Obama sticks to election day tradition, plays hoops
CHICAGO -- Now is not the time to mess with good luck rituals.
So President Obama played basketball with aides and friends -- including former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen -- on Tuesday, sticking to his election day tradition.
Four years ago, Obama played ball before watching returns throughout his hunt for the Democratic nomination. The notable exception was a painful one for Obama’s team -- the New Hampshire primary, which he lost.
“We made the mistake of not playing basketball once, I can assure you we’ll not repeat that,” said Obama advisor Robert Gibbs.
Obama started organizing the game last week. Gibbs said Obama asked an aide to enlist former aide Reggie Love to round up a team.
Aides were mum on exactly who was on the roster. But Obama friend Alexi Giannoulias was tweeting some details. Giannoulias said he was playing on a team with “Pippen and B.O.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Obama friend Marty Nesbitt and former Bull Randy Brown also played, Giannoulias said.
A couple of hours later: “What a day! ‘Coach Obama’ coached us to victory! Great win, way to play, Pip!”
Later, Giannoulias told reporters the president’s team won by about 20 points.
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