Obama pausing for hoops; Romney eats lunch

By: WEAU Staff Email
By: WEAU Staff Email

CHICAGO (AP)- President Barack Obama has paused his Election Day schedule for a moment for something he loves — basketball.

The president's motorcade made a 10 minute drive to Attack Athletics, a sports complex, to play hoops with friends and staff. Dozens of people lining the streets waved and cheered as Obama made his way to the complex.

Among those playing alongside the president: Mike Ramos, a childhood friend from Hawaii, and Marty Nesbitt, a friend from Chicago.

Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen was one of the players, and Obama snagged him for his own team.

Also on Obama and Pippen's team was Alexi Giannoulias, a former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee.

"It was a lot of fun," Giannoulias said. "We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true."

On the other team were Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former captain of Harvard's basketball team.

The two five-player teams played four 12-minute quarters, and referees were brought in to call fouls.

Giannoulias said Obama's team won by "like 20," with a score of "like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something."

The basketball game is an Election Day tradition for Obama. In 2008, Obama played basketball with aides before winning the kickoff Iowa caucuses. They decided to make the games an Election Day tradition after he lost the next contest, the New Hampshire primary, on a day when they didn't hit the court.

Mitt Romney stopped by a Wendys for lunch. He ordered a quarter-pounder (no cheese), chili and a Frosty.

It's been a long few days for sure. "He's kind of operating on fumes," Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, tells the AP, speaking about the presidential candidate and their hectic schedule.


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