May 11th, 2009
09:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama talks hoops with Carolina Tar Heels

WASHINGTON (CNN)–The University of North Carolina men's basketball team, winner of the 2009 NCAA championship, met with President Obama Monday at the White House.

Led by coach Roy Williams, the Tar Heels posed for photos with Obama after presenting him with a personalized "Obama 1" jersey and framed photo of the president with the team. The photo was taken after Obama hit the court with the team for a game of pick up during a campaign stop in Chapel Hill in April of last year.

President Obama welcomed the team to the White House and also thanked the team for "salvaging my bracket and vindicating me in front of the entire nation." Obama choose the team in March to win the NCAA title.

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  1. Go Saints

    Please Mr. President go hang out with my Saints before the football season starts. We need all the luck that we can get.

    May 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    lol... and the far right trashes this in 3...2....1....

    So what's not to like here? (unless you're a Duke fan, that is)
    Our Pres. is dynamic, intelligent, forward thinking, sympathetic in a way that only someone with his life experience could be and.... he got game too!

    May 11, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Blue Devils will be there next year.

    May 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Obama should stick with basketball and leave the presidency to those who are qualified.

    May 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Allen

    Excuse me obama! Don't you have a job to do? You are getting paid $500,000.00 + to do a job. Not talk about hoops or basketball. So shut-up and do what you were paid for.

    May 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Marc in Virginia

    Between this and yukking up Wanda Sykes 9/11 jokes, it hasn't been a stellar week for this guy. Get back to work, please.

    May 11, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Mich

    Mr. Obama i'm sorry I though banks are going under. Car companies failing,and a budget that to rich for our country to afford. Oh that's right and two wars. Thank god we have a presdient like this who waste time ,and place us all in danger.

    May 11, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Kim

    Go Saints May 11th, 2009 4:11 pm ET
    Please Mr. President go hang out with my Saints before the football season starts. We need all the luck that we can get..

    The CArolina Panthers could use the "luck" as well.

    May 11, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Tom Eyemdaman

    Any moment he thinks about basketball is one less moment he thinks about a way to take our money.

    May 11, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. ralph

    Phoenix86, who was your pick? Or are you over qualified to get mixed up in trivial sports. The Prez's pick proves he can chew gum and walk at the same time. Personally, I was a UConn man.

    May 11, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Steph

    Did you say this to any of the past Presidents? It is tradition to welcome championship teams to the White House. You seem clueless (the President is paid $400,000 per year – same as Pres. Bush was paid) and unpatriotic.

    May 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Nick

    North Carolina and virginia are very progressive states......
    No wonder Tarheels won!

    May 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Felly

    That's what I'm talking about, a President who knows how to win.

    May 11, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. brenda

    Allen – If you are going to spew out numbers – at least be correct. President Obama makes 400,000k per year. Also, other presidents have hosted winning teams. It takes about 15 minutes (if that) out of his day. Don't forget he works 24/7, NOT 8 to 5. Don't be so spiteful, life is much better when you can see the good.

    May 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. suresh

    To all these Republican whiners, can't you get through your thick heads that you lost the election? Don't you have decency to appreciate what Obama has on his plate and how hard he is working? Can't he have some relaxing time? Remember your great leader Bush took one whole month of August off. If he were on the job in August, we may have prevented September 11.

    May 11, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. sbp


    So it's OK when Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Bush Lite hosted championship teams? This is why politics has become so ridiculous. If my side does it, good. If your side does it, bad. Totally tribal. Really brings out the stupid in people.

    May 11, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Jared

    Wow, it's hard to understand the hatred. It's common for Presidents to welcome olympic atheletes, collegiate champions, MLB baseball teams, etc. to the White House.

    I love the guy that wrote, "You are getting paid $500k to do a job...". I think that the U.S. government ought to sue Bush for the total amount he was paid over 8 years.


    May 11, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Kurt C.

    Talking hoops (or anything for that matter) is above his pay grade.

    May 11, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Larry Buchas

    The right guy is President.

    He knew which team to hang with while shooting hoops. He sank those 3-pointers in Iraq and knows how to pick the winners.

    And that's just basketball.

    66% approve of the job he's doing. The rest of you can apologize for Bush.

    May 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. CHI

    Give Mr. President some break and stop the complains. Do you have a clear vision for the country? Make you vision known or run for the office if you seek change.

    May 11, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    All of you who say he should get back to work: At least he's not spending half of his presidency on vacation at his ranch like some I could name. Have a nice day!

    May 11, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Plantman

    I am starting to feel sorry for the Right Wing. They are hyperventilating. Relax. Surf on a waterboard. You'll think of something. Criticizing the President because he follows college sports seems a little disingenuous. Didn't the Bushes have something to do with baseball?

    May 11, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. proud army navy mom

    Who's his pick for NBA Champs. I'm going with the Clevand Cavaliers or Boston Celtics

    May 11, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |

    Steph I agree the previous Presidents also welcomed champions to the White House. Seem as though if the President isn't sitting with his nose to thew grindstone every minute of every day folks have alot to say. I am glad to see him do his job and do it well. Maybe some of these whiners need to be reminded President Obama wouldn't be pressed so hard if the last President did the job the whiners thought that he could do! GO TARHEELS! I had them on my bracket too!

    May 11, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Dee, NJ

    Big "O" you won! Congraution Tar Heels, BUT GU Hoyes B-Ball 09-10!

    May 11, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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