Mr. Obama met with the captain, Richard Phillips, and Phillips' wife, Andrea, in the Oval Office on Saturday.
Before going to play basketball today, Pres. Obama met in the Oval Office today with Capt. Richard Phillips, rescued from Somali pirates last month.
The White House released a photograph of the three sitting together, but did not announce the meeting ahead of time.
Phillips was captain of the Maersk Alabama when Somali pirates attacked it. He was held hostage on a lifeboat for five days and was freed when U.S. Navy snipers killed three of his captors.
He is in Washington to attend the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday evening.