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Obama bemoans growing 'older and creakier', limits basketball playing to once a month

Published on Feb 17, 2014 10:12 AM
US President Barack Obama waves before departing the White House in Washington, on Feb 14, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (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.

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