Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ballin' in da White House...Knameen?

Sharp elbows are already flying in the Obama camp. With Barack Obama the first avid basketball player to be elected president, political appointees, college coaches and NBA officials are all angling to get in on the game.

Mr. Obama -- whose jump shot earned him the nickname Barry O'Bomber at Hawaii's Punahou School -- has hired a team of cabinet members and aides with serious basketball backgrounds. Many of them are planning for regular court time with the president, according to Mr. Obama's transition press team.

"I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing cabinet in American history," the president-elect said at a news conference earlier this week.

During the campaign, Mr. Obama said he planned to replace the White House bowling alley -- installed by Richard Nixon in 1969 -- with an indoor basketball court. (There is a tiny outdoor court at the White House adjacent to the tennis court on the southwest side.) National Basketball Association officials have reached out to members of the transition team to offer their services in installing a regulation court at the White House.

Wall Street Journal

I can just see the good old boys shitting their pants over this one. Plus basketball is infinitely cooler than bowling by every stretch of the imagination although self-admittedly, bowling when drunk is fun. Anyway, I'm now occupying myself trying to guess which president before Obama had the best jump shot...I'm going with Woodrow Wilson.

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