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Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:04 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

Will the ship that sunk Osama host Obama?

According to USA Today, which quotes Morale Entertainment executive Mike Whalen, there's already been an invitation extended to the most powerful man in the world. When North Carolina and Michigan State play on the USS Carl Vinson in the first Carrier Classic on Nov. 11, the President could very well be on hand to watch some college hoops, which he's done before on multiple occasionssince earning the gig in the Oval Office.

"President Obama has been invited," Whalen told USA Today. "(The White House) is very interested. We're cautiously optimistic."

Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, is already on board to attend, per Whalen. Obama (pictured at right, presumably reading the latest news on Sarah Palin's presidential-race decision) would increase the security detail on the ship 20-fold. And it's already arguably the toughest ticket in the sport this season, Carolina-Duke game included.

Additionally, James Worthy has been locked in as the honorary captain for the Tar Heels. Worthy played under Dean Smith at UNC in the early '80s and is one of the biggest names in the history of the program. Initially Michael Jordan was the target for honorary captain, but a "personal conflict" is preventing him from showing up.

How perfect, though, since Magic Johnson will rep the Spartans. Magic and Worthy were teammates throughout the '80s and early '90s on the Lakers, of course.

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:39 am
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

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Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

I fail to see how Obama showing up to an event to thank our troops on Veteran's Day is somehow a bad, selfish action. I'm no Obama fanboy but to all of you wondering why Obama 'isn't working' instead of attending this game, he's been pretty busy drafting the American Jobs Act, etc. He's the commander in chief so paying tribute to the troops is certainly within his purview and an appropriate use of his time.

It's funny, I bet many of these detractors would sing a different tune were their team playing in this game. That or they simply look for an opportunity to bash Obama. Let's keep some perspective here, folks - just a few hours of his time for a relevant, worthwhile cause.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

Agree this should be non political but everyone associated with Democratic party had something to sat about gwb when he got announced something that was not correct



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 8:51 am
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11




Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:56 am
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

MSU's AD Mark Hollis, whose idea the Circus "Carrier Classic" was, is known for creating huge spectaculars that get mega-publicity and buildup for Michigan State.  This one's the biggest yet.  Playing on Osama's carrier for Obama?...on 11.11.11?...for a national audience?  Can it get any better than that? 

For UNC? 

groaning green



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

Should Obama be working in DC instead of watching a game and hobnobbing with some sports legends?  Sure, there are more pressing issues.  But nobody said anything when George W. Bush left DC and to fly in onto an aircraft carrier and prematurely announce "Mission Accomplished" did they?  Doubtful.

It's a shame people can't appreciate the uniqueness of the event and leave it at that instead of tossing their cute political jabs.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

Tarheels and liberals go hand in hand.



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

How about the motherf*cker works from the Oval Office and stops taking in sports functions?  This guy loves the damned camera & spotlight so much instead of running for President he should have gone to Hollywood.  His Chicago Style Politics are definitely acting in Washington so he would have been perfect for Hollywood.  November 2012 can't come soon enough for this snake-oil salesman to get voted out so on January 20, 2013 he goes back to that cesspool known as Chicago and stay the f*ck out of the limelight.  Go away never to be heard from again.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

Gaam...lighten up Francis!



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