June 10th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama switches prediction: now says it'll be Celtics in six

 Obama rooting for the Celtics.
Obama rooting for the Celtics.

(CNN) – Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama back-tracked on one campaign trail prediction Tuesday, switching his pick in this year’s NBA Finals.

“I tell you what, I thought the Lakers were the better team,” he told NPR’s All Things Considered, according to a transcript of an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night. “But the Celtics have been tough. I might have to revise my prediction here. I assumed Lakers in six. I don’t think that’s realistic now at this point…It does not look like it. It may be Celtics in six.”

The Celtics are leading the Lakers 2-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

The Illinois senator said that even though he had lived in Boston for several years as a student at Harvard Law School, “the truth is that I’ve got no dog in this hunt.”

“I’m a Bulls fan. We’ve gone through a drought for quite some time now. But we got the number-one draft pick, so our games may get a little bit better.”


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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Daniel, WA

    Obama is flip flopper. Even in basketball he does not know whose side he is. Go Lakers.... Go John McCain.

    June 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. bob

    That is smart!

    June 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. LS TX

    No, don't be fooled by speeches-just learn from actions, like we saw from Bush and what we will see from McCain, should he be elected.

    Goodness, for the sake of our future generations to come, I hope not.

    Go Obama

    June 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. annie

    We have a mortgage crisis, a gas crisis, people starving because they have to choose between food and gas and THIS is a story.

    CNN stop sucking up to Obama and focus on the real issues

    June 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. ksisi

    At least he gets it right, its better to change your mind when you think you are wrong and not followthrough, rather than keep doing the same thing eventhough you know its wrong......like you and your fellow oil stealing republicans

    June 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Lynn

    He changes his position on issues everyday so why does this supprise me. His favorite words – he's not the person I thought I knew.

    June 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Dan W

    He even flip flops on his predictions , All Sports fans know to stay with your team. What a loser! This is our future pres? a bandwagoner? Shameful!

    June 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Perk

    Flip-flopper!

    June 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. sarah

    and didnt he blow the ncaa final too?

    June 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Theresa in Minneapolis

    All smoke and mirrors... Sounds like the Republican's are little worried and if you've seen the gallup numbers going in Obama's favor, they should be.

    This is a BS story about basketball but TB TX marks Obama as a political flip flopper. Look at your guy, RB – He's never changed his stance on anything, huh?

    I think everyone thought the Lakers had it. It's not looking so much that way now though.

    June 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Mike

    The other day he was riding his bike, today shooting hoops, in the meantime we are paying $4 for a gallon of gas.

    I take this guy as seriously as if "Mickey Mouse" were running for President.

    Idiot!!!

    Soooo trying to be Mr. Joe Cool, ain't buying it!

    Has Michelle gone back to work yet, with that hefty, inflated salary of hers?

    June 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Vig

    Obama is just one more self-indugent. Nothing special here. Now we have to hear about his sport's predictions. Who cares. What kind of leader is this????

    June 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Tracey

    Who cares? If anything it shows a man that can adjust his strategy based on the situation. Much better than Bush who has had this insane "stay the course" mentality in Iraq despite the obvious realization that his strategy has failed. It would be nice if he switched his course...maybe some of our fellow Americans would still be alive.

    June 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Gobama

    Why 'stay the course' if present course is leading to debacle? lol

    A good leader is one with good vision. And as things become clearer ahead, it makes good sense to make adjustments to one's course of action.

    Iraq continues to be a huge cost to Americans, and NO benefits; yet all kinds of gimmicks (surge is succeeding) are being used to 'stay the course' of a COSTLY unprovoked war.

    "Surge is working"? Huh!
    Working to drain the nation's treasury!

    There is NO upside to the Iraq war for Americans!
    No benefits of Iraq war to Americans, only costs, surge working or not!

    A wise leader would not 'stay the course'. He would cut his losses!

    June 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. CLINTON 08 VP

    TO "Terrell" AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO THINKS OBAMA SHOULDN'T HELP CLINTON OR GIVE HER THE VP: SHE HAD A TOTAL OF 1,923 DELLEGATES IN THE END AND OBAMA HAD 2,156, A DIFFERENCE OF ONLY 233 AND YOU THINK THAT SHE DOESN'T DESERVE IT? SHE LOST OVER BY A HAIR, THIS NOMINATION WAS AS CLOSE AS EVER! SHE OBVIOUSLY DESERVES THIS AND MORE BUT I THINK SHE WOULD BE HAPPY IF OBAMA WOULD STOP DELUTING HIMSELF BY THINKING HE "REALLY REALLY" WON THE NOMINATION BY A VERY LARGE MARGIN SO HE WOULD STOP WRITING HIS STUPID LIST FOR THE VP, OBAMA ONLY HALF OF THE COUNTRY GAVE YOU THE NOMINATION, WILL YOU CONSIDER THE OTHER HALF?

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Black Cat

    McCain – GREATEST AMERICAN ZERO

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Mervin

    CNN does it again! How is this article relevant??? Who cares who Sen. Obama is rooting for. Our economy is crumbling and I'm paying $4.50/ gallon in Seattle. Give me a break CNN! Your newsworthy credibility is fading fast.

    June 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Saqib

    No, unlike Bush/McCain and the Republicans he is willing to acknowledge that he made a mistake with his earlier prediction, to accept the realities on the ground, and change course. This isn't a matter of changing positions, it's a matter of having enough judgment and courage to admit mistakes and regroup.

    June 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Laker for Obama

    Come on Obama have a little faith!!!!! We've come down from 2-0 before!!!

    *I still love you though!!!

    June 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. DEM'S 08, no matter what

    RB TX: I'd like you to name one time where Obama has switched opinions on a major issue in this race. You're comment doesn't even make sense!

    In terms of him being a smoke and mirror politician, have you even been paying attention to anything that's been on all the news stations? Obama's offered clear cut plans on healthcare and the economy. At least his plans for the economy cover the majority of Americans, as opposed to only the wealthy like McCain's plans for the economy.

    Do not be fooled by ignorance.

    Go Obama

    June 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. JCB

    Yes, he is changable! He constantly changes his mind on every issue as readily as he changed his mind about the Lakers and changed his prediction. You know, sometimes we can consider a person who is two-faced as just being a person dedicated to change, lioke Obama!

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Democrates

    I had the Lakers in six also

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Andrew in Iowa City

    FLIP FLOPPER! FLIP FLOPPER! FLIP FLOPPER!
    OBAMA IS A JOKE!
    oh wait...this is basketball...
    it has nothing to do with anything

    June 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. bernj

    RB.....You mean McDumb? No thanks.

    June 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Hillary '12

    No Hillary as his V.P.

    McCain '08..!

    Hillary '12..!!

    June 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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