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Obamas cheer Oregon State at Stan Sheriff Center

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:20 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013


President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family skipped the beach in Hawaii Sunday to take in a college basketball game.

Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and mother-in-law Marian Robinson attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.

Obama and the first family sat behind the Beavers bench in support of OSU coach Craig Robinson, Obama's brother-in-law, with the president sitting in between his wife and friend Bobby Titcomb.

Midway through the second half, Obama shifted down to sit with Robinson's wife, who held a young child on her lap.

The crowd of 3,405 mostly cheered Obama when he appeared out of one of the Stan Sheriff lower tunnels.

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Fans took pictures while press photographers and videographers crowded an entrance to take pictures. Throughout the game, some fans ignored the action on the floor and watched the president instead.

The arena beefed up security because of the president, screening players and cheerleaders and their belongings with metal detectors in the hours before the tournament tipped off.

During a second half time-out, a man dressed in a polar bear costume and a woman with an anti Keystone Pipeline sign saying "Beavers Hate Pipelines," began dancing across the court from where the Obamas were sitting. It was unclear if the president noticed them.

Obama is a noted basketball fan and recreational player. Oregon State was 4-0 with Obama in attendance, but Akron beat Oregon State 83 to 71.

It was the second OSU game this season Obama attended. He saw the Beavers win at Maryland last month.

The president and his motorcade left the arena shortly after the game ended.

The president's motorcade left his Kailua vacation home for Manoa at about 2:18 p.m. Some people who were stopped along the way for the motorcade got out of their vehicles to wave at the spectacle and flash the shaka sign at the president.







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Mythman wrote:
Why didn't they let the President on the court to try a few baskets?
on December 22,2013 | 03:52PM
pandadaddy wrote:
I think that answer is obvious. He might sink a few baskets the way he is sinking our economy.
on December 22,2013 | 11:23PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
?? Sinking baskets is like hitting home runs.
on December 23,2013 | 07:35AM
Anonymous wrote:
So what is with the helicopter in the Kailua no fly zone at 530pm? It was sort of wandering around, not exactly escorting any Presidential motorcade. A little late and cold for checking out the backyard swimming pools.
on December 22,2013 | 05:04PM
control wrote:
Police helicopter and the president's motorcade was returning to Kailua after the basketball game.
on December 22,2013 | 06:10PM
HLOEWEN wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on December 22,2013 | 05:28PM
control wrote:
who let the trolls out?
on December 22,2013 | 06:09PM
aomohoa wrote:
Skipped your medication again today??
on December 22,2013 | 06:46PM
Smiling wrote:
oh, come off it..give me a break !! SA, how can you allow these idiotic comments to be posted??
on December 22,2013 | 07:10PM
thanks4reading wrote:
After watergate the special council act was past every. Every president since Nixon was investigate by the special council but one; Obama. His administration has been one of the cleanest in american history.
on December 22,2013 | 08:29PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Obama was the "cleanest" you say? This president should be impeached for treason.
on December 22,2013 | 10:22PM
pandadaddy wrote:
I'm assuming, English is not your first language.
on December 22,2013 | 11:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
America is not England.
on December 23,2013 | 07:36AM
kolohepalu wrote:
And this despite whiny wingnuts trying to oppose everything he does- see below.
on December 23,2013 | 04:21AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HLO, more immoral than JFK or Clinton?
on December 22,2013 | 08:33PM
pandadaddy wrote:
Good volley. It's a tough call.
on December 22,2013 | 11:27PM
pandadaddy wrote:
No argument from me. You're spot on.
on December 22,2013 | 11:24PM
kolohepalu wrote:
You could move somewhere moral, like Kansas.
on December 23,2013 | 04:19AM
pj737 wrote:
Man he even screws up basketball teams! I kid, I kid.
on December 22,2013 | 06:24PM
2NDC wrote:
Cool. They look like a pair of life sized Muppets!
on December 22,2013 | 06:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/Prostitution_conviction_of_President_Obamas_friend_will_be_stricken_from_court_record.html Guess, due to friends in high places, Barry's buddy Bobby is no longer a convicted "john". Guess the had some good times together at Punahou since they remain bff.
on December 22,2013 | 06:56PM
2NDC wrote:
Dam, that sux!
on December 22,2013 | 07:24PM
JimLoomis wrote:
Oh, please!! No one you ever knew has ever been in trouble, eh? How about using your real name next time you want to make a slimy comment.
on December 22,2013 | 07:44PM
2NDC wrote:
Ok, my name is "Robert Titcomb". ;-)
on December 22,2013 | 08:04PM
Ronin006 wrote:
It does not matter if the conviction was stricken from court records nor would it matter if he received a pardon from Obama. The fact remains that Bobby Titcomb was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and was convicted of that crime. Nothing changes that. And the fact remains that Obama is still running around with shady characters. Nothing will change that.
on December 23,2013 | 07:59AM
wiliki wrote:
I guess people in the mainland are surprised that Obama has such a warm reception in Hawaii?
on December 22,2013 | 07:40PM
jussayin wrote:
Alright, we can look forward to hour by hour coverage of Obama and family while in Hawaii. Exciting things like walking on the beach, eating at a restaurant, talking to children smiling ear to ear for the cameras, etc. Bad year, President. Let's hope 2014 will be better.
on December 22,2013 | 07:52PM
2NDC wrote:
Eventually they'll even update us when he decides to scratch his "6". o.O
on December 22,2013 | 08:05PM
calentura wrote:
Brother-in-law is about as good a coach as Obama is president. Next to last in Pac-12 last year. Good athletes at OSU, but no team concept. Akron toyed with them. Yes, Akron.
on December 22,2013 | 09:46PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Moochelle's brother looks like a slimmer, more feminine version of the First "Lady". Like Obammycare, OSU remains a lingering, nightmarish loser. Next!
on December 22,2013 | 09:53PM
entrkn wrote:
Wish the President was at the UH game tonight to cheer them on because his presence would have almost certainly have made a difference in the 1 point difference...
on December 22,2013 | 09:59PM
EMS wrote:
Haha! No wonder OSU lost! He's bad for OSU like he's bad for USA.
on December 22,2013 | 10:57PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Losers by the bunch,ems,gorilla,caletura2NDC, anon. Nothing to say but bs. Typical losers life. No friends, just the Internet and idle time. Go volunteer to clean the parks,losers.
on December 23,2013 | 07:42AM
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