The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


Obama's Goal for the Day: Watching His Daughters Play

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama spent this afternoon as a regular dad -- albeit one with Secret Service protection and a gaggle of reporters in tow -- by taking in his daughters' soccer games.

Dressed in jeans and a Chicago White Sox jacket, Obama and Chicago friends Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt appeared first at the Georgetown Boys and Girls Club to watch his daughter Sasha play.

From the sidelines, he applauded and cheered, "Go go go GOAL," and threw up his hands, apparently savoring a goal by his 7-year-old daughter.

Obama's appearance turned plenty of heads at the field, which was crowded with children and dogs. Some kids were overheard saying, "We're gonna be on TV."

Obama spent about a half-hour at the game before leaving for the Palisades Recreation Center, where his older daughter, Malia, 10, was with her soccer team. Reporters were kept away from the game, but were told that he watched for about 15 minutes.

Later in the afternoon, the president headed to Fort Belvoir for a round of golf on the Army base.

Posted at 3:43 PM ET on May 16, 2009
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chrisduckworth wrote: "He left his daughters' soccer games to go play golf?"

Guess you missed that phrase, "later in the afternoon."

Posted by: nodebris | May 18, 2009 12:54 AM

He left his daughters' soccer games to go play golf?

Posted by: chrisduckworth | May 17, 2009 6:22 PM

Way to go dad.

Obama just proved to me that no man is too busy to be a good father.

"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted."

Posted by: JohnQuimby | May 16, 2009 6:26 PM

FINALLY! A REAL man being a real person in the WH. A family man who cherishes his loved ones...and his nation and the world, too. Smart as all-git-out...and a true pragmatic progressive with astounding diplomacy skills. As a 60-year-old openly gay man, I was suspicious of real change. But it has come, and I couldn't be more delighted. There is hope for tomorrow for all of us. We've seen evidence of that in just a few short months.

Posted by: DRFJR | May 16, 2009 4:21 PM

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