April 03, 2010
Either CBS analyst Clark Kellogg was taking it easy on President Obama, or a former Big Ten player of the year and NBA first-round draft pick just lost a game of HORSE to a man wearing slacks, a button-down shirt and a tie.
Kellogg and Obama played HORSE – or POTUS actually – at the White House earlier this week for a CBS segment that aired at halftime of Saturday's national semifinal between Butler and Michigan State. The president spotted Kellogg a lead and then unleashed a buttery jumper on the former Ohio State star, punctuating his winning right-wing 3-pointer with a confident "WAP!"
"Can I just say everybody, Clark missed a couple of those on purpose, but it was only because he didn't think he was going to end up losing," Obama joked.
Responded Kellogg, "I was trying. I gave it a great effort. I'm not ashamed."
Obama looked as at ease on the basketball court as he would in a White House staff meeting, effortlessly breaking down the NCAA tournament action of the past two weeks in between some good banter with Kellogg.
"Look at the president's sweet stroke," Kellogg said after Obama sank a corner jumper. "This might be your one shining moment right here."
"I'm not going down easy," Obama replied. "I've got a few other things on my mind, but I'm not going to go down easy. I'm not going to be humiliated on national television."
Before the POTUS game even began, Kellogg referenced Obama's brief foray into the broadcast booth during a Duke-Georgetown game earlier this season, kidding the president, "How about we play for my job right now?"
Be careful what you wish for, Clark. We wouldn't have guessed that Obama would have a better jump shot than you, but would anyone be surprised if he was smoother behind the mic?