Troops and hoops for Obama, on a Navy warship

President Barack Obama talks with Medal of Honor recipient John Baca before the start of the Carrier Classic NCAA basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in Coronado, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

November 11, 2011 6:57:22 PM PST
Soaking in one of the most spectacular settings of his time in office, President Barack Obama pledged an unwavering commitment to veterans Friday from the deck of an aircraft carrier doubling, for one night, as a gleaming basketball court.