Monday, February 21, 2011

Canada: Coach Obama

The National Post

PJ: Sometimes President Obama makes it all look so easy.

President becomes ‘Coach Obama’ for daughter’s basketball team
By Elspeth Lodge

President Barack Obama holds the impressive titles of “president” and “dad” and now he can add “coach” to his glowing resume, reports the Washington Post.

Saturday morning the president left the oval office pressure cooker and stepped onto the basketball court to fill in for the absent coach of his daughter Sasha’s basketball team. Even though his daughters and the first lady were in Colorado on a skiing trip, the president decided he was needed, and stepped in to fill the coach’s shoes. If he couldn’t fix the country’s problems in one morning at least he could paint smiles on the faces of a group of nine-year-olds.

The game was held at a community centre in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where the president and the first lady often go Saturday mornings to watch Sasha play basketball. Reports say this was the first time the president has filled in for the team’s coach. Reporters are banned from going inside the community centre, so no word on how successful his coaching methods were. But a man with a whole country’s welfare on his shoulders should be able to handle a group of nine-year-olds….right?

The president is a big fan of basketball and often practices with his family and friends, including aide and former Duke basketball star Reggie Love, reports the Herald Sun.

Last November, Obama took an elbow to the presidential upper lip during a game and required 12 stitches.

Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is a star basketball player at Princeton University, and, currently, head coach at Oregon State University reports the Herald Sun.

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