Obama to Host White House Basketball Game

Posted October 8, 2009 at 9:29am

President Barack Obama on Thursday evening will take his Congressional lobbying operation to the basketball court, hosting a game of hoops at the White House with some 15 Cabinet secretaries and lawmakers.

The list includes only two Republicans, suggesting either a problem with Obama’s bipartisan outreach effort or a lack of decent court talent within the GOP. The Senate has also failed to produce a player for tonight’s game.

Those who will be suiting up include Reps. Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.), John Boccieri (D-Ohio), Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), as well as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The game starts at 5 p.m.