Skate of the Union
By CHARLES HURT Post Correspondent
Last updated: 2:58 am
June 20, 2009
Posted: 2:25 am
June 20, 2009
WASHINGTON — World-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk went to the White House yesterday to celebrate Father’s Day, but it was his inner boy that made the biggest splash.
After getting permission from White House officials, the rad dad shredded around America’s most famous residence and the office building next door.
Skating through the famous Grand Foyer in the White House and down the hallways of the Old Executive Office Building, Hawk, 41, took hip to a whole new level for an administration already among the hippest in history.
Sending Twitter messages to fans, Hawk wrote: "Hi, I am inside the White House gates eating Frosted Flakes and about to do press. You heard it here first. Yes, I brought my skateboard."
One of the shots of Hawk shows the pro-skateboarding pioneer — the star of a series of skateboarding video games — with his hands above his head as he cruises down one of the corridors of power.
"And here is my exit," he wrote on Twitter. "Supposed to return at noon for the First Fathers event if they let me back in."
Gathered with other famous fathers, including Mesa Grill chef Bobby Flay, NBA players Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards, Hawk also wrote: "Tweeting live from the Diplomatic Room. Unbelievable."
"The Prez addressing all of us fathers before we split up to visit DC charities," he tweeted. "D Wade & Etan T make me feel short."
A father of four, Hawk has been skating since he was 9 years old, when his brother — on a whim — gave him a skateboard.
Hawk wrote on Twitter that he briefly talked skating with Obama.
"He did apologize for not having any ramps to skate on the grounds during our brief chat."
At 8 p.m., Hawk posted a picture of himself doing a "nose dive" trick on a driveway outside the White House.
"Last shot," he wrote. "This really happened. Thank you for the invite, President Obama. It was an honor."