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President Obama congratulates Spurs’ Becky Hammon for becoming NBA’s first full-time female assistant coach

Aug 8, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT

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The Spurs named Becky Hammon as an assistant coach this week, and while she technically may not be the first female ever to hold the position at the NBA level, she is expected to be the first to hold the gig full-time, while having its full range of responsibilities.

Hammon appears to be more than qualified for the position, but her hiring for a job in an all-male sports league is ground-breaking nonetheless.

And it didn’t go unnoticed by the President of the United States.

High praise, indeed.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    The White House uses twitter? Ha

  2. kchoya - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Way to focus on the important issues facing the country Prez

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      You won’t find many people who dislike President Obama more than myself, but I would say that gender equality in the workplace is an important issue.

  3. tn16 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    I know it’s a big break threw but comon. Really the best use of your time Mr. President

    • blueintown - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      Perhaps a better use of time would be influencing congress to draft an education bill with a focus on helping children master the intricacies of the English language.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Proper use of questions marks can be tricky?

  4. styx630 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Because tweeting something takes more than 10 seconds, right guys? I worry about your ability to multitask if you think that detracts from other duties.

  5. nfl4days - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Lmao, people acting like he wrote her a 30 page essay congratulating here. It’s a tweet. Calm down.

  6. 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Get back in the kitchen and fix me a hammond cheese sammich.

  7. chitownbullet - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Way to go Becky Hammon! This is a story that’s been a long time in the making, the president of this country is just as ecstatic as many of us are in Ms. Hammon’s appointment. No doubt she will flourish in her new position, of course you have the haters out there who don’t believe this is a good idea, and more so that Pres. Obama shouldn’t get any enjoyment out of a single thing. To those troglodytes out there go back and crawl under your rock with the Ray Rice supporters.

  8. BrownsTown - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue’s salaries are way higher than Hammon’s salary, therefore the NBA and the Spurs are discriminating against Hammon.

    Why does the NBA hate women?

    • jeffkx - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      weak sir. very weak.

    • azarkhan - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Well bozo, that’s because both of those gentlemen have been coaching much longer and hold higher coaching positions.

  9. tribefever - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    And the Islamic state marches on. Blah blah blah ” house republicans” blah blah blah. Thanks Barry.

  10. patfic5 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    “The highest of praise”?…..Maybe that was the case many years ago.

  11. eagles512 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Trust me, I’m not happy with our president but why would anyone be upset that he took a few seconds to tweet congratulations. I don’t think that prevented him from anything.

  12. tigers182 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Bill Clinton also sent her a message, but the content was too raunchy to post on this site.

  13. alfiemonstaa - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Bama tryna smash too.

  14. ans2034 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Good for him doing that. Good for her… it’s nice to be recognized.

    It’s a damn tweet people, Obama did not shut down shop for weeks and devout all his time to this by throwing a damn carnival or parade.

    Jealousy and no brain are two things people who thumbs this down have in common. SMH.

  15. azarkhan - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Becky, please don’t forget to wish Obama a belated happy birthday. The Messiah demands that from his minions.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Please post more from weaselzippers. That seems like a totally legit source to get all your news from!

      • azarkhan - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        The tweets are from Obama’s twitter account. Sorry Obot!

  16. kavika6 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    First time I’ve heard of Obama congratulating a white person.

  17. sixerstrong - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Does anybody here actually think the president personally runs the white house Twitter account? Hahaha.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      “Tweets from the President are signed –bo.”

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