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The Warriors visit the White House, part two: Obama, the '95 Bulls, and "clowning"

This is the second part of an inside look at the Warriors' day with the President, courtesy of my high school friend and SB Nation writer Jasper Scherer and his friend Ethan Cohen.

WASHINGTON - Stephen Curry wanted to leave the White House.

Within the last 24 hours, he had scored 51 points on 28 shots against the Wizards, toured the president's house, posed for too many photos to count - including one under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln with his wife, Ayesha - and stood directly behind President Obama as he poked fun at everything from Curry's golf game to the franchise's years of pre-championship futility.

The Warriors hadn't played a game at Oracle in more than a week. It was time for Steph to go home.

"Please, no!" Curry said when the Warriors' PR staff asked if there were any more questions from the herd of reporters gathered by the front lawn of the White House.

You couldn't blame Curry for wanting to escape. Obama didn't take it easy on the reigning MVP as he introduced the NBA champs in front of a packed crowd in the East Room of the White House.

He called out Curry, who had apparently used the Secret Service's intimidation factor as an excuse for losing to the president in golf. Then Obama called Klay Thompson's jump shot "actually a little prettier" than Curry's ("As a coach, I will say their shots are equally as beautiful," Steve Kerr later said). He even poked fun at Steph's antics on the floor on Wednesday.

"For those of you who watched the game against the Wizards last night, he was - to use slang - he was clowning," Obama said before jumping up and down to mimic Curry's celebrations.

Obama, a noted Bulls fan, also made sure to throw in a jab at the team challenging his 1995-96 squad for single-season superiority.

"Now, it is rare to be in the presence of guys from the greatest team in NBA history," Obama said. "So we're pretty lucky today because we've got one of those players in the house - Steve Kerr from the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls!"

But then Obama dropped his act and went into full-presidential mode. He spoke about the Warriors' community service and the culture of the team, praising the players' character and selflessness.

"They're the kind of people you want representing a city, representing the NBA, and the kind of people that you want our kids to be rooting for," Obama said.

As this went on, the Warriors' team confidence was unmistakable. Draymond Green, standing behind Obama, flashed his bright smile as he turned to crack jokes with Andre Iguodala. The entire team looked fresh out of a GQ photoshoot.

They were 45-4, coming off an undefeated road trip and about to return to Oracle. Visiting the White House was just icing on the cake.

It may even have played into the Warriors' success Wednesday night.

"The atmosphere [at Verizon Center] was great, and obviously we knew what was going to happen today, so we had a little bit more pep in our step," Curry said. "It was a fun night, and a fun day today as well."

The players called the White House visit everything from "surreal" (Curry) to "amazing" (Green). According to Green, Obama even told him to watch his mouth. It was the president's last time welcoming an NBA team to the White House, and it might be awhile before we see someone in office who can understand and play the game as well as Obama. The Warriors soaked it all in.


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