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Obama Greets Reality Star Khloe In White House

PTI 26 Jan 2010, 22:41:40 IST
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US President Barack Obama greeted Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian in the White House, reports The Mail, London.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is a reality TV show about the lives of a rich family living in Los Angeles.

So onlookers could have been forgiven for wondering just how one of the show's stars managed to land an invitation to the White House on Monday.

Despite initial reactions she may be following in the footsteps of infamous White House party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi, she was actually invited as the 'plus one' of her basketball player husband Lamar Odom.

Wearing a slimming blue and smoky eyed make-up, Kardashian looked coy as she shook hands with the American president.

Afterwards, she gushed on her Twitter: 'Such an amazing day. I just met Obama with my husband. It was actually so surreal.'

She was originally placed in the 11 row of the seating, but a White House aide spotted the potential photo opportunity and shifted her to the front row of the families.

Kardashian attended the event to watch her husband Lamar Odom being congratulated by the President

Kardashian leaves her D.C. hotel for the White House, as Odom prepares to head off separately to change into a suit

Obama invited the Los Angeles Lakers to Washington D.C. to celebrate their win of NBA (National Basketball Association) finals last year.

The NBA winners' invitation to the White House is an annual tradition, with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush having mingled with sportsman in the past.

The LA Lakers' visit to the White House comes seven months after they clinched the NBA title when they beat Orlando Magic 99-86.

While Kardashian joined fellow basketball WAGS and their children at the White House, unlike them she wasn't actually in Odom's life when the Lakers secured the championship.

Odom joins his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, including Kobe Bryant (holding jersey) and the President.

The 25-year-old socialite married the Lakers forward, 30, in September after just four weeks of dating.

Obama greeted all the wives and children, including Vanessa Bryant, the glamorous wife of the Lakers' star player Kobe Bryant.

Basketball-mad Obama was also presented with his own customised LA Lakers jersey with a No.1 on the front and a signed basketball by the whole team.

During his rare time off, Obama likes to unwind using the White House basketball court, which was built by former President George Bush in 1991.

He said yesterday: 'I'm 48, and soon to be 49, and it's a little harder these days to move around on the court... but I still get enormous, enormous pleasure from watching great athletes on the court and nobody exemplifies excellence in basketball better than the Los Angeles Lakers last year.'

He also tipped them for possible success at this year's finals in April, saying: 'If this season's anything like the last one, I know that you guys have your sights set on the NBA Finals. So we might see you here before long.'

Despite his praise of the Lakers, Obama is a die-hard supporter of rivals Chicago Bulls, who last won the NBA title in 1998.

Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant took a photo of the Lakers.