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Video of President Obama talking to the UK team

Posted on: January 26, 2010 4:43 pm

President Obama, as planned, called the Kentucky basketball team Tuesday to thank them for organizing a telethon that raised more than $1 million for Haiti.

"I'm honored to speak with the No. 1 team in the country," President Obama said as he opened the call. John Calipari responded "Thank you, Mr. President," then explained what it meant to have the sitting President of the United States call his team during the season. After that, Calipari turned the call over to Patrick Patterson, who thanked President Obama for "what [he's] doing for this country." Then Calipari introduced John Wall, at which point President Obama said, "What's going on, All-Star? ... I've been watching you."

Click this link to watch video of President Obama's call to the Kentucky team.

(Video courtesy of the Louisville Courier-Journal)
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kentucky

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2010 11:17 pm

Video of President Obama talking to the UK team

John wall you are my hero at uk for at least one year

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2010 7:37 pm

Video of President Obama talking to the UK team

Nice to see basketball put into proper perspective...

I'd like to see all of the big programs forget basketball for a night and do the same thing. 

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2010 4:54 pm

Video of President Obama talking to the UK team

You know, for all the junk thrown Cal's way, anyone would have to take their hat off to him for this effort. Had Duke or UNC put something together like this, ESPN would have been all over it. UK and Cal does it and most people will probably think there is something behind it like trying to land the best basketball player coming out of Haiti or something.

All in all that telethon was a great idea and showed what kind of support and resources the Big Blue Nation can provide when called upon. I would like to thank everyone who gave and ask that we continue to pray for those who lost everything is this terrible situation.

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