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. Hammerer

    Will the real obama please come out. Tell who you really are and what you really believe.
    Oh! After the election?

    May 11, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    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.
    You're living proof as you are hardly identifiable as a human being based on the slimy druelings you upchuck on this blog.

    May 11, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. mlh6

    Why shouldn't he play hoops.
    He can't play president.
    Hurray for our affirmative action president.

    May 11, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Hahahaha...and now Scott Walker is following in Mittens footsteps. In response to video showing him telling a billionaire donor his strategy of "divide and conquer" to destroy the unions, he says he "doesn't remember the particulars" of that conversation. GOP/Teatroll standard operating procedure: deny deny deny and when that doesn't work, feign a faulty memory. Where's the accountability?

    May 11, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Obvious Guy


    STFU! He's playing basketball 1 morning!!!! I know you expect the black man to slave away like when your great grandparents owned them. Why are you such a disgusting racist that you can't allow the President to do anything! Just be grateful you don't live in a country that would cut out your tongue for disrespecting the leader. Oh wait, next you'll tell us that since Obama is a middle eastern muslim african so our country must be in africa.

    May 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "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."

    Would you people freekin grow the hell up? Most people take time during the day to exercise and blow off some steam. The only reason your tiny little bird brains think you can portray it as all he does is because articles with headlines like "Obama spends 5 hours reading debrifings and strategy memos from the CIA regarding Al Qaeda itelligence" wouldn't sell controversy and help the MSM justify its advertising prices. Things like this are reported because they are uncommon occurences AND because the idiot public out there loves to live vicariously through celebrities. Who cares if he has celebrity friends? They ALL do. You think The Nuge doesn't powwow with yoru favorite gun-nut GOP Senators? GROW. THE. HELL. UP. AMERICA.

    May 11, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Independent Voter

    Nice to have a president that remains active and stays fit. To all you haters, being Prez is a 24-hour job and most folks know that. 4 MORE YEARS FOR SURE!!!!! Romney is a horrible horrible candidate.

    May 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Rick

    Nothing surprising here, just a bunch of clowns being, well... clowns!!!

    May 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    Gurgle burgle Hollywood elitist spurgle spittle muslim kenyan hibble skabbibble debt and jobs worgle snurgle golfing and vacation! – signed the unhinged right wing.

    May 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: It was President Obama who tried to get the campaign funding laws changed and our Justices struck it down and the GOP won. So don't blame the President, blame the Justices who supported the GOP.

    May 11, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND – "He in charge of running the government fool. "
    On top of the bad grammar, no need to get personal. Where did you get what little education you don't have? The REAL truth often hurts, and your reaction to it is typical of the amnesiac wingnuts who need to lay off the cool aid for a while, so they can get back on their meds.
    BEND – Thanks for playing.

    May 11, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. CalmerVoice

    How about stopping the assaults from both ends & listing some real achievements of Pr . Obama? You guys from the left, why don't you show us some? Obamacare? Skyrocketing deficit? Economy? Or maybe something else?
    One thing for sure – I am not voting for him, but if Obama will be reflected, he will be my president (and yours) and I will respect this.

    May 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Myviewis

    @Sniffit – calm down, take it easy, don't worry Streisand, Clooney, Hayek and Crystal have enough money to make sure Obama is re-elected to the White House. Do you really think they're going to miss out on another 4 years of hanging out at the White House? These people are powerful. Don't worry.

    May 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama.... A man of the little Hollywood millionaire celebrity people. Has he ever visited a homeless shelter or a food kitchen for the the homeless or unemployed? I guess there are no millionaire donors there to stuff his pockets.

    He REALLY should go to one and visit some of the people he's kept unemployed for years. He might spend more time doing his job than sucking up to rich celebrities.

    May 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. mm

    Awh, look...the Repubs are mad.
    Don't fret, you still have Ted Nugent.

    May 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Penobscot

    Obama is a DB. And a Marxist. I know CNN won't post this because they too are Marxists.

    May 11, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. anthony78

    And cue the Obama hate in 3,2,1.. oh wait.. just look above and below my post to find them....

    He'll still win in 2012 no matter how hard you hate on the man.

    May 11, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Howard

    All these clueless, pampered, overpaid, egotistical celebrities, worshipping their golden calf, Barack Obama, are leading America right down the tubes. KICK OBAMA OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN NOVEMBER !!!

    May 11, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Obvious Guy

    @Sniffit – calm down, take it easy, don't worry Streisand, Clooney, Hayek and Crystal have enough money to make sure Obama is re-elected to the White House. Do you really think they're going to miss out on another 4 years of hanging out at the White House? These people are powerful. Don't worry.

    May 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    What the hell are you talking about??? if you're that stupid and ignorant to think what you said is even close to reality, than I honestly feel sorry for you for being such an ignorant dumb redneck.

    May 11, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    It really is very simple. Obama has invited all of the rich Hollywood celebrities to his Washington DC state dinners, correspondents dinner, etc. (which WE foot the tab for) and now it's time for them to repay Obama by lavishing him with money to show their appreciation. It is a mutual admiration society that we pay for.

    Isn't it time that we put somebody in the Whitehouse that was truly interested in doing the job he was elected to do rather than an empty suited celebrity chaser? Obama has done more to cheapen and degrade the presidency than anybody in history. And that is before his abysmal record of failure is considered.

    May 11, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Obvious Guy

    Obama is a DB. And a Marxist. I know CNN won't post this because they too are Marxists.

    Do you have any idea what you're even talking about? You do realize Marxism is a real thing, and not just something you call someone when you want to insult them, right? Karl Marx was an actual person, and contrary to your dumb way of thinking, Obama is NOTHING like him, nor do they believe the same stuff. It scares me that your vote is equal to mine in the election process.

    May 11, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. alyarby

    What a guy - he supposedly identifies with the 99%, yet look who he hobnobs with? Look who he socializes with. And for pete's sake, while Rome is burning, look how the "prez" spends his time. He is an absolute disgrace to the country, and an embarrassment to every hard working man and woman in this country. He is a complete failure, a person with no track record prior to his current job, which is certainly the embodiment of the Peter Principle for him, and one horrendous record of failure for the last 3 years. And now, CNN happily chirps away about him shooting hoops with movie stars. THAT is someone we are supposed to look to for leadership? Nah, I don't think so. But here it all is, from the Most Biased Name in News.

    May 11, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. You heard it worst on CNN

    It's just a big party for Obama. Rubbing elbows with movies stars, sending the wife and kids all over the world on vacation on the tax payers dime. Club Obama indeed. 15 million to be spent on advertising and throwing more partys. It's sick. 15 million can build a small factory. 15 million can build a chain of restraunts. 15 million could build a hospital or a school. This is broken part of our electoral system. The abuse and control of our mass media by those who would spend irresponsibility in order to gain or keep power. Where I live its not safe to go play basketball at the park anymore. I'm 40 years old and I've never seen so many people out of work in my life. You are disgusting Mr. Obama.

    May 11, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. gg

    obama shoots hoops –while romney shoots himself in the foot

    May 11, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. sassysticks53

    AH-HA! This is hysterical! I've never seen so many people scared of a skinny black guy in all my life. You Obama haters are like a troll under the bridge. You come out to bite whenever the guy's name is mentioned! You throw out the ridiculous name-calling like socialist, marxist, nazi, eventhough I'm positive most of you don't even know the meaning of those words or what those words really mean. What a scared, ignorant bunch of people you are! Can't wait to see the headlines after election day: OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION DESPITE GOP ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY HIM!!

    May 11, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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