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President Barack Obama reveals he was once a 76ers fan, noted Republican Spencer Hawes reacts

Nov 26, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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We recently wrote about Dr. J appearing on the Colbert Report television program and telling a tale of how he was once set to play a basketball game with President Obama and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. So it was extra interesting today to learn that the President was once a 76ers fan, probably back when Julius Erving used to battle Magic Johnson.

Obama was in California recently at the home of legendary Lakers point guard Magic Johnson when he dropped this bombshell. From Market Watch:

On a fundraising tour out West, President Barack Obama on Monday stopped by the house of basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. According to a pool report, Obama revealed that he was being tailed on the trip by New Yorker editor David Remnick, who asked the president about the significance of meeting Johnson.

“First of all, understand that I was a 76ers fan,” Obama said, to boos from the audience.

The assumption is that a young Barack was likely engrossed by the magic of the high-flying Dr. J back in the day. How can you blame a kid for looking up to Julius Erving? It didn’t get much cooler than the Doc.

President Obama is now a Chicago Bulls fan, but that didn’t stop noted Republican Spencer Hawes from reacting to the news that Barack once was a fan of the 76ers.

UPDATE: Here’s a full quote via Molly Sullivan:

Look, I’m not one of these people — hold on — I do not go to different cities and tell them, man, I love the Lakers, I love the Celtics. (Laughter.) I’m not one of those people who just says what you want to hear. I was a 76ers fan because Dr. J, when I was 12, 13, 14 years old, that was my guy. And so when he went to the 76ers, I became a fan of his. Now, I became a fan of Magic’s when he was in college at Michigan State, but I couldn’t just suddenly shift and be a fair-weather friend to the Dr.

  1. Pete D - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Cue caliber comments in 3…2…1…

  2. psudrozz - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    With all this time for fundraising and celebrity face time on the west coast, one could only assume is fixed and ready to go!

    Way to go Prez!

    • - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      You can hear the sound of Obama’s balls hitting the chins of liberals every time you see an anti-Obama comment get downvoted.

      • Greg_G - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        All 7 Obama supporters downvoted you guys.

      • t800m101 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        That’s highly unlikely considering the overwhelming majority of Obama supporters can’t even read.

      • Mark432 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        If only Obama was a liberal…

  3. willh888 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    loves the 76ers, Patriots, Blue Jackets and Nationals.

    hates the Texans

    • psudrozz - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      also loves the chisox.

      although i found it weird that when asked, he couldn’t name one player.

    • Gunsmoke65 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      And the Rangers.

  4. whizkid - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    …. back in the day EVERYBODY was a Dr. J fan – and why not – he used to walk on air!! One of the top 10 to ever run the floor!!

    • Gunsmoke65 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Yea, Run DMC had a song about it: “you be illin’”

  5. t800m101 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Great, doesn’t change the fact that he’s a dog shit president.

  6. Mike c. - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    o’BAMA IS nothing but a fuckin sand nigger who cares more about his muslim bretherin than this country. God I hope someone kills this bastad

    • GregL190 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      The Secret Service would like to have a word with you.

      • Gunsmoke65 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Sho nuff (anti-Obama speakers language). You see his spelling, are you serious?

    • Lol - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Can’t tell if it’s sarcasm or not.

    • Drew - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Of course…of course Mikey. But it least get your sister off her knees.

  7. Hawkin - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog post.Much thanks again. Great.
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