Olympics day one, Obama shoots hoops
President Barack Obama holds a basketball given to him by the 2012 NCAA Champions University of Kentucky men's basketball team in the East Room of the White House in May
July 28th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Olympics day one, Obama shoots hoops

(CNN) - As the U.S. women's basketball team takes on Croatia and first lady Michelle Obama cheers for the nation's athletes in London, President Barack Obama may also be feeling the Olympic spirit back home.

Obama shot hoops at the FBI building in Washington on Saturday. Meanwhile, both his wife and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney are overseas experiencing the 2012 Games.

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Romney has said that he would like to see a men's swimming event prior to leaving for Israel Saturday. Michelle Obama plans to see a few events as well after leading the American delegation during the opening ceremonies on Friday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said that as a sports fan President Obama loves the Olympics.

"He's like, 'I love the Olympics. I can't wait for the Olympics to start," Carney said at Friday's press briefing of the president's affinity for the Games.

Asked what events the president will watch, Carney said, "His interests are very broad, and he's read up on a lot of our athletes and on the upcoming competitions and looks forward to catching as much of the Games that he can, his schedule being what it is."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Stuffit

    Perhaps it would have been better if he had called a meeting of his jobs council or implemented the recommendations of his deficit reductions committee, but I guess the guy is much to busy using our tax money to fly around the country begging for campaign money from his elitist friends. I bet he will play a couple of more rounds of golf this weekend too. He is just so busy living the good life to help those of us who actually work for a living and pay taxes. Of course the corrupt union bosses, dope addicts, now workers, non taxpayers and welfare frauds will get anything they want.

    July 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. g

    and romney shoots himself in the foot again–now i know why mccain picked palin over romney

    July 28, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Lib

    Well I guess if Congress can take a break! As if they ever work.

    July 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Just a thought

    Yep Mr. Pres. you are on-target for another 4 years. Heck, your opponent said "..I like all sports and trees all the same height" But I'd bet the only thing he could do on a basketball court is "flop" as the main part of his campaign starts with "flip"....Oh that's right he and his wife have a dancing horse. Ok then let him keep his manure with the horse and save the rest of us americans the embarassment.

    Obama Nov' 2012 four more years.....and everything that looks like a GOP – Tea-a-Tard gone forever more by that same date

    July 28, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Good president.

    July 28, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. rla

    And these are together WHY????

    July 28, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    Cue the right wing hate squad complaining that the man took 5 minutes for himself.

    July 28, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. chuck weidemann

    The first lady is the best campaign promotion any president could ever have. Obama is a lucky man and the country could not have a better goodwill ambassador !!! 4 more years is what we need.

    July 28, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    I hope all both of them got to see was doors closing in their faces in London.
    We don't need another village idiot embarrassing us in front of the whole world.
    He and his non working wife couldn't draw a crowd in London during a TV interview!!! Sort of what he can't do in the states either.
    Does anyone know if the wifey horse's name has always been Trafalgar? I can see them naming the horse
    Trafalgar to win points with the British. Unfortunately she has a dumb foot in the mouth husband that doesn't know the meaning of diplomacy and knowing when to keep your mouth shut!!!

    July 28, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |