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Obama takes in top college basketball game

 President Barack Obama reacts as he watches the Georgetown Duke basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010.  (AP Pho...

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President Barack Obama reacts as he watches the Georgetown Duke basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (AP Pho...

There was a familiar voice behind the microphone during a college basketball game on Saturday _ Barack Obama's.
The president provided about seven minutes of nationally televised commentary in the second half of the game between Duke and Georgetown, both top 10 teams, at an arena near the White House.
Obama, an avid fan of the basketball who often plays casual pickup games, shook hands with several fans as he entered the arena. He enjoyed the game from a front-row seat, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and others.
Shortly after the second half began, the president was seated between CBS announcers Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg. After Obama niftily described a spin move by one player, Kellogg told him he could handle the job of announcing.
"After retirement, I'm coming after your job, Clark," Obama replied. "I'm just letting you know."
The president munched on popcorn and occasionally used his Blackberry. A Columbia University graduate, he revealed no preference for either Duke or Georgetown, despite sitting among a throng of wildly cheering Georgetown fans.
Obama told the CBS announcers that his job keeps him too busy to watch a full game on TV during the regular season. But when it comes to national college tournament in March, he said he watches the last few games.
Obama departed with about a minute left in the game, which seventh-ranked Georgetown won over No. 8 Duke 89-77. Nearby students chanted "USA, USA" as he exited waving.
Security for the game was intensified, with fans having to pass through metal detectors, cars being searched as they entered the building's garage, and a large number of agents in the arena.
Duke and Georgetown were using the game to launch a campaign to raise money for refugee children in the Darfur region of Sudan.


Updated : 2021-06-24 15:01 GMT+08:00