By Ron Fournier
President Obama’s miserable 2-for-22 shooting performance at the White House Easter Egg Roll is an Internet sensation, with wince-inducing video on scores of news sites and Twitter streams overflowing with hoops hazing. Come on, give the guy a break.
As I wrote in 2008 after playing a pickup basketball game with then-Sen. Barack Obama, “Hillary may have Bill. But Barack’s got game.”
Dude can play.
“Obama is extremely confident with his game, for good reason,” I wrote in an April 29, 2008, story for the Associated Press. “He glides more than runs, high and soft on the balls of his feet and with graceful strides that put enough space between himself and his opponents to launch a solid left-handed jump shot. Obama, who usually plays with younger men, says he’s a step too fast for most his age.”