A gaggle of U.S. Olympians, including New York boxers Marcus Browne and Jamel Herring, visited the White House and greeted President Obama on Friday.
"I was inspired to watch you guys even though I couldn't do what you do," Obama said to the athletes, according to Reuters. "I was inspired to run a little bit faster watching Tyson Gay, and lift a little more after watching Holley Mangold, or do a few more (abdominal) crunches after watching Michael Phelps and the other swimmers. Somehow, it didn't work quite on me."
Browne and Herring both came away mightily impressed. "It was a great experience, yes we shared a few words, he was very nice, he has such a smooth aura, not like a pimp but just an old-school playa," the Staten Islander Browne told NYFightblog.
I asked about where he stands on turning pro. "As of now I'm still in the process of meeting with different companies in boxing, I still haven't spoken to everyone yet," he said. "I'm almost done but it'll be soon. I'm not rushing, I'm making sure I get the best deal for me."
Herring got some quality time with the President, and then poked around the White House. "I shook hands with him, told him I was a Marine who deployed twice, and had a great time exploring the White House afterwards."
Er, did you liberate a keepsake?
"LOL, no, plus you can imagine how tight security was," he reported.
Confession: Not sure if this will put me on the watch list, but if I went to the White House, I'd try to snag a few plies of toilet paper, at least ...