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Barack Obama Was Forced To Quit Coaching Sasha Obama's Basketball Team Because Parents Complained

"They must think being coached by you is something they can put on their Harvard application."

Everyone knows former president Barack Obama loves basketball — and his hoop game's still pretty good too.

President Barack Obama poses with players Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart  at the White House in 2016, during an event welcoming the 2016 NCAA Champion UConn Huskies women's basketball team
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And a new excerpt of the first volume of his memoir A Promised Land published by The Sunday Times reveals that Obama brought his b-ball passion to his daughter Sasha's fourth-grade basketball league.

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in rally near Florida International University in Miami
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In fact, he got so into the game that he ended up coaching her team, along with his personal aide Reggie Love, for a brief spell.

 Former President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally with then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
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“After observing an adorable but chaotic first couple of games, Reggie and I took it upon ourselves to draw up some plays and volunteered to conduct a few informal Sunday afternoon practice sessions with the team,” he writes.

Former president Barack Obama responds to cheering supporters as he takes the stage in Orlando at a drive-in rally
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Needless to say, other parents in the league did not appreciate his involvement. “They must think being coached by you is something they can put on their Harvard application,” he remembers Love joking to him after they stepped down.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama smiling at a drive-in campaign rally
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Obama also shared how he and his wife Michelle supported Sasha on the stands while cautioning that, in a tone any kid who has ever played organized sports will recognize, they tried not to be "those parents" too.

President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama waving to a crowd at the close of the Obama Foundation Summit in 2019
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In the excerpt, Obama also mentions the value of catching up on "dad stuff" with his daughters: “Every parent savors such moments...when the world slows down, your strivings get pushed to the back of your mind, and all that matters is that you are present, fully, to witness the miracle of your child growing up.”

President Obama delivers remarks with his daughters Sasha and Malia during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony in 2015
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“Given all the time I’d missed with the girls over years of campaigning and legislative sessions, I cherished the normal ‘dad stuff’ that much more.”

The former First Family smiling as they walk to Air Force One in 2016
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