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.
He sat next to 5 year old DC native Nicholas Aiello. Obama and Aiello chatted several times during the game.
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.