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Here come the boys. Drag queen courtney act as she suffers an epic wardrobe malfunction while entering celebrity big brother.

He didnt sense these invisible threads in his existence, only the visible ones yoking him to his torn parachute. His thoughts were only of survival. He realized, if I can see my plane exploding, and my chute in the air, so can the enemy. Hed just turned -one of only three facts about himself, along with his name and rank, that he was now prepared to divulge if captured. He scanned the earth beneath his dangling feet. He was going to hit hard, and there was nothing he could do about it.

At nine oclock one saturday morning I made my way to the diplomatic reception room, on the ground floor of the white house. Id asked to play in the presidents regular basketball game, in part because I wondered how and why a year old still played a game designed for a year old body, in part because a good way to get to know someone is to do something with him. I hadnt the slightest idea what kind of a game it was. The first hint came when a valet passed through bearing, as if they were sacred objects, a pair of slick red white and blue under armour high tops with the presidents number on the side.

Then came the president, looking like a boxer before a fight, in sweats and slightly incongruous black rubber shower shoes. As he climbed into the back of a black a worried expression crossed his face. I forgot my mouth guard, he said. Your mouth guard. I think. Why would you need a mouth guard. Hey, doc, he shouted to the van holding the medical staff that travels with him wherever he goes.

You got my mouth guard. The doc had his mouth guard. Obama relaxed back in his seat and said casually that he didnt want to get his teeth knocked out this time, since were only days away. From the election, he meant, then he smiled and showed me which teeth, in some previous basketball game, had been knocked out. Exactly what kind of game is this. I asked, and he laughed and told me not to worry.

What happens is, as I get older, the chances im going to play well go down. When I was there was, like, a one in two chance. By the time I was it was more like one in three or one in four. He used to focus on personal achievement, but as he can no longer achieve so much personally, hes switched to trying to figure out how to make his team win.

In his decline hes maintaining his relevance and sense of purpose. Basketball hadnt appeared on the presidents official schedule, and so we traveled the streets of washington unofficially, almost normally. A single police car rode in front of us, but there were no motorcycles or sirens or whirring lights - we even stopped at red lights.

It still took only five minutes to get to the court inside the the presidents game rotates around several federal courts, but he prefers the s because it is a bit smaller than a regulation court, which reduces also the advantages of youth. A dozen players were warming up. I recognized arne duncan, the former captain of the harvard basketball team and current secretary of education.

Apart from him and a couple of disturbingly large and athletic guys in their s, everyone appeared to be roughly years old, roughly six and a half feet tall, and the possessor of a inch vertical leap. It was not a normal pickup basketball game; it was a group of serious basketball players who come together three or four times each week. Obama joins when he can.

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