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Barack Obama welcomes Miami Heat to White House (VIDEO)

Jan 14, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

We brought you a quote from this already, now we give you the full video.

Following tradition, President Barack Obama welcomed the NBA champion Miami Heat to the White House on Tuesday. Obama, a basketball fan who has had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other Heat players in his pick-up games, was plentiful with the jokes. (By the way, I have enough trouble with the guys in my pick-up games without bringing in bloody D-Wade to take over the thing.)

Here are a couple of the president’s best lines.

On how the Heat are a polarizing bunch:

“We’ve got some outstanding members of congress who are big fans of the Heat. They’re from both parties. Because we all know, nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat (laughter). Across the NBA, there’s just a unifying sense about the Heat.”

On Miami’s quest for another title:

“They’ve now won twice but they’ve gone to the Finals three times. Sometimes it feels like they’re still fighting for a little respect. I can relate to that.”

On Ray Allen‘s big shot in Game 6 of the Finals and how he said security bringing out the ropes to keep fans off the court motivated him:

“With five seconds left, Chris Bosh gets an incredible offensive rebound, passes it out to Ray, he’s backing up, he has to jump forward, hits one of the most iconic shots of all time. Then he added a few choice words about the ropes, which we cannot repeat here. Ray — I do want you to know, when you say those things on the court, people can read your lips. You do understand that?”

And to repeat our quote of the day, referencing Mario Chalmers:

“With that, I think we should take a picture. But we should make it quick before one of these guys starts yelling at Mario [Chalmers]. Sometimes it’s just a bad pass, guys, it’s not Mario’s fault. I’ve got your back, man.”

  1. bucrightoff - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Obama should have gotten off some Lebroning when James walked past him.

  2. antistratfordian - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Good stuff.

  3. progress2011 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM


    1. Honoring Veterans
    2. Good Team……Better President:
    A. Got troops off the front line
    B. Re-Regulated Wall Street (market doubled since his presidency)
    C. Healthcare for All Americans (even those with Pre-Existing Conditions)
    3. Heat poised for 3 Peat


  4. packhawk04 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    George w bush, love him or hate him (i hated him) had the best joke by any president when the red sox visited bush a second time.

    “Well, manny ramirez couldnt be here, he wasnt here the last time either. I guess his grandma died again.”


    • belleby123 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I thought Bush’s best joke was when he attempted to be an owner of the Texas Rangers.

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