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Right-wing media figures have attacked Obama for everything from wearing sandals to putting mustard on a hamburger. Next in the hit parade: a photo that seemed to show that Obama had put his "own image on [a] basketball." But Obama did no such thing -- the basketballs were a gift from NBA and WNBA players visiting for the White House Easter Egg Roll.
After ABC News published a story about the basketball players' visit, conservative media suggested that the accompanying photo showed presidential narcissism. Fox Nation linked to the ABC article with the headline, "Hoopster in Chief Puts Own Image on Basketball":
In a post on Michelle Malkin's blog, Doug Powers posted the ABC photo and wrote:
President Obama got a big bounce on Monday. Actually, a whole bunch of bounces.
It's always important to teach kids that one of the keys to good sportsmanship is modesty.
But Obama didn't order the basketballs himself. As an update to the ABC article states, "[T]he balls were supplied by the NBA/WNBA players at the event."