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Eye Opener: Nobel Yes, But What About Basketball?

By Ed O'Keefe



The b-baller-in-chief hosted some Cabinet colleagues for a game Thursday night. Here he plays with members of the UNC Tar Heels during the presidential campaign.

Eye Opener

Happy Friday! President Obama might have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but did he win the basketball game?

He hosted a pickup game Thursday night at the White House.

"The list of attendees includes Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and 11 members of the House of Representatives, but only two Republicans – Jeff Flake of Arizona and John Shimkus of Illinois," the Old Grey Lady reports.

Which Cabinet secretary do you think has the most game? Vote here. (Duncan is winning big so far!)

"[Robert] Gibbs explained that the roster was drawn from a standing game on Capitol Hill. (A team of so-called ‘’wounded warriors’’ from the National Naval Medical Center also planned to play on the White House court Thursday, and the White House said Mr. Obama would drop by.)" (Obama also took flack for not inviting any women to play.)

Obama has played basketball and golf several times with Cabinet secretaries and other government officials. After playing basketball one weekend at the Interior Department's indoor court, Salazar challenged his boss to a game.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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I have some proposals to make, in the spirit of the Nobel announcement.

Let's also give Mr. Obama the 2009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and also Most Valuable Player! Note: The basketball season has not even begun, but hey, have you ever seen a hoopster with better intentions?

And let's not stop there. Let's also give Mr. Obama the Nobel Prize for Medicine. After all, his now-stealth health care plan WILL (absolutely!) - someday - save millions of lives, but, of course, no sooner than he reveals to the world what's actually in the plan. No matter, no trouble, it's GOING to happen, so let's give it to him now! He DESERVES it!

Posted by: FreedomFirst2 | October 9, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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