January 9th, 2012
08:11 AM ET
President Obama will have a treat for his Monday when he welcomes the champions of his favorite sport to the White House. The Dallas Mavericks who won the NBA championship last June. The team will be in the East Room of the White House today for a ceremony where President Obama will highlight their victory but also their work with military families off the court.
Tonight he turns his attention back to his re-election and has two campaign events here in DC. One will be closed to the press but the other one will have travel pool coverage.
Also, Vice President Biden and the president will sit down for their weekly lunch but we won't have any way of knowing what they discuss since it is closed to the press.
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November 26th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
President Obama remarked "good deal!" and gave a thumbs-up in response to reporter questions about today's agreement to resume the NBA season. The President responded to the news of the agreement between the NBA owners and player after wrapping up his own personal game of basketball with friends at Washington's Fort McNair Army Base.
October 14th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, who loves to play and watch basketball, will be taking in a college game in a most unusual venue…the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.
A White House official confirms that Mr. Obama plans to travel to San Diego, California on Veterans Day to attend the "Carrier Classic."
“He looks forward to a great game between Michigan State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” The official said in a statement.
Organizers are touting the event as a chance to “both honor the fallen and celebrate the over 25 million active, reservists and veterans living and serving among us and abroad.”
Before departing for the game on November 11th, the president will honor the nation’s veterans by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
The supercarrier, which has supported airstrikes in both Iraq wars, was also the platform for Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea following the successful mission in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs in May.
June 22nd, 2011
05:23 PM ET
A storm is heading to the White House. The Seattle Storm.
President Obama will honor winners of the 2010 WNBA championship, the Seattle Storm, in an event at the White House on Wednesday June 29, 2011. As part of the visit, the Storm will hold a basketball clinic for area D.C. kids.
We can only hope this is another rare chance to see the president’s fancy footwork on the basketball court.
May 16th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) -They are the reigning champions of men’s college basketball, and their winning ways got the UConn Huskies to the White House Monday for a celebration with President Obama.
But amid the fanfare of the East Room ceremony, Obama couldn’t help but remind the champions of how their victory spoiled his prospects along with those of many other disappointed Americans. “Let’s face it, this was a tough year for a lot of brackets because teams like this one shocked the world,” Obama said. “So next time you guys decide to reel off 11 straight wins, please let me know ahead of time.” Obama had picked the Kansas Jayhawks to take it all.
All kidding aside, Obama marveled at how a young team who finished the regular season tied for ninth place in their league, ended up pulling through and winning a national title.
April 22nd, 2011
09:09 AM ET
By CNN’s Greg Clary
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sometimes seen but rarely heard, President Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love came out of his shell in an interview that aired Thursday night on WRC-TV in Washington.
A member of the 2001 NCAA champion Duke basketball team, Love is known to play ball quite often with Obama.
In fact, Love told WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak the game was a component of their 2008 campaign strategy. After the then-Senator Obama played basketball before winning the Iowa caucuses but lost the New Hampshire primary when he didn’t, basketball became part of a campaign checklist, Love said.
“Obviously, I think, basketball wasn’t responsible for the outcome. It did give you some peace of mind like: ‘Not only did you make all the phone calls you were supposed to make but did you raise as much money as you could raise? Did you run the right advertisements? Did you also play basketball?’” Love said.
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