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. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obvious Guy - 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
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    Obama is more like Karl Marx Lite.... "spread the wealth around".... "evil rich people".... He can't afford to come out of hte socialist closet though. It would give up the entire Democrat Party "progressive" scam they got going.

    May 11, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. gg

    obama plays basket to combat stress–romney steals peoples pensions ,and ships there jobs to china, when mitt came to town.

    May 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    Obvious Guy, Sniffit and Clooney, hmmmm, I don't know but you guys all sound like you hang out together. Have you guys been to the White House and didn't tell us?

    May 11, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Ilya

    Obviouis Guy, read the manifesto of Marx, then read the democrat platform. Notice the similarities?

    May 11, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. ginger saari

    if you think mittwitt romney has ever been to a homeless shelter think again

    May 11, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. ginger saari

    not to mention his hidden zillions in overseas banks

    May 11, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Wow...just watch and listen as the Repubs have a field day critisizing the president for having a little fun.....We have NEVER had one that didn't take time away from the White House to refresh his spirit.. NEVER!

    May 11, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    "Obama is more like Karl Marx Lite.... "spread the wealth around".... "evil rich people".... He can't afford to come out of hte socialist closet though."
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    President supports the same progressive tax structure as Ronald Reagan. Was he a "socialist"?

    May 11, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. normajean @ verizon ,com

    You didn't print it but I just said that the Repubs would have a field day criticizing the pres for having a little fun while refreshing his mind...now what's wrong with that?? Every president has done the same at whatever he enjoys. We could tie him to a chair in the White House to please the nay sayers!!!!

    May 11, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Debby

    Yep and people are losing their unemployment benefits. How fitting of this Pres.

    May 11, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    President supports the same progressive tax structure as Ronald Reagan. Was he a "socialist"?
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    "supports"??? Like Reagan had a choice of the current piece of crappola and something else?

    It depends how the tax code is used and is definitely being used to redistribute the wealth in this nation when 50% get a free ride while fewer and fewer pay ZERO. Many get money back that they never even paid, which is welfare administered through the tax code.

    May 11, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. PalinPoe

    How dare obama call those actors superheroes and not the troops who so hard are working, protecting and serving to spread our freedoms who are the superheroes.

    What? CNN said that? Nevermind.

    May 11, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Tex71

    The closest synonym to "Republican" at this point is "sore loser"

    May 11, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Tim

    Does he shoot a basketball like he throws a baseball? He will definitely get the gay vote.

    May 11, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Peggy - TX

    I have the greatest respect for President Obama. Obviously he a competent President actively involved with all aspects of the difficult job. The manner in which he can take a brake and play basketball shows he is physiologically on solid ground. He impressively handles the stresses of the Office in spite of the relentless and unprecedented, unreasonable, opposition by Congress and also having to start his term with an economy in free fall.

    President Obama is so unlike Governor Romney, Mr. Stuff shirt, who finds stress release in leading a mob to attack and young gay man and viciously cut his hair. Or, cruelly keeps a terrified a dog on top of his car in a pin for a long car ride in a misguided effort to put on a show where he pretends to be an ordinary family guy on vacation.

    Seriously people, how can any rational decent person, back Romney. Of course it is obvious that that last question will unanswered on this blog ….

    May 11, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "It depends how the tax code is used and is definitely being used to redistribute the wealth in this nation when 50% get a free ride while fewer and fewer pay ZERO. Many get money back that they never even paid, which is welfare administered through the tax code."

    So you want to tax retirees and the disabled? If you want more people to pay taxes, you don't do it by shafting those at the bottom. Start raising average wages and more people will pay taxes. It's pretty freakin' simple except that "simple" passes for calculus among you low-information cult members.

    And yet again you show your absolutely jaw-dropping ignorance of history by refusing to note that wealth has been redistributed UPWARDS since Reagan and your Ayn Rand groupies started trying to sell their snake oil and fairy dust.

    May 11, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Peggy - TX

    Debby said " Yep and people are losing their unemployment benefits. How fitting of this Pres."

    Debby, I belive fith graders learn that the President is the Executive brach and that it is the Legislative brach that passes the laws and controls the budget. You need to ask your momy and daddy go whine to your Congress man. Congress will not act to do anything, like put money in the hands of people that might spend it; otherwise the economy might get better, faster .. and that just would NOT acheive the clearly stated goal of the Speaker of the House, whose said clearly his main objective is to make President Obama a one term President.

    May 11, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. WiredweirdinSF

    I don't mind him hanging around with actors. The GOP hangs around with their puppet masters, the KOCH CROOKS!

    May 11, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines
    So you want to tax retirees and the disabled? If you want more people to pay taxes, you don't do it by shafting those at the bottom.
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    I want EVERYBODY to pay at least something. Everybody must have skin in the game. We can't afford anymore free rides for anybody. Do they not benefit by living in this country like everybody else?

    Start raising average wages and more people will pay taxes.
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    So now you want to government to dictate salary levels? Why not do what millions have done and get an education and work hard to get ahead. I know that is a foreign concept to the leftist losers like you but it is a tried and proven method to have a better life. Your solution of the government stealing others earnings only to hand it to others who won't work is a fast track to what the old Soviet Union had, no wealth and a bunch of unmotivated poor people barely being kept alive.

    May 11, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. johnny

    I wish our president spent less time playing basketball and more time working on fixing this economy.

    May 11, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. rob

    @ NVa Native
    I do not hate President Obama, what i'm pointing out is the fact that the WAPO, CNN etc are in the tank for the president and the coverage proves it. The media was not interested in digging into Obama's past in the run up to the 2008 elections but they will go as far back as 50 years to a 17 year old Romney in highschool to try and smear him as an anti gay bully.

    May 11, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Dan

    He trashes the wealthy then rubs elbows with them. Hypocrite!!! And the wealthy that rub elbows with this empty suit are fools.

    May 11, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    alyarby wrote:

    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.

    Why on earth would our president ask the 99% for money when he knows they don't have it? Why oh why are you people so ignorant? ALL THE TIME 24/7 – 365 or 366 days a year? Since YOU don't understand perhaps, I can explain it. He is asking the 1% because he KNOWS they can afford to be asked and quit expecting the president to help you achieve something in your own miserable life. Go out and get a job and you won't be able to watch him all the time.

    May 11, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Guest

    Keep saying it, 'I am so impressed, I am so impressed, I am so impressed." Does anybody care who he plays with.

    May 11, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Don

    That's nice. Now what about the economy?

    May 11, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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