Obama to take Bri­tish leader to a March Mad­ness game

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Talk about get­ting the royal treat­ment: Pres­i­dent Obama, an avid bas­ket­ball fan, is tak­ing Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron to an NCAA Tour­na­ment game in Ohio, show­ing off one of Amer­ica’s most pop­u­lar sport­ing events.

The White House said the two men will at­tend a first round game in Day­ton on Tues­day, pre­ced­ing a state din­ner on Wed­nes­day. The trip to Ohio may carry po­lit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance for Mr. Obama be­cause Ohio is a key swing state.

In the of­fi­cial busi­ness of the trip, Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron are ex­pected to dis­cuss the up­com­ing NATO and G-8 sum­mits along with the Mid­dle East, Iran and the global econ­omy. with a for­mer Navy SEAL at a town­hall meet­ing over plans to merge two state uni­ver­si­ties, and ended up call­ing the man an “idiot.”

Mr. Christie was telling an au­di­ence in Florence, N.J., about his plans to merge Rut­gers Univer­sity’s law school in Cam­den with Rowan Univer­sity when Wil­liam Brown, 34, a sec­ond-year stu­dent at the law school, loudly voiced his op­po­si­tion.

“No­body at Rut­gers wants it, no­body in South Jer­sey!” shouted Mr. Brown, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who wore a T-shirt pro­claim­ing his veteran sta­tus.

Mr. Christie, his voice ris­ing, replied, “Let me tell you some­thing. If, af­ter you grad­u­ate from law school, you con­duct your­self like that in a court­room, your rear end’s go­ing to be thrown in jail, idiot.”

Mr. Brown was then re­moved from the fire­house by lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers and spo­ken to out­side by a plain-clothed po­lice of­fi­cer for sev­eral min­utes, the Philadel­phia In­quirer re­ported. He was not ar­rested.

“It’s free­dom of ex­pres­sion,” Mr. Brown told the of­fi­cers. “This is Amer­ica.”

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