April 29th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama shoots, but doesn't score

CNN

Watch Obama play basketball with some UNC players.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is known for his strong basketball skills, but the Illinois senator proved no match for the UNC Tar Heels Tuesday.

Obama practiced with the team for several minutes Tuesday morning, often struggling to keep pace with the Final Four-team and failing to sink a basket - at least when the cameras were turned on.

“These guys are a lot better than me,” Obama said as he was running down the full length of the court and trying to keep pace with the Division I players, including Tyler Hansbrough, the national player of the year.

At one point, Coach Roy Williams scolded his players for not guarding the presidential candidate.

“You guys are leaving the next president of the United States wide open,” Williams joked.

Obama took a couple of shots, but neither fell through. His campaign says he did make a three-pointer after reporters were escorted off the court.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Milwaukee for Obama

    So this is supposed to be news?

    April 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Sean

    Man, CNN has been on an Obama-bash for several days now. Gotta love it. The fair, unbiased reporting is refreshing...

    April 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Grant

    Looks fit and agile, might be a good role model for all of our fat BIG GULP sipping kids in America.....or we can follow the Hillary Clinton example by lying, cheating and do whatever it takes to achieve your goals...

    April 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Todays "media" (more like entertainment) really pisses me off.

    And the ignorance of some Americans who buy this crap, infuriates me.

    Maybe we deserve everything we are getting for being so dumb.

    April 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Mike G

    Coach Williams was correct in his description: "the next President of the United States". Under fire, Senator Obama keeps his cool and continues to relate to THE PEOPLE.
    Obama 08!

    April 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Ken

    This headline just shows the media bias that the media has had against Obama since the SNL skit.

    What does this have to do with anything?

    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Ummm

    Yes, Obama you find time to play hoops but you don't have time to debate. What a whimp!!

    April 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Jessica, MI

    I'd love to see Hillary's lard-butt out on a basketball court.

    April 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Max

    Hey CNN – why don't you tell us about THE NEWS OF THE DAY –
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year. Isn' it more important than how much Obama scored on the court?

    April 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Mark

    Obama is a joke.

    April 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. CW in DC

    As a 39 year old guy in decent shape and plays basketball on a regular, let me tell you it's no day in the park trying to run with 18-20 something year olds. I feel your pain Obama but we are in denial about getting old and our glory days on the court aren't we!

    Do you ice your knees after you finish playing too? LMAO!!

    April 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Nancy

    Smart coach. Let the "next president of the United States" win will ya!

    GO OBAMA

    April 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Belle

    And this is news??????????

    April 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Mike

    Half-white men cant jump.

    April 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Steven in Oregon

    Yes, but Hillary panders to people....you called her Annie Oakley, well are you Michael Jordan?

    April 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Deb

    Obama shoots, but doesn't score!

    Great headline for a Candidate that is no longer viable!

    April 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Truth Hurts

    Thats ok! Good to see Sen. Obama is not a Flip Floper Like Hillary.. Every state Hillary is something different to buy votes! Will the real Hillary stand up!!
    Just keep scoring with the Super D's like you've been doing Sen. Obama!
    It's already a SLAM DUNK on Hillarious Rotten Clinton!!

    April 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Debby

    Yep same with his bid for the White House shoots but doesn't score.

    April 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Mike - Texas

    And why is this news????????????

    Come on CNN.

    April 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Mike

    Cant' debate, can't bowl, can't play basketball, NObama give it up!!

    Go Hillary!!!!

    April 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. norb

    Many people in North Carolina have a saying for people who live in Cary North Carolina (most residents from northern States) Cary. Containment area for relocated Yankees.

    April 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Grif

    Go back to College Obama... You Can Run, But, You're Brains out of Wacki.

    April 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Herman LA, CA

    He's scoring with Super Delegates...

    YES WE CAN....

    April 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Grant

    Noticed the subtle jab in the headlines..."doesn't score" nice slant here again........must be nice, run a broke campaign but have everybody else do it for you, love those connections

    April 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. enough!

    I don't think the Clintons are racists.
    I don't think Geraldine Ferraro is racist.

    But the Obama campaign used the strategy of hate to advantage Obama.

    What goes around, comes around.

    Watch the strategy of hate backfire to disadvantage Obama with Rev. Wright.

    April 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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