Presidential Jocks

The White House has been home to bowlers, ballers, joggers and golfers over the past 40 years.

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President-elect Barack Obama's love of basketball is well documented, going back to his high school days when his jump shot earned him the nickname Barry O'Bomber. During a recent interview he expressed an interest in working on his bowling game, much to the relief of an anxious nation.
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President Bush was a cheerleader during his time at both Andover and Yale, but more recently has spent a great deal of time jogging and riding his bicycle.
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Most of Bill Clinton's athletic pursuits aren't suitable fodder for a photo gallery, but like most rich men his age, he has a fondness for golf.
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The elder Bush was captain of the baseball team at Yale, where he was left-handed hitting first baseman. More recently he's been celebrating his birthday by skydiving.
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Ronald Reagan's greatest athletic triumph came in 'The Knute Rockne Story,' in which he portrayed Notre Dame football star George "The Gipper" Gipp, whose nickname he would steal.
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Like Obama, Jimmy Carter played basketball in high school, but did a fair share of jogging during the sport's first golden age in the '70s, when this outfit was perfectly reasonable.
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Arguably the greatest athlete of any commander in chief, Gerald Ford was a standout player on back-to-back undefeated national champions at the University of Michigan in 1932 and 1933.
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In 'The Big Lebowski,' the Dude's apartment is adorned with a poster of president and fellow bowling enthusiast Richard Nixon, the last man to remodel the White House lanes. Nixon was also a huge football fan.
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