January 30th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
11 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. MaryJo

    What a delight for all in attendance! I can hear all of the nay-sayers now, but you have no idea what a positive impact this President getting out and about in Washington has on this town. I wish it could spill over to the entire country, but just that he will take part in city life is a tremendous boost to all involved.

    January 30, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Tim

    I couldn't care less.

    I can't believe anyone could care less.

    January 30, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Emma

    We need him to be our president for another seven years. Yesterday's meeting with the GOP showed him as being the right person for the job.

    January 30, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Gil Oberdas

    I know the President likes basketball and would probably have loved to beat the pants off of the new N Y Senator Brown.

    January 30, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. paige arnold

    No matter what you think of our President-I happened to have voted for him-I believe he and his staff have the right to take a break for a few hours and enjoy college hoops. He is only up the road from the White House and is accessible especially to staff attending with him.
    I am glad he is taking time out to enjoy something he is passionate about. Why don't we all take a little time and do something we are passionate about and stop all the political bickering for awhile. Now, while I'm at work at my wine store I think Ill have a glass of wine-I'm passionate about wine.

    January 30, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    I got an idea. How about you Barry doing the job you were elected to for a change. I know this is easier and you’re not blaming Bush courtside.

    January 30, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Dianne

    As many vacations and games Bush attended, why did anyone not ask the same question of him? Whose running the country? President Obama is never to stop working but it was fine for Bush to take off so very much and not work.

    January 30, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. stevegee

    In November 2010, it'll be game over for Obama and the liberals.

    January 30, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Think

    Regardless of what the haters have to say, you can still run the country while enjoying some down time. It's called work/life balance. A good practice to live by.

    January 30, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. We the People....

    Arent' there more pressing things to do than to play "comentator"?

    Please, I don't want a person who wants to be adored by all to be running this country!

    Get off you ego trip, come back to the United States and into the role of president. Haven't seen it yet.......

    January 30, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. LLB

    How does he have time for this kind of stuff??? His only talent seems to be running for office. Maybe next time we should vote for someone who has a talent for running the country. He seems to be the only one whose life has changed for the better since he became president.

    Disillusioned Democrat

    January 30, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. lolcats

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

    I also heard that both Obama and Biden sleep each evening for about 6-8 hours. Oh noes! It's a miracle our country doesn't crash and burn every night!!!11!!one!

    January 30, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "If they're all in here, then who's running the country?" Yeah, good point!

    'Biden appeared to do more chatting than the president.'
    WOW, what a surprise!

    January 30, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. buckeye

    When will the American people finally get a real President? Over the past 25 years we had an actor, an oilman, an adulterer, an idiot and now a perpetual candidate. Are we cursed?

    January 30, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Glen

    Does this president do nothing else but electioneer and play/attend sporting events? Maybe he should find himself a day time job. Oh I forgot The US unemployment figure is running at 10%.

    January 30, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Larry Buchas

    Why not?

    This caps off agreat week for the POTUS. He recaptured the public spotlight and even made Republicans look human visiting their retreat.

    Let's hope they continue this new tradition. It's good for America.

    January 30, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Carole, California

    Oh, pleeeeze! Back in front of the cameras again! If Obama stayed in the White House, taking care of business instead of hogging every camera in sight, our nation just might be in better shape. But we've been so long with a shallow media darling in charge, we're in dire straits. It doesn't appear he's learned a thing in the last couple of weeks. Just do the job you were elected to do, Obama!!

    January 30, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Jen

    Glad the president and VP could relax for a couple hours. GO HOYAS!!!

    January 30, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. JES

    Good to see Obama out enjoying a basketball game while the people with no jobs are still trying to see how they can pay their cable, gas, food, and power bills.

    I wonder how this cost the taxpayers. I don't think he should stay inside but I have always tought leaders should lead by example.

    January 30, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Brenda

    It's great to see the President out attending a game as that's one of his passions ... he owes that himself expecially after three GREAT baskets: (1) The State of the Union Address; (2) Campaign event following the State of the Union; and (3) Meeting in Baltimore with the Party of NO (Republicans) and the brillant, intelligent, honest answers WITHOUT a telepromter ... he has it in his BRAINS and no one can take it ... just give him CREDIT where credit is due!

    January 30, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Oh No, Obama should sit on the Supreme Court after 8 years in the White House.

    January 30, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. jen

    Nice one Prez!

    January 30, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. me


    January 30, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Linda

    What an all-american President he is. Don't you just love it?

    January 30, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Obama does not know the hard details of the game.....

    and so would be a failure as an announcer.....this compares with him not knowing the details of fixing the economy and so we continue to have high unemployment....

    January 30, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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