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Obama and Ted Leonsis at the Mystics game


(By Jim Watson - AFP/Getty)


President Obama went to the Mystics game on Sunday. He sat next to Ted Leonsis for at least part of the game, slapped hands with players, stood and cheered as the home team won by 25, their largest margin of victory of the season.

"We had a nice chat about a bunch of stuff -- but mostly about sports," Leonsis wrote on his blog, where he also said Obama was "very supportive of our teams."

And look, I'm all for the President of the country -- whoever he or she is -- supporting the D.C. teams of all sports and genders. But at this point it seems like he's going out of his way to spite the Barack the Red movement. Here are the known local sporting events the man has attended as President:

* Wizards-Bulls

* GW-Oregon State

* Georgetown-Duke

* Nats-Phillies

* Nats-White Sox

* Mystics-Shock

There's a certain hockey team absent from that list, a team that has certainly been Verizon Center's most successful tenant in recent years. I mean, I love the D.C. Divas, but if Obama goes there before he attends a Caps game, I'm crying foul.

(Incidentally, the locals are now 3-3 at games attended by Obama. Is that the hope and change you imagined?)


(By Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2010; 10:11 PM ET
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Comments

I think it is safe to say that our Wonderful, Gracious, and Peace-Loving Dear Leader will finally find the time on his busy schedule to see a Caps game in the Phone Booth on March 13th, 2011.

That is of course if he can't get out onto the golf course that day...

Posted by: CapsNut | August 1, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I liken the change from Bush to Obama like Zorn to Shanahan. You replace a complete incompetent with someone who presumably knows what he's doing/has a better grasp on reality. Problem is Obama can't just trade for McNabb.

Posted by: eternale5150 | August 2, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Problem is Obama can't just trade for McNabb.

Posted by: eternale5150

Problem in US politics is we don't have any McNabbs out there politically speaking. There are a sea speckled with Brad Johnson and Vinny Testivertiy types still in the political system, but most of what we got are Ryan Leafs.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 2, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell O that he can do all these things when he's out of office. What's the secret service cost for his daily "ordinary folk" outings? He's not a celebrity, he's the president and surely he's got work to do? Talk about wearing out the brand.

Posted by: Beckola | August 2, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Beckola,

"Work to do" argument aside, considering Obama will receive Secret Service protection for up to ten years after leaving office, is there *really* a cost difference between him going to a game for a couple of hours yesterday vs. in 2023/2027? (You could say he's saving the American people money, what with inflation...)

Posted by: micahwhite | August 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

While former Presidents recieve Secret Service protection, the amount and level of protection they recieve upon leaving office is drasticaly less.

Posted by: CapsNut | August 2, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama is looking at a failed presidency. He shouldn't be out at basketball games. And stay he hell away from the Caps. No one needs the headache and the distractions.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 2, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

If he was a real leader he wouldn't take a few hours off on a Sunday to go to local game with his daughter. He'd go to Crawford for a few weeks at a time to 'clear brush' and mountain bike.

Posted by: db_in_va | August 2, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether you agree with Obama or not, I don't think you can call his presidency failed. He's signed a ton of legislation and made sweeping changes to the way our country works, changes that have been attempted but never realized by previous presidencies. Even if he's out after four, he'll have accomplished a huge amount. Whether all that proves to be for the good or bad, time will tell, but he certainly hasn't had too many failures.

Posted by: crashinghero | August 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Guess his calendar was open since he got stiffed on the Clinton's wedding!!!! Hillary in 2012!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | August 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That last sentence in the article was boneheaded... absolutely boneheaded.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 2, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You're right: this guy should work 25/8/366 and not take a single day off to help raise his kids. Not even on a Sunday.

Cause I know you guys are all working 25/8/366 and not taking a single day off to help raise your own kids. Not even on a Sunday.

FOH.

Posted by: sasrza | August 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Guess his calendar was open since he got stiffed on the Clinton's wedding!!!! Hillary in 2012!!!!!
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There are words for guys like you. Unfortunately the cencors would not allow it to come through, but it starts with a P,u is vowel, has two s and ends with y.

Posted by: justonevoice | August 2, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

That last sentence in the article was boneheaded... absolutely boneheaded.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 2, 2010 3:20 PM
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Maybe but it's a better record than for everyone for whom he has campaigned. If I were running I'd want him to stay away so that I would have a chance of winning.

Posted by: apdseal | August 3, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

That last sentence in the article was boneheaded... absolutely boneheaded.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 2, 2010 3:20 PM
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Teams records total to 3-3? Maybe, but it's a better record than for everyone for whom he has campaigned. If I were running I'd want him to stay away so that I would have a chance of winning.

Posted by: apdseal | August 3, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

So Obama's batting .500 for local sports? DC United's home record is 2-6-1. I feel like a coin toss gives us way better odds of a win than we would be left to our own devices.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 3, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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