Barack Obama mentoring daughter’s basketball team

Michelle Obama said the First Dad has taken a stronger role than previously known by actively instructing Sasha’s team.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2012, 21:40 PM IST

Washington: Barack Obama, who has been assigned with many duties as Commander-in-Chief, seems to have added a new responsibility to his plate – coaching his daughter Sasha’s basketball team.

Weekends at the White House typically see a casually dressed Obama travelling to his daughters’ sports games.

Media are rarely allowed to attend the games. But on Thursday Michelle Obama said the First Dad has taken a stronger role than previously known by actively instructing Sasha’s team.

“He hasn’t missed a game,” ABC News quoted her as saying.

“I think he was hoping to get this weekend off, but I’m gone,” she said.

It’s unclear how long the current President of the US has been participating in the team. However, he is not a stranger to the practice. A year ago he and his then-personal aide, Reggie Love, once acted as substitute coaches when the team regulars both couldn’t make it to a game.

It is well known that the president is an avid basketball fan. A young Obama played for his high school in Hawaii. Now he seems to go out of his way to spend free time on the court, even sporting a pair of ultra-rare sneakers.

In 2010 his pastime backfired when another player accidentally hit him in the lip, resulting in 12 stitches.

ANI