When Maryland first announced that they'd be playing Oregon State in men's basketball at the Comcast Center, the question that popped into everyone's mind was would President Obama attend, since the Beavers are coached by First Lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson. When it was announced late last week that the Commander in Chief would be attending the game, there was an immediate buzz surrounding the game. And while it was clear where the President's allegiance would lie, fans wondered if the President would give a special talk to any of the Maryland players before or after the game, as part of his visit to College Park.
"We didn't have any interaction with him" head coach Mark Turgeon said following the loss to the Beavers. "I think it was cool that he was here and it was great for our University. It brought out a bigger crowd. I think the student section came out. Hopefully he was able to relax a little bit."
While Maryland's Men's basketball team didn't have much interaction with President Obama, the Terps' Women's basketball team left the Commander a Chief a note and he was kind enough to respond before leaving the Comcast Center Sunday evening:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pretty cool note left for our <a href="https://twitter.com/umdwbb">@umdwbb</a> team by <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama">@BarackObama</a>! <a href="http://t.co/NHGu8fWd3i">pic.twitter.com/NHGu8fWd3i</a></p>— UMD- Fac, Ops Events (@UMD_FOE) <a href="https://twitter.com/UMD_FOE/statuses/402439377260785664">November 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Pretty cool. I guess it's okay for the President to root for the Women's team, since they weren't playing against his brother-in-law.