Molly Riley/Reuters/Landov
February 28, 2009 06:00 PM

One perk of being President? Courtside seats to see your favorite team play – even when they lose.

President Obama and Chicago pal Marty Nesbitt joined fans Friday at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center to cheer on their beloved Bulls, who were ultimately defeated by the Washington Wizards, 113-90.

Obama’s appearance at the arena – the first by a President for an NBA match in nearly a decade – did not go without notice. His arrival delayed the tipoff by a few minutes, according to the Associated Press.

And his presence offered a challenge to the home team. As the Wizards’ small forward Caron Butler told the AP: “He truly is a die-hard Bulls fan. Hopefully we can convert him a little bit.”

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