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LeBron Addresses Bush 41

(By Eric Gaillard - Reuters)

The Olympics are just four days old, but the best quote of the Games has already been uttered, and there is a 0.000000 chance that it will be topped. This from colleague Michael Abramowitz's Style Section story about the Bush Fam this morning.

Meeting Team USA with Bush 43 before the game, Bush 41 gave a warm hug to Lakers star Kobe Bryant and received an affectionate greeting from Cavaliers hero LeBron James: "What's up, pops?" the massive James asked.

One way for a 23-year old pro basketball player to greet a former President might be "Hello, Mr. President." Another might be "What's up, pops." I'm done making fun of LeBron for the crying and the scowling and the wide-eyed disbelief. Anyone who breaks out the "What's up pops?" line is ok by me.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2008; 9:59 AM ET
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We have called 41 Uncle George since I was 9 or so. I fear upon meeting him, I might accidentally say "Hi Uncle George!"

Posted by: Maggie | August 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Did Mrs. Bush say anything about how our basketball players are so much better off living in the Beijing Olympic basketball stadium?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 11, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Who are you to impose white-centric standards like politeness and dignity on people from different cultures?

Posted by: athea | August 11, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps, "what up, my war-monger" might have been more appropriate.

Posted by: | August 11, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Bron was confused and thought he was starring on a very special episode of City High.

Posted by: nerditry | August 11, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It was nice seeing Lebron without him flopping and touching his lip everytime someone bumps him like against the Wiz.

Posted by: ahern | August 11, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

ahern, seconded. I actually like that LeBron.

Posted by: sitruc | August 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Like the president or not, that's still pretty damn inappropriate. He's the leader of our country for God's sake.

Posted by: Jeez | August 11, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

respect is earned, not stolen or bought

Posted by: soccafan | August 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Stupid post. Its not like Lebron said wut up pops at a presidential dinner. Bush came into his line of work

Posted by: Czabenisanidiot | August 11, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I would have been like, "what's up you old piece of 5h1t?"

Posted by: Burner | August 12, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Get your gear now:

Posted by: Scott Rudy | August 12, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I like that.. lebron is a super star but he is young and shows some respect in a sweet and funny way.
the wiz vs cavs next year intersting to the wiz more than the cavs simply because the that is the wiz goal but the cavs goal is June trophy, and the wiz might be in the way.

Posted by: good one | August 12, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

washington suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks, and so does their untalented writers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ChokeShawn Stevenson | August 12, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are minor league butchers and have no place playing in the NBA, let alone trying to defend LeBron James. Our first series in 06 was memorable simply because Gilbert Arenas showed up to compete with LeBron and played like the superstar he is. After being made witness to LBJ's triple double, DeShawn Stevenson realized LeBron was the better player and the bigger man -- Indefatigable and unstoppable, regardless of how many times your goons came with the flagrant fouls. You could see this in DeShawn'seyes when he patted LeBron on the back before he was subbed out at the end of game 6. I hope Gilbert's return can pull your team's play out of the gutter next year.

Posted by: Dave | August 12, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards " little three " as I like to refer to them will never beat the Cavs in the playoffs as long as they have LeBron. So just be happy with your little team you have in Washington making it to the 1st round b/c that's all you're ever going to do. How many hundreds of mllions did you throw at that 1 Rd. playoff roster? haha comical. have fun with Souilja Boy

Posted by: Eric | August 12, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what you think of his time in the Oval Office, it's about respecting the office of president in this country. It's got nothing to do with what you think of the person. Show that you're not a completely ignorant athlete and address the man correctly. Whether it's Bush, Clinton, Nixon or JFK - it's "Mr. President", fool (and no, that's not a racial comment).

Posted by: Jeff. | August 12, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow....lotta Wizard-Hating-LeBron-Jock-Sniffing-Mistake-By-The Lakers here.

Way to class it up guys.

Posted by: | August 12, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Typical classless comment from an uneducated, over-paid athlete. Just clueless about life outside basketball, babies, and birth control.

It's a sad, sad commentary on today's youth.

Posted by: OddJob | August 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what gilbert arenas said to the president....oh yea thats right he's not on team usa....lebron haters must hate the usa b/c he is gonna get our sport back on top

Posted by: crybaby 0 | August 12, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Typical classless comment from an uneducated, over-paid athlete. Just clueless about life outside basketball, babies, and birth control.

It's a sad, sad commentary on today's youth."

Why would you even navigate to this site if you have that opinion? If you have such a hatred for basketball players, why read an article about the greatest player in the NBA? Go back to your high society life, but, remember, in the back of your mind, that you will never be able to play in the greatest league on earth, make great sums of money for playing a game, or be able to participate in what's important in life -- enjoying yourself. You worry about politics, birth control, etc. if you want... in the meanwhile, let the youth you are referring to be kids and enjoy their lives a bit.

By the way, you are clueless about LeBron...just because he didn't go to college doesn't mean he's uneducated. A college education should not be a rite of passage in this society. LeBron is a very intelligent person and actually maintained a very good GPA at a Catholic high school. So it seems that you are the one that is clueless and uninformed.

I think it's time for you to go back in your little shell and watch the political knuckleheads on CNN blabber on about topics which they know nothing of. Now that's wasting time.

Posted by: Pat | August 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Trying to remember the last time these excuses for sports writers wrote something about the NBA that wasn't whining about LeBron traveling or Mike Brown being too animated or something else. Stop crying about LeBron and start worrying about how the Wizards are content with a team that can't get out of the first round.

Posted by: Who's Crying? | August 12, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Please..It's not like Bush is a beacon of gentleman etiquette himself. Have you seen how Bush conducts himself around foriegn leaders- with his not-so-funny nicknames and frat boy humor? Bron was just meeting Bush on his level.

Posted by: as if | August 13, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If the Wizard fans are perfectly content with being mediocre, then so be it. You always hate the ahtlete who's the best and Lebron is the best and everyone knows that. People will look for any excuse to criticize the superstar. His GPA in high school was a 3.4, so shhhh...quiet...stop making comments about things you know nothing about.

Posted by: cav4life | August 13, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

lets see if the uh..."wiz show" could actually make it 2 the playoffs next season let alone the second round

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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