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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. Karen Beaumont

    Hhhmmmm, Bill wasn't the only President that needed a little pumping.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  2. Kathy Nelson

    Every time Hillary comes to the White House I have to inflate new ones!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  3. Randy D. Smith Shreveport, LA

    White men can't pump?

    August 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  4. Michael, WV

    Butler is "Air" Apparent in Obama's White House Court

    August 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  5. Leslie Wurdack

    I don't know which is pumped with more hot air, the ball Obama.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  6. steve

    She loves me...she loves me not..

    Obama asked me to write Mccain on one ball, and Palin on the other.

    steve ramsey
    high level, alberta

    August 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  7. Leslie Wurdack

    I hope Secret Service didn't hear the last one explode.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  8. Leslie Wurdack

    If only I could have gotten a higher security clearance.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  9. Leslie Wurdack

    For this I went to college?

    August 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  10. Leslie Wurdack

    Blow jobs for the President!!!! And I thought my last job was bad.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  11. Afshin Tajian from Woodland Hills, CA

    “I don’t complain, man! not the best job in the world, but better than what Monica had to pump in this very room.”

    August 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  12. Nicole, Meteghan, Nova Scotia

    When I was freezing my butt working for this guy in Iowa and he kept saying that I would have an important role in the White House, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind

    August 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  13. Wendel from Ohio

    Economists were right. A bunch of hot air causes inflation.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  14. osyth

    pffast pffast pffast....need to go to the restroom!

    August 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  15. Victor El Paso TX

    Yes sir, masser, maybe we can gets us one them electrical pumps after you gets your healthcare reform boss.

    : )

    Vic

    August 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  16. Greg, Austin Tx

    This sure beats pumping up the president BOWLING balls.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  17. osyth

    hmm......Mr. Globetrotter!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  18. Doug Kingsley of Boston

    Wax on, Wax off . . . Wax on, Wax off

    August 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  19. osyth

    just keep pumping........pf pf pf pf pf

    August 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  20. Victor El Paso TX

    Really? You would think an eletric pump would be handy somewhere in that BILLION DOLLAR HOUSE?

    August 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  21. Carol King

    And I went to college to do this...

    August 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  22. Stephanie Sarich

    "I'd rather pump Obama for answers than his basketballs.. I don't recall seeing this in the 'butler' job description."
    Minnetonka MN

    "Don't tell anyone, but my instructions are to prick holes in the balls of Obama's opponents so he always wins."

    August 14, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  23. Carol King

    All that hot air has to go somewhere...

    August 14, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  24. Victor El Paso TX

    It takes a lot of balls to be a black President who owns a black butler

    August 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  25. Daniel Savoniemi

    I was not paid for this...

    Daniel Savoniemi,
    Taiwan, Taichung

    August 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  26. DJ Heinlein (San Diego, CA)

    Baseball is a good sport! Why doesn't he get into playing baseball more often?

    August 14, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  27. DJ Heinlein (San Diego, CA)

    Breathe, breathe, PUSH! Breathe, breathe, PUSH!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  28. DJ Heinlein (San Diego, CA)

    These things are intended to promote good health and exercise, but they contain less hot air than a town hall debate about health care!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  29. DJ Heinlein (San Diego, CA)

    Nice balls.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  30. Manita Gordon

    I had to go through a very tough vetting process to get this job.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  31. Kelly Blank Cincinnati OH

    If these inflate enough, maybe the deficit won't seem so bad.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  32. Chaz, Kentucky.

    " I can't believe it, all that government training for this."

    August 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  33. Tammi Creamier, Clovis Ca.

    No one told me that basketball inflation was a skill I would need at the White House....hmmm beats when I had to learn the Texas Two Step tho'

    August 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  34. Bill Thornton, Santa Fe, NM

    Pafffff. The Magic dragon.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  35. Richard, New York City

    When they told me I'd be in charge of the White House ballroom, I expected something a bit more glamorous.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  36. Derek - Charleston, WV

    If you think this is unbecoming, you should have seen LBJ's butler blacksmithing horse shoes.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  37. sabine

    getting pumped up for the gruesome townhall meetings this summer.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  38. Alex Robertson, Fargo ND

    She may not play basketball, but these are Hillary's balls.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  39. Lauren Miller - Marietta, GA

    Egos aren't the only things inflating in the white house.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  40. Jon - Melbourne, FL

    What people don't realize is that this man was, until recently, the CEO of a mortgage company.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  41. Janis - Oklahoma

    who says the prez doesn't have the balls for this job

    August 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  42. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    I wonder if the butler first addressed the balls by saying: "Hello balls!"

    August 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm |
  43. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Obama's new "Ball Czar".

    August 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  44. James Teer of Commack, NY

    No, I said pack the nuclear codes FOOTBALL!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  45. Bob - Massillon, OH

    Never take your eyes off the ball.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  46. Shawn Hendricks - Fairplay, MD

    What! Made in China?

    August 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  47. Tiffany Orlando, Fl

    The butler is sweating just as much as Jon Edwards when he found out the baby was his.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  48. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    Butler chores :Pumping up Health Care Reform is going to jump through hoops !

    August 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  49. Craig in NorCal

    At least he hasn't asked me to pick up after the dog.....

    August 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  50. Andrew Smither

    I bet this poor guy never saw pumping basketballs in the closet in his job description. Then someone takes a photo, and here it is on CNN, can his day get any more embarrassing

    August 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
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