows Trout's name and what the Angels' outfielder has done, and that's got to be worth something.

Speaking at Michigan State on Friday, Obama cited Trout during a speech on a just-signed $956 million farm bill, which officials hope will boost the country's economy in a variety of ways.

"Now, despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers," Obama said. "(Agriculture) Secretary (Tom) Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill. It's like a Swiss Army Knife. It's like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball. It's somebody who's got a lot of tools and multitasks. It's creating more good jobs."

The Trout reference netted the president a sizable chuckle from the crowd in East Lansing, Mich.

No word yet on what sort of legislation can be compared to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.

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