Barack Chalk: President meets with Jayhawks before Lawrence speech
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before Barack talked, he Rock Chalked.
President Obama, an avowed basketball fanatic, made a point to visit with the No. 11 Kansas men’s basketball team Thursday en route to a speech at KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion, a short walk from Allen Fieldhouse.
Man it was awesome meeting Obama this morning !! Real cool guy! Hope to be chillin with him again this spring after a National Championship!
— Landen A. Lucas (@LandenLucas33) January 22, 2015
Obama spoke briefly with coach Bill Self and was presented with a white KU home jersey that had his name emblazoned on the back, along with the traditional number 1.
Which means he now shares a jersey with shooting guard Wayne Selden, and Selden was plenty cool with that:
— Wayne Selden Jr. (@WayneSeldenJr) January 22, 2015
The president’s Kansas ties are well known: His mother, Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita and later lived for a time in El Dorado. He even referenced the Jayhawks, and Self, during his speech — contrasting the coach’s 10 straight Big 12 Conference titles with his own numbers in the Republican-red Sunflower State:
"Coach Self has won 10 straight (championships), I lost two straight (here)," Obama cracked. "I might have won some sections of Lawrence. That might have happened."
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 22, 2015
The president might be 0-for-2 in Kansas, but Self is 1-0 in the District of Columbia with the Jayhawks. KU knocked off Big East-leading Georgetown at the Verizon Center 75-70 on Dec. 10.