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."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Common Sense

    I love it. Look everyone!!! It's a normal guy! And he's gonna be the President!!! HOW EXCITING!

    August 23, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Nonjumpingwhiteman

    Well, he's obviously half black anyway..

    August 23, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Kim, Mpls, MN

    Nice shot Obama, there's more where that came from!


    August 23, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Chris, Odenton, MD

    Exciting and on target. Always a winner. The Money shot to Oval office.

    August 23, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. David, Bay Area, CA

    A bit more convincing than Kerry's attempt to play football, I must say.

    August 23, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Obama got game.

    August 23, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Mike from Temecula

    All this video does is prove that, even though Obama can score, he is utterly lacking on defense.

    August 23, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Mark, Rio de Janeiro

    Just goes to show, CNN thinks it's more important to show Obama playing basketball than report on Ron Paul's riveting campaign.


    August 23, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Bill S., Covina, California

    Who cares!!!! I want to see Obama actually answer a question without giving an abstract answer.

    August 23, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Stephen, Tallahassee

    Obama's an Awesome guy! He is normal, America will be very different with a normal person in the white house, he is one of the boys. lol. It would be funny to try and see McCain make that shot or even Ghoulliani.

    August 23, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. David, Gilbert Arizona

    We already elected a "man of the people" and ended up in an Iraqi quagmire and various laws that errode our Constitutional rights.

    I could care less if Obama can play basketball, writes left handed, or has his wife cut his hair. Just like I don't want to see video clips of Hillary baking a cake.

    Obama says the al Maliki debate is a distraction. Well him playing basketball is a rediculously obvious distraction...and it seems to work based on previous posts.

    August 23, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Claude, Mesa AZ

    CNN (Clinton News Network) must be really shaking in their boots. Everything this man says or does gets posted. This man seems to get the most blog responses on the ticker. Obviously, people are very interested in what this man has to say. It's unfortunate that CNN, MSNBC and the other networks can't curtail their pro-Hillary campaign and be neutral. Nevertheless, if it's in God's will, Barack Obama will CONTINUE to rise and win. GO Barack!

    August 23, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Jay Charlotte, NC

    Yea Mark, I think a lot more people than CNN care more about Obama ballin than Ron Paul's (riveting???) campaign.

    August 23, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Matt, Paris, Illinois

    More often than not, Obama's answers to actual questions are far more than abstract, but they're detailed and thoughtful....which makes people complain cuz he doesn't use the soundbites that people only only follow politics by reading the Ticker or watching a short news segment like to hear.

    August 23, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. lavelle

    If you want to see obama answer a question go check out CNN videos and he will give you his plan on education and whats going on in Iraq. Go right ahead and research. I keep bashing CNN but they should have put the interview up not the damn basketball shot alone. Put the hole interview up

    August 23, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. Steven, South Orange, NJ

    Hi David I would just like to respond to your post and say... do you really think that a Constitutional Lawyer would errode our constitutional rights. Doesn't seem to make sense you know unless of course it was all a scheme to figure out what he'd start unravelling. Anyway just thought I'd dispell that thought from your mind. And as to his playing basketball being a distraction he was at a middleschool and the press video taped that and not his discussion on education. You want to talk about distraction then tell CNN and everyone else to focus on the issues and not Barack shooting hoops or hanging out at the beach. It isn't the candidate that is distracting it is the News Media not understanding what to report and what is really important. After all when your the Clinton News Network you don't really want to report any substance from her number 1 rival.

    August 24, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  17. York

    We already elected a "man of the people" and ended up in an Iraqi quagmire and various laws that erode our Constitutional rights. I got this feeling too as I read the other comments about regular guy. And yes, this is an element that ALL candidates in the modern era or political campaigning strive to exude. Eating at diners, playing football...windsurfing and yes, even kissing babies. Obama ain't the first. I believe the difference is that he seems to carry of the balance of regular guy and intelligence pretty well. Finding the just the right spot is between these, at times, opposing poles is key.

    August 24, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  18. Dan, Columbia MD

    He'll have plenty of time to play basketball after he loses the nomination to Billary.

    August 24, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. Robert M. Reidy, Tillson, N.Y.

    Thats what's so great about him – He takes the shot -just like the interview that followed, he was called over by a CNN reporter and took an unplanned imprompto interview on the way out the school door. He said to his people let me just talk to this guy before we leave.
    That is one confident candidate! Yes,"he shoots, he scores" – I can almost hear Marv Albert calling the play!

    August 24, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Chad, Durham, NC

    David of AZ:
    Just because Bush is inarticulate does not mean that he's a man of the people. Also, a man of the people does not inherit everything he has, but works for it. Obama – like Bill Clinton – had to work for everything he has.

    August 24, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Monique, Winston Salem, NC

    Stop bashing CNN. If you really want to heard about Obama, Hiltary, Ron Paul, McCain, Edward, and all the other ones, than go to their website and read it for yourself. CNN can have some fun from time to time by posting fun video of candidates. Lighting up. Plus you can found candidates with there own channel on YouTube and there own Myspace and facebook.

    August 24, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Katie, St. Paul, MN

    David in Salinas – please read:

    The most important difference between Obama and the other candidates concerns his approach to political reform in Washington. For specifics, read Ruth Marcus' column in the Washington Post this week. She points out that Obama's openness regarding his own candidacy and record with lobbyists surpasses all of the other folks listed in your comment. He has been a champion of government reform and transparency since entering public service in 1996.

    Find Marcus' article here:

    If we can actually change the way politics works in this country (a tall order no doubt), we can change both the tone and the power mechanisms that create good, honest, clean government that can actually be representative of us, rather than special interests.

    Also, see David Ignatius piece regarding his pragmatism:

    Add in his recently disclosed position on Cuba and his common sense approach to EVERYTHING. He's the one.

    August 24, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Dan, TX

    I am totally baffled how anyone can say that Obama gives "abstract" answers. This answers are very clear and you actually know where he stands. His plans are far more detailed than any other candidate. It is possible to compare the candidate's positions easily at their official campaign web sites.

    August 24, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. John Swanson Chicago


    August 24, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. John Swanson Chicago

    CNN is trying to make us tired of seeing Obama. NOT WORKING, I have a semi right now!!!

    Oh yea, and that guy from gilbert arizona. Find me one person that claims GW is a man of the people! hahahahahaaahahah thats the most rediculous statement ive ever heard. and jerry seinfeld's a nazi!!! aaahhaha lol

    August 24, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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