Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday, and he found a moment to flex his hoops skills and talk a little trash, which caught the eye of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Ahead of a rally in Flint, Michigan, Obama, who was with Biden and staffers in a local gym, received a pass from an aide, took a dribble to the right, and stepped into a casual corner three. As he swaggered off the court and headed to the exits, Obama yelled out “That’s what I do!” to the room.
Obama’s friend and collaborator in LeBron James was clearly impressed by the heat check.
Now you just showing out now my friend!! That’s what you do huh?? Ok ok I see. All cash! 👌🏾 https://t.co/8pZzXLJIJj
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 31, 2020
The viral moment brings to mind a three-pointer the former Commander-in-Chief splashed home during an overseas stop in Kuwait while on the 2008 campaign trail. In front of a gymnasium full of U.S. military personnel egging him on, the then-Senator from Illinois picked up the ball, drained a J from the right wing, and walked off.
On Friday, Obama’s discussion with James and Maverick Carter in the latest episode of Uninterrupted‘s “The Shop” aired on HBO Max. The conversation touched on basketball, the upcoming election, and the history of racism in America — among other topics.
“The idea that you would just stop and give up is something that would be a betrayal to our ancestors.” @BarackObama tells @KingJames why it's our obligation to continue the fight for equality #TheShopHBO @hbomax pic.twitter.com/OaNFnVUkgb
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) October 31, 2020
"Hopefully 50 years down the line, my grandkids … can say that their Papa was in a moment where they seen change."
LeBron on continuing to fight for social justice for the next generation
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 31, 2020
Obama and James also recounted their midnight phone call hours after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Aug. 26. James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook called the former president to glean advice on how to move forward in their ongoing fight against social injustice. Obama said he recommended setting up committees to establish initiatives that can directly influence policy.