February 15th, 2009
02:27 PM ET
9 years ago

Aide: Scrutiny from NBA greats would make Obama 'nervous'

There are very few days that I don’t see, at some point in the day, the President either handling or dribbling a basketball, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

There are very few days that I don’t see, at some point in the day, the President either handling or dribbling a basketball, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

(CNN) - Basketball is one of President Barack Obama’s primary stress relievers, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. In fact, the President plans to spend some time on the court this weekend with friends in Chicago, Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Basketball “is a big part of his life,’ Gibbs told Chief National Correspondent John King.

“There are very few days that I don’t see, at some point in the day, the President either handling or dribbling a basketball.”

“It helps him get some exercise and relieve some stress. For a little bit of time, he can think about something different,” added Gibbs.

Armed with footage of Obama playing hoops, Chief National Correspondent John King asked some NBA greats to put the President’s game under a microscope.

The thought of several NBA legends deconstructing his skills on the hardwood is enough to make the new Commander-in-Chief a bit nervous, Gibbs said Sunday.

Watch: NBA legends on Obama's game

“I can only imagine that if I were to call him now, he’d be a little nervous that people like Bill Russell were going to critique his game,” Gibbs told King. “That’s pretty serious.”

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Max

    Nervous about his basketball game, not so much the impending failure that is his spending package. Priorities, Mr. President.

    February 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. gregg45

    its always modo land in afro land. unless u have soum tin good to say about the the god

    February 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. gregg45

    close this post cnn
    u never let real people say anything

    February 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Staunch Democrat

    "They?" So does Steve Nash, even though a majority of "Them" like Hockey and its White History Month every month and in every history class around the US. Steve Nash doesn't seem to mind, when he shows up for practice and cashes his check, so why should you?

    By the way, Blacks only make up slightly under 20% of the US population, so its White History month 24X7, everytime Blacks turn on the tv, radio, and step outside the house to go to work, play and travel and you can barely tolerate a month, when we only have 2 pages of notable contributions in the history books?

    Joe February 15th, 2009 12:12 pm ET

    "They" do like basketball, and it is Black History month.

    I'm waiting for either abolition of the "Racist" Month or adoption of an equal time "White" History month, from the same Democrats revisiting the "Fairness Doctrine".

    February 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. derrick


    Let's see. The first comment is so ignorant, it was hard to read the rest.

    Just as I told my Repub friend with the WMD's – "Give it some time, truth will come out" –

    Well give President Obama sometime too – "It's gonna take awhile to fix six year of BUSH – yes, I said six – he was on vacation 2 years!"

    February 15, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Peggy

    I didn't understand Americans and I still don't. There are more important things to talk about than Obama playing baskeball. I know everybody wants to know everything about the new president but this is not "news". Americans need to grow up.

    February 15, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Gracie, MD

    You know what?

    I'm PROUD, PROUD, PROUD that I have a President who is so well-rounded and can MULTI-TASKS like no other President in our history!!
    A President who can laugh at himself and is NOT afraid to show his blunders and his achievements! THAT'S what you want in a President!!! Unlike all the other "robotic" Presidents of the past.

    The icing on the cake is that we have a SEXY, HANDSOME, INTELLIGENT, CHARISMATIC and ATHLETIC PRESIDENT!!! The rest of the world only WISHES they had a President Obama in their corner!!

    President Obama represents the FUTURE, our future, our children's future. You can hate him or you can love him, but in the end, he's our President!! Wether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, you should ALL count your blessings you are not living in Iraq, Russia, etc. GOD has blessed you, even if you are ungrateful and bitter. Everyone either choses to be "positive" by working together for a better tomorrow, or you can become a "cancerous" person full of racial hatred in your heart that will consume your soul in the end and you will just end up an empty shell full of hate and bitterness, the loving spirited person will no longer exist.

    February 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. tee


    February 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. AJ

    Who cares? Why is this news? Is Obama trying to show how black he can be?

    February 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Harry, GA

    Obama has to be nervous about his Stimulus Bill. He is cheating American people and their tax-money. I do not believe that he can do anything right because he does not know what is right and worng for American people.

    February 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Harry, GA

    This guy is a hypocrite. He made congress work day and night because he wanted to have the bill on his table on Monday (Presidents Day) to sign it. Now he postponed it to Tuesday and he wants to be in Denver (Republican leaning state) to show them that he is performing well and he is still in the campaign mood. He is trying to to Republican areas so that he can turn red state into blue state. He does not know that he knows nothing about his new post as President and it is 'ON THE JOB TRAINING' for him. So far he has not achieved anything. He has not beeen transparent. He even did not give time to our elected congressmen to read that stimulus bill. There is 3-4 billions for ACORN there which got him elected. This is the reality.

    February 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. CZC

    this gets crazier and crazier!!

    February 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. tee

    Don of iowa
    I with you, They could take some of their brainwashed followers with them.

    February 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. a good read

    @Joe.5th grade and basketball must have been tough for you.

    February 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. tee

    It was alright for Bush to do what he wanted with our cash and he did it well.

    February 15, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Pat in TN

    Republicans obviously need reminded daily they are guilty of getting this Country in the mess it is in. Cutting taxes for the richest Americans has NOT "trickled down" since the first year that remark was made. Iraq is still costing us $12 BILLION A MONTH! No oversight in the banking world allowed the greed there to flow on...CEO's allowed to suck millions in "bonuses" from companies threatened with bankruptsy.... and on. These here who knock Obama (one month in office) are definitely freaks and obvious listeners to Rush Limbaugh's anti-American daily rant. That man is anti-American who uses, abuses and misleads gullible listeners... while making $48 million to do so. Rush has done so much damage over the years, more so than the Republican Party who would never have the voters it has without Rush's influence. I'd be so embarrassed to admit I listen to that man. Leave Obama alone until he 'proves" he is not capable of the job... but I'd advise none of you naysayers hold your breath... Better yet... do so!

    February 15, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. German,Irish American

    To Martina Stewart, CNN- Try reporting the truth about the spendulas bill to the American public, and how the Democrats and Obama are pushing this pork bill through WITHOUT the TRANSPARENCY that Obama campaigned on. That would really make Obama nervous.

    February 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Carol

    I didn't hear the Republicans crying about mortgaging the children's future when we were giving away billions to Iraqis for health care, schools and road building.

    I didn't hear them cry about mortgaging the children's future and generational theft when they doled out a tax cut for the wealthy.

    And if President Obama were to go along with an elimination of the estate tax or capital gains tax, they would not spew a word about generational theft.

    It is only when working people get something that they whine.

    Why were all these demands put on the automakers and the unions and not on the banks? Why do the Republicans say (McConnell) say that we can't really tell the banks what to do because that would amount to nationalizing? But it's okay to put the automakers through a bunch of hoops and the unions?

    February 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Carol

    Republicans should have worried about "generational theft" when they gave away a capital gains cut to only the top most wealthy people.

    Republicans did not worry about burdening the next generation when they gave away tons of money for Iraqi socialized health care, roads, schools, etc.

    February 15, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. D in Texas

    I konw when I was in school I didn't learn much about black people in history until February. White history was told throughout the rest of the school year.

    Honestly not a big deal though. I don't get how learning about history can constitute being a "racist" month. It's just like learning about lincoln on his bday, MLK on his bday, etc. The reason for this month is purely history not to pump black people up to be better than another group.

    February 15, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Bald Tim

    Hey Joe, the cleaners just called and your white sheet costume with the cool pointy hat is ready! Maybe you and LImpbaugh can challenge Obama and Hillary to a game of two on two. You would probably whine too much when you lost though like the GOP losers do now.

    February 15, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    Pat F February 15th, 2009 11:37 am ET
    The basketball presidency. How dignified.
    You're absolutely correct.

    The drunken redneck cowboy "smoke 'em out of their holes" while ducking shoes presidency was much more dignified.

    'White' people play basketball (and enjoy it) too.

    February 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Barbara

    I like what "Magic" Johsson said, "President Obama makes a great point guard because he's a team player and he can see the "whole" court.

    The President got game!

    February 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Eileen from Maine

    I'm waiting for either abolition of the "Racist" Month or adoption of an equal time "White" History month, from the same Democrats revisiting the "Fairness Doctrine". posted by Joe
    I would love to see a WHITE history month as well. One that is free of the distortions and revisions that have made it into our history books.

    February 15, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. SFW

    @Marie February 15th, 2009 11:58 am ET
    ***what do you do for stress relief ....Whine...now shut your sour puss**

    February 15, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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