For Hoop Dreams and Dollars, Obama Returns to NYC
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 05:36 PM
President Barack Obama arrived in the Big Apple Wednesday evening for a basketball-related fundraiser.
He attended the 2012 Obama Classic dinner at Lincoln Center, where he was joined by former and current professional basketball players, including co-host Michael Jordan, Bill Bradley and Patrick Ewing.
Commenting on some of the legendary players in the room, Obama said, “this is my dream team.”
“It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," he said. "Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. That has not been the case at this event and I completely understand.”
Addressing the crowd of about 120 at Alice Tully Hall, Obama also discussed the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin. “The interesting thing here is that this, this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class. And it’s representative of the desire to go backwards instead of forwards and fight fights that we thought were settled 20 or 30 years ago,” he said.
Following the dinner, the president showed off his hoop skills by participating in a casual shoot — one that was not open to the press.
"This is a time for him to let loose and play with some supporters," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Tickets for the fundraiser cost $20,000 per person and was expected to generate about $3 million for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
Obama spent the earlier part of the day in Nevada discussing education. His Republican challenger, Gov. Mitt Romney, spent the day campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio.