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9 Times Barack Obama And Arne Duncan Were White House BFFs

Caught in a bad bromance.

News got out Friday that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is stepping down from his post in December after serving in President Barack Obama's cabinet since 2009.

“Arne Duncan is one of my longest serving cabinet secretaries and he’s been a friend for a lot longer than that … I’ll be honest, I pushed Arne to stay,” Obama said at a press conference announcing Duncan’s departure Friday afternoon. “I couldn’t be prouder of him, and for good measure, Arne also holds the record for most points scored at an NBA all-star game. And he is my favorite partner in pick-up basketball.” 

Duncan is not only one of Obama's longest serving cabinet members, but he's "the president’s closest friend in the Cabinet," according to a recent Politico profile. The pair have known each other for years, dating back to when Obama was a state senator in Illinois and Duncan was running Chicago Public Schools. When Duncan leaves the White House, Obama may not only miss having a political confidant, but also a close pal and fierce basketball competitor. 

Here are nine times that Obama and Duncan were caught bro-ing out.  

  • Stylin' on Air Force One
    Saul Loeb/Getty Images
  • Every Batman needs his Robin
    Terry Gilliam/Associated Press
  • Like a pair of socks, one is incomplete without the other
    Associated Press
  • Obama and Duncan was like peas and carrots
    Charles Dharapak/Associated Press
  • Like peanut butter and jelly
    Kristoffer Tripplaar/ABACA USA
  • Like two peas in a pod
    Charles Dharapak/Associated Press
  • We'd hate to interrupt this "Lady and the Tramp" moment
    Pete Souza/White House
  • POTUS and his wingman sweating it out
    Pete Souza/White House
  • "I did not select Arne because he's one of the best basketball players I know." -- President Barack Obama, 2009
    Pete Souza/White House