What the White House thinks of LeBron James returning to Cleveland

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Even the White House has something to say about LeBron James' Cleveland homecoming.

Reacting to James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Friday announcement was a "pretty powerful statement about the value of a place that you consider home."

Earnest weighed in on the sports subject -- after taking a question about the World Cup final -- before moving on to Washington matters, like the House GOP lawsuit against the president.

And just in case there was any question, Earnest noted that Obama is a “big fan of LeBron.”

James in a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated announced he would return to the Cavaliers, four years after spurning the perennial loser for the Miami Heat.

The question now is how long it will take, if ever, for James to visit the White House as a member of a Cleveland championship team.

Many political observers have noted that it's been a great week for Cleveland, with the city landing the Republican National Convention in 2016.

But let's be real: It's King James. The RNC convention announcement is already a distant memory for most Clevelanders.

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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