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.”