President Obama was having a nice afternoon watching his brother-in-law’s Oregon State Beavers lose to the University of Akron Sunday when, according to the pool report, this popped up:
A man dressed in a full polar bear costume and a woman with an anti Keystone Pipeline sign (“Beavers Hate Pipelines”) entered the arena, across the court from where the Obamas were sitting. The duo began dancing during a second half time-out, but it was unclear if the president noticed them.
The polar bear fellow and his date plan to be in Hawaii throughout Obama’s vacation to try to annoy him into rejecting the Keystone Pipeline. Knowing how Obama rolls, it’s more likely to have the opposite effect.
Anyway, Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson coaches Oregon state, which lost 83-71.
Here’s a little more color from the the pool reports:
The ride was uneventful; some people whose cars were stopped along the way for the motorcade got out of their vehicles to wave at the spectacle and flash the shaka sign at the president.
The First Family entered the arena, to cheers, shortly before game time. (They also made their first jumbotron appearance before tip-off). Obama, wearing a purple polo shirt, and his family are sitting courtside just behind the Oregon bench.
Obama, wearing a purple short-sleeved shirt and dark blue jeans, left the court during halftime, though he stopped to high-five some Oregon fans on the way out. He returned just before the second half began.
Also sitting with First Family at the game: (Obama friend) Bobby Titcomb, and the rest of the Robinson family — Marian Robinson (Michelle and Craig’s mother), Craig’s wife, and his children, according to a White House aide.
The teams were playing in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the University of Hawaii.
Obama spent the morning tooling around his vacation house, where he was updated on the situation in South Sudan. Obama notified Congress over the weekend that he may take “further action” there after three U.S. aircraft attempting to evacuate Americans were fired on, wounding four U.S. service members.