Politicians depend on seeming like regular people to get elected, and President Barack Obama has been no exception. Apart from his compelling personal story, Obama hasn't been shy about telling the country how much he loves basketball, whether that involves filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN or repping the Chicago Bulls at every opportunity.
So it should come as little surprise that he weighed in on the NBA lockout during a fundraiser in Florida. Video is above, but here are the key quotes (via EOB):
"I have to say, that backstage I had a chance to see [Orlando Magic center] Dwight Howard," Obama said. "Dwight is a great friend. I told him, 'I'm a little heartbroken that the NBA season is getting delayed here.' I'm hoping those guys are back on the court soon."
It's notable that Obama doesn't take a side on the issues of the lockout -- he just wants basketball. It's the politically expedient, both because he can't...