Obama plays golf, attends college basketball playoff game

WASHINGTON Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:10pm EDT

1 of 4. U.S. President Barack Obama (R) watches an NCAA basketball game between Syracuse Orange and Marquette Golden Eagles in Washington March 30, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama had the kind of Saturday that many men dream of having, playing golf and attending a college basketball playoff game.

Midday found him at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force base on the outskirts of Washington where Air Force One is kept. He teed off at one of the base courses with friends Marty Nesbitt, Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush.

After a couple of hours, enough to probably play nine holes, Obama had his motorcade whisk him to the Verizon Center sports arena, where Syracuse defeated Marquette to advance to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament.

Inside the Verizon Center, Obama ran into Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from knee surgery. A tweeted photo showed them chatting.

Obama, a big basketball fan, admitted to reporters earlier in the week that his predictions of the winners and losers in the NCAA tournament had been "busted."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Beech)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (26)
TheNewWorld wrote:
Good thing we don’t have anything going on like threats of nuclear war…

Mar 30, 2013 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
beech wrote:
Touche’!

Mar 30, 2013 9:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:
Meanwhile, a nuclear armed North Korea is threatening to kill South Koreans and American Service People stationed in the south. Wonderful sense of priorities there you elitist pig.

Mar 30, 2013 9:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.