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While Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State warmed up, the president and prime minister arrived, flanked by security. Obama settled into a seat in the middle of the row, with an assistant to his right. Next to him were the three volleyball players.

The president introduced himself and asked their names. They carried on conversation throughout the game, chatting about sports and college and a hot dog sushi featured at a Hawaiian restaurant _ a hot dog wrapped in rice and seaweed.

Anything except politics.

During the first half, Obama decided he’d like a hot dog and asked the students if they would like one, too.

“We all kind of looked at each other like, `Are we allowed say yes?’” Krabacher said. “He was like, `You’re college students. Who turns down free food?’ He called somebody over and said, `I’ll take 10 hot dogs.’ So we got hot dogs from the president.”

They watched to see how he fixed his.

“He uses mustard,” Krabacher said.

There was only one limitation set by the Secret Service.

“They told us not to take our phones out,” Krabacher said.

So, they couldn’t tell everyone about what was happening. Couldn’t text anyone or post anywhere about their big moment. Their first opportunity was when Obama left at halftime to do an interview.

“We checked our phones, of course,” Brown said. “All our phones were blown up (with messages). We had a million text messages from everyone.”

Sitting two rows up was Josie Grant, a senior soccer player from Parsonby, a village of fewer than 1,000 people in northern England. When she eventually got the chance, she introduced herself to the prime minister, who wondered how she got to be in Dayton. Then, Cameron introduced her to Obama.

“To meet both of them was fantastic,” Grant said. “The fact that I met the prime minister in America at a basketball game is amusing.”

Obama posed for photos with the students at halftime, then again when the game ended. The volleyball players got him to autograph their light blue game tickets with the date and NCAA logo as keepsakes.

They’ve been treated like celebrities on campus the last few days, recognized as the ones who got to watch a game with the president. Selsky posted a photo of them with the president on her Facebook home page.

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