Miami Athlete Welcomes President Obama

No not that one.

After losing the NBA title to Dirk Nowitzky and the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron James and company will have to wait another year at an attempt to bring the coveted NBA title to his new hometown of MIAMI.

Meanwhile, another well known Miami athlete welcomed President Obama to the city at the start of a DNC fundraising event last evening.

We have an official pool report with the details. Take a read.

POTUS spoke for about a half hour at a fund-raising event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. The event drew 982 people. Admission price was a minimum of $44, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund. The theater holds a total of 2,200 people, leaving many empty chairs in the upper tiers of seats.

One of the speakers introducing POTUS was former Georgetown Hoya and Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning.

Mourning, looking sharp in a grey suit and red-and-white striped tie, opened with: “What’s up, Miami?’’

“It’s truly great to be here with you tonight. I know you’re all a little disappointed about the Heat.’’

Miami Heat lost the NBA championship to the Dallas Mavericks in a 4-2 series that ended Sunday night.

Someone in the crowd shouted, “We need you, Zo!’’

“Now it’s time for us to re-direct our attention to our new team – and that’s the Obama campaign! I am so proud and honored to be here to support President Obama’s re-election campaign. He’s been a fantastic president.’’

After another introduction from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Obama took the stage, decorated with American flags.

While delivering his standard campaign speech he was interrupted by a heckler.

“Keep your promise, stop AIDS now!’’ a man shouted.

Obama paused and looked out at the crowd. A counter-chant welled up: “O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!”

Obama continued, using the protest to make another point.

“The reason we’re here today is because our work is not done’’ he said. “For all the progress we’ve made our work is not complete. We’re not at the summit. We’re just partway up the mountain. There is more to do.’’

After finishing his remarks, potus left the stage to shake hands. “I love you Obama!’’ someone shouted. The president looked up and smiled.

Credit LeBron and team. At least they gave it shot. At least they got to the promised land. He just couldn't go in, just yet. Some say he didn't even show up. Especially in Game 4.

On another note, you have to congratulate former Wizard players Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson on winning an NBA title. It was the Mavs first franchise title, and a long wait for the former Wizards - even though two (Haywood/hip- Butler/knee) of the three were riding pine.

We asked Wizards owner Ted Leonsis his thoughts on the three playing in the Playoffs, and what he thought attributed to their success with another team. His reply was 'pretty simple'.

"We are rebuilding and teams that are in playoffs will take a chance on older, expensive players", referring to the three as "trading partners".

If that's what it takes to win an NBA championship, then the Wizards could use some "older", "expensive" trading partners.

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