Basketball Remarks by Obama to Chinese President Hu Jintao

On September 25, 2009, in Articles, Basketball, International, by Baller-in-Chief

As is his style, the Baller-in-Chief used hoops as a way to connect, once again showing that people love to focus on what they have in common.

By Claude Johnson

President Barack Obama met with the President of China earlier this week at the United Nations. As is his style, the Baller-in-Chief used hoops as a way to connect, once again showing that people love to focus on what they have in common:

We welcome your delegation to New York. I’m sorry that I didn’t have a chance to see you in L’Aquila, but your Councilor Dai did an excellent job representing your country.

I also have to say that I enjoyed seeing Vice Premier Wang as well as Councilor Dai at the SED meeting. And Vice President Biden and I both had excellent meetings with Chairman Wu two weeks ago in the White House. I should also mention that Vice Premier Wang showed me his jump shot, which is excellent. (Laughter.) How do you say “basketball shot” in Chinese? (Laughter.)

As you know, I’m committed to pursuing a genuinely cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China. We need to make our relationship more dynamic and effective, given the growing number of common global and regional challenges that our countries face.

One notices how many times President Obama used the word “excellent,” which also seems to be no accident.

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