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March 1, 2009

Pictures – President Obama Goes To The Wizards v Bulls Basketball Game

president-obama-waves-arrives-wash-wizards-bulls-2-27-09 On Friday, February 27 President Obama and friend Marty Nesbitt watched the Washington Wizards play the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center in Washington.

Obama earned cool points for watching the game from a courtside seat rather than in a luxury box. The Wizards and Bulls took the court for the opening tip but were sent back to the bench because a large crowd of cameramen had spilled onto the court as they waited for the President to enter.  After a three-minute delay President Obama entered from a nearby tunnel to a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd of 18,114 and took his seat.  The Wizards and Bulls joined in the applause and Washington’s Nick Young and JaVale McGee stood on their seats to get a better look at number 44.

president-obama-speaks-young-basketball-fan-supporter-2-27-09 He sat next to 5 year old DC native Nicholas Aiello. Obama and Aiello chatted several times during the game.

president-obama-speaks-wizard-bulls-2-27-09 Obama wore a black collarless shirt and a black sport coat and remained in his courtside seat until just before halftime and returned just after the start of the third quarter.

President Obama entertained his hometown Bulls at the White House on Thursday and received a Number 44 jersey from the team.

President Obama left with 4:26 to go in the 4th quarter with the Wizards up 103-86. As he left the crowd gave him another standing ovation.

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  1. Paulette,
    This is a great post and pics; and a great way to start Monday morning! Thanks for sharing because I’ve been out of touch lately.

    Comment by afrankangle — March 2, 2009 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  2. Frank it’s good to see the President out and about and not being an aloof oaf. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — March 2, 2009 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  3. At last we have a “Normal” president…

    Comment by Glamourous — March 3, 2009 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve heard of this but it’s only today that I’ve seen photos. I think it’s nice, at least Obama still finds time to have fun despite the economic turn down. After all, all work and no play will make Barry a very dull President. 😉 I just hope naysayers don’t see this as a waste of time or money or whatever… people can be so negative sometimes. I’m pretty sure that after he left (he didn’t even finish the game) he went straight back to business and went on with his schedules and responsibilities.

    Comment by Imee — March 4, 2009 @ 4:43 am | Reply

  5. Kudos!

    Comment by Revalyn — March 4, 2009 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  6. You know he has done more for himself than he has for the country thus far. Think about it. Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Bulls visiting the White house, Cheryl Crow, Cocktails once a week. You have people that are not working. They are not having fun. They can’t afford the Beer he had at this ball game. If you want to call me a nay-sayer go ahead. I consider myself a realist. Thanks though!!

    Comment by Roger — March 4, 2009 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

    • Roger, “You know he has done more for himself than he has for the country thus far.” Very interesting.

      Are you telling me that you believe that when past Presidents were in office, including the former that they didn’t entertain? Not because you didn’t hear about the entertainment doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening.

      Additionally, ALL world leaders including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Emirs, etc entertain and are entertained. And if they don’t shame on them. I want a President that has a balanced life. All of us should take time for rest and relaxation so that we can perform at our highest level.

      President Obama lives in the building in which he works, we have already heard reports that he goes to bed after midnight and is up at 4am working from his private quarters and is in the Oval Office before 8am most mornings. So you are telling me that you are going to begrudge him some time to unwind?

      The Obamas understand that the White House is the “people’s house” and have invited the people in to visit — that’s a nice touch. Recent Presidents and First Ladies have always entertained but entertained those from their party and their family and friends. What is particularly refreshing about the way President Obama has chosen to entertain is that he invites Republicans, Democrats, Independents as well as Americans at large to his social events – that is very refreshing and I congratulate him for doing so.

      I also consider myself to be a realist.

      Comment by Paulette — March 4, 2009 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

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