Magic Johnson visits White House
February 7th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Magic Johnson visits White House

(CNN) - Retired basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson visited the White House on Thursday, a White House official told CNN.

Johnson was in town for an unrelated event, but met with President Barack Obama "briefly to discuss the important issue of HIV and AIDS in the African American community, and other issues," the official said.

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Johnson shocked the world in 1991 with the announcement that he has AIDS. Thursday is noted as Black HIV/AIDS Day.

The NBA legend didn't hide his support for Obama's re-election last year.

He voiced his political opinion in interviews and in campaign re-election material for the president.

"Our president has fought for affordable health care, education, and financial security for all Americans," he said, explaining his support for Obama in a video posted by the campaign days before the election.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Maybe they'll discuss ways to attack the REAL issues behind most of the gun violence in the USA. Such as the culture that glorifies gangs, violence, demeaning women, those things that seem to influence America's youth.

    February 7, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. donna

    Magic has had the Noise for 22 years. HIV used to be a death sentence, now it's just a chronic illness. Someday they could find a cure, but for right now the best way is not to get it in the first place, which means don't use heroin and don't get it in the back door.

    February 7, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. w l jones

    I do not know where he from but I only seen a dozen or more African American everybody else is plain American. Enough said.

    February 7, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Getoverit

    Cool. Maybe he'll submit a budget since the Democratically controlled Senate can't seem to do it.

    February 8, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    For what????????

    February 8, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |