Obama Makes An Appearance At Towson Univ. Basketball Game

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)– President Obama touches down in Maryland. He watches as Towson University takes on Oregon State.

Weijia Jiang has more on who the president was here to cheer on.

The president’s brother-in-law coaches the team that visited. His being here certainly put Towson University in the national spotlight, and gave those lucky enough to score a ticket an opportunity of a lifetime.

When President Barack Obama and the First Lady took off from the White House Saturday in Marine One, hundreds were anxiously waiting at their destination– Towson University.

“Everybody’s like, ‘The president’s coming, the president’s coming!'” said Nyree Williams of the Towson women’s basketball team.

The sold out crowd at the men’s basketball game erupted in cheers when the couple arrived and took their court side seats. Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach for Oregon State University’s team, who beat the Towson Tigers 66-46.

First daughters Malia and Sasha sat in the first row of bleachers.

“It’s pretty exciting, I mean, you’re looking over at the president watching the game with you and he’s 10 feet from you,” Andy O’Brien of Towson said.

“When I first saw him, I was really psyched,” said Jordan Foster of Towson.

Catching an Oregon State game has become a post Thanksgiving tradition for the first family. Last year, they watched the Beavers beat Howard University in Washington D.C.

“I caught a few glimpses of him,” Marcus Damas, captain of the Towson University men’s basketball team, said. “It was exciting to see a president. How many basketball players can say the president can come see them play? It meant a lot.”

A huge basketball fan, the president plays pick-up games often, as with CBS Early Show’s Harry Smith.

Towson’s head coach said he could have used an extra player.

“I’d heard he was a pretty good jump shooter and we’d been struggling shooting for 3’s,” Pat Skerry, head coach of the Towson men’s basketball team, said. “Wanted to put him in the game, but couldn’t find a way to do that.”

No play time, but President Obama took pictures on the court with the Towson football team at halftime, adding to an already historic day.

“I just can’t remember anything being this big,” Allyson Wynn, a Towson alumnus, said.

The Obamas stayed for the entire game, and even after to shake hands with many people. It’s a pretty tight arena, so everyone had a chance to get a good, rare glimpse of the first family.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan also sat with the Obamas. He’s a former professional basketball player and friend of the president’s from their time in Chicago.

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  1. Liberal Soldier says:

    Awesome. I bet the students and supports of Townson were thrilled. Great for Townson and great for Maryland.

  2. fast frankie says:

    why and how did michele obama get disbared from being a attorney???? like this president cares about youth, he is destroying the country

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      Who cares?

      1. LIBERAL SOLDIER DEADBEAT AND SKIP ARTIST says:

        WHO CARES , YOU BIG DOPE .YOUR NO SOLIDER. SOLDIERS DO NOT QUIT

      2. TOWSON UNIVERSTY says:

        our tax money , that is who cares. THIS PRESISEDNT IS THE DEFINATION OF COMPLETE IDIOT

  3. PARKVILLE MD says:

    OBAMA NEEDS TO MAKE AND APPEARANCE OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. ALONG WITH MIKULSKI, CARDIN, OMALLY, RUPPERNSBERGER, SARBANES JR= LOSERS, SELLING AND SOLD THE U.S.A OUT,,,NEXT HE WILL BE COACHING YOUR KIDS SOCCER GAMES

  4. chearts77 says:

    Why does Michelle look ticked?

  5. RAUCHEL says:

    THAT IS A LOOK OF CONFUSION, WHICH YOU SEE A LOT OF FROM POLITICANS THESE DAYS

  6. JAQUETTA says:

    IF MICHELE OBAMA IS BEING EXPLANED THE GAME OF BASKETBALL AND LOOKS THIS WAY IMAGINE THE LOOK WHEN HER HUSBAND TELLS MICHELE OBAMA HE IS GOING TO WORK,,,,,,,HA, HA, HA I JUST ABOUT FELL OFF THE CHAIR FROM LAUGHING SO HARD ON THAT ONE, AND MARYLAND VOTED IDIOTS LIKE HIM, MIKULSKI IN OFFICE. MARYLAND YOU HAVE NO HOPE

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      We are a blue state. What part of that do you not understand? Did you miss a turn while driving down to Alabama?

  7. TWO FOOLS IN THERE FOLLY says:

    LOOK AT THE PICTURE UP TOP. THESE TWO RUN OUR COUNTRY. NO WOUNDER THERE IS KAOS AND ECONOMY IN SHAMBLES

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      I think the fool along with the republicans that ran up the debt and started two wars is now living in Texas on a ranch. I think his name is George W. Bush. Flip him upside down and tell me what you see.

  8. YourMother says:

    http://www.youtube.com/UberMcNuberz Be the first dumb ass internet loser to visit and see the truth! Obama is white, not black.

  9. Steve says:

    How are folks going to say that Obama ruined this country when he inherited a mess to begin with. Get your facts straight “Towson University”, “Fast Frankie” and “Two fools in there Folly” The Republican put this country in shambles and Obama has to pick up the pieces that your party caused. I guess Bush gets a free pass. What morons!!!!!

    It was nice for him to make this appearance at TU. Good for you Mr. President.

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