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How's Obama at hoops? His trash talk is politically correct.

President Obama plays basketball with members of congress and cabinet secretaries Thursday. He likes to push himself so hard that he once destroyed a sneaker in a pickup game.

President Barack Obama walks with aide Reggie Love as they cross the street from their hotel to play basketball in New York, Sept. 21.

Charles Dharapak/AP/FILE

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President Obama plays basketball Thursday night with an illustrious group of cabinet secretaries and members of Congress. Thirteen Democrats and two Republicans. All men, but who’s counting?

We’re not sure about the hoop skills of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner or Interior Secretary Ken Salazar or, for that matter, most of the other guys invited (see list below). But we do know there will be at least two genuine athletes on the floor – Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who played professional basketball in Australia after college, and Rep. Heath Shuler (D) of North Carolina, a onetime quarterback in the NFL.

We also know that pickup hoops is part of Mr. Obama’s fitness regimen, and that one of his regular partners on the White House court is Reggie Love, Obama’s personal aide, who played on Duke University’s championship team in 2001 and was later captain.


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