February 28th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama shoots hoops … at Department of the Interior

President Obama returns from a game of basketball on Saturday.
President Obama returns from a game of basketball on Saturday.

(CNN) - President Obama and long-time friend Marty Nesbitt shot hoops Saturday at a basketball court inside the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Press aide Ben Finkenbinder, who left the game drenched in sweat, teamed up with Obama on the court. Another Obama staffer and Reggie Love, an Obama aide and former basketball player at Duke University, were also seen leaving the game.

Obama wore workout clothes and a White Sox hat to the game.

Finkenbinder declined to provide many details on the match up, and he didn’t say who won.

No word on whether Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, was around for the game


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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Electricalcheck Pete

    Note that this report didn't mention how much of a sweat Obama worked up.

    February 28, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. If you don't like it go back to Europe!

    Good professional basketball players say it is a good way to relax and focus

    February 28, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Cowboy Salazar will only be around if horses are involved.

    February 28, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Floyd in New York

    Republican friends please be kind in your comments here! There is nothing wrong if the leader of the free world wants some R&R relaxation here. Former President Bush was an exercise buff also. Thank you!

    February 28, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Who cares

    February 28, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. MMAC

    Thank you, Mr. President. Yes this is change we can believe in. We have paid for many years with no return. Yes, we can believe in change that invests our tax dollars in the future of my grandchildren. So, what if we pay taxes and finally get a better country.The poor pay taxes and rich get write-off. It's something wrong in a country even if you are fortunate enough to have insurance an illness change lead to bankruptcy.
    Watch, the pig that squeals the loudest, most likely the one who has been feeding at the trough the longest.

    February 28, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. tcaudilllg

    Great job. Go practice on the court while men give their lives in Iraq for your deceit. 15 dead this month alone. I don't believe for a second that you're going to end the war there; not unless your fundraising operation is threatened, you won't.

    February 28, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. JD

    I'm sorry – I was looking for the new section.

    And honestly, I'm more and more looking elsewhere to find it.

    February 28, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. JD

    heh – make that: looking for the "news" section. Ironic typo 101.

    February 28, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Darren D.

    "Big "O"", I'll got U on my team!

    February 28, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Santa Maria

    Isn't this when the democrat babies would be crying about Bush doing nothing while the country is in trouble? Economy is trash, but the Obamessiah is playing ball.

    February 28, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. jen

    He is going to make this country fall further in debt, and he is playing basketball, maybe he can make anothe stimulus package for all basketball teams

    February 28, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Libby

    GO OBAMA!

    February 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Well it's a lot healthier than what the Bush folks were doing at and with the Department of the Interior.

    February 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Good...

    It's important to alleviate stress by exercising. Obama will need to shoot hoops and relax. "He ain't seen nothing yet!"

    February 28, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Pat

    Who cares?

    February 28, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Pamela B. of Florida

    I think that it is wonderful that we have a president who is physically active and can still do regular everyday things, like playing a pickup game of basketball.

    February 28, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. rich

    This is news?

    February 28, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Rick Sutter

    At least when he's shooting hoops, he's not shooting his mouth off, driving the stock market even lower.

    February 28, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. peakarack

    lol!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. EVOLVE

    GEE - I WONDER IF MCCAIN OR ROMNEY CAN SHOOT HOOPS?

    IT SEEMS THEIR IS NO TALENT AT ALL ON THE RIGHT WING REPUBLCIANS SIDE. HOWEVER THEY SURE ARE GOOD AT THE ILLUSION GAME AND SITING FEAR.

    GET REAL RNC

    February 28, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. digger

    Stop the presses, the cheif chimp is playing basketball again. Big deal.

    February 28, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. ESTEVEZ

    CAN I COME PLAY, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
    ENJOY YOUR DAY MR PRESIDENT, YOU DESERVE IT.....

    February 28, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Justin

    Who really cares? I think most Americans are tired of hearing about Obama's private life, the family dog, Michellle's dresses and other trivial things that mean nothing to the state of our Economy. We just want him to do what he said he will do!

    February 28, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. reagan fan forever

    I sincerely hope that in four years he will be back in Chicago playing hoops. And maybe he could find a pastor who doesn't constantly rip the country that Obama 'claims' to love.

    February 28, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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