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President Barack Obama gives a fist-bump to personal aide Reggie Love in the Oval Office of the White House on June 16. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is at left.
If the demand for tickets wasn't high enough already, now there is word that President Barack Obama might also be attending the hottest sporting event in town on Saturday.
The Hill is reporting that Obama will catch the action Saturday at the Verizon Center (although The Hill calls it the MCI Center) between the 7th-ranked Duke Blue Devils and the 11th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown issued an advisory on Friday, saying that fans should arrive at the game at least 45 minutes in advance and that doors and will call will open at 11 a.m.
"As this event is sold out, and due to the number of dignitaries expected to be in attendance, there will be enhanced security at the entrances to the arena," Georgetown said in a release.
As we reported earlier today, the Verizon Center is sold out and tickets are going for between $125 and $550 a pop on Stubhub.com. An appearance by the president will only send prices skyward.
But the big question is this: If the president actually does attend the game, will he root for the Hoyas? They're one of D.C.'s hometown teams, so he should be sporting the blue and gray, right?
Not so fast, my friends. If you think that's the case, you forgot about the Love Factor -- as in Reggie Love, who is the president's personal aide.
Love played for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski from 2001 to 2005, including the National Championship team in 2001.
So would Obama pick the Hoyas over his personal hoops buddy's alma mater? Considering the president remained loyal to his White Sox while throwing out the first pitch in St. Louis during the MLB All-Star Game, the answer probably will be no.
Sorry Hoyas fans, there may be at least two people rooting for the Dukies Saturday afternoon.