Here is President Obama latest…coaching a team?

Subject: Pool report #2

At 12:57pm, exactly an hour after we arrived, the motorcade is moving. No word yet on the results of Sasha Obama’s game, and no sighting of POTUS.

The game was played at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, Md. That’s where Sasha’s precious games have been held.

(For those who haven’t been sitting in a van for an hour with nothing to do: It’s also where, according to a Pete Souza photo, where Obama on March 12, 2012, spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, saying he was “deeply saddened” by the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier.)

Also, for a little background on Obama, basketball, and his younger daughter: In a March 2012 interview with ESPN.com, Obama said he had been coaching Sasha’s team, a job he said “ended up being the most fun I have had doing anything over the past couple of years.”

But he said the job wasn’t permanent. 

“They are going to want to get coaches who know a lot more than I do [about] how to coach basketball,” he joked. “So I suspect that pretty soon I will be retiring to the stands. But to have the chance on the weekends to go out and shoot with them and practice and snag some rebounds for them, that is something I hope to be able to do for a long time to come.”

Your pooler has been unable to immediately learn whether Obama did in fact stop coaching Sasha’s team – and whether today he was a coach on the bench or a fan in the stands.


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Matt Viser, national political reporter
The Boston Globe, Washington Bureau
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