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March Madness: Obama makes two shots at children’s event — misses 20

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Gone are the days of hitting a three-pointer on the 2008 campaign trail. President Obama, surrounded by children and Washington Wizards basketball players, made just two out of 22 shots.

 “He couldn’t make one,” Kahron Campbell, a ten-year-old from Maryland, told the press pool at the Easter Egg roll shooting a layup for Obama. “I had to help him out.” Obama’s shooting struggles came after all but one child at the event predicted he would make his first shot. “POTUS stepped to free throw line and kids were asked to stand on opposite sides, depending on whether they think he would sink it. Most kids moved in one direction, but one boy went to the ‘miss’ side,” according to the pool. “‘Oh, man,’ a stunned POTUS said, hands on hips. The boy didn’t budge. And three others joined.” Here’s the full pool (it gets worse):
POTUS at basketball court, with kids and Washington Wizards (don’t have all names but John Wall included — will get details for final wrap) POTUS stepped to free throw line and kids were asked to stand on opposite sides, depending on whether they think he would sink it. Most kids moved in one direction, but one boy went to the “miss” side. “Oh, man,” a stunned POTUS said, hands on hips. The boy didn’t budge. And three others joined. In sharp form, POTUS released the ball. It bounced off the rim and circled it — miss. “Come on. Come on. Did you see that?” Obama said. It got worse. A little while later, after playing tennis, Obama started to take shots amid the kids and pros. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Airball. He moved closer to the net. But time and again, he missed. Of 22 shots POTUS took, he made two. (22 was general consensus of poolers) At one point, POTUS handed a ball to a boy and asked for help. The boy made the layup. “He couldn’t make one. I had to help him out,” said Kahron Campbell, 10, of Landover, MD.

 

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