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Obama spent part of election day playing hoops with Pippen

Nov 6, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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You know how in college you woke up after about two hours of sleep before the 9 a.m. test you were cramming for most of the night before, and when you got out of bed you were kind of resigned to a “I’ve tried, whatever happens now happens” attitude.

Sounds like Barack Obama is there with the presidential election.

Rather than spending election Tuesday crisscrossing the country trying to rally the troops, he spent the day in Chicago and played some hoops with Scottie Pippen, reports the Chicago Tribune.

At around 1 p.m., Obama’s motorcade arrived at the Hope Athletic Center on Chicago’s West Side, where the president played basketball with staff and friends. Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias tweeted that he was playing on a team with Obama and former Bulls Pippen and Randy Brown. Their team reportedly won by 20 points.

A White House spokeswoman confirmed that Obama also played with brother-in-law and Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Reggie Love, Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt.

Reports are Nate Silver kept the statistics for the game, but Spencer Hawes and Danny Ainge showed up to complain that Silver’s stats were biased toward Obama. (That part is a joke, people.)

Whatever happens with the election, know this — for the rest of his life Obama’s pickup games will be better than yours.

  1. mat9844 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I totally agree with the Prez. Personally, I’d rather watch basketball than politics any day and that’s just what I plan on doing tonight. Basketball has always been my great escape. Always a good game on somewhere.

  2. canehouse - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Barack has zero game to his right… always drives left! haha!!! Conservative lilly people… 4 More Years!!!!!

  3. hojo20 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    If I played against the Prez, I’d deliver a Flagrant 2 foul many times.

    • phaden27 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      I’m sure Buzz and Fillipe, part of the secret service, would love to administer the foul. At muzzle velocity.

      • hojo20 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        Doesn’t matter. It would be worth it.

    • phaden27 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      You’re right. The removal of your sad personality would be totally worth it.

  4. manchestermiracle - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Good stress reducer and keeps the wife from bitching about him not getting enough exercise. Sports-wise, this beats the heck out of the former VP shooting someone in the face.

  5. dfh3456 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    On behalf of the dealers in Las Vegas, hopefully Barack gave some tipping advice to Scottie “No Tippin” Pippen.

  6. florida727 - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Oh well. Maybe after last night, he’ll actually spend more time playing “president” than he has in the past. It would be nice if after eight years he accomplished something.

    • Iraelite - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      I see somebody’s still got Romnesia.

  7. omniusprime - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Nice pickup game to help relax President Obama for his well deserved victory!

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