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NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 9:10 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverbarack-obama

Do you support United States President Barack Obama, like professional basketball and have $5,000 sitting around? If so, I know just the event for you.

President Obama is hosting a Washington, D.C. exhibition game featuring some of the NBA's biggest stars on Dec. 12. The only catch? Tickets start in the triple digits, with proceeds from the game going to the Obama Victory Fund to support the President's 2012 re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The Obama Classic Basketball Game, announced on, is expected to feature NBA and WNBA stars past and present.
Please join us in Washington, DC for a game featuring basketball's greatest super stars in support of the Obama Victory Fund.

Confirmed to play: Ray Allen - Carmelo Anthony - Chris Bosh - Vince Carter - Tyson Chandler - Jamal Crawford - Kevin Durant - Baron Davis - Patrick Ewing - Derek Fisher - Rudy Gay - Blake Griffin - Tyler Hansbrough - Dwight Howard - Juwan Howard - Antawn Jamison - Dahntay Jones - Brandon Knight - Kevin Love - Jamal Mashburn - Cheryl Miller - Reggie Miller - Alonzo Mourning - Dikembe Mutombo - Chris Paul - Quentin Richardson - Doc Rivers - Steve Smith - Jerry Stackhouse - Amare Stoudemire - Tina Thompson - John Wall - Russell Westbrook. More players to be added soon! 
Tickets for the game start at $100 and escalate to $5,000 for courtside seats. The venue is currently listed as "to be announced."

Obama, a huge basketball fan, has said in recent months that the ongoing NBA lockout has left him "heartbroken" and "concerned." Asked recently if he planned to intervene in the NBA's ongoing labor dispute, Obama said that he "wouldn't intercede" because he has "some bigger fish to fry."

I guess putting the still-unemployed players to work fundraising for a president re-election campaign technically counts as frying a bigger fish. The message here: ask not what the President can do for your job, NBA players, ask only what you can do for the President's job. 

But, seriously, if this is anything like the Carrier Classic -- a college basketball game played on an aircraft carrier that Obama and his wife attended on Veteran's Day -- then it will be all sorts of awesome.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:53 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Krusader, ever read the Old Testament? Because there's a lot of stuff in there that makes the Saw movies look like family-friendly entertainment. Anyone can cherry-pick stuff from a religious text to make a case for or against a particular religion. If I were so inclined, I could cherry-pick a bunch of lines a verses from the Bible (from both the Old & New Testaments) that would portray Christianity as the craziest cult that ever existed. Throughout history, the only people Christians (or fanatics from any other religion) have ever desired peace for are themselves and their fellow fanatics.

But forget about history. I'll actually just use a modern day example. American Christians have been very insistent, particularly in the past 10 years, that America is a Christian country. According to the same people, Christianity is a religion of peace. Now, which country has the largest militarized industrial complex the world has ever seen? Which country spends the most on the R&D and manufacturing of tools of destruction? You get three guesses and the first two don't count.

I don't hate my country, but I am able and willing to admit when we don't operate by the values we profess to hold dear. I don't think America is evil, but we also are not the picture of perfection many Americans have convinced themselves we are. And I am tired of so-called Christians trying to paint all Muslims as Christian-hating, America-hating evil-doers. People who do this are no better than the people on the other side trying to paint all Americans as haters of Muslims (and hey, way to go helping them get their point across!). It's counter-productive and it draws everyone, whether they want to participate or not, into a stupid culture war between two religions that, frankly, have done more harm than good to this planet and everything living on it.

If I had my way, I'd eradicate both religions - not the people, mind you, just the polarizing, divisive, non-peace-making religious beliefs - from the Earth. But since that's not going to happen, can we at least act like adults and not petulant children and admit there are good and bad Muslims just as there are good and bad Christians.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:26 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

It's no more foolish than any other private citizen using whatever talents they have to contribute to whatever cause they choose. If they choose to support a particular political candidate, then whatever. It's not my business and it won't affect whether I watch the NBA.

People need to get over themselves and their ideologies.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:13 am

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Wow.  I have been a fan of the NBA since I was a little boy (over 35 years) and i will never watch another game.  This is a really foolish move by the players.  

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:18 am

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

I've attended my last PRO basketball game ---- How this wonderful game became such a supporter of the Democratic Party is beside me!!  Just think about that statement ---- Take a good look at the Union and ask yourself if you would be attending a Pro Game if it wasnt for them????  A Shame!!

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:24 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Word on the street is that ACORN is buying up all the seats and paying people to attend.  Jamal Mashburn - really?  Calling this a game of basketball's greatest super stars with Jamal Mashburn is like a campaign promise of Hope and Change.  I'm hoping you have some change to spare for me. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:55 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Well the streets will be safer w/ all these black thugs at one place for a few hours. Wonder how many Federal Sheriffs will be in the house to try and get back payment for child care that these fools are notorious for not paying. Enjoy it guys because given the horrific job this muslim has done regarding he country there will not be another black president for decades.

More racist and stereotyping comments.  Great to know bigots are alive and well.
Really though, if what Obama has done during his term is enough to warrent no other black presidents for decades then what does that say about future white presidents?  You know, because he is only half black and the rest of him is white.

What about the mess and downturn that Bush caused?  Is that enough to make sure no other white presidents for the next few decades as well?

How about male presidents, because they've all been males and look at the mess we are in now.

I guess this means we are limited to an Asian or a Latin woman for president for the next 100 years.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:08 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

I hate that sitting presidents spend so much time on returning for the next term. I know both parties always do it, but I want my president working on what's happening now. The success of your term should be your re-election campaign.  Our political system sucks aceholes.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:42 am

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Can I get a Chinese loan for the $5000 seats, give one of my seats to aid the Pakistanis, and let a future generation of U.S. taxpayers pay for them ?

If so, sign me up. 

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:47 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

I agree for the most part "Krusader" but clearly you know nothing about the  Qur'an or Islam and tolerence. You can't paint all Muslims with the same brush just as you can't paint all Christians equal. Different denominations and different ideas in all religion. 

For the record I grew up in a Pentecostal Church, but now practice no religion and pray to no one!! So I don't defend or ridicule one over the other...  

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:44 pm

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

WOW! Lots of hate all the way around. Stop saying christians, these guys never said they were christians.
I am a white man and a christian and I pray for Obama every day. He is my president even though I didn't and never will vote for him. He still leads the greatest nation on earth and needs our prayers! If you hate the NBA thats fine but think of all the people who rely on the NBA for jobs whether black, white ,asian or whatever. So you should hope they get their act together. As for Muslims hating christians they do. Read the koran it say jews, christians then all non muslims must die. So if your a true muslim and live by the koran then you have  hate for jews and christians. Now if Obama is one I don't know. He says he's a christian so I'll take him at his word. People get along and do whats best for this country! 

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