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Coach Obama Reveals Basketball Philosophy

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On most weekends in Washington, President Obama trades in his suit and tie for athletic pants, a ball cap and a whistle as coach of his daughter Sasha’s basketball team.  And in spite of all the demands of being commander-in-chief, and campaigning for a second term, he reportedly has not missed a game all year.

“With the girls, they just think of it as dad, that is what dads are supposed to do.  They take it for granted,” Obama said of the experience in an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz.

“But what was fun, this is now the third year that the team has played together, and to see them all develop at different paces, to get better and start thinking as a team and to feel good when the team does well, to pick each other up when something is not going well, you can’t beat it,” he said.  “You can’t beat the satisfaction.”

Obama said he first got involved with the team when he realized the girls’ coach -- a parent volunteer who works for the National Institutes of Health -- didn’t have any basketball experience.

“We’d see somebody playing a zone, our girls wouldn’t know where to go, so I would go over and whisper to the coach,” he said.  “On Sunday, we would have them over to the gym over here and we’d run drills and we’d run plays.”

Obama says his philosophy is to hammer home the basics -- dribbling, passing and boxing out.

“Making sure that they are not practicing shooting three-pointers when they can barely get the ball to the basket,” he told Katz.  “The whole theory was, don’t practice shots that you are not going to take in a game.”

The president also said that he is not afraid to be critical of his players on the court, but uses humor to soften the blow.

“There were times where I would pretend to do what they were doing and the balls would land on their heads, or this is how they would rebound without jumping or paying attention to who they are supposed to be boxing out and they would start laughing,” he said.

While it’s unclear how long Obama has been coaching the team, first lady Michelle Obama told supporters in Florida last month that he “hasn’t missed a game.”   Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, both attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

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Obama Family Participates in Small Business Saturday

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Between hitting the hardwood himself and taking in a college basketball game with his family Saturday, President Obama managed to wedge in something a bit more cerebral—a bookstore shopping spree with daughters Sasha and Malia.

The president browsed the shelves at Kramer Books, a popular Washington D.C. bookstore, with his daughters, telling fellow customers he was supporting Small Business Saturday, a day in which shoppers are encouraged to visit local small businesses after the frenzy over deals offered on Black Friday by department stores and large chain stores.

Obama, Malia and Sasha came away with a stack of books, including: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Tails, The Tiger’s Wife, The Phantom Tollbooth, Zen Shorts, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Obama also purchased Descent into Chaos: the United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The president was asked how he felt about personal aide Reggie Love’s departure at the end of the year.

“We’re sad to see Reggie go,” Obama said, “But he’s doing the right thing. He’s going to finish his education and as you can see, we’re still getting a little basketball in.”

Love was among those who played basketball with the president earlier in the day.

In the afternoon, the Obama family, along with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, attended the Towson University-Oregon State University men’s basketball game in Towson, Md. Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, coaches the OSU Beavers. The OSU Thanksgiving weekend game has become a bit of a tradition for the Obamas—in 2009, they watched the Beavers defeat the George Washington University Colonials 64-57 and, in 2010, the Howard University Bison 84-74.

Also attending the game were Education Secretary and Arne Duncan and comedian Bill Murray, who spent time chatting with the president.

Happily for the Obama family, Oregon State romped over Towson 66-46.

The president has had a busy Thanksgiving weekend thus far, hosting roughly 50 family members and friends for dinner on Thursday and playing a round of golf Friday.

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On Father’s Day, Obama Takes Daughters Out for Ice Cream

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama took his daughters Malia and Sasha, along with his niece and nephew, out for ice cream Sunday night.

The Father's Day outing to Thomas Sweet, an ice cream spot in Georgetown, comes the day before his daughters travel with their mother to Africa.

The symbolic outing capped off several days of the president trying to emphasize fatherhood.

In an e-mail message on Sunday, Obama announced an initiative to support fathers.  He said his administration will help men who want to be good fathers facing challenges spending time with their kids.  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Major League Baseball, Groupon, LivingSocial and the WNBA are among the organizations and businesses that will offer discounts and special offers for fathers and kids.

Drawing from his own experience of growing up barely knowing his father, Obama has tried for several years now to use his influence to encourage fathers to do their jobs.  In 2008, then a candidate for president, Obama told a black church in Chicago, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”

He added, “Too many fathers are MIA, too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes.”

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First Family Attends Easter Service

Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office/File(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the rest of the first family attended Easter service at a church in northwest Washington, D.C. Sunday.

The president along with wife Michelle, and their two kids Sasha and Malia, attended service at the Shiloh Baptist Church, a historically black church located not too far from the White House. Since moving to D.C. the Obamas have not picked a church to consistently attend, as President Obama said that his attendance would be disruptive to services.

Prior to Sunday’s church attendance, the last time the Obamas attended service was in January just before Martin Luther King Day at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 2010, the first family attended Easter service at Allen Chapel AME in southeast, Washington, DC. The selection of that church was not insignificant, as days before the Obamas made their visit, the neighborhood was shaken by a drive-by shooting that took the lives of four teenagers.

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