In Washington, Obama is fighting to unify a fractured Congress and jump-start a re-election campaign with little more than a year to go before he contends for a second term in office. In Pennsylvania, Obama is fighting for a City League soccer title in Pittsburgh.
No, they're not the same Obama. One is the president of the United States and the other is a fledging girls soccer team for the newly created Pittsburgh (Pa.) Obama Academy of International Studies, a school named after the current commander in chief.
Still, as chronicled by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, both Obamas have similar goals: To get past stiff opposition in fairly uncharted waters. For the president, that means running a campaign after building up a record which many now question; for the soccer team, it's finding a way to get past teams which have existed (in many cases returning nearly fully intact rosters) for years and will probably have a better sense of how to work with one another.
For the soccer team, those new challenges aren't stopping the Academy team from aiming high, with a potential Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state playoff berth on the line if it can get past the likes of City League favorite Pittsburgh (Pa.) Allerdice High, which has rich Pittsburgh soccer traditions.
"It is a historic season," first-year Obama coach Marlin Woods told the Post-Gazette. "It is incredible to be a part of it. With this being under the Obama banner, named after the current president of the United States, this is special.
"I told the girls we have big dreams, big goals and we have all the components to achieve them. We are very excited, this is monumental and there will be a lot of firsts."
As with President Obama's re-election campaign, not all key players for the Obama Academy soccer team will be new faces. Woods noted that a handful of the Obama players competed together for Pittsburgh (Pa.) Schenley High (pictured above), the recently closed four-time defending City League girls soccer champion.
Still, after a season-opening 6-2 loss at Quigley (Pa.) Catholic High, some doubts remain about Obama's first season in action.
Funny, since that sounds eerily like plenty of political pundits questioning the sitting president's electability in a year.