Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Obama Hoops It Up
Obama playing basketball in Hawaii with his high school team in the late 70's (I think that's the date -- I'm dating this based on the length of the shorts). He's number 23. He makes a nice left-handed lay-up (his stronger hand), and misses a free throw.
I'm a big believer in the value of team sports. Basketball seems to have been a major factor in Obama's formative years. Being part of a team may well have helped Obama develop some of his social graces, while also building his confidence, and helping him develop the physical grace he possesses. McCain, interestingly, was a wrestler in high school, in lighter weight classes. Wrestling is, of course, an intensely individualistic sport; that sport would seem to fit McCain's fiery, intense, and "maverick" personality. Hillary Clinton played tennis in her youth.