"In fact," said Mr. Obama, "several months ago, Eric even had the audacity to comment to a reporter on my basketball skills. He said - and I quote - here's what he said. He said, "I'm not sure he's ready for my New York game. We will see about that, Mr. Attorney General."
The audience roared with laughter at the swipe.
After taking the oath of office, Holder interrupted his own remarks to respond.
"Let me just depart here and say that he's never gonna see my New York game," he said. "He's got ten years on me. He works out. I'm the coach of the team in which he will be playing and nothing more than that. (laughter). But had I been ten years younger ....."
He didn't finish that sentence - again to roars of laughter from the audience.