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August 14th, 2009
04:29 PM ET

Beat 360º 8/14/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

White House Butler Von Everett pumps up a basketball for President Barack Obama in the Outer Oval Office of the White House, June 30, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE BEAT 360º WINNERS

Staff:

Steve Brusk

Hey, it could be worse. Reagan rode horses.

Viewer:

Jason Kelling Dallas, TX

Republicans got guns; Democrats got balls.

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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    There are worse jobs around here, I guess. His basketball playing could be as bad as his bowling!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  2. Ed - Sidney, OH

    I wonder whats next...........Spit shinning the bowling balls.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  3. Joe Anello - Dracut, MA

    White House Butler says to himself "With all of the President's hot air over Healthcare reform, you think he could do this himself."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    Why couldn't they get the white White house butler to pump up the President's basketballs?! Too much poetic justice, I guess!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  5. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    Butler: "It's ironic really after I have pumped up the President's basketballs, I then have to empty and clean out his ashtrays !!"

    August 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  6. Patty A Banks Palmdale, Ca.

    Fun job!...now if i could only get some health insurance!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  7. craig- long island,ny

    i think the air went out these balls, just like the president's health care plan.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  8. kimberly ann stanley

    inflation hits even the White House Butler

    August 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  9. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    I'd much rather pump up the President's basketballs, than polish his bowling ball, given how bad his bowling is!!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  10. Cadillac Matt

    I really wish he'd stop busting my balls.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  11. thaomas cre

    Finally!! Iv'e been waiting for this!!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Patty A Banks Palmdale, Ca.

    All of my life i've always wanted to be somebody....now i see i should have been more specific!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  13. Mamode (Hartford CT)

    Whatever it takes to pay for health insurance.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  14. pamina

    I went to college for 4 years, than graduate school, and now I'm blowing up the President's balls!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  15. Richard, New York City

    The great Inflation vs Deflation debate continues

    August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  16. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    "I love my job...I love my job...I love my job"

    August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  17. John, Austin TX

    One would think that they would have an electric pump.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  18. Richard, New York City

    The White House prepares for a full court press on healthcare reform.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  19. pamina

    Hmmmm, I wonder if anyone will think this ball is full of hot air........

    August 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dafne Tenorio

    Maybe if he pushed as hard as I do, just maybe the Health Care Reforms would pass¡

    From: Dafne Tenorio
    Puebla, Puebla
    Mexico

    August 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  21. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    "I have to get the President on the basketball court, shirtless – that will distract the country from health care reform"

    August 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  22. Colin Horgan

    "Damn that 7-page questionnaire! That's the last time I tell anyone I worked at Foot Locker."

    -Colin Horgan, Vancouver, Canada

    August 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  23. Joshua Harmon

    We are "Hooping" Today, and I would Love to play basketball in the White House...! I Just Might Beat The President lol...! =D

    August 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  24. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    How can Obama change African-American stereotypes, if he keeps wearing out basketballs this fast!?

    August 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  25. Zoe Pullen Reynolds

    Dang, wouldn't have to do this if he'd stick with bowling.

    Zoe Pullen-reynolds
    Cherry Hill <N

    August 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  26. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    If only it was this easy to inflate the economy !

    August 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  27. Sue, Lathrup Village, MI

    When they told me my job description included attending balls, this in NOT what I had in mind.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  28. Richard H

    White House photographer tries to send a subliminal message to President Obama concerning the healthcare debate.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  29. Joe G. (Illinois)

    Can’t the White House afford an air compressor; to build an appropriate shop; one or two assistants to help me.. Unemployment is high and people need jobs. But if I worked in Dubai.. Oh.. What a dream!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  30. Joseph Murphy of San Francisco

    It is so impressive how the President gives such fine example about a healthy life style by exercising regularly, playing basketball...oh, I almost forgot...I still have to go pick up his pack of cigs...

    August 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  31. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    Butler: "I'm always so much busier when Joe Biden gets a weeks vacation"

    August 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  32. Pat from Annapolis

    While the president is away, you would think Michelle would have custody of those...

    August 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  33. Sandip Shinde

    What happens in White House, stays in White House.

    Sandip Shinde,
    Lakeland, Florida.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  34. Sandip Shinde

    This is how the President wants the White house staff to stay fit..

    Sandip Shinde,
    Lakeland, Florida.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  35. Ed - Sidney, OH

    This was NOT in my job discription.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  36. Kevin Haggith Toronto CANADA

    The White House Murder Mystery Weekend ends successfilly when it is finally discovered that it was the butler , in the outer office , with the basketball pump!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  37. Ed - Sidney, OH

    Pump, pump, pump, pump....................KAAAAAAABOOOOOOOM!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  38. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    In an attempt to settle their differences, President Obama invites O'reilly and Olbermann to the White House for a friendly game of b-ball.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  39. Shelly Lewis Metuchen, NJ

    This job isn't quite as fun as his Uncle Alfred had in the Bat cave, but it still has it's advantages!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  40. Joseph Murphy of San Francisco

    Well, what do you know? Size does matter!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  41. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    In an attempt to boost his approval ratings, President Obama considers be drafted into the NBA.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  42. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    It takes a basketbalsy dude to bring the Change We Need.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  43. Joe Godley

    Tom Hank's Wilson ain't got nothin' on my Spalding.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  44. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    It takes balls to propose Healthcare reform.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  45. Henry Almquist - Atlanta

    Pump faster Mr. Everett, there are budget cuts coming you know!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  46. Kevin Haggith Toronto CANADA

    With town hall meetings getting a little testy you never know when you might need a new pair!

    August 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  47. Steve Hamilton, Ontario Canada

    "Hey Barack, is the stimulus going to give me enough money to get more basketballs?, tough when the economy hits home doesn't it"

    August 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  48. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    Hey, maybe this pump can help inflate President Obama's approval rating.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  49. Michael, Dresher, PA

    They were right when they said it took some big balls to be President.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  50. Jason Kelly of Orlando, Fla.

    Hey, maybe this pump can help me inflate my approval rating.

    August 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
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