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He told CBS announcer Clark Kellogg that, quote: “I bleed when those girls play. … Watching them play I just want them to do so well.”

In a taped interview shown at halftime of the NCAA men’s bakketball championship game Monday night, Mr. Obama admitted that he experiences the same extreme reactions that most parents can easily identify with.

The president said when something goes right, he gets more joy out of that than he ever got when he played.

Mr. Obama said his daughter, Sasha, is the one playing more lately and her team has been having some success. He helps a bit with the coaching but said he can’t take much credit.

From wire dispatches and staff reports