Obama taking in Olympic basketball tune-ups



WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s basketball fan in chief is getting an Olympic preview of USA Basketball.

President Barack Obama will be in the stands Monday for the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic basketball exhibition games against Brazil. The games are tune-ups before the start of the London Olympics later this month.

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.

ESPN play-by-play commentator Mark Jones was interviewing Obama during halftime of the men’s game, which was being broadcast on ESPN2.

Vice President Joe Biden was joining Obama at the games.