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Gov. Martinez greets Obama, gives president a UNM-themed gift

Gifts given to President Barack Obama by Gov. Susana Martinez today include a Lobo hoops jersey and a piece of the original Pit floor, on which the 1983 NCAA basketball championship game was played.

Gifts given to President Barack Obama by Gov. Susana Martinez today include a Lobo hoops jersey and a piece of the original Pit floor, on which the 1983 NCAA basketball championship game was played.

Gov. Susana Martinez greeted President Barack Obama and his family upon their arrival in New Mexico today, and gave the president a piece of the state’s sporting history.

Martinez gave Obama, a noted basketball fan, a University of New Mexico Lobos jersey and a framed piece of the floor of the original Pit, an iconic venue now formally known as WisePies Arena.

As she had for a previous Obama trip to New Mexico in 2012, Martinez and her husband, Chuck Franco, greeted the president shortly after the Obamas deplaned in Roswell this afternoon.

The First Family is visiting Carlsbad Caverns today to celebrate the National Park Service centennial. For more on the visit, click here.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s Office released a statement today from the two-term Republican governor on Obama’s visit.

“I may not agree with the president’s politics and I’ve been routinely critical of the federal government’s overreach on many issues in New Mexico,” Martinez said in a statement. “But I very much appreciate the President of the United States visiting New Mexico and shining a spotlight on one of the state’s treasures — Carlsbad Caverns. He and his family will certainly experience what ‘New Mexico True’ is all about.”

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