— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
President Obama made an appearance as a third CBS commentator at the
Georgetown-Duke men's college basketball game here at the Verizon Center.
The president looked like he was having fun, joked that he was coming after
Clark Kellogg's job and about his appearance at the House Republican Conference
After showing the 2008 footage of Obama playing with the eventual National
Champion North Carolina Tar Heels, CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist asked,
"Mr. President, you're a left-hander, do you have any trouble going to
Recognizing the double entendre in the question, Obama said (loosely based on
quick notes): "I can go to my right now and then. I went to the House
Republican caucus the other day. But there's no doubt I have a stronger left
Pundits pondered what George W. Bush might do post-presidency. One prevailing
idea is that it wouldn't be shocking if he became commissioner of Major League
Baseball, considering his former part ownership of the Texas Rangers and his
all-around love of sports. (Anyone who watched the Dallas Cowboys in the
playoffs saw him sitting in owner Jerry Jones' box and exchanging an elongated,
adapted version of a hybrid high five and hand shake.)
Obama gave some hint as to what he might do post-presidency.
"After retirement I'm coming after your job," said a smiling Obama,
headphones on, to Clark Kellogg, who Obama lauded as the best color commentator
in college basketball. "You've either got three more years or seven, so
you should make plans … because I'm going to do some play by play."
Obama got a small tryout. Lundquist asked if he'd like to try the replay of
after a score by the Hoyas' star center Greg Monroe.
"This was a terrific spin move, and he didn't get any
help coming back," Obama said.
Not bad, Lundquist and Kellogg conceded.
By the way, for all the Duke haters, Obama left with just
over a minute to go -- with Georgetown up 87-70. Lundquist called it a new
statistic, that when the president leaves, it's officially over.