President Obama, fulfilling his election-day tradition, played a pick-up basketball game with friends and a former NBA great on Tuesday. The president played hoops at Attack Athletics, a 65,000 sq. foot facility on West Harrison St. in Chicago. Obama was reportedly joined by former Chicago Bulls players Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown, plus friends and members of his staff. The President arrived at 1:07 p.m. local time according to pool reports, although reporters were not allowed into the building to watch POTUS' run -- they were banished to their pool reporter van outside the facility. Obama's day was largely about multiple satellite interviews with television stations in swing states, and a visit to his Chicago campaign office. But the afternoon run continued an apparently needed tradition for the nation's 44th President. USA Today reported the president skipped only one election day pick-up game, in 2008. That was the day he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Rodham-Clinton. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan played with the president and after the game commented to USA Today:"He's in great spirits. He feels really good. He was really loose. He was cracking jokes and talking trash and having a good time. It was really, really fun. It's the one place where he can just hang out, so it's a really good break for him."
Obama's election day run
November 6, 2012, 10:57 pm