GOP senator envisions playing basketball, discussing taxes with Obama

Roberts, who said he also plays basketball, then laid out lengthy narrative of how the game that might ensue.

“I'd like to emphasize while we were playing that basically he shouldn’t be more concerned with increasing the debt ceiling past the 2012 elections and working on a long-term solution for solving the crisis,” said Roberts.

“He would probably go to the left corner and sink a three about that time, and I would want to emphasize…that he…seems to be fixated on one specific industry,” said Roberts, adding he would say Obama has "singled out the general aviation industry as an example of big business that serves only the wealthy.”

“And then after I shot and missed it and I would say ‘your ball again, Mr. President,’ I would say as he was trying to drive around me rather successfully, ‘the truth is that these aircraft actually serve as an essential business tool…’” continued Roberts. 

Roberts story carried on in a similar colloquial style for about 20-minutes and included several elements of basketball including dribbling, Obama stealing the ball, the president “spot [ting] him 10,” a free shot, a hook shot, and the senior senator from Kansas giving the president a “sort of nudge” when he got under the bucket and the president throwing a “sharp elbow” that resulted in a foul.

Roberts did acknowledge that discussing tax hikes was an intense conversation for the basketball court. At one point he said Obama might ask him to “quit talking, start shooting."

Robert’s imaginary basketball game eventually ended when the senator went “down in defeat.”

“I would hope I have made my argument to the president that in singling out general aviation… as fat cats is simply not accurate,” said Roberts.

At the beginning of his speech Roberts said he was not trying to be “presumptuous or disrespectful” to President Obama by using the allegory but that he was simply trying to get his point across.

“It seemed to me that this might be the way to do it be the way to do it,” he concluded.


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