Obama misses 67 percent of his shots playing basketball at Easter event

President Barack Obama and former NBA basketball player Etan Thomas play basketball during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 21, 2014, on the court on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Thousands of children gathered at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama and former NBA basketball player Etan Thomas play basketball during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 21, 2014, on the court on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Thousands of children gathered at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting baskets at a White House Easter event Monday, prompting basketball scouts to question the leader of the free world’s scoring ability ahead of this June’s NBA Draft.

“He’s just got to be more aggressive, more assertive taking the ball to the hoop,” one long-time scout said, declining to be named out of fear that the National Security Agency would —

OK, of course none of this factual, except the 1-for-3 part. According to a White House pool report of today’s festivities at the White House Easter Egg Roll, the president took the basketball court to bizarre company and little fanfare.

“On the court was a man dressed as a mosquito. A few dozen children were shooting baskets with some professional players and barely noticed the president walk onto the basketball court,” the report read.

Obama encouraged a kid as he finished up a drill before launching three shots to the urging of the children, clanking the first two but sinking the third.

He later arrived at the tennis court and played doubles with professional player Sam Querrey, an American, and two kids. The lefty president, doing his best John McEnroe, was caught on camera swatting some one-handed backhands.

 

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

 

Compare this to McEnroe, a nine-time major champion and one of America’s shining examples of intensity and impudence, who even in his latter years sticks his tongue out at any who dare imitate him.

 

Elise Amdendola, AP

Elise Amdendola, AP

 

Monday marked the 136th edition of the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme was “Hopping Health, a Swing and a Shake.”

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