Of all the things the President of the United States has to deal with, youth sports parents still took the prize for being too much – at least for Barack Obama.
The 44th president details in his memoir, “A Promised Land,” about his brief stint coaching daughter Sasha’s fourth-grade basketball team while working in the Oval Office in 2010.
Obama said he realized her team needed help and decided to volunteer as head coach with his personal aide, Reggie Love – a former Duke player.
“After observing an adorable but chaotic first couple of games, Reggie and I took it upon ourselves to draw up some plays and volunteered to conduct a few informal Sunday afternoon practice sessions with the team,” Obama writes, according to TMZ Sports.
He said that he and Love managed to guide the team to the championship game – an 18-16 victory in which they won.
“We celebrated like it was the NCAA finals,” Obama said,
But the celebration was short-lived. Parents from the other teams felt that the President of the United States serving as a coach was somehow a disadvantage to everyone else and there was constant complaining about it.
Obama said Love told him, “They must think being coached by you is something they can put on their Harvard application.”
Eventually, Obama felt that the other parents’ complaining was too much and he eventually stepped down as the team’s coach.