Obama: I check my BlackBerry every half hour for U.S. team's Olympics results

President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Trump denies clemency to 180 people Mellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… MORE said Thursday that he checks his BlackBerry every half hour to find out how the U.S. is doing in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Stumping for Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWinter Olympians call for action on climate Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Lawmakers discuss Latino education gap MORE (D) in Colorado, Obama noted that the state is the training ground for a few Winter Olympians. He named some medal winners this year who hail from Colorado, adding, "So I just want all of our Olympians to know that the United States of America is proud of you, we are cheering for you every day. I am checking my BlackBerry every half hour to see how things turn out."

The U.S. leads the Olympics medal count with 15, followed by Germany with 11 and Norway with 8.

During his speech, Obama praised Bennet while acknowledging he is a bit green in politics: "...he's new to politics...he hasn't learned the best way to keep your poll numbers up is just to smile and wave and pretend like you're doing something and not really doing anything that might offend anybody; he hasn't perfected the seven-second sound bite. He's never even made a TV ad. Heaven forbid. And he's facing reelection in a tough political climate."

Obama urged the Colorado audience to caucus for Bennet in March "and then fight for him all the way to November."