November 28th, 2009
04:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Pres. Obama cheers on brother-in-law at basketball game

(CNN)– President Obama took his family on an outing Saturday to the Oregon State-George Washington University basketball game in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson.

Robinson, who coaches the Oregon State Beavers, was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, joined by the first lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson.

Having a coach who’s also the president's brother-in-law meant another perk: according to the Beavers website, the team had the opportunity to tour the White House on Friday.

"I wanted the guys to experience all of the history surrounding one of the most recognizable buildings in the world," coach Robinson said, according to the website. "It was a special experience and one I hope these guys will never forget."


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  1. David

    "was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson."

    I can understand the popcorn, but cannibalism is never appropriate.

    ~David

    November 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. tammy

    Good for Obama family to go out. A rally lovely and well balanced family. Keep it up.

    November 28, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. chris l

    its rare to see a family of muslims who like basketball so much.

    November 28, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. cwmaxson

    Oregon vs Oregon State for the Rose Bowl - Oregon State plays for the President - it's a good year for Oregon sports.

    November 28, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    I'm a U of O Duck, but this is so cool! Go, Beavs!!!

    November 28, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. TK

    "cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson."

    wow, he must have been hungry

    November 28, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Bill

    That's a heckuva snack. Does Obama have cannibalistic tendencies?

    November 28, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Another useless photo op for Obozo the messiah.

    November 28, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Joe

    This is mind blowing news. Thank goodness CNN found out about this.

    November 28, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. HUGO

    Go Barry's Beavers!

    November 28, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Ilona Proud Canadian

    ...."was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson".

    Folks is it my overactive mind, or is there something wrong with the
    above statement?

    November 28, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Lydia

    The president snacked on popcorn and the First Lady? XD
    Some better punctuation is needed, methinks.

    November 28, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Ridgeway

    Whew! Thank goodness he was watching some hoop instead of wasting time on Afghanistan or the economy. It's so exciting to think Obama is now in competition for the Naismith Award to go with his Nobel Peace prize, up coming Heisman, Oscar, and upon making the decision regarding troops to Afghanistan, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    November 28, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. environmental fraud

    If you look at the scope of the articles here and the careful crafting of such, it is totally evident now that CNN is a disgustingly arrogant anti-American entity.

    November 28, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. please tell me that the Oregon State Beavers are a girl's team

    what a funny mascot and fitting for a girls team

    CNN has got some clever stories today

    November 28, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. E P

    At least these guys got into thw White House legally. No shame on the SS. These guys will really appreciate their invitation and remember it for all the right reasons, unlike the last two uninvited dimwits who should answer to laws of your country. Don't let them make a dime off of their crime. That would hurt more than jail time.

    November 28, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Jefe

    I know he's a busy guy, which can make for a hefty appetite, but snacking on your family? That's taking it too far!

    "...cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson."

    Sounds like something a Republican senator would be caught doing!

    November 28, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Chris

    Its great that the President is willing to support his brother in law. I am sure it motivated Oregon State to win the game. But then again, some of the players might have been nervous with the President watching.

    November 28, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. lew's canon

    "...was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson."

    The President's losing weight? I think not! That was one healthy snack!!

    November 28, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. GD

    The President "...snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother" ?

    Hell of an appetite. I wonder what he drank to wash all that down?

    November 28, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Cleareye

    Good stuff. This a man who knows how to be a President.

    November 28, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. AJ

    Perhaps a change in phrasing could be used for "Robinson, who coaches the Oregon State Beavers, was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson" ? It makes it sound like the President is snacking on his wife, his kids, and his mother-in-law.

    November 28, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Yawn.................well Rome burns Obama is once again more concerned with play time than helping this country.

    November 28, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. john sanford

    he must have been really hungry. Who writes this copy?

    From CNN Associate Political Producer Emily Sherman

    (CNN)– President Obama took his family on an outing Saturday to the Oregon State-George Washington University basketball game in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson.

    Robinson, who coaches the Oregon State Beavers, was cheered on by the President, who snacked on popcorn, the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson.

    November 28, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Can't wait to hear all the self-loathing whining and complaining from the Righties. It could be raining gold, the world could be at peace, hunger ended, cures found for all ailments, intelligent life found outside our solar system, etc, etc, and the Neo-Con racist hate-mongers would still say President Obama colluded with Satan. No matter what he says or does, there will always be an idiot waiting in the wings (the right wing) to spew their hate, negativism, and obstructionism.

    November 28, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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