Friday, May 21, 2010

White House to turn Duke blue

The White House is a house divided about next week's scheduled visit from the Duke University NCAA champion men's basketball team.

President Barack Obama, of course, is a basketball fanatic. Dome readers might recall that during the campaign, he practiced with the UNC-Chapel Hill men's team. Last year, Obama welcomed the UNC's national champion squad to the White House.

But there are some basketball partisans among his staff. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is an N.C. State University grad and Reggie Love, the president's personal assistant or "body man" is a former Duke basketball and football player.

Gibbs gave a sense in a news conference today that he's not exactly thrilled about next week's events, Barb Barrett reports.

“On Thursday, President Obama will -- and this is hard for an N.C. State graduate to say -- welcome the NCAA men's basketball champion, Duke Blue Devils, to the White House -- Reggie will be in rare form -- to honor their 2009 and 2010 season."

-- Ben Niolet, (Raleigh) News and Observer


Anonymous said...

GO DUKE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

2010 National Champions

Anonymous said...

I thought the rodent factor was dealt with already.

Unknown said...

Seems to me, the President made several brackets out and yet Duke won. Maybe he's a sore loser. Congrats to Duke

Anonymous said...

Who Cares! Go Heels!

Anonymous said...

Duke is and always will be a school for cry babies and everyone knows this except Duke and their obnoxious fans...;-)