Again: it’s AWESOME that the commander-in-chief is a basketball fan.
Love having the commander-in-chief as a sports fan. Never grows old. From CNN.com:
President Barack Obama, a well-known basketball fan, will treat British Prime Minister David Cameron to a little March Madness Tuesday as the two head to Ohio to catch an NCAA men’s tournament basketball game.
There will be two games tipping off the tournament in Dayton, Ohio, a swing state. During halftime of the first game, Western Kentucky versus Mississippi Valley State, the two leaders will conduct a joint interview.
The leaders’ trip to the game comes as Obama launched his new tournament “bracket challenge” on his campaign website.
Obama is asking those who visit the website to predict who will win the college basketball championship and to compare their picks against his.
Diplomacy at its finest!
We’ve said this once and it’s worth repeating: it is so damn cool to have a president who is a knowledgeable sports fan, regardless of your politics.
Some of the better details: Carter held it in his indoor basketball court and had a pretty cool message displayed on the scoreboard, David Stern and Mark Cuban were in the house, and Obama cracked jokes about almost all of them. From Politico via John Ourand’s Twitter:
Motorcade arrived at Vince Carter’s Orlando mansion at 8:50 and the pool was brought into the in-home, full-sized basketball court where the fundraiser is being held. A few minutes later, the president entered the the room, only half of which was filled with tables.
The electronic scoreboard reads 20:12, with the home and guest scores at 44. The shot clock says it’s period 2.
There are 70 guests, paying $30,000 each. Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, NBA commissioner Mark Stern [sic], Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, LA Clippers player Chris Paul, former Miami Heat player Steve Smith. Also on hand: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Bill Nelson and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. Obama hugged Cuban as he entered the room.
We’re of course abstaining our vote until Tim Tebow enters the race.
[Politico via Twitter]
Amen Mr. President!
ESPN responded by pulling his intro from Monday Night Football.
It’s a PR event and blah blah blah, check out our Commander In Chief’s ridiculous drop shot!
His schmuck of a partner, if you can even call him that, is the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Mr. David Cameron. The Brit seems unable to return even the mildest of serves though, further proving that the United States is indeed the greatest country on earth.
And so do we! The idea has floated around for years and now with the endorsement of the president, it might finally come to fruition. From the Boston Globe:
President Obama said yesterday that he hopes Boston will build a statue of Celtics legend Bill Russell, gently nudging the city to honor one of its greatest sports heroes and acknowledge its history of racial strife.
Obama embraced the idea at the White House, just before giving Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The backbone of a Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and ’60s, Russell was an outspoken crusader for civil rights who had a complicated and often bitter relationship wi