Obama's proud: Best cabinet basketball team

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Chicago, Dec.17: Its a known truth that US President elect Barack Obama is obsessed with sports. Adding to it he posses 'the best basketball-playing cabinet in American history'.

A 6ft 5in tall former co-captain of Harvard's basketball team, Arne Duncan, is the latest to join the team. He is Obama's education secretary. General James Jones, 64, the new national security adviser, stands at 6ft 4in and was a forward for the Georgetown University team, the Hoyas.

Eric Holder, 57, the nominee for attorney general, was co-captain of the Peglegs, his high school team in New York and also played at Columbia University.

Susan Rice, 45, the new United Nations ambassador, is just 5ft 3in tall but was a star basketball player at National Cathedral School in Washington, where she was nicknamed Spo - short for Sporting.

Paul Volcker, ex-chairman of the Federal Reserve, who has been selected as chairman of Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, played basketball for Princeton.

Not to mention Obama, himself was an avid basketball player at school in Honolulu, where he was nicknamed Barry O'Bomber because of his devastating "jump shot" and would dribble and bounce a ball as he walked between classes.

Obama has just three main cabinet secretaries still to appoint. So far he has put together the most ethnically diverse cabinet in American history.

Obama is yet to appoint Republicans, he is keeping on Robert Gates, a career intelligence officer, as Defense Secretary.


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