President Obama today spent an hour greeting America’s Olympians, a questionable use of precious presidential time coming just days after the White House said scheduling problems would prevent Obama from meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu later this month.

At a White House event honoring the Olympians, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed that her husband intended to greet every Olympian and Paralympian in attendance “even if it breaks his schedule,” and she meant it.

The event began at 10:10 am when Obama, Michelle, and Vice President Biden emerged from the White House strode onto the South Lawn.

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