Obama’s Wide World of Sports

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November 19: President Obama’s a big sports fan and athlete, that much we know. He’s spoken about the importance of basketball in his life, and has made his passion for sports a key part of his political persona. Here, the President runs a route for New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees as a part of a public service announcement released today (see video here). And it got us thinking…

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November 19: Obama shows off his taekwondo skills in South Korea, where he was awarded an honorary black belt.

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October 8: Obama pulls up a little short of the rim to take his shot. He invited several members of the Cabinet and members of Congress to play a pickup game on the White House basketball court.

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September 16: Touche! The President scores a hit against a fencer as a part of the White House’s demonstration of Olympic sports during the ultimately unsuccessful Chicago 2016 Olympics campaign.

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September 10: The President gets a chance to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup when he hosts the 2009 NHL champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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August 24: The frustrations of golf get to Obama during his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

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August 19: 2008 NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson shows off his wheels to the President.

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August 14: A river runs through it — Obama tries his hand at fly-fishing in the East Gallatin River in Montana.

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July 27: FIFA President Sepp Blatter presents Obama with jerseys for his daughters.

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July 15: Obama throws the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game — it was a strike, though some said it bounced.

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July 13: While talking about health care reform with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Peter Orszag, Phil Schiliro and Larry Summers, Obama shadowboxes. No word on whether he imagined recalcitrant Republicans as his targets.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

June 24: Go long!

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April 24: Perhaps the President and Vice President are practicing for a four-ball partners game?

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March 15: Obama and the First Dog, Bo, head out for a run.

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