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Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:55 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant got a chance to meet the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Posted by Ben Golliverkevin-durant
Just because Kevin Durant has risen to become the best professional basketball player in the world -- yeah, I said it -- doesn't mean his life story has stopped being one Hallmark card after another.  In this must-read NewsOK.com piece, we get a great glimpse at Durant, the person, and a thorough follow-up on what was one of the more interesting stories of the summer.  Back in August, Barack Obama, the President of the Unites States, and a huge basketball junkie, hosted NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for a birthday basketball game.  Once word got out, Durant, who hails from the greater-DC area and was the key piece on this summer's Team USA World Championship gold medal winning team, made it known on his Twitter account that he wished he could have been there. One thing led to another and in September Durant got to meet Obama for an informal game of pickup hoops.
"It was a good feeling to meet the president," Durant said. "Of course I always wanted to do that. Me being from D.C., it was pretty cool to see him. I was excited to get that opportunity. It's something I'm always going to remember."
The day happened to be one day after Durant's grandmother's 63rd birthday. And Barbara Davis received an unexpected and unforgettable birthday gift. She accompanied Durant and Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt, to the Commander in Chief's home court. "She's been in D.C. for 60 years and never got to meet the president," Durant said. "Now we have the first African-American president, and that felt good for me to give her that opportunity."
Durant also invited teammates Eric Maynor and James Harden to get in on the presidential treatment, and both left awe-struck and sworn to secrecy by Durant, who reportedly wanted to keep the meeting private. What a story. It begs just one question: Who snubbed Durant in the first place? Can we elect that person out of office, please?
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

I often wonder about people who make comments regarding the office of the President.  I bet not one of them have a viable solution to the problems we face as a nation.  The only people qualified to comment are past presidents and only if they solved a similar crisis.  The most the rest of us can do is gripe, complain, and be secretly glad we dont bear that responsibility.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:24 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

Right-wingers are schmucks.  Jeez.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:32 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

I think the Messiah fixates on round ball because it is a simple game that he can understand and play.   This gives him relief from reigning as king,  issuing edics  and telling the American people that they just are too simple minded to understand how effective and great he is.   A true saint in his own mind. 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

Okay bright guy...how do YOU fix the recession? Got any quick fixes....no. SHUT UP. Recession is hard on EVERYONE, even the rich don't know how to fix it, not that it effects them as much as the poor guy.

As for obama having a game of basketball, it's his prerogative to do whatever he wants for leisure. A little pick up game with nice guys like Durant is not a bad thing.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

I bet obama makes better shots at the hoop then the recession. If not, he at least spends more time trying to get better at hoops not the recession.



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

Sports fandom is a much needed relief from the every day pressures of life for a lot of people, including yourself considering you read this article. Don't be hypocritical.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Kevin Durant meets Barack Obama

#1 on the president's agenda is sports.  There's no question about it.



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