Mike Wise Meets Obama
When Obama went to the Wiz game on Friday, only a handful out of the 20,000 people in the building got genuine Presidential face time. There were the few folks sitting in his immediate section. There were the very very few people who walked past before the Secret Service shut that avenue down. And, of course, there was Mike Wise.
If you've ever gone anywhere with Mike Wise, you realize that he has the magic Crisco touch. Everything he approaches transforms into a greased slide toward greatness. He can show up to an airport, with no ID, needing to check his bags, 17 seconds before his flight is supposed to leave, and he'll make the plane, in style, while riding a complimentary golf cart, with a hot Latte and extra frequent flyer miles waiting for him.
So with dozens of sportswriters stuffed into that building, and everyone on their feet with the buzz, yup, there was Mike Wise somehow walking up to the President courtside, just the way he would with Andy Pollin at the Comcast Center or something. Photographic evidence from The Post's Preston Keres above. Note especially the handshake.
What, you're wondering, does the leader of the free world have in common with a Post sports columnist, besides the fact that both are great on live TV, if Washington Post Live counts as live TV? How about high school hoops.
I'm guessing there might be a column about this at some point, but when the President met with the Post's editorial board shortly before he was inaugurated, he took a tour of the newsroom and met Wise. The columnist told the President he had played basketball at Campbell High School in Hawaii and knew one of Obama's high school teammates from Punahou, Dan Hale.
"We just played with Dan two days ago," the President said of Hale, who came to D.C. for the inauguration.
Wise and Reggie Love shook hands, and there's some thought that the former might one day get into some Presidential pick-up. Anyhow, there they both were again on Friday, and after he finished waving to the standing crowd, Obama was apparently just sitting there. Wise said he looked "almost lonely." The Secret Service was moving away the photographers, so Wise saw an opening and figured what the heck. He approached. Obama stood up to greet him. The snipers no doubt took aim. Wise provided this dialog.
MW: "Mr. President, good to see you again. Mike Wise from the Washington Post."
BO: "Good to see you, Mike."
MW: "Looking forward to playing hoops at some point, Sir."
MW: "Oh, how's Dan Hale?"
BO: "Dan's great, thanks."
MW: "Enjoy the game."
BO: "Thank you."
I'm telling you, that's the Mike Wise way. Now we just have to get the guy on PTI. Obama, I mean. Or Washington Post Live, I guess.
March 4, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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