WASHINGTON, D.C. - It is no secret that there has never been a U.S. president who was more into basketball than President Obama.
And the president does love to make bets on all kinds of sporting events. He has said that since he doesn't go hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, or hiking, he figures that he has some extra money with which to place sports bets.
Mrs. Obama has said that she does not mind one bit since her husband is really pretty good at making winning bets.
The president called up GOP radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who is a Miami Heat fan, and suggested that they make a friendly wager on the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.
Limbaugh, who loves Florida, said that he would take the Heat on an even bet. The president grinned and quickly told him that he would take the San Antonio Spurs.
The man with the 12-inch cigars then asked the president how much he wanted to bet. The president told Limbaugh to bet whatever he can afford to lose.
"$10,000" Limbaugh replied.
The president countered by saying "Let's make it $20,000."
Limbaugh thought for a second and then replied by saying "$20,000 sounds good to me."
The president grinned like the Chicago cat that swallowed the Cleveland canary and remarked, "Okey dokey, hokey pokey, we got us a bet."
SIDENOTE: After placing the bet the president called up Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich and he told him that when they win the NBA Finals he will invite the Spurs team to the White House for the biggest barbecue in the history of White House barbecues.