April 29th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama shoots, but doesn't score

CNN

Watch Obama play basketball with some UNC players.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is known for his strong basketball skills, but the Illinois senator proved no match for the UNC Tar Heels Tuesday.

Obama practiced with the team for several minutes Tuesday morning, often struggling to keep pace with the Final Four-team and failing to sink a basket - at least when the cameras were turned on.

“These guys are a lot better than me,” Obama said as he was running down the full length of the court and trying to keep pace with the Division I players, including Tyler Hansbrough, the national player of the year.

At one point, Coach Roy Williams scolded his players for not guarding the presidential candidate.

“You guys are leaving the next president of the United States wide open,” Williams joked.

Obama took a couple of shots, but neither fell through. His campaign says he did make a three-pointer after reporters were escorted off the court.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Clinton gets shot at again...oops. that was a lie

    April 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. TRUTH REAL TRUTH

    cnn loves obama . you have to love the free advertising. The real news is his racist pastor making jokes out of real concerns. This man is the wedge in the divide. His only goal is to make white people the enemy of black people. I am shore at some point they were the enemy and rightly so. To be preaching this kind of hate today in any form is so dumb i can't understand it .

    I have many black friends I would not be able to face if I supported this type of bigotry. BOTH sides should renounce people like Mr. wright or Mr. recio.

    BRING US TOGETHER BLACK AND WHITE . GRAY WILL MAKE US FREE.

    April 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. April in Texas

    Geee cant the news report any real news? So he missed some shots, thats not a big deal but our economy, healthcare, the war that shouldnt have happened ect is, which he is right on about..

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. kim palo alto

    relax!!! this was just for fun!!! only obama haters are making this news; not CNN!!! Take a chill pill!!!!

    April 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. three cents worth

    My three cents on racial divide:

    1. The ancestors of many Americans had NOT YET emigrated to the US at the time of slavery. I myself am 53 y/o and came over at age 6.

    2. Native Americans ( NOT "indians"- you smart and educated Obama folks, please educated Rev. Wright) had their land stolen and genocide committed against them. You don't hear their spiritual leaders preach hatred. And ifANYone should, they should.

    3. Black Africans sold their own people into slavery.

    So let hate go and lets move forward as a Nation.

    April 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Plenty of time for basketball and other gimmicks, and no time for debate.

    April 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Mack

    Obama shoots but don't score in debates either. If Obama is elected as the democratic nominee, he's going to have a hard time with McCain. McCain is very good at debates. That's how he came from behind to win the GOP nominee.

    April 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I agree with Darth Vadik, well put, couldn't of said better myself.

    April 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. linda-Texas

    Funny how Senator Obama has time for basketball but no time for a debate.

    April 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. David Goldman for OBAMA

    DON'T WORRY SEN.OBAMA.

    YOU ARE AMERICA'S MVP.

    April 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Ohio Voter For Hillary!

    He just shows he does'nt have the right stuff to even be a President!!!

    April 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    Yeah Ric, you're a genius. I'm sure America will opt for more of the same from someone most people wouldn't allow to have a drivers license.

    April 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. sumac61

    Wow, a 46 year old man is a little slower than top-seated professional basketball players. Obviously not presidential timber.

    So I guess the memo came down from Corporate to make sure Barack Obama doesn't win Indiana, and this includes snark sidebar pieces like this one.

    Sooner or later, the electorate will figure out how to turn on the media.

    April 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Quinn

    This keeps Obama way from the real issues and questions he doesn't have a clue on how to answer. Remember, he stayed away from the media 4 days prior to the PA election and went into hiding for a time after so as not to answer the tough questions as to why he lost by such a wide margin.

    He's more like Cheney, hiding in his fox hole. He won't be able to pull this off against the republicans.

    April 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Sharon

    Eugene....you really need to do some research on Hillary's history. Not the one that people tell you because they chose to hate her, but her REAL History.....do yourself a favor and read about her growing up and her college days, and beyond. You may change your mind.

    April 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Marc

    Last election was about issues this election seems to have turned into a candidate popularity contest. I want the person who is most qualified to do the job. None off the three have really impressed me. I don't care how much basketball they play or beer they drink or babies they can kiss. Let's get back to the issues.

    Mr Obama's campaign is about change but I would prefer the next president want to deal with the issues not "change the gameplan" in Washington. We got that rhetoric in 2000 and look where we are now.
    The middle east factions have been warring with each other since Jesus's time and man is not going to stop it. Business has been conducted the same way since Jesus's time and Mr. Obama is not going to change that. Washington has always been " you wash my back I wash yours."

    Special interest has it place just like everything else in Washington. If it were not for special interests we wouldn't have civil rights,affirmative action, or women's rights. Let's just make sure that the special interests are more about the good of the people and the nation instead of large corporations.

    April 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. KOREAN WAR VET

    HILLARY IS NOT OUT WORKING... SHE IS OUT THERE LYING AND PANDERING.

    I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR HER TELL SOME STORY ABOUT HER GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER TAKING HER CAMPING IN THE TAR HILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE SHE RAN INTO A HOUSE WITH THREE BEARS EATING THREE BOWLS OF PARIDGE, WHO HELD HER UNDER SNIPER FIRE WHILE SHE SHOT A RABBIT WHILE TAKING A SINGLE MOTHER TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM ON THE BACK OF A FLAT BED TRUCK WHILE DRINKG BEER AND CROWN ROYALE WHICH MADE HER CRY AND FIND HER VOICE.

    SILLY STORY ABOVE.... THAT'S HOW HILLARY SOUNDS

    ONE DAY THAT LEFT ARM THAT SHE RAISES WHILE LYING IS GOING TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTINING.

    HILLARY IS A BOBBLE HEAD LIAR WHO MIS-SPEAKS.

    IF YOU WANT A LIAR OVER AN HONEST PERSON VOTE HILLARY

    April 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. MSmsdD

    GO HEELS!!!/OBAMA!!!!
    UNC'77

    April 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Zoe

    No....don't tell me CNN has found something that projects Obama as the common man ....as in touch with the people withot throwning back shots and a beer with the boys ...? Heck...I thought CNN was joining Fox in the Obama bash for sure.

    Its not much given the extraordinary journey of this man to the presidential candidacy. but perhaps some of the media isn't as afraid of Hillary and Bill and their attack dogs, as it seems?

    April 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Debbie in Texas

    If you would know just a little about basketball – you would not have made that comment. These children at the university just finished a basketball season where they were playing basketball for hours each day; for you to compare some one who has been on the campaign trail and have not been playing much for months is stupid. That doesn't mean that he is not a good player, that means he has not been practicing. OK I am so tired of explaining things about Obama that you(the media) take out of context. I think that you all have been biased against Obama for the last two months and YOU know why.

    April 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. 58 old white wemen for OBAMA

    IT'S THE NOVEMBER PLAYOFF WE

    HAVE SEN.OBAMA DRAFTED FORE.

    April 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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