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Finally, President Obama’s Schedule Loosens Up a Little

The National Republican Senatorial Committee notices the president is having a pretty relaxing summer. If only more Americans could say the same . . .

It’s a cheap shot, obviously, because this weekend, the president was hard at work with . . . with . . .

President Obama shot hoops Sunday with some NBA superstars, a combination late birthday present and a showcase for some wounded warriors and participants in the White House mentoring project.

The guest list included some of pro basketball’s greatest players, both past and present: LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell, to name a few. One woman, Maya Moore of the UConn Huskies, was on the list released to the press today as well.

According to pool reporter, no press was allowed in to see the game, so we can’t be sure whether the pros took it easy on their commander in chief. But a White House photographer was likely on hand for the game, which took place at Fort McNair.

Obama, who marked his 49th birthday in Chicago on Wednesday at a dinner that included Oprah Winfrey, was set for yet another celebration today at the White House — a barbecue with family, friends and staff.

I’m thankful that when Obama met LeBron, it didn’t create a vortex of hype and media attention so intense that it sucked in the entire known universe.


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