‘It’s Nerve-Wracking,’ Obama Says of U.S.-Ghana World Cup Game

By Dschabner

Jun 26, 2010 8:52pm

From Sunlen Miller:

“This is nerve-wracking,” President Obama said.

No, he was not referencing his meeting with President Lee of South Korea that had just happened, nor the meeting with President Hu of China that was about to happen in Toronto. He was speaking about watching the U.S. team lose to Ghana in their World Cup game this afternoon.

The president stole some time to sit in a side room at the hotel where he was holding bilateral meetings, to catch some of the game in between meetings. Sitting a few feet away from a large flat-screen TV, the president watched with his NSC spokesman, Mike Hammer.  The score was 2-1 at the 10th minute of extended time when the TV pool was allowed to shoot some video.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel entered the room and asked the president how much time was left.

"Five minutes,” the president answered leaning forward in his seat. “It's nerve-wracking.”

President Obama and President Mills of Ghana agreed that when they meet next they will exchange team jerseys, in  “the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship,” the White House said.

– Sunlen Miller

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