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At All-Star in spirit: Barack Obama

2/24/2012

Jennifer Epstein of Politico:

Obama rounded a day of travel that included a speech on energy policy and two fundraisers in the Miami area with a third fundraiser, at the home of Dallas Mavericks player Vince Carter. Carter welcomed the president to his home for an event that included former NBA players Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Paul and Steve Smith, plus NBA commissioner David Stern and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Near the start Obama also offered his appreciation to Stern. "I just want to say, thank you so much for settling the lockout, because I don't know what I would be doing with myself if I didn't at least have some basketball games around," he said. "And obviously we're looking forward to the All-Star Game. The game in Miami is tight, by the way. I was checking on the score as I was flying out."

Earlier in the day, Obama said he had hoped to attend the game this weekend, as well as Thursday night's New York Knicks-Miami Heat game. “In another life, I would be staying for the Knicks-Heat game tonight, then go up to Orlando for NBA All-Star Weekend," he said earlier in the day in Coral Gables. "But these days, I’ve got a few other things on my plate. Just a few.”

At another event, he added: “I just want you to know that I am resentful I'm not going to the game tonight. I am mad about that. It's not right. It's not fair. But I wish you guys all the best.”