Obama takes in Olympic basketball tune-ups



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is basking in the glow of the Olympics, getting a courtside look at USA Basketball.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took their seats to chants of “U-S-A” Monday at a U.S. men’s Olympic basketball exhibition game against Brazil. The games are tune-ups before the start of the London Olympics later this month.

Obama greeted members of the U.S. women’s basketball team after their win over Brazil in the first game, telling the team, “We could not be prouder.”

Obama is an avid basketball fan and the games allow him to wrap himself in the Olympic spirit during his re-election campaign. His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, is expected to use the Olympics to highlight his leadership role during the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.