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. phoenix86

    Meanwhile, in other news, another 384,000 people lost their jobs....

    May 12, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. caeser

    Let Romney get his money from "Them the Corporations"
    Let Obama get his money from "We the People"
    Barack Obama the peoples President 2012

    May 12, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

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

    Why don't you simply post the relevant quotes? Oh wait, they don't exist.

    May 12, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Cynthia L.

    @Debby, you should hold Congress accountable, for that one. Obama is responsible for pushing extenstions. They have been responsible for denying them.
    If you actually read the news, you'd know that. Instead, you just post away while the rest of yawn yet again.

    May 12, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Vivek

    George Clooney in no way, shape, or form should ever be considered Batman. He was the absolute worst actor to portray that role.

    May 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Gimmeabreak!

    Photo says it all. Obama lives in the land of imaginary creatures, edited reality, and teleprompters. How's that been working out for ya?

    May 12, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Geoff

    All politics aside, I'm trying to think of a Hollywood actor that has done more of a turn-around than Robert Downey Jr. The guy went from being a talented A-list star, to the type of self-destructive addict who inexplicably shows up dirty, wide-eyed and confused in your living room (for like a DECADE) to a prison inmate, to a recovering addict, to an actor that can't get insured, to an A-list actor AGAIN - probably making more money with this Iron Man character than any other current working actor, to a guy who is trusted enough to be invited to a party with the president - albeit an expensive party, I'm sure. Still, has there ever been a bigger career resurgence than that?

    May 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. pkbkr

    Yes, President Obama and his family HAVE served in soup kitchens and visited homeless shelters! Don't you people ever give up on trying to trash this man?!? He deserves to play basketball.....didn't every Prez do something to destress....how about GW's visits to his RANCH in Texas? Did he EVER visit a homeless shelter or even realize there were such things? And I doubt that Romney has ever visited one either......Obama/Biden 2012

    May 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Ken from FL

    Is there anything this guy won't do to win votes????

    May 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. RudyG

    Hopefully he'll keep playing hoops. We don't need him muddling up the economy any further!

    May 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. RudyG

    I never thought I'd say this, but we have a president who is beginning to make Jimmy Carter look effective!!

    May 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Bjohnson

    What a ridiculous article.

    May 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Bjohnson

    George Clooney and Tobey Maguire, has been and never been

    May 12, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Another Day in the RW Idiot MInes

    "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."

    And one again you prove you're an excellent example of either (a) a deliberate hatewingin' troll with no intention of debating honestly or (b) someone too mentally deficient to debate honestly. Your first sentence gives it away since no one, including myself, said anything about "dictating salary levels." That's called a strawman, because it's an argument you made up just to shoot it down.

    Second, it is pretty presumptuous for someone as demonstrably ignorant as you to be lecturing others on education and getting ahead. You look particularly idiotic making this point to people with graduate degrees and who probably pay more in taxes than you earn in a year. But hey, since you're so big on this education to get ahead thing, we'll count on your support for the keeping student loan interest rates down.

    PS: Your comment about the Soviet Union again marks you as a mentally inept GOBP cult member, since there really are no points of relevant comparison except to folks like you who've had your brains washed, rinsed, dried and fluffed by the rightwing hatemedia propaganda machine.

    May 12, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Greymant

    Oh please, I'll always love the original Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, but EVERYONE wants to forget Clooney ever put on the Batsuit.

    Personally, I would've rather met Ryan Reynolds, Robert Downey Jr and Hugh Jackman. They were the embodiment of Green Lantern, Iron Man and Wolverine.

    May 12, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Illeagle-j1

    I understand that Mtt is trying to figure out how to give Obama a haircut, old habits die hard.
    Talk about stereotypical character, right out of Animal House, Congrats, Mitt, your true colors are now out for all to see.

    May 12, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Bren

    Liberals are HILARIOUS. They are more worried about how Romney spends his own money, then how Obama spends theirs!!!

    May 12, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. IndestructibleLioness

    I happen to admire all three of these men. I would have gone to this event but I didn't have anything to wear. Same goes for my mom as well.

    May 12, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Liberals are HILARIOUS. They are more worried about how Romney spends his own money, then how Obama spends theirs!!!"

    No, it's your low information, mentally deficient rightwing radicals who are "HILARIOUS." "Liberals" and pretty much anyone else with a lick of commons sense is concerned that Rmoney and your GOBP cult want to spend our money on more corporate welfare and more tax cuts for the filthy rich. To the extent anyone pays attention to Rmoney's personal spending it's only to note how out of touch he is with average Americans. Car elevators, anyone?

    May 12, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. WhackyWaco

    Dumb article. These hollywood artists are NOT heroes.

    May 12, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. gg

    romney had his own poop stars on stage-newtand santorum

    May 12, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. gg

    theres is a difference between 1% ers,the once that obama hangs around with, care about people and country,the ones rommney hangs with really don,t care about anyone or country

    May 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Really CNN? You leave a meaningless thread open for comments, while closing comments about the latest political topics? Is this your little gift to right-wingers for leaving the thread open yesterday on a Palin story? You guys are getting to be as bad as Fox.

    May 12, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Sue

    Yep, that's the Bamster. Playing hoops, golfing, riding his bike in Martha's Vineyard, eating snocones in Hawaii, dancing to Motown in the White House, etc--–while Rome burns.

    May 12, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. John

    Why can't we have a presidential president? When he tries to "look cool" he diminishes the office. It is a serious role and he is just concerned with being popular and "cool".

    May 13, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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