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. LOL

    @Bend Forward: You complain about income being redistributed downwards, but I don't hear you complain when nanny state conservatives redistribute income upwards...

    May 11, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Joey

    @Peggy-Tx...Back at you Peggy....How can any rational, decent person back Obama?? They can't if they are rational. Hes a puppet of the Illinois political machine, not a leader.

    May 11, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Gimmeabreak!

    Whoopdeedoo, Obama can shoot hoops! He sure as heck can't do anything else constructive!

    Romney 2012!

    May 11, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. sjlucas

    The problem with the GOP activists who live and comment on these sites is that they have a break in reality when it comes to saying that that the President's agenda has been a failure. Yeah, I get it, everyone would prefer a fasting growing economy. But an economy that is growing at an albeit slow rate of growth is certainly better than an economy that is falling so fast that nobody knew where the bottom was. Time to get serious about the mess the President inherited and what he has been able to accomplish with little to no help from the congressional GOP. It is so sad that the GOP has been so dead set on trying to be sure that Obama is not reelected that they were willing to get the country go into the tank in order to accomplish their political goals. Luckily, the American people understand this and my prediction is that the President will be reelected and GOP congressional candidates will be punished in November.

    May 11, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Really?

    Yep so much for the president being for the middle class. With him always fundraising with Hollywood stars. Tell me again how he different then the other evil %1 he complain about?

    Obama always the hypocrite.

    May 11, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. FedUp

    More playng. It must be nice to get paid to do nothing but travel and play games.

    May 11, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. trumod

    I wouldn't worry too much about a "socialist agenda." Judging by the spelling, grammar and punctuation in the comments, all the tax dollars that go to public education have been wasted.

    May 11, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. trumod

    And by the way, the "backbone" of a two-tier society is an ignorant, easily-led underclass. That would be you, Tea Baggers.

    May 11, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Ed1

    Obvious Guy

    I am glad to know that you think I am a racist and you know so much about my grandparents.

    It seems you are the racist because if I am one I guess it doesn't mean anything since I am black.

    I just want a President who will honor what he said he would do when he was trying to win the election in 2008.

    Why is it when a person talks about a half black and half white they are all of a sudden a racist I can't stand people always trying to use the race card when they disagree with someone. I voted for Obama and I just whis you would see him for what he is a charmer and snake oil salesmen.

    It's people like you that give black a bad name you are one sorry person.

    May 11, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. julius raynor

    Obama verses Rommney for president maybe Rommeny can pull it off by spending some of those millions he has kept in those off shore bank accounts.

    May 11, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. OCVoterinCA

    Got my voter ballot in the mail today. Obama has my vote for sure. Romney should pack it up and move to the side of the road because President Obama is going to win by a landslide.

    Obama/Biden 2012. Move FORWARD.

    May 11, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Brendan

    Excellent CNN, yeees.

    Obama- Just your average friendly neighbor. Plays basketball, compliments his opponents, raises millions of dollars in campaign funds with all his 1% Hollywood buddies.
    Romney- EVIL LITTLE-KID-TORTURING SOCIOPATH! RIPS KIDS SCALPS CLEAN OFF THEIR HEADS! "DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM" SAYS AN ANONYMOUS SOURCE. ANOTHER SOURCE SAYS HE IS ALSO SAURON FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS! In high school.

    May 11, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. !ST SGT

    Ham's descendents only know basketball. Basketball been velly, velly good to me. Made me President cause people stupid.

    May 11, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. joey

    BS to the nth degree!

    May 12, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. Thomas

    Mitt Romney challenges Barack Obama to waterskiing tournament.
    "I don't think I'll play the president a round of golf but I'll be happy to take him through a waterski course."

    I'll bet you ten thousand dollars !

    @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.

    Mitt Romney , five sons , all avoided voluntary military service , " Super Heroes " !

    May 12, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  16. Agenda expozee!!

    So if you don't agree with the gay agenda!! He will send his fictional characters to climb our walls and teach us a lesson!! too bad no Psychological Mind Games can save Jimmy Carter upgraded version B.H.O its four and the door!!

    May 12, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  17. fred ca

    He was a scrub through out his high school years. He is lower than a scrub in his present position. Of course his, uh, buddy george cloony, living his own wb fantasy as a 'playuh' encourages the obama fantasy.

    Isn't it time we end the white male oligarchy and defeat obama?

    May 12, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  18. Observer91

    This is the kind of article that anyone can predict comments for. Obama haters will just come out and criticize him for apparently not doing his "job" or not caring about poor people or something stupid like he's a socialist. Obama supporters will just come out criticizing those Obama haters. Well I for one will do neither. President Obama seems to be having a good time and I feel that he deserves it. Being POTUS is the most stressful job in the world, so any sort of TLC will help President Obama recuperate. Sure he's campaigning, but then again every president before him, Democrat and Republican, has done the same. So don't criticize him for doing something that every man before him has done and at least trying to enjoy himself at the same time.

    May 12, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  19. Peter Parker

    This is now a Spiderman thread.

    May 12, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  20. Jerry

    Oh well. Our clueless/divisive/druggie/lying president is doing what HE does best. Hopefully, at some point he will tackle the real issues that are really affecting our country; like the economy (stupid), jobs, housing, etc., etc., etc.

    Don't hold your breath! America, can our nation afford four more years of Obama and his delusional administration?!

    Be unafraid, stand tall for America!

    May 12, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  21. virginia voter

    how about less basketball and more fixing the country's problems.

    May 12, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  22. Joe

    Obama’s New Campaign Slogan “Forward!” but recently he leaned backwards to the ancient times "50 C.E" and found. letters to the Romans

    May 12, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Messier

    A b-ball court full of exs!

    May 12, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Stuffit

    While he is playing at our expense, I am working trying to pay taxes and make up for the money he and the corrupt unions that stole the election for him stole from my retirement account. Another day sure has a drug addicted view of economics. Must be a educated by the NEA and a card carrying member of the Flea Party.

    May 12, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Oh no, should he spending his time looking for bin laden inistead of having some down time and enjoying himself? Oops, I forgot. He already did that.
    @palinpoe, unless your comment is tongue in cheek your name tells the rest of us what a tiny little warped brain you have. Just your screen name says it all.

    May 12, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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