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President Obama bemoans growing 'older and creakier'

Obama On Getting 'Older And Creakier'

(Reuters) - Like most Americans of a certain age, President Barack Obama is starting to complain about the aches and pains of getting older.

Obama told retired National Basketball Association star Charles Barkley in an interview that aired on Sunday that he was limiting his basketball playing to about once a month because "things happen."

"One is, you just get a little older and creakier. The second thing is, you've got to start thinking about elbows and you break your nose right before a State of the Union address," the 52-year-old president said in the interview broadcast on the TNT network before the NBA All-Star Game.

Discussing the aging process during an exchange about his signature healthcare reform law, Obama said that being past 50, "you wake up and something hurts and you don't know exactly what happened, right?"

Obama said he was enjoying watching his 12-year-old daughter, Sasha, play basketball.

When Barkley commented that he struggled watching his own daughter play because he wanted her "to be really, really good," Obama said: "I think it's a difference if you're a Hall of Famer. You probably have a higher standard than somebody who was a good high school player."

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patriot1too February 19 2014 at 4:42 AM

America will be so much better off when this pretender of a president goes away and we can vote in a real leader. Not this socialist grand speech making basket ball playing vacationing manipulator. We would be better off when the obama family mess catchs the next bus back to the back alleys of Chicago. Go there and grow old obama.

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Amnesty February 19 2014 at 4:04 AM

It really would've been nice if we could've used this as a forum to discuss aging, and aging gracefully. Maybe most of these posters are either too young to understand, or too old to remember the day they woke up and realized that their body was not "acting" like the age that they had in their brain! People get old - and they get surprised at the fact that, yea, it happened to you, too! - and that's all this is about. It's not about his politics or his healthplan or his Presidency or whether you like him or not. It's about at some point, regardless of your mind and spirit, your body WILL begin to get "older and creakier", and like the President, most of us are surprised by it. Regardless of our profession - really, are we saying that people who don't bale hay for a living don't have a right to complain about the natural process of aging that affects us all? And yes, there are still some thiings you will be able to do, and do well, - but you will NOT do it as well as you did, say ... 10 years ago. But, as many on the Board have noted, at some point, he will realize and accept it as a part of just getting old, and it won't be a surprise any more. And perhaps it won't be reported on anymore to give people the opportunity to use it as a conduit to vent their putrid anger and hatred all over the forum in mindboggling meaningless and irrelevant comments.

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nnegorev February 19 2014 at 1:16 AM

Just creaking and cracking apart like Huffpost, eh, Mr. President? Huffpost could save itself by cutting down on overlong scripts and superfluous graphics. Can't say what might save you...

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user406324 February 19 2014 at 12:17 AM

AOL quit trying to make this joke of a human likable too all. It won't work, he doesn't care for anyone but himself and his ego. Everyday more people are finding this out. You can only do so much to polish a turd!!!!

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Jacquie February 18 2014 at 10:14 PM

Look on the bright side Mr. President, If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor!... Period!

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dnialst8snatcher February 18 2014 at 8:56 PM

I use to play Baketball, I will in spring. I'm younger, not much. 52 yrs old is NOT old! I'd like to look as young as you!!!!

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brehas2 February 18 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hey Obama , hope you read this. Now, that the winter is nearly over and no more snow. You really give us the crappy end to hold with your shovel ready jobs.. The only jobs Americans ever had under your regime was shovel ready indeed. Shovelling snow. Hehe. How, you like that Americans how Obama crapped us.

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steves1709 February 18 2014 at 9:40 PM

Only socialist governments create jobs. Where's the jobs Romney promised - is Romney too weak to create them without being president??

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user406324 February 19 2014 at 12:14 AM

Too bad we were told by the lead socialist Obama he was going to create jobs. It cost the taxpayers 1 trillion dollars....and we have the smallest labor participation in recent history. But you the all seeing....seem to know what other's success would have been without giving their ideas and concepts a chance. Tell ya what let's give Romney a trillion and see how he does....can't be any worse. What a dullard you must be.

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patriot1too February 19 2014 at 4:37 AM

Your right. Mr. Romney would have been a far far better President then this awful obama mess. He is our worst president in our history. Shameless man.

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brehas2 February 18 2014 at 8:33 PM

Obama said he'll break a nose. Oh yeh. He doesn't have a nose he could break. Bush has one tha could break

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sdowns1470 February 18 2014 at 8:33 PM

I cannot believe some of the comments on this blog. Yes, the president is getting older and that is a fact of life. In fact, if you look up his parents they both died very young. His father died at 46 in a car accident in Kenya somewhere and his mother died a few weeks before she turned 53 in November 1995. She had some type of woman cancer such as uterine, ovarian, etc when she died. She could not get health insurance because she had cancer.

While I am not a fan of the President's health plan, at least adults and children cannot be denied coverage because they would cost too much for the insurance company to cover. One example would be me. I have epilepsy and thanks to this new health plan the president cooked up in his first term, people like me will be covered because the insurance company has no choice but to cover that individual.

I do have health insurance and if it weren't for TriCare when I was child growing up I likely would never have been insured. When I turned 21, I went to TriCare cobra plan which was Continued Health Care Benefits Program, now it is called TriCare Young Adult Program, TYAP for short. When I got health and dental insurance from my work, I jumped on it. Since I was covered by my work, I had to cancel TriCare Young Adult Program. With Aetna, my deductible is more than double what it was with TriCare, it is $400, not $150 like TriCare Young Adult was. Other than that Aetna is great.

My mom has aches and pains as well and she is 60 years old. She has sciatica and arthritis in her neck. Most days she is in a horrendous amount of pain and her doctor can't do much about it. Once in a while, my mom will say she has a squeezing feeling in her neck that goes from her shoulder into her neck and head. She says it feels like somebody is squeezing her muscles.

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patriot1too February 19 2014 at 4:39 AM

So true. This awful obama care nonsense should be scraped. Its that obama socialist ponzi scheme fake insurance aimed at giving the govorment more control treating Americans like no more then consumer sheep.

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flobamaguynow February 18 2014 at 8:21 PM

well for sure his brain what there is of it has been creeky for years,, who give a **** about him,,

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