Obama shoots hoops with superheroes
May 11th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama shoots hoops with superheroes

(CNN) - It was Gotham City vs. Spidey on the basketball court with President Barack Obama Friday morning.

Obama shot hoops with superheroes Batman and Spider-Man - or rather the silver screen actors who played them, George Clooney and Tobey Maguire - while rounding out a West Coast visit, a White House official said.

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The president raked in $15 million at a Thursday fundraising dinner held on the basketball court at Clooney's Los Angeles home.

"And then I want to thank Clooney for letting us use his basketball court," Obama said to laughter at the fundraiser, according to a transcript provided by the White House. "This guy has been talking smack about his basketball game ever since I've known him. And we've actually known each other a while."

Maguire was among the star-studded guest list at the fundraiser, which also included Barbra Streisand, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey, Jr., and Salma Hayek.

A reporter caught up with Obama and asked about the game at a stop in Reno, Nevada.

"Of course George and I won," Obama said of Clooney. "But you know, I think we're all winners because nobody got hurt."

Basketball is one of Obama's go to stress-relievers. He was a member of the 1979 Hawaii state champion Punahou High School team, and in 2008, entered Indiana high school students who registered 20 of their classmates to vote in a raffle join him on the court for a three-on-three game. He has taken to the court with aides - most notably playing with his former personal aide Reggie Love, who was on the 2001 NCAA champion Duke team - and left the court once with a bloody lip.

After that incident, which required 12 stitches, Obama said his daughters took it easy on him in a game the next day. At the time, a White House official laughed when asked if the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute staffer who caused the bloody lip would receive a presidential pardon.

He has played several recent games at a court in the Washington FBI complex.

In March, Obama brought British Prime Minister David Cameron to Ohio for some March Madness.

And on Sunday, Mitt Romney took in a game - a move which prompted a spat between NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and Sen. John McCain, a top Romney supporter. The former Massachusetts governor was in the stands for a matchup between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.

"You're going down, bro," Barkley said on a televised halftime show about Romney, prompting a Twitter response from McCain: "@MittRomney wins. Wanna bet?"


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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Stay in good shape Mr. President, we've got a long fight ahead of us but together we will win the battle.

    May 11, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    This is exactly why Obama wants the Presidency. It's all about the celebrity. It is all about the attention he gets. He could care less about doing the jog, the dirty work, of running this country and getting it back on track.

    BTW, isn't it almost time for his next golf game or vacation? These events can be so tiring and stressful.

    May 11, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Chandra

    As Bishop Pinocchios Nose grows larger, he says, Yea I gotta take a lot of credit for standing up for these people who are not Straight. I made that call too. Yea Thats the ticket....... With my wife...... Morgan Fairchild....... Yea thats the ticket....

    May 11, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. rob

    Great CNN, another hard hitting, deep, fact filled article about our President. How about looking 30 years into his past like the Wapo did to Romney. Lets hear some quotes from the people who supplied the COCAIN he admitted to using or other folks who sat in the same church he did when the preacher was cursing the USA and white people. How about digging into his association with admitted terrorists when starting his political career in Chicago ???????

    It must be hard to breath when your head is stuck you know where.

    May 11, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    This story will finish off that crazy BEND FORWARD.... guy and I'm laughing at the thought of it.

    Enjoy yourself Mr. President.

    May 11, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Chandra

    As the Rassmussen poll shows Mr Personality with a 5 point advantage,, Man I want a hit of that!!!!!!

    May 11, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. DB in AR

    Everything about this guy says in touch, grounded, regular and approachable. A president with a md range game? How cool is that. I bet he could walk into a YMCA and yell, "I got next" and no one would blink. Just hope I'm lucky enought to be the guy on the winning team when he does. I'd like to guard him. I'm a lefty to.

    May 11, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    We need all the help we can get to put the corporatist’s & fox folower's "evil doers" of the right on the side lines where they belong. The battle of the liberal use of intelligence over blatant conservative ignorance has been fought for years and the GOPuppets fine tunes their craft of deception & lies continually. The GOPuppets are like a herd of mindless & lazy RoMoney-bots where following leads to bliss.

    May 11, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. California Conservative

    And Obama is as much a fallacy as they are.

    May 11, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. DB in AR

    A Rassmussen poll. Never EVER site that in your text. Instantly lowers the level of the conversation. You may as well site an email that a friend sent you that a friend sent them. Iove the Faux Nation and Real Unclear Politics fans who quote these ridiculous polls as even remotely factual.

    May 11, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    @ rob ~ if you are really interested in the truth about the President there are many autobiographies/biographies out ~ called books. Try reading
    But like all the rest of the mindless haters I'm sure you're afraid of that truth too.

    May 11, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Chandra

    Yo Senator McCain, ILL take that bet against this yahoo who calls Russia our Biggest Foe & has Seret Swiss Bank Accounts & isnt concerned for the poor, exact words, & is to Spineless to go on Meet The Press, He prefers the Gimmie a kiss Interview 2012 tour Exclussive to Gretta & Let not your heart be troubled. This Coward aint capable of leading a Girl scout Pack muchless the President of the US. I hope at somepoint he looses his skirt & holds Press Confrences with REAL Journalist.

    May 11, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND – "He could care less about doing the jog, the dirty work, of running this country and getting it back on track."
    ----------------------------------
    Newsflash !!! Please try to stay focused here for the next 20 seconds, please. I'll type s-l-o-w-l-y for you...

    The POTUS does not RUN the country!! (revelation, eh?). Congress makes laws and submits/approves budgets. The executive branch signs them into law. The Executive branch has no legislative authority. Congress – with the house controlled by the Grand Obstructionist Party has done NOTHING for the last 2 years, except get out debt rating downgraded.

    Thanks for playing wingnuts.

    May 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. DB in AR

    Awsome Rob, You have uncovered the president autobiography. The post looked into Ronmey's past because strangly he hasn't written one. Funny. You think he didn't write one to avoid putting stuff like this out for public comsumption. Odds are there are many more dark episodes that he would leave out and I don't mean in high school. I bet there was way more blood shed in the board rooms at Bain. Have you seen the picture of he and his partners in crime I meant partners at bain stuffing their pockets with money? You suppose that was right after they ran a company in the ground and fired all the employees and walked away with their pension fund. That is the blood shed I'm talking about.

    May 11, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. kate

    This months Salt Lake City Magazine's cover,"The Myth of Mitt". READ It!

    May 11, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. rla

    Is this headline for real??? And I didn't think journalism could sink any lower???? Comic book characters and Obama is there a contrast or not???

    May 11, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Optimist

    @BendForward: Did you change your name? You sound like that Truth and Nothing but the truth nut that blogged all day. You are one messed up person. I bet you eat glass for breakfast, pinch babies and kick puppies. I am begging you please get some mental help. I don't care if you attack me I was in Law Enforcement for 25 years and have been called names I didn't know existed. Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms.

    May 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. obama victim

    maybe Batman will remind of the recession....h.e seems to have forgooten that....Barry's words...not mine

    May 11, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. rosie

    One of my nieces played with superhero (dolls) and she is now a lesbian. Hmmmm. 0.0

    May 11, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Great CNN, another hard hitting, deep, fact filled article about our President. How about looking 30 years into his past like the Wapo did to Romney. Lets hear some quotes from the people who supplied the COCAIN he admitted to using or other folks who sat in the same church he did when the preacher was cursing the USA and white people. How about digging into his association with admitted terrorists when starting his political career in Chicago ???????

    It must be hard to breath when your head is stuck you know where."

    You must speak from experience. Your GOBP cult and its rightwing hatemedia enablers have been digging into Obama's past for years and they keep hitting dry wells. Normal people would reconsider, while you rightwing extremists just keep doubling down on the stupid.

    May 11, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The REAL Truth... - The POTUS does not RUN the country!! (revelation, eh?).
    =========================================================
    He in charge of running the government fool. What do you think all of those cabinet offices are for? Who do you think spends all the money? Who do you think concocts 2,000 federal regulations from a single law? Obama simply wants nothing to do with all this. He's too busy hob knobbing with his Hollywood celebrities, golfing or vacationing. All Obama truly knows how to do is TALK.

    May 11, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama should play basketball and love jokes and laughings with Joker and Green Goblin. Obama already became buddies with Green Goblin in Dark Avengers comic book.

    May 11, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "BTW, isn't it almost time for his next golf game or vacation? These events can be so tiring and stressful."

    You're one unhinged dude, you know that? When did the first psychotic break come, anyway? Was it when you realized you'd have to call a black dude the POTUS or when you realized the GOP/Teatroll response to his election is eventually going to sink their party like the Whigs?

    May 11, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "One of my nieces played with superhero (dolls) and she is now a lesbian. Hmmmm. 0.0"

    Indeed. It's proven that handling action figures instead of dolls actually changes one's genetic code.

    May 11, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Ed1

    Our rock star is really working had for us I see. The hell with jobs, our debt, or economy lets play basketball at a $15 Million Dollar find raiser how many people would that help out that are looking for work. It's all about Obama and getting re-elected the hell with us. sounds about right.

    Obama will blast the 1% but doesn't turn down any of their money.

    May 11, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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