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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.

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Isabel • Brazil

    President Obama shouts:
    "Don’t worry. Once you get into your stride you’ll see it’s a piece of cake."

    August 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  2. Cecilia

    Oh no; two more getting ready for the President? How many balls can he keep in the air?

    Cecilia
    Houston, TX

    August 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  3. Barb Keokuk, Iowa

    I suppose that next he'll want me to play one on one...we did not cover that in "Gentleman's gentleman" school!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  4. Heather, Clinton Township Mi.

    Just helpin' the President "Get his head in the game!"

    August 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  5. Jessi - Glendale, AZ

    Mr. Obama always asks me for a pair of these before he walks into a town hall these days.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  6. Richard H, New York City

    As the Consumer Price Index stayed flat in July, the White House issued this photo and stated: "This is the only sign of inflation we could find."

    August 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  7. Kathie Mendell

    I wish that Kid liked to played baseball!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  8. Wendy, Barbados

    Yes! A basketball game to decide the fate of Health care! Now This I can handle!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  9. Mark Rangel, New York NY

    I hope Michelle doesn't come by, or she'll ask me to do her exercise balls next.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  10. Barry

    So glad the Obamas are not equestrians!

    Barry Wiseman
    Glen Rose, Texas

    August 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  11. William Kelling Dallas, TX

    In an attempt to address the massive Federal deficit, White House Butler Von Everett relieves Mr. Biden from his duties.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  12. DawnMD

    Boy this is gonna look good on my resume! 🙂

    Dawn in Atlanta, GA

    August 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  13. Jan Emma, Franklin Co., OH

    The White House finds a good, environmentally-friendly use for the hot air from the town hall meetings.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  14. Carole, VA

    'Other duties as assigned...' It was a lot easier to pump up Bush's bicycle tires than these dang basketballs!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  15. Michael Conan Doyle

    200 days in office, $1,000,000,000,000.00 for Wall Street Banks, $750,000,000,000.00 for Auto-Makers & Insurance Companies & HE
    CAN'T Spend $29.95 on an electric air pump for ME!!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  16. Roxanne Tamborello, Scotch Plains, NJ

    Hey, this pump that they used to pump up Dick Cheney's head, comes in handy.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  17. A.G. Ali L.A.

    After the last administration, we've finally got balls in the White House.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  18. Isabel • Brazil

    Why do I have to pump up a basketball now?
    I love watching Anderson Cooper show with all those high-energy people!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  19. Chris Canales (El Paso, TX)

    White House Butler Von Everett pumps up the basketballs for Barack Obama's afternoon pickup game with Anderson Cooper and Shaq.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  20. Erin Barnett

    Now I know why the president was so impressed when he saw the Corn Dog Factory on my resume.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  21. Isabel • Brazil

    Why do I have to pump up a basketball while everyone is watching AC360?
    This is not fair!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  22. Orla Stuart, Santa Cruz CA

    How did I "ever let" myself get talked into this?

    August 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  23. Greg Lewis - San Diego, CA

    I don't mean to spoil the ending of "Blow-up at the White House", but the butler did it.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  24. Minnie Gupta

    At least I am employed....so what if I have to keep inflating his balls everyday.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  25. Isabel • Brazil

    First were the football's balls!
    Now he wants basketball ... when he will stop?

    August 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  26. Orla Stuart, Santa Cruz CA

    Now that I've done this, will I be the President's "Air Bud?"

    August 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  27. Minnie Gupta

    Even White House is suffering from underemployment!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  28. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Pete Souza, this isn't a peep show, get out of here!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  29. Orla Stuart, Santa Cruz CA

    They oughta get Rush to do this. Da dude is SO fulla hot air!

    August 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  30. Jan Acosta California

    Another job duty ! I liked it better when the former President was able to use his own hot air !

    August 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  31. Sônia Passos - Danbury,CT

    Butler thinking:" Why didn't they pick McCain for president."

    August 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  32. Dalida O

    Thank God I decided to inflate the balls rather than join him at the town hall meeting.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  33. Wally Walburg from Toronto, Canada

    Prof. Gates and Officer Crowley had it easy last time. The W/H has just announced that the next "beer summit" will be preceded by a basketball game. The winner will get to decide what brand of beer to be served.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  34. Nery B.

    I went to college for this?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  35. Angie

    I can't believe I get paid to do this!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  36. Denise C. Gonzales - Long Beach, CA

    One pump for the economy one pump for stimulus and one to go around the world.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  37. Charlotte, California

    White House Butler Von Everett gets his 15 minutes on AC360.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  38. Joe- San Mateo, California

    Hey Von....Barack could better use you pumping life back into the Healthcare battle.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  39. Christopher Toni - Arlington Heights, IL

    Butler Von Everett gets basketballs ready for President Obama, as he prepares to return to Altoona, PA, to prove he's far better at basketball than bowling.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  40. Sam V, Ontario, Canada

    "Inflation? In this economy?"

    August 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  41. Wayne, Portland, OR

    "When they said the President was going one-on-one with Sarah Palin over Healthcare, I pictured something else entirely."

    August 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  42. Wally Walburg from Toronto, Canada

    President Obama plans to settle the dispute between proponents and oppents of the healthcare bill in a "winner-takes-all" basketball game to be played on the newly-minted court at the W/H.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  43. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    I don't remember seeing this in my job description

    August 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  44. katy zolfaghari san francisco, ca

    I wonder what happens if I put too much air and blow up one of these balls? I bet the secret service guy next door will have a heart attack.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  45. Daniel Macias

    Don't know why I need to use this air pump the President could of blown up these balls himself with all the health care hot air he was spewing today.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  46. Avery - NV.

    Where a masters degree in aeronautics will get you at the White House.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  47. Isabel • Brazil

    Those balls were not used since another Democrat was here.
    No one wants to get the bottom of it more than the president of the United States.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  48. Rodney Hoffman

    Shut the door before someone sees the helium tank!

    Rodney
    Los Angeles, CA

    August 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  49. Rakin, Toronto, Ontario

    Butler Von Everett: To think i work for the President...... I feel like a gym teacher!!!!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  50. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Hmm...wonder if i get to play?

    August 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
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