Obama gets grief for male-only basketball games
President Obama loves basketball. But his failure to include women in the basketball games is getting him criticism.
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The host of the show, Joe Scarborough, agrees with the president. Holding his head in his hands at one point during Wednesday's program, the former Republican congressman seemed genuinely pained that his colleague -- Guthrie -- spent any portion of her one-on-one with the president on the issue.Skip to next paragraph
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Comparing the topic to flaky "balloon boy" coverage, Scarborough told Guthrie, "Speaking for all men -- that was bunk. That question was bunk. What were you thinking?"
"This is a really interesting issue," Guthrie began.
"No, it's not," Scarborough interrupted.
Guthrie explained that the disagreement over the issue seemed to break down across gender lines.
"Most men I talk to say, 'What's the big deal? So a guy can't play basketball?'" she said. "But many, many serious thinking women say, 'Let's call this for it is: This is a networking opportunity. This is a political event."
The Round Mound of Mikulski?
No matter what Guthrie could say, Scarborough wouldn't buy it (see video below). At one point, he sounded like the terminally politically incorrect Michael Scott from the popular TV show "The Office."
"Come on, what are you going to do? Invite Barbara Mikulski over to play basketball with you?" he asked.
Fans of the TV show might remember when Michael was putting together an office basketball team to match up against the warehouse workers. When his rotund middle-aged colleague Phyllis asked to play, Michael -- like Scarborough -- scoffed.
Of course, Michael changed his mind when Phyllis then volunteered to be a cheerleader.
"Oh yuck. That's worse than you playing," Michael said to stunned silence. Then he backtracked and promised Phyllis a spot on the team as an alternate.
As goes Scranton, so goes the White House
No one is suggesting that Obama is a presidential version of the regional manager for Dunder-Mifflin. But, judging how his press secretary responded to a question about the game, we're guessing that the president, like Michael, will eventually come around.
“The President obviously is someone who, as the father of two young daughters, has an avid interest in their competing against anybody on the playing field. The President has certainly played basketball and other sports with women in the past, and I anticipate he'll do so in the future.”
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