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Quote of the Day: Barack Obama tries to cut off any yelling at Mario Chalmers

Jan 14, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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“With that, we should take a picture, but we should make it quick, before one of these guys starts yelling at Mario.”

—President Barack Obama, wrapping up the Miami Heat’s visit to the White House as NBA Champions, via Ethan Skolnik of Bleacher Report.

It’s an annual tradition to have the NBA champion visit the president, give him a jersey (or in this case a signed mock up of the Larry O’Brien trophy), shake hands and make a few jokes. This photo op always feels a little more personal with Obama, who is a basketball fan and had a number of the Heat players in his pick-up games around Washington.

Miami was back at the White House on Tuesday and Obama was cracking jokes to Ray Allen and others. Like the one above about how Heat players are always yelling at Mario Chalmers. Here are a few other lines from the president.

  1. miamiheatdynasty - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    This^^^^^^!!!! Gotta be one of the best Presidents ever along with Honest Abe and Bill Clinton.

    • narfmoo12 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      NSA, Fast and Furious, Bengazi, Gitmo is still open, Drone strikes, IRS scandal, bullying journalists, declaring themselves the most open and transparent presidency ever but then withholding documents and testimony on pretty much every topic I mentioned. Number 1! Woo! Best president ever!

      • crabcakesfootball - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Rabble Rabble Rabble!!

        Talking points completed!!

        Rabble!! Rabble Rabble!

        You know- that list really doesnt seem too shabby. No Iran Contra, No Lewinsky, No 9/11. No Iran hostages, no Nixon, no Vietnam, no torture, not named Bush, no Bay of Pigs.

        I think you sold me, Obama is awesome!!!

      • wx5rp - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        You do realize most of these people cannot understand anything spoken against their savior. They have eyes only for 0bama.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I prefer James Buchanon.

      • misremembered72 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Everyone knows Lyndon B. Johnson had the most swag of any LBJ ever. Skip to 1:50 and listen to him ordering pants using phrases like “where ya nuts hang” and “bunghole”

    • antistratfordian - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Wait… Bill Clinton? Did you say Honest Abe and Bill Clinton? Okay… no. Love Barry Obama though.

      As a symbol – the physical embodiment of the hopes of our founding fathers – his place among the greatest presidents has already been secured.

      Now, I’m not saying our founding fathers ever hoped to have a “black” president, per se – but that was the inevitable direction their idealism was headed. In the end, Obama’s election validated the evolutionary goodness of our constitution.

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        As a symbol – the physical embodiment of the hopes of our founding fathers – his place among the greatest presidents has already been secured.

        Right!!!!!

  2. timb12 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    He might be up there as coolest president. But by saying he’s the best, you’ll ruffle a lot of feathers.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      William Henry Harrison was pretty cool. He was so cool he didn’t even need a jacket.

      • drex1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Haahaha. Brilliant

  3. miamiheatdynasty - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I get it, it’s like saying Lebron is the best in basketball right now. Only ruffles alot of feathers cuz its true.

    • narfmoo12 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      I named 8 reasons off the top of my head that he’s a terrible president. You have “joking around with Miami Heat” … I’m pretty sure you need to bring something stronger to the table.

      • censoredpost - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        Of those 8, several were started under previous admins IE: fast and furious (operation wide receiver under bush). Bengazi ( funds for security cut by rep congress) etc etc. But Obama knows what porn tubes I dig and tapes my phone calls, so I got that going for me.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        You can list more than 8 reasons any president is a terrible president – that’s the name of the game in American politics. It doesn’t matter how good or bad a sitting president actually is, his opposition will always say he is much worse than that.

        Yes, even Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln had to suffer through a great many foolish detractors in their day.

      • kinggw - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        And 7.5 of them were straight bs. I can go down the line and explain topic by topic how you are wrong. For example, the fast and the furious was started under Obama’s predecessor. Gitmo is still open because Congress wanted it that way, and Benghazi has already been proven to be a non-scandal. I could go on but this is a basketball blog. Long story short, its clear you have a rudimentary at best understanding of government. More than likely you dislike the POTUS for arbitrary reasons that have little to do with the way he governs. The POTUS isn’t omnipotent and can’t just do what he thinks is best.

        Given the state of the country when he took over and the amount of positive things he’s accomplished in the face of unprecedented obstruction, history will judge him as one of the best. Deal with it.

    • geefors - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      @kinggw you could not be more on point and to further that point not one saint has sat in the oval office most were simply politicians but it’s got to be a hard job and obama has done as well as he could with the hand he was dealt between partisan politics flat out obstructionism and racism ( yes racism) this President has been as good as most and helluva lot better then some

  4. azarkhan - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Obama being elected twice merely proves that you should never overestimate the intelligence of the American voter. He makes Nixon look like a saint.

    • kanemoney - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      And electing Bush twice shows the intelligence of the American voter? Just saying.

      Also, in what way does he make Nixon look like a saint. You can’t just throw around jibbery-jab and leave it unsubstantiated.

  5. eagles512 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I’m not a big right winger or anything but if anyone thinks Obama has been a good president, they should be drug tested. Even my liberal friends are fed up.

    • kanemoney - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Have you seen congress’s approval rating. It’s single digit. SINGLE DIGIT. You must be the moron that blames everything on the QB. It’s not the QB, it’s the whole team that sucks. People are fed up with the plutocracy that our government has become. Actually worse than that – a nearly non-functional plutocracy.

    • kanemoney - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Have you seen congress’s approval rating? It’s single digit. SINGLE DIGIT. You must be the moron that blames everything on the QB. It’s not the QB, it’s the whole team that sucks. People are fed up with the plutocracy that our government has become. Actually worse than that – a nearly non-functional plutocracy.

  6. mannyicey - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I think that Obama has been a good president. Bin Laden’s dead, we’re outta Iraq. Al-Qaeda haven’t had the ability to raise terror in the US. Unemployment rate’s down. Health insurance is accessible to those who haven’t had it. We are the largest producer of oil in the world.

    I think it’s been a good run. Of course he had his share of problems, but we are better off than when he started.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Fun fact: there are still thousands of US troops in Iraq.

      • mannyicey - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Yes. There are also thousands of troops in the Philippines. And Germany. But they are non-combat troops. War’s over for the US.

      • geefors - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Fun fact where ever we send troops some of them tend to stay, japan korea germany se asia but there are no “wars” right now . i want some wall st guys to go to jail for damn near tanking the coutry to get richer not rich but RICHER but i aint gonna get it and i blame this admiistration oh well win some lose some

    • wx5rp - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      We’re still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan, the economy continues to shrink, our allies can’t count on us. People bash Bush, but tell me how Barry has done better. He thugged a healthcare law into existence that we can’t afford, continues to threaten the Constitution, still hasn’t presented a valid birth certificate, and goes on more vacations than anyone I know. And you laud him as great? You’re drinking your bathwater.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:26 AM

        For the record, he did present a birth certificate and he he has had fewer vacation days than George Bush before him. You don’t have to like him, but get the facts straight.

    • gameisours - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      War will never be over for US, since your economy is pretty much based on it. And being largest producer of oil isn’t really something to be proud of. It would be much different if you specialize in sustainable and renewable energy.

      • mannyicey - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        I agree about renewable energy, but renewable energy isn’t cheap. Actually, it’s a balancing act: You want to keep investing in renewable energy while keeping costs low. If you abandon oil and just lead with renewable energy, your prices will be too high. That’s why it’s important to increase oil production while you continue to invest in renewable energy.

        But I brought it up because the Republicans were right about oil production and you have a president that went against his party line in order to keep energy prices low while keeping renewable energy investments high. It’s a pragmatic strategy.

        As far a healthcare is concerned, it’s a good starting point because it’s based upon the market. What I think is silly is to make EVERY insurance company disregard pre-existing conditions. I think it should have been such where you have certain insurance companies to have that sort of coverage and to subsidize the companies that offer it in order to bring more companies to this market. But I think that to do it with ALL companies actually raises rates in the short term.

        But hey, this isn’t Bloomberg’s blog. This is about basketball, so I’ll stop.

    • davidly - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      We’re “outta Iraq” because of Private Manning. Kudos to whoever can fill in the blanks on that one.

  7. eagles512 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I don’t mind someone pointing out some positives but when you mention unemployment and healthcare, you lose all credibility.

  8. eagles512 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Maybe they won’t delete this again but I see Kurt is showing where he lies…something tells he he wouldn’t step in to tell people to get their facts straight about Bush.

  9. eagles512 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Anyone want to recant their comments about Benghazi after the report today?

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