President Barack Obama played soccer with a robot in Japan on Thursday during a visit to Mirikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

President Obama Kicks Soccer Ball With Robot

President Obama was in town to celebrate the scientific collaboration between Japan and the US, and was admittedly a bit taken aback by the humanoid robots presented to him.

The Honda humanoid robot ASIMO approached Obama, bowed and introduced itself, saying, “It’s nice to meet you.”

“Well, it’s nice meeting you too,” Obama replied.


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ASIMO then moved toward a soccer ball and informed the President, “I can kick a soccer ball too.”

“Okay, come on,” said the President, approaching ASIMO.

ASIMO proceeded to kick the ball firmly in the President’s direction, and Obama received the ball smoothly, clearly a bit surprised.

“How about that, that was pretty impressive,” Obama said.

ASIMO wasn’t done yet. The Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO) performed a bit more for President Obama, showing off his ability to jump.

Later, when addressing the crowd at the museum, Obama admitted that the robots were a bit frightening.

“I have to say that the robots were a little scary, they were too lifelike. They were amazing,” Obama said.

ASIMO recently showed off his new skills during a visit to Live with Kelly and Michael.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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