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.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Jamaal Kansas

    Yeah guar him boy you are leaving the next President of the United States open Barack Obama 08 We will Not Lose

    April 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Barack Obama 44th president !

    Sen. Obama is a very intelligent man with 20+ years of public service, which included being a Community Organizer, a Civil Rights lawyer, working in the Illinois State Senate, currently holding a position in the U.S. Senate while he is now running for president of the USA.

    He is the front-runner in the democratic race, and since he is more experienced than his opponent and there is no way she can catch up with his delegate lead, States won, and popular vote; it's a given he will be our nominee and win the general election as well ,because no one in a right state of mind wants a 3rd Bush term with McCain.

    Having said all of this, it's nice to see Sen. Obama displaying more of his talents. He hasn't bowled since he was 16, but hey that's definitely not the case with basketball. He has skills on the basketball court.

    Go Obama !

    April 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. stop wasting time

    can obama stop wasting time and get to work? who cares if he can play basketball – there wont be time in the white house for that!!!

    i just obama to drop out! I cant stand the guy!

    April 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Mary

    On Sunday, Obama scores 1 of 2 and CNN reports on the headline that Obama throws air ball. Today you say the same even though the update shows he did score! So if you can give an update then you can update that headline.

    Can’t you just say, Obama plays with talented players.

    Who are the biased reporters on this? What are their names?

    Headline should say, coach says “next President of USA”

    April 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. jeff

    To Mark Cross – However the NHL is also 90% Canadian. While they can't vote for Clinton, I guess they would want to endorse her since her pro-NAFTA history favors them.

    50 year old college educated white Texan for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Emilio- Ontario Canada

    WHAT NEXT? OBAMA FOLLOWED INTO THE TOILET STALL?

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. fair play

    Obama supporters can not play fair

    They think the ABC debate was unfair- simply because it did not have the built-in pro-Obama bias and adulation of the previous debates.

    They were ok with it when Hillary was getting the insulting, hateful personal questions.

    Hate always backfires, people.

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. O-blah-ma

    AIR BALLLLL

    Figures... Obama is all talk. And if he wins the nomination – America will discover this ball-hog doesn't have any substance and that his "team" of supporters includes terrorists, racist church leaders, and a wife previously ashamed of this country.

    McCain will look like Michael Jordon playing a Jr-High team in the fall election.

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. steinway

    all talk & no game just like his politics...

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Jamaal Kansas

    Go Brack Go We will get you in the white house so we can put a basketball court in it ha ha Barack Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    He will! Just give him time. He will score in more ways than one!

    April 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Rick from NJ

    I thought that Obama didn't have time for anything but speaking to people. No time for a debate though. I'll just run from that and keep running on the basketball court.

    April 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. dave

    He doesn't have time to debate but it seems like he playing basketball everyday. Great! I suspect he'll somehow translate all this "court" experience into running the executive branch of the government.

    HILLARY 08!

    April 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Ohio Dem

    🙁

    What's the purpose of this?

    April 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Chris from San Antonio

    If Obama can't even score against a college basketball program, what kind of leader of the free world will he make??!!

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. CJ

    Well, this sums it up...he defintely qualifies to be President!! Way to go CNN for pointing this out!

    April 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. racial divide

    When Obama is president, Oprah, Michelle and Rev. Wright will set his agenda.

    April 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    To Sky,

    It's not the "free advertising," she simply knows she can crush him in a one-on-one debate.

    ...and excuse me Sky (get you head out of the clouds), Senator Clinton is far from someone who debates with "juvenile talk" unlike Senator
    O Blah Blah!

    ...And you state: " he has a country to think about..." he's President now is he?

    April 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. M.S. Indiana

    andrewine, take your meeds... maybe the sun will start shinning on you

    April 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Pboabang

    Obama ain't know drama, I like the way you handle that baskeball, which position did you play in college, I bet Hillary and Bill together cannot guard you, Well that explains the entire Billary compaing Ex-president, wife and daughter triple teaming Obama and still loosing. Man Obama you are the man you can reule Canada too with that basketball skills. lol

    April 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama you can do it yes we can yes we can yes we can Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. b-liberal

    "His campaign says he did make a three-pointer after reporters were escorted off the court."

    Well that is typical of the Obama folks.

    Hillary does something fun and endearing: She's a shallow monster!
    Obama does something fun and endearing: A Man of the people!

    Stop the sexism!
    go Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Anthony

    I continue to love the way Obama brings us together. Read the venom from his devoted followers. I did not know snl had such infulence in the world, maybe because there was some truth to it.
    He keeps talking about the change he will bring, to stay above the fray while you pit bulls attack is not change to me. To say they(congress) are stuck in old solutions(gas) while you will do different, without offering new ideas, is not new.

    April 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. M.S. Indiana

    Obama doing sports, must be a part of Fit Nation !! Others could learn from this guy

    dave, that would be an Clinton move dearest....

    April 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. JP

    No,WE CANNOT.... debate, bowl, play basketball... what is next? Let me eat my waffle, maybe??

    Too busy to debate, due to scheduling conflict?

    And any other lame excuses for a person who aspires to be President of this country?

    Go Hillary!!

    April 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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