Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obama's big shoes to fill, literally

Basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal wanted to give basketball-obsessed President Barack Obama a gift. So he sent him one of his sneakers -- size 23, with an autograph!

The president received the orange-and-white shoe Tuesday, just after landing at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

There, Jake Gordon, son of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, presented him with the shoe on behalf of O'Neal, who plays for the Phoenix Suns.

The amused president put the sneaker next to his own, much smaller shoe. Obama is believed to wear a size 11 or 12.

Obama watched Sunday's NBA All-Star game on television. O'Neal shared Most Valuable Player honors with Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant.

The president is having a basketball court built in the White House.


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