Using a special basketball festooned with his own image, President Obama shot some hoop today with former NBA players, Harlem Globetrotters and kids attending the White House Easter Egg Hunt. The balls with the presidential face were brought for by the NBA players who came to the event, White House officials said.
The “Shoot for Strength” activity took place on the White House basketball court, where Daryll “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins and legendary shooting guard Mitch Richmond joined Globetrotters’ Herb Lang, Fatima Maddox, Jacob Tucker and Wun Versher to conduct drills with kids. The drill consisted of the kids doing pushups every time the professional players or President Obama scored.
In his first three shots he went 0 for 3. He missed seven shots before sinking his first.
The kids switched with the shooters, and the president dropped to the ground to do some pushups.
“Somebody saw me cheating on my pushups,” the president joked.
He then moved on to tennis with Chris Evert. The tennis balls did not have his image on them.
“Four more years,” one woman said as he left the court.
“With your help,” he said.
*This post has been updated with information that the balls were supplied by the NBA/WNBA players at the event.