Tales from the Trail

Team Obama does what Chicago Bulls couldn’t – win

Team Obama accomplished Saturday what the president’s beloved Chicago Bulls basketball team was unable to do the night before: win.  President Barack Obama played basketball in the morning at the newly renovated Interior Department court with friends and staff, including Chicago pal Marty Nesbitt, press aide Ben Finkenbinder and Reggie Love, who serves as Obama’s personal assistant and OBAMA/Saturday also carried the basketball. White House officials declined to comment on details of the outing. ”The president enjoys playing basketball when possible. This was a private game with friends and some staff,” one administration official said. One of the players on Obama’s team, however, said the president’s side had won the game. The president left the White House wearing track pants, a black jacket, running shoes and his White Sox baseball cap for the five-block motorcade to the Interior Department. The game was played on the department’s newly renovated basketball court, one of the original amenities of the 72-year-old building. The court was recently renovated and its massive skylight was uncovered and restored during the work. Friday night the president took in the Chicago Bulls-Washington Wizards basketball game played at the Verizon Center sitting courtside opposite the Wizards bench. The Bulls lost 113-90. For more Reuters political news, click here Photo credit: Reuters/Molly Riley (Obama watches Bulls-Wizards basketball game Friday)

Obama assembling high-powered basketball team

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama did not have to look far to find his choice for education secretary — just across the basketball court.

USA-OBAMA/Obama and his education choice, Arne Duncan, play pick-up basketball games together, and Duncan has a history in the sport having played on the Harvard basketball team while a student there and then professionally in Australia.

At a news conference in Chicago to announce Duncan’s nomination, Obama chuckled when talking about the Chicago-area native.

Fashionistas prescribe tweezers for McCain, eye cream for Obama

In the wake her $150,000 wardrobe flap, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has complained that male politicians largely escape the scrutiny that she undergoes from the fashion police.

Not so fast. The Grooming Lounge, a Georgetown hair salon that coiffs many of Washington’s most powerful players, has weighed in with beauty tips for the men in the race.

Here’s what they have to say.

Republican John McCain: Slather on some “self tanning product” to exude a healthy glow, and tweeze the eyebrows. “Our research shows that the last five elections have been won by the candidate with more well-trimmed eyebrows,” the Grooming Lounge says.

Obama shoots hoops with UNC basketball team

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Talk about a workout. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a basketball fan who takes to the court to stay in shape, got a run for his money on Tuesday during a scrimmage with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

rtr1zw8w.jpgThe U.S. presidential candidate, 46 and 6’2″, played ball with students half his age and seemingly twice his height in an early morning match-up that sent him off to the sidelines for a break halfway through the game.

“These guys are a lot better than me,” he breathed to reporters while jogging down the court after one play.