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First basketball fan Obama visits NBA game but leaves early

As part of the sacrifice that all Americans are being asked to make in these difficult times, President Obama went to an NBA game last night in Washington's Verizon Center and got a courtside seat.

The Wizards were playing some team called the Bulls from a windy city somewhere.

It was a guy's night out. First Lady Michelle Obama, not wearing another sleeveless sheath, did not accompany her husband. But political strategist David Axelrod, speechwriter Jon Favreau and friend Reggie Love sat nearby.

The president spent part of the day making a quick trip to Camp Lejeune to tell the Marines we're leaving Iraq soon. But Friday evening the casually-dressed Obama, a workout fanatic-smoker, was energetically working the (Nicorette?) gum through much of the game. (See video below.)

He spent halftime in the team owners box. Three minutes into the second half Obama returned to his courtside seat. Many people applauded. He made no speeches.

With a few minutes left in the game, however, Obama, apparently bored or to avoid the traffic stopped for his motorcade, decided to leave. The Wizards won 113-90. It took the president four minutes to get home.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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calm down on the bias here, andrew malcolm. the dude went to a game. wtf? he's a bulls fan. they were in town. he went to the game. holy cow! i did the same when they came through town (twice, for the lakers and the clippers!). im unemployed and i scored section 100 tickets both times for free. stuff the negative attitude.

Michele Obama looks better sleeveless than some NBA stars.

Is that why you get all catty when she shows those gorgeous arms of hers?

you funniest post evah!!!!

I loved, "First Lady Michelle Obama, not wearing another sleeveless sheath, did not accompany her husband"


Kinda snarky reporting ya'll do? "Obama, apparently bored or to avoid the traffic stopped for his motorcade, decided to leave. "

That's some top-notch unprofessional-ness.

Andrew, not likey the Obama much do we? A little advice: remember Dennis Miller.

How can you say maybe Obama was bored and left early? He IS a basketball fan so let's drop the bored argument. He left early because they wanted to get the motorcade out of the way BEFORE the game was over to avoid traffic and stuff.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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