White Houses Praises LeBron James After Cleveland Decision

In response to the news about LeBron James making the decision to return to Cleveland, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took time to remind reporters that President Obama was a big fan of the NBA basketball star.

"The president is a big fan of LeBron,” Earnest said, pointing out that the commander in chief was an NBA fan.

Earnest had no immediate reaction from the president to James’s decision, but reminded reporters that Obama had met with James on a number of occasions.

President Obama played basketball with James in 2010 and was also featured in a video with Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating. 

“The president does consider him to be a fine young man who carries himself with the kind of professionalism that's inspiring to see,” Earnest added.

In February, Obama praised James, asserting that he could be an all-time great basketball player.

"You know LeBron, I know LeBron. When you're standing next to him and then you watch him close up -- I've never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who's that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package," he said.

James also filmed a promotion for Obamacare in March. 

“I know how important it is to take care of yourself, your friends, your family,” James said in the ad while holding a #GetCovered sign. “That’s why I want to tell you about the health insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov. You can go there to find an affordable health plan that’s part of the healthcare law.”

Earnest also commented on James’ decision to move back to Cleveland.

"It’s a pretty powerful statement about the value of a place that you consider home,” he said.


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