Philippines, 01 Oct 2014
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Pres. Obama and Basketball


PhilBoxing.com




MANILA(PNA) - Basketball has been an important part of newly-re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama's life, from his childhood days in the Island of Hawaii, to his years at Harvard Law School. From where he lived to the sprawling campus of the prestigious Punahou School, Obama could often be seen carrying books in one hand and dribbling a basketball in the other. Called “ Barry O’Bomber” for his jump shot, He would helped his alma mater to the state championship. Even today, the now head of the world’s most powerful nation brings to the White House qualities that teammates and other old friends remember seeing on the court.

It’s no surprise then that when he was first elected the first avid basketball enthusiast Chief Executive in 2008, Obama, a look-alike of Governor’s Cup champion Rain or Shine Fil-Am stalwart Gabe Norwood in the PBA, hired a team of cabinet members and aides with serious basketball background either for playing in college and amateur and pro-leagues, including the NBA.

“I think we’re putting together the best basketball-playing cabinet in American history,” the President-elect was quoted as saying by in a press conference prior to assuming his post. "I could play basketball, with a consuming passion that would always exceed my limited talent," Obama wrote in his memoir.
And it looks like his next inner circle will again be filled with players who remained permanent fixtures of his retinue that played pickup games in whichever cities h visited in his first term in the Oval office in his four years. Among those mentioned to be retained is Arne Duncan, the former captain of the Harvard basketball team and current secretary of education. He played pro-ball in Australia. Samantha Power, an Irish-American special assistant to Obama and runs the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, is, in fact, the very first in the President’s inner circle to announce her intention to be of service in his next term. As described by the Washington Post, Obama’s regular basketball buddies are in their 40s, or roughly 28 years old, averaging six and a half feet tall, and the possessor of a 30-inch vertical leap. They include, to mention a few, vice president Joseph Biden, who once managed the freshman basketball team at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware; Retired Gen. James Jones a 6-foot-4 nominee for national security advisor and star-forward for Georgetown University in the 60s; Susan Rice, then nominee as ambassador to the United Nations and a point-guard for the National Cathedral School in Washington

The group is made up of serious basketball players who come together three or four times each week. Obama joins when he can.

Most played pro, but not the President, the Washington Post reported, mostly in Europe and Asia. Naming former athletes and sportsmen in key positions in the U.S. government is not new though. Many presidents have found it politically expedient to bring along favored sport to the White House. Teddy Roosevelt boxed and practiced judo and, according to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, maintained his heavy set of paraphernalia in presidential residence. John F. Kennedy favored touch football. George H. W. Bush hosted high-powered tennis matches, while George W. Bush had gone mountain-biking with his group he called “Peloton One.” President Richard Nixon embraced bowling as means of connecting with working-class voters.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eddie Alinea.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • FARENAS- PEDRAZA IBF SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CLASH FOR NO.1 RANKING A DONE DEAL
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • Team Fight to Walk to host Second Annual Gala!
    By , Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • FARENAS-PEDRAZA TITLE ELIMINATOR DONE DEAL FOR NOV 14 IN PUERTO RICO
    By Dong Secuya, Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • CRAWFORD-BELTRAN ON NOV 29 IN OMAHA
    By , Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles and Amaris "Diamond Girl" Quintana Back in "America's Finest City"!
    By , Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • NBA -- Melo "excited" to play under Triangle offense
    By Nelson Chu, Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • Belasco to finally get shot at undefeated Nelson this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort
    By , Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • FOUR COURAGEOUS FILIPINO BOXERS KEEP GOLD MEDAL HOPES ALIVE IN ASIAN GAMES
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • Freshmart, Buitrago Make Weight for WBA Clash in Thailand
    By Carlos Costa, Wed, 01 Oct 2014
  • MARIO FERNANDEZ AVENGES LOSS TO THAPA AT AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ENTERS BOXING SEMI FINALS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Danger Zone: "The General" Jether Oliva Set to Militarize Indonesian Jemmy Gobel for WBF Asian Tittle in Glan, Sarangani
    By Carlos Costa, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • WHO WILL SAVE OUR ASIAN GAMES CAMPAIGN?
    By Eddie Alinea, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • TODAY! Crawford vs Beltran Press Conf Streamed Live From Omaha
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas to take on Jose Medina in Somerset, New Jersey on October 24
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Antonio Counihan: I’m Going To Put On A Great Performance For the Fans on October 25th
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • NBA -- Gasol, Bulls ready to be tested
    By Kevin Gonzalez, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • A Tri-People Extravaganza: MANOBO, MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN BOXERS SEE ACTION IN 'CLASH OF LITTLE TITANS'
    By Manny Piñol, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • MOVE ON, GILAS
    By Tonton Alcos-Antogop, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • NBA -- Clippers host Media Day (PHOTOS)
    By Jhay Oh Otamias, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • NBA -- Coach Kidd ready to guide "young" Bucks
    By Barry Aragon, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Boxing stars & public to celebrate Micky Ward's birthday Saturday at Foxwoods Showtime Boxing Special Edition
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Ridiculous last gasp caps Gilas voyage
    By Recah Trinidad, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • De Alba looks for 12th straight win this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Greg Cohen Promotions Signs Venezuelan KO Artist Ismael Barroso
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2014 philboxing.com.