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Obama goes 2-22 on White House basketball court

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News
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So apparently the White House basketball court is part of red-state America.

President Barack Obama went 2-of-22 on his home court Monday as he took part in the White House’s fitness-themed Easter Egg Roll.

How rough was it out there? Here's part of the pool report from Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times (the full report is at the bottom of this entry):

"Obama started to take shots amid the kids and pros. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Airball. He moved closer to the net. But time and again, he missed. Of 22 shots POTUS took, he made two."

"At one point, POTUS handed a ball to a boy and asked for help. The boy made the layup. 'He couldn't make one. I had to help him out,' said Kahron Campbell, 10, of Landover, MD."

The whole Obama family—the president, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia—joined thousands of Americans packed on the mansion’s South Lawn for the annual Easter celebration, dubbed, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!”

Some 30,000 people from all 50 states received tickets for the event. A costumed Easter Bunny and 9-year-old viral video maker Robby Novak, better known as Kid President, joined them.

Here is Leary's pool report:

POTUS at basketball court, with kids and Washington Wizards (don't have all names but John Wall included -- will get details for final wrap)

POTUS stepped to free throw line and kids were asked to stand on opposite sides, depending on whether they think he would sink it. Most kids moved in one direction, but one boy went to the "miss" side. [Yahoo News note: "Nate Silver? is that you?"]

"Oh, man," a stunned POTUS said, hands on hips. The boy didn't budge. And three others joined.

In sharp form, POTUS released the ball. It bounced off the rim and circled it -- miss.

"Come on. Come on. Did you see that?" Obama said.

It got worse.

A little while later, after playing tennis, Obama started to take shots amid the kids and pros.

Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Airball.

He moved closer to the net.

But time and again, he missed. Of 22 shots POTUS took, he made two. (22 was general consensus of poolers)

At one point, POTUS handed a ball to a boy and asked for help. The boy made the layup.

"He couldn't make one. I had to help him out," said Kahron Campbell, 10, of Landover, MD.

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