President Barack Obama, perhaps the most famous Bulls fan in the world, sat court-side on Tuesday October 27 to watch the Bulls defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the opening night of the NBA regular season.
In a halftime interview with TNT, Obama predicted the Bulls and Cavs will be “two of the top teams” in the Eastern Conference, but he couldn’t withhold his favoritism for his hometown team.
“I am a big Bulls fan,” Obama told TNT’s David Aldridge. “It’s very promising.”
During his interview with TNT, Obama also thanked the NBA for supporting his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which helps young men of color.
“It’s a program to make sure that all of us are supporting disadvantaged youth and particularly disadvantaged boys,” Obama said. “The NBA stepped up. Every team in the league is sponsoring mentorship programs.”
Following the game, Obama took to Twitter to applaud the Bulls’ victory.
This wasn’t the first time Obama attended a game while in office. In February 2009, during his first term, Obama sat courtside for a game between the Bulls and Washington Wizards in D.C., and he drank a beer as he took in the action.
When Lebron James was interviewed before the season opening Bulls vs Cavs game, he said “I believe our league is the greatest league that we have in the world. We have the greatest athletes and greatest fans and so on and so on,” said James. “So [for] the president of the United States to grace us on opening night in Chicago, I’m just honored. [It’s] something I can tell my kids a long, long time from now. I’ll actually be able to have the film showing them — kids don’t believe me sometimes — I’ll be able to show them the film that the president of the United States was at a ballgame I played in. That’s pretty cool.”
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