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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. Sam V, Ontario, Canada

    Von is doing his part to pump up the economy!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  2. Orla Stuart, Santa Cruz CA

    How come I seem to end up doing Biden's jobs?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  3. Richard H, New York City

    In an effort to restore bipartisanship to the healthcare debate, the White House prepares for President Obama's one-on-one game with Senator Chuck Grassley.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  4. Shelly, Cambridge, MA

    "...and after Von Everett finishes with pumping air into the White House basketballs, he'll start on the unemployment numbers..."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  5. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Geez....all i said was i didn't think his health care reform would work!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  6. alexandre, NYC, NY

    Gearing up to play ball on health insurance reform; you can never be too pumped up

    August 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  7. Alison

    These visual aids for the town hall meetings are getting out of hand

    August 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  8. Greg Myers,Houston TX

    Inflation?The butler did it!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  9. Karen, San Diego

    Just do it

    August 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  10. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    if this pump doesn't work, I'll put it before the Death Panel like the last two, never to see the light of day again.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  11. Rakin, Toronto, Ontario

    Butler Von Everett: Why does the president play basketball anyways?? No one's going to win against him without having the CIA on their backs!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  12. M Holland

    Whoever said, "Ballin' ain't easy" is right!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  13. Nyda, Fargo,ND

    I don't remember gym equipment in my job description...

    August 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  14. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    "Basketball, pssshhh! Why can't we have a normal president who golfs?"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  15. Scott Bliege

    May I be so bold as to say "at least someone sitting in The Oval Office finally has enough balls to do the job!!"

    Scott
    The Villages, Florida
    32159

    August 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  16. Young Moon, Tacoma, WA

    That basketball scholarship to Georgetown is really paying off!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  17. Marie, Ontario

    He's sure gonna need a few extra sets of these to get him through the rest of his term!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  18. jnc0003

    I better be getting part of that damn stimulus package for this.

    Jill
    Auburn, AL

    August 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  19. Wally Walburg from Toronto, Canada

    In an effort to reduce healthcare costs, President Obama encourages all Americans to become more active. For his part, the President plans to spend more time shooting hoops.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  20. Elizabeth Grady, Baltimore MD

    Look at me Mom...my four years of college paid off.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  21. Kathy, Dallas TX

    Obama wants to successfully juggle more balls in the air.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  22. Mark Toronto Canada

    The butler did it?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  23. Eddy - Ontario, Canada

    If only it was this easy to pump money in the economy, it would be so much easier for my boss.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  24. Vicki Kubota

    ...and why is it I wear a suit to work?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  25. Elaine, San Diego, CA

    "Big deal: the first African American president who likes basketball...this was NOT in my job description!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  26. Elizabeth Grady, Baltimore MD

    This is why I get paid the big bucks!!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  27. Jason - Orlando, Fla.

    White House butler tries to pump life back into the economy.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  28. Debo Oke

    tryna pump more into the health care plan for the president

    August 14, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  29. Linda, Upstate, New York

    So that's what they do at the Capitol building when congress is on recess.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  30. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    White House Butler: "I ask myself daily why I bother wearing a suit to work !"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  31. Christopher Toni

    Good thing Mr. President isn't requesting me to get bowling balls for him...

    August 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  32. Seth, Philadelphia, PA

    A White House staffer pumps up a basketball for the new "Dunk Contest" portion of the President's next town hall meeting.

    Seth, Philadelphia, PA

    August 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  33. Luiz Toledo

    It's bring-your-favorite-basketball-player-to-work day at the White House.

    Luiz Toledo
    Wichita, KS

    August 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  34. Jim Teer

    Obama's new aide was confused when the President ordered that the "football" with military launch codes be changed to a 'basketball'.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  35. Maria

    Everyone is SO BUSY at the White house!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  36. Kevin

    Man, I can’t wait until we elect a president whose favorite pastime is playing football in the mud with cheerleaders from George Washington University.

    Kevin, Los Angeles, CA

    August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  37. Linda, Upstate, New York

    A behind-the-scene look at preparation for the newest stimulus package: A basketball for every family!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  38. Michael

    Charlotte NC
    Those town hall protestors won’t see this coming … it’s time to play Obamaball!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  39. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Damn trigger-happy secret service, always putting holes in the balls. News flash: basketballs bounce!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  40. Kevin

    Man, I can't wait until we elect a president whose favorite pastime is playing football in the mud with cheerleaders from George Washington University.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  41. Melanie, Boston

    Darn, why couldn't we get a president who liked frisbee, not basketball,

    August 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  42. Michael

    Those town hall protestors won't see this coming ... it's time to play Obamaball!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  43. Royce Gibson

    Why can't he just jog like everbody else? I miss the horseshoes!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  44. Nathan Rose

    Nathan Rose
    Germantown, TN

    After gaining a lot of heat from the general public in regards to health care reform, President Obama has finally decided that it's time to pass off the ball.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  45. crystal

    healthcare 1 on 1 president obama wins we get public option if he loses the country loses

    August 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  46. Jenn, Cleveland OH

    And the President opened the door to reveal the butler, with sweat on his brow and a determined expression on his face, pumping harder.. faster...

    ... until all of the basketballs were full.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  47. Larry W from KC

    I'm pretty sure this WASN'T in my contract

    August 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  48. Wally Walburg from Toronto, Canada

    After receiving a phone call from former Gov. Palin challenging him to a one-on-one basketball game on his home court, President Obama wastes no time getting prepared to hone his hoop skills.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  49. meadow

    ...this is not in my job title, this is not in my job title, this is not in my job title!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  50. Tina

    Thanks to Rush Limbaugh for his hot air to inflate the basketballs.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
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