August 24th, 2007
11:33 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama shoots, he scores

Watch Obama on the court Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's no secret White House hopeful Barack Obama is an avid basketball player when he's not on the campaign trail. And on Thursday, the Illinois senator got a chance to show off his skills while touring a South Carolina school.

"I just want to point out I had no warm ups," Obama told CNN's Don Lemon after making the shot. "That was on a dare, people were skeptical."

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  1. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    To the person that posted above saying that he is still undecided and wants to be persuaded.

    I think the answer comes along on these boards day after day. They are surprisingly and refreshingly intelligent, candid, and overwhelmingly in support of Barrack Obama.

    The next Presidential elections may be the most important of our lives. They will decide the fate of democracy. We cannot afford a close race, as any close race will go to the backward thinking Republicans due to massive election fraud. They, Repubs, have managed to get several states to require voter IDs, which will cripple minority voters without the required passport or other documents they probably won't find time to get in order to vote.

    Hillary will stir the right wing base and make things very close. She can win the primary due to inaction and name value.

    But the time has passed to wait on the sidelines. Obama can actually excite people and get them motivated to not only vote but get everyone they know to talk about the issues and about Obama. I've never seen anything like the man.

    Hillary, The Right, and mainstream media are scared of him, that's why the constantly attack him, and the Right upplays that Hillary is the defacto candidate. Karl Rove said so on no less than three talk shows Sunday. He knows that by saying Hillary is the candidate then by attacking her, he can give her the nod and then the right will steal it again.

    Obama can offset this. He is the candidate that actually has the wit, the common sense and the smarts to win. The previous poster is also right that Obama has the best record of speaking out against Iraq and lobbyists and for universal healthcare.

    Hillary says just enough and plays it safe. She has since her healthplan went down in flames. She didn't have the conviction to call a spade a spade and out the corporate lobbys trying to keep people hooked on expensive and profitable HMOS. Why would she do that now?

    She is a disaster waiting to happen because she is safe, she is calculated, and occasionally she is stiff.

    have you read a book called "Armed Madhouse" by Greg Palast? They talk about it on Randi Rhodes's show on air america all the time and I was curious. I finally bought it at Borders and just finished it and it is amazing, although a little bit disheartening when you realize the real task at hand in electing a Dem, especially if it's Hil.

    I think its really important to educate poll workers, volunteers, et al about how elections can be manipulated and how there are many ways voters can be taken off rosters without their knowledge. Voters desperately need this information and need to pester their reps to make changes and create meaningful oversight before the next elections.

    Did you know in some districts in New Mexico, mostly Hispanic districts, people drove in busses for almost an hour to get to the polling booth after massive Catholic church voter drives, then mysteriously voted "none of the above" for president. NINE out of TEN people in some Democrat districts. In other New Mexico districts, more upscale and Repub, they actually cast more votes for Bush than they had registered voters, with ZERO undecided. Huh?

    That's just a small sample of what is very clearly checked and double checked in Palast's book. (He also was the investigative journalist that first discovered Enron. His documentary about how the 04 election was going to be stolen had number one ratings worldwide two weeks before the election.

    It was never played in the U.S. Not one station played it even though in Europe it made headlines in most major newspapers.

    I cannot stress the election chapters in that book enough. I really had no idea about the level of vote mishandling and corruption that has gone on. We need to have eagle eyes, especially as Palast predicts that in 08 the real cheating will go down in the West, in California, Nevada, Arizona and again New Mexico. Pretty much anyplace that is Hispanic, as they all vote Dem and Repubs know they're sunk unless they can supress that vote. They were so happy with results in New Mexico apparently they think they can do it on wider scale next time.

    Also, if you want to see some of RNC's missing emails, they're in Palasts book. Somebody from RNC accidentally sent emails to the wrong address, a spoof site of, called I believe. They were entitled, "RE: Caging Lists." from Tim Griffen, Karl Rove's protege that took over the US Attorney Post of David Eglasias (sic), who had been previously investigating Griffen for...election fraud.)

    The emails include thousands of names and addresses of Black and Hispanic voters, and a bunch of service men in Iraq. The RNC sends their home addresses and even homeless shelters a first class letter and if it comes back returned, they challenge the vote because the person supposedly doesn't live there. bam. "caged." It's very illegal. But when you vote provisionally or absentee ballot like the soldiers do, your vote never counts and you don't know it.

    You know provisional ballots are a bad idea when Republicans like Rove and Bush support it. Wouldn't you know, I voted provisionally in the congressional elections of 06, had no idea that they can throw the vote out no problem. All the Sec of State has to say is that he won't honor them.

    Palast estimates 3 million Dem votes were tossed out through various means last election, much more effective than Jim Crow, easily throwing the election for Bush, and that they're set up to do it on a wider scale this time around.

    But, they can steal maybe five, six million votes. They cannot prevent an overwhelming majority victory. Another words, if its close and voters are unispired, we have no chance.

    Really listen to Obama, he can inspire passion, he can actually make a difference in our lives. He can bring not five or six million, but many million more people to the polls than before.

    I don't have faith that any other candidate can do this.
    Talk to you soon,


    August 24, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. KD, Dallas, TX

    Go Obama!! You are the right one for me. I think it's great that you can shoot a basket. You can be a role model to many. I like how you talk to people, what you say makes sense, your experience in Illinois is amazing especiall with how you can bring people together, not split among party lines. I just hope our country can get past their biases and prejudices. I can't beleive CNN posted the buckwheat blog site by George, and still more unbelievable is that there are embarassing Americans that actually read blogs like that-and post them.

    Barrack, you are a man ahead of your time. I really hope you can get past all of the scrutiny and show people what you are made of and what you stand for. My intuition tells me you are what our country needs.

    August 24, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |

    BIG DEAL...

    August 24, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |

    TO Bill S. dont hold your breath.
    articulation that is what you will get from Barack .

    want action? go to governor bill richardson and read what he has done in New Mexico .. real estate prices stable, 80000 jobs. . read the albuquerque journal classified ads . .eveyr dunday 900 Jobs ..if Cnn prints my message .

    August 24, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. DJ, Los Angeles

    Yeah what about his defensive skills?

    Can he also post-up, get rebounds, pass, get assists, or dunk?

    Pretty sweet shot though, nothing but net.

    August 24, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Vincent King, Phoenix AZ

    I could not be happier that CNN left your racist post here. I LOVE IT when that nasty streak is exposed!! But I will bet you the presidency, that ANYone associated with that disgusting site couldn't carry Obama's jockstrap. And I state that physically, as well as intellectually.
    Thank you George. We needed to be exposed to those like you. Thank you, further for associating yourself with the right... I couldn't have done it better!

    August 24, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Steven, South Orange, NJ

    Ummm... Providence, RI learn how to spell inexperienced and naive before you write comments. It makes you look how did you say it inexperience and naive...

    August 24, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. Jimmy Miami Florida

    Jordan from Austin that comment was unnecessary. People who choose to stereotype and make racist remarks or generalization will do so no matter what one does.

    Case in point, the person who was allowed to post that buckwheat blog above.

    August 25, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  9. Bob D, Hilo HI

    The guy's just having fun. Too bad the folks who can't understand his "abstract" responses seem to be racist, politically derisive or cynical. Nice shot Mr. Obama!

    August 25, 2007 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  10. anne

    His appeal to young voters is undeniable. When you combine his vision and his charisma with Bill Richardson's resume and biliteracy you get a team that can actually beat the Republicans and lead this country back to the greatness it is supposed to have. Sorry Hillary.

    August 25, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. High School Senior, Wales, WI

    "Obama is inexperience and naive…

    Posted By Providence, RI : August 24, 2007 4:28 pm"

    LOL. Obama is amazing, as for people saying he is inexperienceD, is Hillary that much more? She has been in the Senate only a few years longer than Barack, unless you are counting her years as first lady which I think hardly qualify her to be able to run the white house. Barack is new and exciting, inspiring and trustworthy. Obama 08!

    August 25, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. David, Salinas, CA

    The offensive, obscene racist web site above (Posted By George : August 24, 2007 4:43 pm) is indicative of two problems: one major, one minor.

    The major problem is that racial hatred is still a factor in American politics and society. I can only hope that Americans of good will (of both parties) find the courage to stand together against bigotry and ignorance. Let us at least agree to judge our candidates by the content of their characters and not the color of their skin.

    The minor problem is that CNN doesn’t do a very good job of removing inappropriate posts from the Ticker. The link I’m alluding to has been up for two days. An equally virulent link was up two days before that, despite several email alerts.. During the same period, (if I can trust the posted complaints and my own experience), multiple benign on-topic comments have been deleted. For a mainstream news organization like CNN to give free publicity to a site filled with obscenity and racist hate speech is irresponsible.

    Moderators should feel free to remove this comment when they remove the offending post. Until then, I would appreciate hearing from other posters on this issue.

    August 25, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Vincent L. King Phoenix AZ

    To CNN. I am truly noticing a pattern of thoughtful and considered comments 'not' making it to your posts, or being deleted shortly after posting. I posted directly after "George" challenged you to post his link to a distasteful, disgusting, hateful and logic-twisted website. His post remains. My reply does not. So what does 'that' say about you?

    August 25, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Obama in '08, Pittsburgh PA

    We desperately need a man like Barack Obama in the White House... not because he shoots and scores BUT because the American people want someone who is comfortable in his own skin. He was right on the Iraq war when it the beginning when people like John Edwards and Hillary were gung ho about it. Obama will tell the truth. He has the integrity and character to level with the American people and get the job done. Hillary's baggage would gurantee the Republicans another 4 or 8 year stranglehold on power. Obama's interests and concerns are NOT those of the special interests. He wants to send the lobbyists packing. Give this man a chance and he will make a truly great president!

    August 25, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Stephanie, Oldsmar FL

    Obama is our best choice if we really want to turn this country around... in addition to having the necessary intelligence, he has passion. His ideas are thoughtful and inspiring and he should not be disregarded. If you don't know enough about him – find out! The future of this country depends on our next president being a leader who has the ability and the desire to seek peace and diplomacy.

    August 25, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. CDA

    Cool under pressure?? Shooting a hoop with a crowd watching is neat-O, but somewhat juvenile. Is it too late to just start a revolution so we don't have to have rich, established people running this country?

    August 26, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Dan, TX

    Obama has detailed clear thoughtful policies that are well articulated. It isn't his fault that CNN thinks people are more interested in him making a (nice!) basketball shot....

    If you lack knowledge of the candidates, you need only spend time on their web sites to see exactly what they think – or see how vague they are so that they can avoid criticism.

    August 26, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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