March 20th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) - He may not be ready for World Cup 2014 in Brazil but President Obama showed kids in Rio de Janeiro he can do more than just dribble a basketball.
The president and his family watched kids playing soccer, known to the world as football or futebol in Portuguese, on a cement playground while visiting the "City of God" (Cidade de Deus) Favela.
A group of pre-teen boys formed a half circle around Obama and took turns passing the ball with him.
First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, who are on Easter break from school, managed to kick the ball around a few times in their ballet flats. "Go Malia!" Obama cheered watching soccer player Malia, who appeared to be the best dribbler of the family.
President Obama made one last contact with the ball, and he apparently wanted to make it count because he kicked it up into the air and it almost hit a little boy in the face. Luckily for Obama this was not the kid's first rodeo; he was able to avoid a collision with the ball.
World Cup contender or not, the kids appeared to enjoy the minor scrimmage. Their coach led them in a cheer in the president's honor, "...Obama! ...Obama!"