Obama Redeems Himself, Bowls 144

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 7:21 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., bowls at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center in Altoona, Pa., Saturday, March 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Maybe he’s been practicing, or maybe becoming president has boosted his confidence, but Barack Obama has apparently become a much better bowler. The president spent Saturday night relaxing at Camp David to celebrate his upcoming birthday today, Robert Gibbs revealed yesterday. Gibbs says Obama was with friends “playing basketball and bowling.” Immediately, of course, someone asked about the score.

“144,” Gibbs replied. The press looked incredulous, recalling of course, the infamous 37. “You seem to doubt,” he said. “I watched the last four throws, three strikes and a nine. I told the president, ‘Look, if you had done this in Pennsylvania, my life would have been a little easier.’ ”