Lawmakers Get Court Date With Obama

Rep. who walked out on health speech among hoops invitees
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2009 10:27 PM CDT
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., leaves as President Barack Obama delivers a speech on health care to a joint session of Congress, Sept., 9, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Four cabinet secretaries and one GOP representative who walked out of President Obama’s joint address to Congress last month are among some 16 invitees for tomorrow’s White House fall basketball game. Rep. John Shimkus is the lone Republican on the list; that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has enough game for such a thing came as a surprise to the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva, too.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected, and as the late-afternoon event is off-limits to the media’s lenses, we might never know if his gym style has a unique touch similar to the cowboy hat that often tops off his official wardrobe.