Another milestone: Obama 1st president who’s got game

On November 24, 2008, in Articles, by Baller-in-Chief

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-talk-hoops-johnson-monnov24,0,6089617.column In Barack Obama, Americans have truly made history. We have elected to the White House, for the first time, a basketball player. The nation has had its bowlers-in-chief, its baseball first-pitch throwers (and former owners), its golfers aplenty. For the most part, these are activities conducive to drinking a beer at the same time, [...]

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In Barack Obama, Americans have truly made history. We have elected to the White House, for the first time, a basketball player.

The nation has had its bowlers-in-chief, its baseball first-pitch throwers (and former owners), its golfers aplenty. For the most part, these are activities conducive to drinking a beer at the same time, which makes them sports in the same way microwaving a frozen dinner is cooking.

But Obama, to borrow a playground term, is a “baller”—a player, even at age 47, of a populist, sweat-inducing, real sport and the possessor, to judge from the video of him in action, of no small amount of game. (He played Sunday at the University of Chicago Lab School.)

If you think that doesn’t mean something to those of us who continue to play pickup ball well past our physical primes, think again.

2 Responses to “Another milestone: Obama 1st president who’s got game”

  1. [...] Chicago Tribune has a new (old) take on Obama in Another milestone: Obama 1st president who’s got game: In Barack Obama, Americans have truly made history. We have elected to the White House, for the [...]

  2. Tim S. says:

    Also, Barack’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is the head coach at Oregon State (where I received my master’s). Funny, in this official site bio they don’t mention his connection to the president or first lady:

    http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=106239&SPID=1954&DB_OEM_ID=4700&ATCLID=1436883&Q_SEASON=2008

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