Justin Forsett and teammate Steve Smith Sr. have often engaged in good-natured ribbing about Forsett's height.
But Forsett has a pretty good ally in his corner these days -- the president of the United States.
Forsett documents on his personal Web site how he met President Obama in Baltimore last week, and Obama gave him "a presidential two inches."
Forsett wrote that he half-heartedly mentioned to a friend who "seems to know everybody" that he wanted to meet President Obama. Laugh, laugh, chuckle, chuckle, or so Forsett thought. Well, his friend calls someone, who calls someone who happens to work for the president, and next thing you know, Forsett and his wife are being invited to the big Democratic pow-wow that Obama attended at the Hyatt in downtown Baltimore last week.
Forsett said when he finally met Obama, he told the president that he is working hard to rehab his broken arm so that he can get in on Obama's famous pickup basketball games at the White House.
"So he says, ‘No, I couldn’t handle you on that court, man," Forsett related. " 'You look like one of those explosive 5’10” guys who’ll dunk on you. I don’t want any part of that embarrassment!’ He had the whole room laughing."
"My takeaway from the exchange?! The President just gave me two inches! I’m 5’8”, but if the President says I’m 5’10”, then I’m 5’10” from now on," Forsett writes. "I’m going to have to put that in my bio. I was given a presidential two inches. This might be the most important part of the whole story LOL. "
Forsett writes that, "I have one word to describe the President: swag. He was looking a little tired, but that man has swag! I was kicking myself a bit because I meant to tell him about the work a bunch of us NFL guys are doing in Flint. I guess I’ll have to call him on his cellphone – since we’re pretty much besties – and let him know all about it. Yeah right, I wish LOL!"
"I’m not normally a political guy," Forsett added, "but I do respect President Obama tremendously as an African-American who has broken barriers and done a lot for our country."
Forsett said meeting Obama was "definitely a highlight of our lives … and he gave me two presidential inches!"
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