Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Serena Meets Barack Obama

Washington Kastles' Serena Williams answers question during her press conference before her match in a World TeamTennis event against the Newport Beach Breakers in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

Washington Kastles' Serena Williams answers question during her press conference before her match in a World TeamTennis event against the Newport Beach Breakers in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

WASHINGTON (AP)—It was tennis before baseball for President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Before heading off to St. Louis to throw the first pitch at the All-Star game, the president welcomed Wimbledon champion Serena Williams to the White House.

“It was amazing,” Williams said before her World Team Tennis match with the Washington Kastles. “I love President Obama; he has such an unbelievable presence, and he seems to be so normal—and he noticed my shoes. I think that was the highlight of the whole day, was he liked my shoes.”

Williams said she was wearing 5-inch heels for the presidential visit.

“He asked me, ‘Should I be wearing high heels?’ So I thought that was kind of funny because he may have been right,” Williams said. “Because it is a job hazard for me, but I insist on wearing them.”

Williams got to meet Michelle Obama and the rest of the first family.

“I didn’t know she had such an amazing personality,” Williams said. “She had me cracking up and laughing. I knew she was a great person, but now I really understand how important this first family is to the United States. And the kids were just so cute and sweet, and the dog was nice.”

I thought I saw here there on television, but none of the cable anchors on the channel I watch mentioned it.

Doesn't top Willie Mays on Air Force One, but I'm not complaining. The Wimbledon champion got an invite to the White House.

8 comments:

dapxin said...

You mean this wasnt good enough for your cable news whatever they call them in America?

Wimbledon Champion + president + Family ?

god! let there not be another air disaster carrying a rat, flown by a computer controlled brainless...

What a world!

Matt said...

Serena looks gorgeous in this pic!

oddman said...

Wow! That must have been her big surprise she tweeted about last week.

Hee hee - she's such a girl. Talking about her shoes. Love it.

Michael said...

I was thinking this was perhaps the tweet surprise too. Any confirmation from serena's more recent tweets? Or do we stay on guard for another surprise?

Matt said...

Pregnant!?

Haywood said...

The President was noting that she was taller than him with those heels on.

Serena visited The White House previously, during the Clinton administration, after she won the US Open. She and Venus sat on the couch in the lobby and wouldn't talk to anyone (tennis fan staffers who had excitedly assembled to meet the WS, or even the President's secretary, Betty Currie).

Meanwhile, Andre Agassi signed autographed tennis balls, took photos, and was very cordial.

You may be interested to know that this time it was a very quick visit. Then again, the Obama's aren't tennis fans. Anyway, they ushered Serena over to the main part of the house for a quick tour (the tour the public sees) and to briefly meet Mrs Obama.

b said...

She looks so pretty w-out the unfortunate makeup that she usually wears for off-court appearances

sabizak said...

Trust America to be stupid. They create such a hue and cry over local events like the Superbowl and the 'World' Series but they have a couple of International stars and nobody seems to know their name. What a country!!