Bowling, Basketball, BCS, Baseball, and Birdies: Obama’s Use of Sport to Connect

On July 31, 2009, in Articles, Baseball, Basketball, Photos, by Baller-in-Chief

Sport has taken an increasingly visible role in presidential politics in recent years.

Basketball a thoughtful gift from Obama

On July 31, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, International, Photos, by Baller-in-Chief

A basketball presented by Obama to Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan was one of the highlights of the China-US Summit, says a Xinhua News Agency report.

Obama and Sports: Not all fun and games

On July 28, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, by Baller-in-Chief

Unofficially, Obama has had only 18 sports-related events for Obama in the first 6 months of his presidency — a dozen golf outings and a few basketball games.

Yao Ming links Obama compliment on Facebook

On July 28, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, International, by Baller-in-Chief

U.S. President Barack Obama’s praise of NBA basketball player Yao Ming was noticed by the Chinese superstar.

Celebrating the Detroit Shock

On July 27, 2009, in Basketball, Videos, by Baller-in-Chief

The President invited the Detroit Shock to the White House today, where he congratulated them on their third WNBA Championship in six years.

Axelrod Joins a Group of Hardwood Heavies

On July 27, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, by Baller-in-Chief

Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod joins a regular pick up basketball crew for Sunday morning hoops.

FIFA President Blatter meets Obama at the White House

On July 27, 2009, in Articles, International, Soccer, by Baller-in-Chief

The press also took great interest in Blatter’s meeting with Barack Obama, scheduled for Monday.

Basketball Diplomacy

On July 27, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, International, Photos, by Baller-in-Chief

Obama invoked China’s biggest export — or, at least tallest — at a summit on China-U.S. relations, quoting Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.