Shaquille O'Neal vs. the Secret Service

July, 27, 2009
7/27/09
4:52
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Newsweek's Holly Bailey writes:

For days, Shaq has been talking up a personal experiment: Is he so famous that he can just walk up without an appointment and get into the White House? He took an impromptu survey Friday on a DC sports radio show. "Check this out, I got on a nice suit, I'm in D.C. paying a visit, I jump out of a cab in front of the White House, I don't use none of my political/law enforcement connections. If I go to the gate and say, 'Hey, I'm in town, I would like to see the President,' do I get in, or do I not get in?" Shaq asked. Well, he tried. On Sunday afternoon, Shaq arrived in D.C. and promptly Twittered that he was headed over to the White House. Would the Secret Service bend the rules? Don't think so. A few hours later, Shaq updated again: "The white house wouldn't let me in, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?" he wrote.  

Word is he's likely to try again today, presumably in an even nicer suit. No word yet, on his Twitter feed, about any further attempts.

UPDATE: Key facts from the D.C. Sports Bog:

"I went to the gate," he said. "They were nice. They said, 'Shaq, we can't do it.' I said, 'I understand.' Understood."

And he didn't try to argue his way in?

"Never that," he said. "Never that. No way."

Now he owes one of his friends 1,000 push-ups, so it's really a win for the Cavaliers.

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