New 'Obama Classic' fundraising contest: Play with NBA stars, dine with Michael Jordan
President Barack Obama jokes with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. The President played basketball with friends, college and professional basketball players, before an audience that included wounded warriors and White House mentees at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., August 8, 2010.
August 7th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
1 year ago

New 'Obama Classic' fundraising contest: Play with NBA stars, dine with Michael Jordan

(CNN) – After losing the monthly fundraising battle in July for the third straight month, the Obama campaign is rolling out a new money-raising gimmick to encourage its supporters to pony up donations.

In an email sent out on Tuesday, Obama for America announced that future donors to the president’s reelection campaign will be automatically entered into a lottery for the chance to play basketball with current and former NBA and WNBA stars at the rescheduled Obama Classic. The winner will also get a dinner with President Obama and NBA legend Michael Jordan.

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  1. cali girl

    I'm in, love to play hoops.

    August 7, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Obama has turned the presidency into a game show. Time to get rid of this bad joke in November.

    August 7, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. betterdays

    Madonna's in.

    August 7, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. amf140

    Please try governing one of these days..............

    August 7, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Really! I'd do a space jam on Jordan.

    August 7, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. demwit

    NBA and WNBA stars didn't do that by themselves so they should ALL be willing to campaign for the US Government.

    August 7, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. d

    That is pretty cool...my kids would love it

    August 7, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. bb

    Democraps are in trouble go figure

    August 7, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Well if this doesn't scream desperation on the part of Obama's campaign, I don't know what does. What next kissing booths with Michelle and the kids? November can't get here fast enough to get rid of this 4 year reality show disaster.

    August 7, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. grannie22

    Deperation setimg in Obama, time to make a change.

    Romney 2012

    August 7, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Oh oh, is that the same Michael Jordan that was delinquent for not paying taxes, county and municipal taxes in North Carolina?????? I hope Jordan is paying taxes or Harry Reid will tell on him.

    August 7, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    New 'Obama Classic' fundraising contest:
    Play with NBA stars, dine with Michael Jordan

    Mr. HOPE & CHANGE
    begging for a $3.00 donation to shoot hoops

    FORWARD
    To the good life on the government plantation !!!

    August 7, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Geez.... even the guy on the left is laughing at that incompetent Obama!!

    August 7, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    President Obama is having fun. Just amazing don't hate, donate. Go President Obama

    August 7, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. PJ

    Sounds like fun. My nephew could hold his own (I think). Sure beats standing around snootyville watching the
    "elite" try to outdo each other, and Romney trying to keep up.

    August 7, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @ BEND Forward – Obama has turned the presidency into a game show.
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    Nah, Dubya did that when the SCOTUS elected him the first time, followed closely by his ill-timed "victory" speech on the aircraft carrier. Now Willard opens mouth inserts foot in latest GOBP faux paux overseas. Where do you people get these clowns from ??

    August 7, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    I want to see Michael Jordan's tax returns for the last 30 years to make sure he has been paying his fair share. I wouldn't want him or Obama to be accused of hypocrisy.

    August 7, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    No LeBron James, please.

    Go Mr. President.

    August 7, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Wagner

    Those republicans are selfish and unreliable like Bush. I don't like them. Obama for a second term !

    August 7, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @BEND Forward – .. even the guy on the left is laughing at that incompetent Obama!!
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    They were really discussing Willard's chances in Nov ! I'd be laughing hard too....

    August 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |