President Obama on the Sidelines at Georgetown vs. Duke
John E. DeFreitas | 2/3/2010, 1:37 p.m.
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by John E DeFreitas
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were among the 20,039 fans who braved the snow to watch Big East rivals Georgetown and Duke compete for national ratings during a live CBS telecast.
The president received a thunderous round of applause when he walked on to the court, less than a minute before tip-off. He was later joined by Biden. Obama, a self-described pick-up basketball player, enjoyed a courtside view as he watched intently while Georgetown decimated Duke.
During the second half of the game, Obama joined CBS€ No. 1 Sports team, announcers Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist. The president had an opportunity to try his hand at broadcasting by providing a bit of analysis and a few quips.
Both coaches agreed that the president€s interest in college sports made a difference during the game.
"President Obama always brings energy. It was good to have him here, it was good to play well when he was here," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson, III.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the president€s presence provided even more excitement and made the game an even bigger deal.
"First off, for the President and the Vice President to be here and show their support of college basketball is spectacular, and I think that's the best. He [also] generated a lot of excitement,€ Krzyzewki said.
€It's neat to see our country excited about their President. I mean, that's a cool thing. I'm excited about it too. It's just a good atmosphere and their team responded to it at a really high level," he said.