November 11th, 2007
07:26 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama goes for Michael Jordan allusion in Iowa

Sen. Barack Obama invoked his hometown Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama took a page from his hometown playbook Saturday night before his speech at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Iowa, coming on stage to the famous starting lineup music used by the Chicago Bulls.

For most sports fans, the music instantly calls to mind Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the dominant Bulls teams that won six NBA titles in the 1990s.

Obama was even introduced by the voice of Ray Clay, the former Bulls announcer who riled up the crowd at Bulls home games during the team's heyday.

During his playing days, Jordan's intro went like this: "From North Carolina, at guard, six-foot-six ... Michael Jordan!"

In this case, Clay tweaked the intro for Obama: "From our neighboring state of Illinois, a six-foot, two-inch force for change ... senator Barack Obama!"

For the record, the actual intro music is a sample from the song "Sirius," by the Alan Parsons Project.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Race to '08
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  1. Carrington Ward

    "P.S. He's a product of Muslim Schooling"

    Nice try with that old red (green?) herring. How much did they pay you for it?

    He was a "product" of the Indonesian primary school system, which means his classmates were predominantly Muslim. The school itself was not Muslim: indeed, the Indonesian state could not afford to promote the kind of sectarianism that would accompany state-sponsored religious education.

    November 12, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Lee, ny, ny

    Obama is no Michael Jordan, JFK, Lincoln or Joshua.

    November 12, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. STEVEN, TEXAS

    as A HIGHSCHOOL STUDENT I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAVE THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, MEANING FOR CNN AND ALL THESE ADULTS WITH THERE JIM CROW ATTITUDES GIVE A GUY A CHANCE ,THIS IS AMERICAN LAND OF THE FREE THAT WAS THE NAME BUT REMEMBER IT TOOK MY GRAND PARENTS AND THERES A WHILE TO BE FREE,IN TODAYS TIME YOU GUYS ARE STILL PLAYING GAMES, SEEING AMERICA FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS

    November 12, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. MOUSE HATER, LA

    THE 3 BLIND MICE -3 BLIND MICE SEE HOW THEY RUN ,SEE HOW THEY RUN -AMERICA INTO THE GROUND!!

    November 12, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. r. dub , danville, ill.

    I've seen Michael Jordan and Obama is no Michael Jordan.

    November 12, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. xtina chicago IL

    Obama is crossing the country entertaining and rallying people, but can't tell us what he's done that's successful. Heck, anyone with personality and sales skills can get up there and talk about plans, and say what they would do, but how about what you HAVE done that shows any skill, Barack? Not much I think.

    November 12, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Eloise, Decorah Iowa

    I'm a seventeen-year-old college first year from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (over four hours from Des Moines). I traveled on a school bus packed with supporters down to the JJ. To tell you the truth, all of us (and the rest of the Obama supporters in vet's) were making such noise in appreciation of Barack, I didn't even notice the "background" music. The chants and cheers of his fans was essentially Obama's opening song.

    November 12, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. NIKKI MARSHALLTOWN, IA

    IF YOU THOUGHT CLINTON DID A GOOD JOB YOU ARE CRAZY. HAS ANY ONE SEEN HOW SHE AND HER PEOPLE ARE TELLING PEOPLE WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK AND SHE SAYS SHE DOES NOT KNOW BUT SHE IS THE BOSS AND SHE HAS TO KNOW. SHE IS RUNNING SCARED AND IF YOU VOTE FOR HER IT WILL BE ANOTHER BUSH ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Jon

    I was there, and Senator Obama knocked it out of the park. I have to agree with John Adkisson; your coverage discounts a rousing show of support from the crowd, and a barnburner of a speech.

    November 13, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Karsen Rumpf, Iowa City, IA

    I heard one of the greatest speeches ever by Barack Obama and all CNN reports on is his music. This is a joke. Everyone that had anything to do with that article should be fired. I can't believe they gave Hilary a nice job on her speech. She plants questions, can't answer questions on national television, and takes money from criminals. CNN should start reporting on that more instead of her slogan. Barack Obama will be one of the greatest leaders in history.

    November 13, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Jenny, Champaign, Illinois

    It is quite amusing to me all of you non Barack supporters have the audacity to bash a man based on no facts what so ever. Also, I am a well educated political science major in Illinois and have first handedly seen work he is capable of. Already in Illinois he has extended health care to over 150,000 Illinois residents and more if you would actually take the time to look. Apparantly those of you from Illinois have been living with your eyes closed. And while he may not have the "experience" Clinton does on a national level – he has had experience working with people for over 25 years, and last time I checked Americans were people. And if you want to talk experience, look at the the experience Rumsfeld and Cheney had and look where they led us. Barack is also polling as the best Democratic candidate at having a chance to beat a Republican. His stances have not waivered and he is able to provide people with HOPE which are among MANY of the reasons why people support him. Before entering a bashing debate you should know your opponents side before trying to defend your own, because that along with childish criticim make you look foolish.

    December 5, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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