March 13th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Basketball bi-lat

(CNN) – Air Force One, Marine One and the armored motorcade aside, President Barack Obama treated British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday to a typical American night out with the guys …and the Secret Service.

The two leaders headed out of Washington, DC to Dayton, Ohio to enjoy the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA college tournament.

As the two leaders ate hot dogs and chatted amiably, observers could see President Obama gesturing as he appeared to describe the game to the prime minister.

At a half time interview broadcast by CBS and TruTV (CNN and TruTV are owned by Time Warner), the president said he brought the prime minister to the game as a chance to see his very first basketball game but also "to see the great state of Ohio." Not said aloud but clear to all - a state that is likely to be a critical battleground in this year's presidential election.

The president said, "the heartland is what it's all about."

Prime Minister Cameron who was interviewed during the sports broadcast too described the game as "fast and furious" and confided the president told him he would help him set up his brackets.

Obama said that it is "terrific" that his alma mater Harvard earned a spot in the tournament this year but conceded "how far they go is a real question."

Cameron plugged the London summer Olympics inviting visitors and reporting all "is on time and on budget." Obama concluded the interview saying what really makes March Madness "wonderful" is that anybody, at least in the early contests, can attain his or her dream. And that's something the country can rally around.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Melo-D

    Can you spot the secret service in the photo? Not like they stick out like a sore thumb or anything..

    March 13, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Little Jimmy Truth

    Oh, I see...

    That's Obama's style. Playing goofy is too important than politics.

    March 13, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Alex in Wisconsin

    I wonder if Ohio, indeed America, will appreciate our President spreading our culture to the upper echelon of foreign powers. I also wonder how many right-wingers will see this exercise in diplomacy and yell about the President not doing enough work in the oval office giving republicans everything they want?

    March 13, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |