Through the years, many U.S. presidents have had involvement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In many cases, it is a natural fit. Several presidents were former athletes themselves, though none have competed in the Olympics or Paralympics. Dwight Eisenhower played football at the U.S. Military Academy, where one of his opponents was Carlisle Indian School star Jim Thorpe, who had recently won gold in the decathlon and pentathlon at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. John F. Kennedy was on the Harvard University swim team. Richard Nixon played football at Whittier College. Gerald Ford played football at the University of Michigan.
Did any president enjoy sports more than George H.W. Bush enjoyed baseball? The former Yale University first baseman kept a mitt in his drawer in the Oval Office.
Similarly, did any president enjoy basketball more than Barack Obama, who invited several pro players including many Olympians to join him for a pickup game on his birthday?