Barack Obama Wears A Mouth Guard When He Plays Basketball

Barack Obama Wears A Mouth Guard When He Plays Basketball
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Michael Lewis spent six months chilling at the White House and his portrait of Barack Obama for Vanity Fair is online. It features a whole lot of talk about Barry's basketball game. The most startling revelation is the fact that Obama wears a mouth guard when he plays in his regular pick-up game inside FBI HQ. I wonder what the Republicans will make of this. It seems a bit wimpy to me.

Read the story here:

At nine o’clock one Saturday morning I made my way to the Diplomatic Reception Room, on the ground floor of the White House. I’d asked to play in the president’s regular basketball game, in part because I wondered how and why a 50-year-old still played a game designed for a 25-year-old body, in part because a good way to get to know someone is to do something with him. I hadn’t the slightest idea what kind of a game it was. The first hint came when a valet passed through bearing, as if they were sacred objects, a pair of slick red-white-and-blue Under Armour high-tops with the president’s number (44) on the side. Then came the president, looking like a boxer before a fight, in sweats and slightly incongruous black rubber shower shoes. As he climbed into the back of a black S.U.V., a worried expression crossed his face. “I forgot my mouth guard,” he said. Your mouth guard? I think. Why would you need a mouth guard?

“Hey, Doc,” he shouted to the van holding the medical staff that travels with him wherever he goes. “You got my mouth guard?” The doc had his mouth guard. Obama relaxed back in his seat and said casually that he didn’t want to get his teeth knocked out this time, “since we’re only 100 days away.

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