Bill Murray Crashes White House Briefing to Declare Cubs Will Reach the World Series

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Bill Murray at the podium on Friday in the White House Briefing Room

"I feel very confident that Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we've got too many sticks."

Bill Murray made no bones about his beloved Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series when he popped into the White House Briefing Room on Friday.

Murray, wearing Cubs apparel, made the surprise visit minutes after White House press secretary Josh Earnest wrapped the official briefing. The actor and comedian said his Cubbies ultimately will defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1945. Chicago currently leads the National League Championship Series 3-2.

Murray was born in Evanston, Ill.

"I feel very confident that Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we've got too many sticks," Murray told reporters, who played along with the moment, referring to the Saturday Night Live legend as "Mr. President."

"We also have a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don't get that in Los Angles," said Murray. "Trees just die in Los Angeles. In Illinois, they flourish."

According to CNN, Murray was at the White House to receive the Mark Twain Prize from President Barack Obama. Murray said he and the president "had a very good meeting," according to CNN.