Playing basketball with Obama? Been there, done that for one incoming member

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Obama has been known to gather up his friends and close advisers, along with an occasional National Basketball Association star such as Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, for pick-up games at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He has made such games an Election Day tradition.

The California Democrat tells the paper that the basketball-loving president “took it to me every time” when the duo played years ago.

No word if Obama is among the close group of friends and family who refer to Vargas by the nickname he earned as a kid growing up on a chicken ranch. 

The longtime local legislator, who will take the seat of retiring Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), says when he was a heavyset child a family friend likened him to a bale of hay, using the Spanish word for bale, “paca.” Over time, Vargas says the name changed into “Paco,” which he’s still called by some of his confidantes today.