Hooping It Up in DC: Obama Stacks the Deck

warren groomerCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2009

If you caught the article in Sports Illustrated "The Audacity of Hoops", you've got to be alarmed with the newly appointed president's overt attempts to assemble the most dominate government level pick-up basketball team in the post World War II era. 

The audacity of Barack Obama, I say. What does this tell the rest of the world about U.S. foreign policy?

A lot hype surrounding this bunch! Pre-polls tout this group as the best ballers to ever walk the halls of the White House and the rest of the world has begun to take notice.

The Venezuelan's aren't about to take this lying down. Early intelligence shows the cabinet to be weak in the low post, but insiders see a cabinet position for Richard Lugo, a fine Olympic center, to offset the physical play of Marvin Nicholson, Obama's campaign trip director. 

Hugo Chavez won't get taken off the dribble by a bunch of Ivy League has-beens!

This whole situation wreaks of basketball imperialism and it's enough to make a third-world nation move to drastic measures.

It's no secret the Iranian's don't matchup with Arne Duncan at forward, the 6'5" co-captain at Harvard, who has three, three-on-three Hoop-It-Up titles under his belt!  That'll change real quick when Oshin Sahakian takes over as the Minister Defense. 

Quick feet and good hands were his forte at last year's Asian games. Obama might be a little deeper with Marvin Nicholson coming off the bench, but one things for sure, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be ready for war.

And, as if we haven't been taken into double overtime in Iraq, Hamid Karzai looks ready to load up in Afghanistan. Insider's at the CIA report the entire Afghan national team is headed for appointment in a major regime shakeup. Craig Robinson's going to need a major push from Reggie Love at the small forward position if we don't want to get bogged down in a long, protracted battle on Karzai's home court!

For a man who claims to be an "emissary for peace," the guy's certainly off to a rocky start.

Sources report YouTube video of Attorney General Eric Holder's cross-over's got the Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution, Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi so shook up he's trying to work a three-team deal with Russia's Dmitry Medvedev and Belarus's Barys Ragula to shore up a suspect front court.

He's had his problems in the past with former U.S. presidents and this massing of basketball mite by Obama could lead the always rational and peaceful supreme leader to believe total domination is just around the corner!

Was this total disregard for America's image on the global political stage? Once U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice uveils the talent that made her a standout point guard at National Cathedral School in D.C. we'll be looking at a civilization on the brink. And you thought the damage done by Jimmy Carter's bridge team was something!