According to the Wall Street Journal, a bunch of the people Barack Obama has selected to be his cabinet members and aides are former high school, college, and even professional basketball players. Obviously he's not selecting people specifically for their basketball skills, but kind of a funny coincidence. Then again, a lot of these people apparently have played in pickup games with him before, and it certainly doesn't hurt your chances to be appointed to political office if the man making the appointments likes you personally.
In addition to that, he is thinking about removing Nixon's White House bowling alley and replacing it with a regulation indoor basketball court. Rahm Emanuel's office will be responsible for fielding requests to get in on Obama's weekly pickup games and screening them to decide who gets in. It sounds like everyone wants in on this game.
Kinda neat, and seems a little more hip or trendy and maybe even more politically savvy than spending all his time at some place like Camp David. Maybe he'll end up doing that too though.
If one was in a pickup basketball game with the President of the United States, wouldn't one feel more than a little bit of pressure to take it easy on him, and not, for example, knock him on his back with a hard foul when he drives to the basket? I wonder if the Secret Service would get involved in something like that.
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IIRC, Obama took a pretty good hit from the IL State Treasurer during a pickup game the day of one of the primaries. But even if it's "call your own fouls", I'd take it easy on the guy with all the guns backing him up.
Me, I think I could take Axelrod off the dribble, but that's about it.
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