June 10th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama switches prediction: now says it'll be Celtics in six

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.bball.gi.jpg caption=" Obama rooting for the Celtics."]

(CNN) – Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama back-tracked on one campaign trail prediction Tuesday, switching his pick in this year’s NBA Finals.

“I tell you what, I thought the Lakers were the better team,” he told NPR’s All Things Considered, according to a transcript of an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night. “But the Celtics have been tough. I might have to revise my prediction here. I assumed Lakers in six. I don’t think that’s realistic now at this point…It does not look like it. It may be Celtics in six.”

The Celtics are leading the Lakers 2-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

The Illinois senator said that even though he had lived in Boston for several years as a student at Harvard Law School, “the truth is that I’ve got no dog in this hunt.”

“I’m a Bulls fan. We’ve gone through a drought for quite some time now. But we got the number-one draft pick, so our games may get a little bit better.”

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. well....

    As long as he predicts Americas needs wisely, the rest of the story is just about a game...

    June 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Andrea. California

    ugh, yes this is trivial, its basketball. but geeze Obama, stick to something, anything, for once.

    if we can't have Hillary, McCain 08' (he is not McSAME)

    June 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Alex

    When I clicked the "comments" button, I was waiting to see what crazy conservatives would somehow equate changing a sport's prediction to being a "smoke and mirrors" candidate. I wasn't disappointed. Mindless people tend to say the same thing regardless of the appropriate context.

    The only switching that I've seen on major issues is McCain's backing of the Bush tax cuts after explicitly saying that they would be harmful for America "in a time of war." The same war that he currently promotes.

    "Go McCain!"

    June 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    He watched them play a couple of games and analyzed how they played then changed in mind on whom he thought would win. Somehow people will tie this to politics.

    June 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |


    June 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. JJ

    Go Barak, and go Celtics. He didn't flip flop... he merely realized the situation. The Celtics are the much better team, and people that didn't know that before now understand the Truth. Paul and Kevin are going to work themselves to death over this ring, it just isn't the Lakers Year. Even though I do like Bryant.

    June 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Mike in K'ville MO

    Who cares what you think Barry. Go have another cigarette and try to think of something else to look cool for the media.

    June 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. R.

    "The Truth," it's not a game it's a 7 game series and factors throughout the series "CHANGE" the most probable outcome, the biggest factor of which would be Boston winning the first two games. The likely hood of LA winning the next four and closing it out in 6 is least likely. Therefore it is not a "flip flop" but the more intelligent call to be made. If you made a bet now and picked LA to win in six you'd be laughed at. You see, it's good to have the option to change your mind sometimes. Without that option or choosing to ignore that option you appear stubborn and foolish and ultimately stand to lose a lot more than you otherwise would had you learned from your mistake and righted your wrong initial decision...(you see where I'm going with this?)...

    This is on the CNN ticker with a clever headline for one reason only...to stir the pot and keep things "spinning."

    C'mon people, THINK!!

    June 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. tanya

    What ever 51% of the people wants !

    June 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Peter E

    BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama likes peanuts! BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama switches TV channel! BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama sits in a chair! BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama washes hands! BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama clears throat! BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama loosens tie!

    June 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. TBM

    RB TX,

    Didn't McCain oppose Bush tax cuts, but now he supports them?

    Sounds like a flip-flop.

    Try to be objective.

    June 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    for all the flip-flop comments that are sure to come… ("see… he can't even stick to blah-blah-blah)… (geez u guys are soooo easy)…

    for all of these sure to come comments…. what he has done… is held an initial opinion….. seen somthings develop… and make an educated evaluation in forming a now 'evolved' opinion…

    i know that is too much for some of the haters to understand…

    i did try to use small words….

    June 10, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. tell the truth

    We do not care about that go lakers but Obama still has my vote on issues, Gas prices,bush taxes cuts,pro choice, etc

    Go Obama but leave my lakers alone

    June 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. TESAP

    Many peolple flip flopped republican 1 and 2... who knew Bryant would crumble................... Its KG's year..... BABY..

    June 10, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Sean

    Who cares?

    June 10, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Marcelo

    Hey Truth and RB, you're a spinner for the republican agenda and I really don't appreciate you taking small issues and projecting it over larger ones. And if anyone wants to talk flip-flop, lets look at McCain. Sen. McCain has changed his positions on several key policies from his 'maverick' stance to be in-line with the conservative agenda.

    I don't know about you, but its sort of refreshing when a leader can admit their mistakes and revise his strategy. Unlike Bush or McCain, they still can't acknowledge that they made a mistake going into Iraq... how many WMD's did we find again?

    My position on the war is that we made a mistake going in but since we're there and we've destabilized the country, we are responsible for cleaning it up. Like Colin Powell said, we broke it, we bought it. Barack Obama is an honest leader and he'll make sure we pull out our troops in a responsible manner. I believe in Barack Obama because he's intelligent, he doesn't make decisions involving our national safety and the lives of our troops hastily, and the guy is just downright honest with us. People are suspicious of him because they have never known an honest politician. The media will spin stories to sell headlines... the Republicans will push lies and exaggerations to scare people into voting for them... Barack Obama will win this election through the efforts of millions of Americans (not lobbyists for corporations) and by leading by example.

    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. patrick

    Geez, its a Basketball game.....

    Talk about UPTIGHT!!!

    But then again, thats Republicans for you...


    June 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Boye

    Don't be an ignorant fool, this is not equal to flip flopping. When you make predictions, you make them based on the facts at hand. Things change just like in the NBA. Earlier on, everyone would have thought the Lakers will win but things look a little different now.

    June 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Eric

    The Truth and RB TX have no sense of humor.

    At least Obama has taken a stand on the issue.

    McCain is clearly soft on sports.


    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. DAN

    How cute. Mabe he could get a job as a sports commentator after he looses to McCain. Cnn is really blind to the real news Oye veh.

    June 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Whoopdie-friggin-dooooooo. Obama's now a sports expert...

    June 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Versailles

    Well the truth always comes out. If you are found out that your close friends are extremely unethical – then just disavow them.

    If you say one sports team will win, then do what you do best and "switch" sides.

    Confidence is an individual who has the ability to take ownership of "his/her" actions, make appropriate decisions, then take a stand.

    Let me see, did that just eliminate NOBAMA?

    NOBAMA is so busy asking everyone else to make his decisions he forgot (because he is not capable) that during a recent speech he adopted many of Hillary Clintons phrases, ideologies, and policies.

    Wasn't his platform "change?" Oh, yes – change means I can change my mind and my platform because afterall I am running a "change" campaign.

    NOBAMA for me.


    June 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. scott in GA

    another riveting news flash from CNN

    June 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Virginia is Obama country

    RB TX

    You are a moron.

    How many time have you said the underdog will win, then you changed your mind after seeing the first quarter?

    Obama 08

    June 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Mark (Seattle)

    Wow... rough crowd.

    Poor Obama cannot even comment on sports without the bitter Hillary supporters and conservative McCain supporters bashing on him... oh well, everything seems dark to the blind.

    June 10, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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