Barack Obama talks with Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose in 2010. (Photo via the White House's Flickr feed)
Before he became the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama lived, worked and taught in Chicago; he's a well-known die-hard fan of his adopted hometown Chicago Bulls. He praises coaching hires. He talks trash. He runs with Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown on Election Day. He's just like us (except for maybe that last part).
And, like every other Bulls fan — and, really, every other right-thinking human who appreciates watching greatness in all its forms — the president's excited about Chicago finally getting its point guard back. So, like the just-one-of-the-guys, prison-rules-playing fan he is, Obama took to Twitter to say so:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 29, 2013
Well said, Mr. President — even if you didn't actually sign it yourself — and awful thoughtful. We're sure Rose will tweet you back as soon as he finishes warming up for his first basketball game in 550 days. It's kind of a big one.
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Rose and Obama have developed a bit of a relationship over the years since the Bulls selected the former Memphis star and Chicago native with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Obama invited Rose and teammate Joakim Noah, plus a slew of other players, to the White House for an amazing-sounding pickup game in 2010. Rose spoke on Obama's behalf at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago in April 2011. And back in 2009, when the Bulls became the first professional sports franchise that Obama welcomed to the White House, the point guard found the opportunity surreal:
“It was crazy just being here,” the No. 1 pick of June’s draft told NBA.com.
“I’ve never had the chance to be at the White House, but the President gave us the opportunity to come, so that’s what we did. I was nervous just to stand next to him, but then for someone like him to even know my name was just amazing.” [...]
“He knew just about everyone on our team and you could tell he’s a real Bulls fan,” said Rose [...].
The former Memphis standout also spoke of the importance of Obama becoming the first African-American president in the history of the United States.
“He gives you hope,” Rose said. “Just like no one thought he would become President, no one thought that I could grow up and become the first pick in the draft. I think it gives people everywhere a little extra hope.”
And now, with Rose about to make his long-awaited return, it's Obama — and Bulls fans everywhere — who find themselves ecstatic at the hope of a new day for their favored franchise. Funny how that works out, huh?
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