Democrat Ted Deutch dreams of shooting hoops at the White House

The Washington Post's Mary Ann Akers interviews Rep. Deutch (D-Fla.) who became the newest member of Congress on Thursday, succeeding Democratic congressman Robert Wexler.

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Mary Ann Akers
Friday, April 16, 2010

Democrat Ted Deutch became the newest member of Congress on Thursday, two days after winning a special election in South Florida. Deutch succeeds Democrat Robert Wexler, who resigned to run the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

Deutch's goals include pushing for tough sanctions on Iran and tackling joblessness. The self-described "pretty good" basketball player is relishing his win -- and secretly daydreaming of shooting hoops at the White House.

Deutch, 43, spoke moments after being sworn into office. Watch the full interview on

Q: I understand you fancy yourself to be a pretty good basketball player. Did President Obama talk to you about playing basketball when he called the other night?

A: The president did call to congratulate me the other night, and much to the chagrin of my children, he neither invited me to the White House to play basketball nor did I suggest that I would like to come play a game.

Q: Do you think you're good enough to play with the president?

A: From what I can tell, probably not. . . . I came here with a lot of things that I would like to get done for my community and my constituents. Shooting hoops at the White House was not at the top of the list but would certainly be a thrill.

-- Mary Ann Akers

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