President Obama's fondness for sports is well-known. Not only have advertisers started buying time on ESPN specifically to target the president and his staff, but there are plenty of pictures and videos out there of the president trying his hand at different athletic activities. Such was the case on Tuesday -- but things didn't quite go as planned.
According to the pool report, while touring the Jersey shore with NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Obama and the governor decided to stop at the boardwalk and try their luck at "Touchdown Fever," an arcade style game that involves throwing a football through a tire.
How'd they do? Well, Christie hit on his first try. Obama, not so much. It took him five tries. From the pool report:
The party then moved to an arcade called "TouchDown Fever" to try and win a stuffed bear by tossing a football through a tire. Obama tried and missed a few times. Christie then threw the ball through the tire, on his first and only try. Obama gave him a high five ending in a clasp. And said, "That's because he's running for office." The guy behind the counter gave Obama a "Chicago" bear.
You read that right: Despite the five tries, it was Obama who got the prize.
The Associated Press posted a photo:
President Barack Obama holds up a stuffed bear that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, not shown, had won tossing a football after playing the 'Touchdown Fever' game on the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Credit: AP
CBS reporter mark Knoller documented the whole thing via Twitter and even sent out a picture:
This latest athletic foray by Obama is likely to offer some fodder for those who aren't' quite convinced that the president is as athletic as he makes himself out to be. For example, after making only two basketball shots out of 20 during during a shooting session in April, a very nonathletic Glenn Beck tried to see if he could do better. He did:
For comparison, here's Obama's performance: