Presidential change-up on Obama at Heat-Wizards
King James and President Obama. It was a good idea while it
The Washington Wizards were expecting the president for Saturday
night’s game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and players
arriving at the morning shootaround had to go through a Secret
Service pat down. Fans were told to arrive 45 minutes earlier than
usual because of enhanced security.
But the Secret Service abruptly departed the Verizon Center at
noon. No more bomb-sniffing dogs. No more pat downs. No more talk
of the president on the way.
”It would have been great,” James said. ”I had an opportunity
to go to one of his events this summer and play on the same court
with him. But for him to actually see what I do live, it would have
been great, but he’s a busy man.”
The people most inconvenienced were those attending the
Georgetown game at the arena earlier in the day. Those fans were
also subjected to the pat down and bag checks – even though the
president was never planning to come to that game.
”One of the main dignitaries scheduled to attend has been
forced to cancel,” Wizards owner Ted Leonsis posted on his blog
about 4 1/2 hours before the Miami-Washington tip-off. ”He will
reschedule. … Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused
our employees, fans or members of the media.”