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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. Michael Merriweather

    I thought this is what the Republicans were for...

    August 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Paulo- Washington, D.C.

    At least it's not health care reform legislation.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  3. david d

    Preping props for admin full court press ads.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  4. Susan Cochran from San Ramon, California

    Obama may be the president in the White House, but on the court he's just another brother with a basketball.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  5. Terri from Atlanta

    I dreamed of being a basketball star, not a basketball
    pumper!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  6. Paul Bausch

    The rate of inflation increased under the Obama administration.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  7. david d

    Injecting GPS units for admin shots to insure "all net" scores.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  8. david d

    Former admin insider's new job after suggesting pay for play as part of Health Reform "public option"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  9. Janine from PA.

    GAH! Become a butler, they told me, its a dignified occupation. Would they say the same thing now?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  10. don, Oswego, IL

    Man,--- when I got this job I thought I would be a butler for the White House not the Lakers

    August 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  11. Shawn Hoffman - Kingman, AZ

    This is not in my job description! The second they ask me to jock straps and someone snaps me with a towel, I'm out of here!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  12. Vickie_AR

    I remember the part in the job description that says "other duties as assigned", but I certainly do not remember anything about "Pumping it UP"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  13. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    If he doesn't ask me top play this time...I am taking "MY" ball and going home....

    August 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  14. Marcia Carter

    I believe the expression is "GROW" a pair, not blow up a pair!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Ted, Aiken, SC

    The President said to help pump up the economy. We have to start somewhere.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    grumble ...grumble... I have to do this and they don't even ask me to play............

    August 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  17. Bob Edwards, Charlotte, NC

    Ummph, ...Ummph.... "He's gonna need these puppies pumped up really hard for next weeks healthcare town hall meetings!"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  18. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    I thought working at the whitehouse would be a little more prestigious then this...

    August 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  19. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    White House Butler: "I thought my job was bad until I seen what Turtle Man does for a living on AC360 last night."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  20. Jim from Toronto, Canada

    As part of government cost cutting initiatives, the W/H has decided to purchase a hand pump rather than an electric pump.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  21. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    I will do this as long as they promise ..."NO more comments about me looking like "Odd Job" from the James Bond movie Goldfinger

    August 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  22. Levon - Redondo Beach, CA

    The White House Butler keeps pumping basket balls, even though President Obama said, "I was talking about 'economic' inflation!"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  23. Ian Markham

    This would get done a lot faster if we were using some of the president's hot air

    August 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  24. Nan in Wenatchee

    Yes, ma'm, I hurt my back doing exactly that, and I need you to pull your splitting sides together and help me access some serious health care.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  25. Isabel • Brazil

    The weekend is coming ...
    Mr. President will host Anderson Cooper ...
    BBQ, game of basketball, informal conversation ...

    August 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  26. David, Jerusalem

    Well... at least i get paid.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  27. Daryll G... Edmonton Canada

    We can bomb a country to submission...but we still pump up basketballs by hand..."SIGH"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  28. Sandip Shinde

    Journalists accidentally stumble upon to reveal the secrets behind closed doors of the Oval office.

    Sandip Shinde,
    Lakeland, Florida.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  29. Marilyn Mellin Chicago Illinos

    This job is so much easier with the hot air provided by Congress

    August 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  30. Pat

    I thought the job description said pumping iron with the President !

    August 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  31. Tricia

    I hope this is what the boss meant when he said "it's gonna take a lot of balls to get this healthcare bill passed."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  32. Jim from Toronto, Canada

    "I didn't know this was part of the job description, but hey, as long as the paychecks keep on coming."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  33. Kathryn- Cayman Islands

    "2 years of butler college for this?!"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  34. Janine from PA.

    I'll wish you a happy birthday for tomorrow Janine, after I blow up these basketballs!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  35. Terri from Atlanta

    Serve the meals...pump up the basketballs....a butler's work
    is never done!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  36. Ed - Sidney, OH

    CLUE: The butler did it in the den with a tire pump.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  37. Gerry Ogden

    More games of HORSE..You would think the man had nothing to do!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  38. Janine from PA.

    Being in DC, I have plenty of hot air to use in these basketballs!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  39. jevans

    Betcha that's the last time I'll dunk on the President!

    San Diego CA.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  40. Jim from Toronto, Canada

    "one down, one more to go."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  41. Terri from Atlanta

    Sir, I can pump up your basketballs, but I can't pump up
    your healthcare system.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  42. Janine from PA.

    This is not part of my job description!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  43. Janine from PA.

    Sigh, for this I left the Queen!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  44. Jim from Toronto, Canada

    "These basket balls are not only great for stress relief for the President, they'll also come in handy for deterring rowdy people from disrupting town hall meetings."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  45. Susan S. in Pendleton, SC

    The Annual Hot Shots Day at the White House is great fun for all, well almost all.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  46. Isabel • Brazil

    Let's fill those balls because they can be useful during discussions of health reform.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  47. Laurie Levitt

    Reduce, Reuse Recycle!. Found a new use for the political hot air.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  48. Patty A Banks Palmdale, Ca.

    This is what happens, when you look for a job on craigslist!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  49. Susan S. in Pendleton, SC

    You would think there was enough hot air on capital hill to blow these things up!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  50. Patty A Banks Palmdale, Ca.

    Whew... pump his balls, answer the phone, get the door, shred the birth certificate...whats next?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
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