January 30th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama's next career: College basketball commentary?


During a surprise outing to a college basketball game Saturday, the president took a couple moments to provide some courtside commentary for live television. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) – Move over Dick Vitale, President Obama is sliding into the color commentary seat.

Obama took a turn at the CBS microphone during the Georgetown/Duke college basketball game Saturday that was also attended by Vice President Biden, and several senior White House staffers including Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Dan Pfeiffer, Robert Gibbs and Mona Sutphen.

One fan at the game wondered, "If they're all in here, then who's running the country?"

At first it appeared as though the president was not taking sides, but every so often he could be spotted quietly clapping for Duke. And in-between hoops, Obama and Biden chatted, pointed out players and posed for photos with fans. Biden appeared to do more chatting than the president.

At halftime, Washington Mayor Mayor Adrian M. Fenty stopped by the White House delegation to say hello. Later, former Georgetown coach John Thompson, perhaps the most popular dignitary in the basketball crazy crowd, stopped by for a visit.

Not spotted on this court was Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. indy

    Nice swipe at a Supreme Court Justice. Necessary? I doubt it. I'm sure as with everything else the President does, he's better and smarter than the individuals currently doing the job. Perhaps with all his traveling, he can find to call games in each city he visits. By the way, do he and the Vice-President seem to be in the same place more than any other President and Vice-President?

    January 30, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Bill

    He must love being around "the court"...

    January 30, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    Good to see President Obama relaxing & enjoying himself.

    January 30, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    All Presidents enjoy American sports as most Americans do and besides that our kids enjoy having them.

    January 30, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Grrr-Awful-O

    The Ticker has gotten so irrelevant. There are so many interesting news items that could be posted here that aren't – like China breaking off visits due to our arms sale to Taiwan, or the Chinese Google hacking issue, or why we have more unemployment now than a year ago or the unthinkably large national deficit and recent ceiling hikes. I could go on a long time. But instead we're left to comment on Obama's fledgling basketball career or what Sarah or Briston Palin are doing (lots of opportunities to discuss the Palins in the Ticker). Or whether Michael Steele is under pressure (isn't that true for every politician – name one who is not under pressure). Again, I could go on. So does this say more about CNN or the audience they're catering to? Dimwits all around I'd say.

    January 30, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. therealmarie

    Great to see the highly intelligent over worked and heavily critized President have a spot of fun. CNN the constant negativism is getting OLD and boring. the 'One fan' comment, C'mon the crowd roared. What hateful creatins you people are.

    January 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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