Shaq throws in support for Obama in 2012

November 29, 2011

NBA star Shaquille O’Neal said on Monday he believes President Barack Obama is doing a “fabulous job” and will win the 2012 presidential election.

O’Neal, who retired from pro basketball this year, joined a handful of celebrities endorsing the Democratic president, ranging from singer Lady Gaga and actor Tom Hanks to Basketball hall-of-famer Magic Johnson.

“It’s a hard job … You can’t please everybody but I think he’s doing a fabulous job,” O’Neal told CNN host Piers Morgan. “The world is in a little bit of turmoil right now — the economy’s down — but … he’s going to pick it back up and I think he’s going to win this next election.”

A group of current and former NBA stars are due to play in a fundraising game in Washington on Dec. 12, the Obama campaign website says. Confirmed players include Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter, Alonzo Mourning and Jerry Stackhouse.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Scott Audette (Shaq waves to fans at an exhibition game), REUTERS/Larry Downing (Obama compares his shoe with a basketball sneaker belonging to O’Neal)


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90% of blacks voted for him in 2008. We already know reverse racism is a major reason he got elected and retains any voter approval at all. How is this news?

Posted by Jzyehoshua | Report as abusive

Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed that the ideals he set forth have been forgotten, looking past a person’s color to see their character. Obama is supported only by those who vote because of his skin color while overlooking his character or lack thereof.

Posted by Jzyehoshua | Report as abusive

Does anyone really care what athletes think? That is not what they are known for.

Posted by HAL.9000 | Report as abusive

good thing 7 ft and could play basketball and has lots of money because apparently he’s a moron about anything else

Hey, want to watch me play basketball? It’s about the same.

Posted by gthog61 | Report as abusive

@HAL9000, you or I may not care about what they think, but many do, especially in impoverished communities.

@Jzehoshua, most African-Americans voted for him not only because they can identify with him race wise, but his policies and proposals help those with less money, which unfortunately the vast majority of African-Americans are still part of the low income demographic.

Also you mention Obama’s ‘character or lack thereof’, seriously dude?!?!?! I would put Obama’s character ahead of ANY of the GOP candidates, BY FAR! and 95% of Americans. One perfect example is with all of the baseless attacks against him by the tea-baggers and even being heckled during State of the Union speeches (remember ‘Liar!’), he has never once responded with a lack of class.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive

This endorsement is interesting considering that in Shaq’s book that came out this year, Shaq attributed Rajon Rondo’s decrease in shooting percentage in 2009 and 2010 to having his confidence shattered by Obama when the Celtics visited the White House after their 2008 Championship.

Apparently Obama joked around with the team, telling Ray Allen that he needs to teach Rondo how to shoot. Rondo was apparently crushed by the comment, and his game still hasn’t recovered to where it was. I don’t think Obama meant to be insulting, but he’s quite unaware of how his unscripted comments can affect someone – be it a point guard or a business owner.

I’m not sure why Shaq thinks he’s doing a “fabulous job”, knowing that he’s had this kind of negative affect on many of us, including someone so close to him, over the last 3 years.

Posted by Sensibility | Report as abusive

Wow…why is Reuters running this? Who cares? I want to know who Pee Wee Hermann backs.

Posted by actnow | Report as abusive

Hey Jzyehoshua, how ignorant is your statement. I find it humorous when Republicans, who always vote WHITE, say that Blacks voted for Obama because he is Black… people will 90% of the time vote for another WHITE person, but you idiot never seem to thnk about that or bring it up when you attribute the Black vote to Obama….the only reason McShame and Snowbilly Snookie did not get 90% of your votes last time, is because most of you new she was an un-educated,trailer trash idiot, and just voted for the Black guy because of that…reverse racism is right, and most (NOT ALL) white people have practiced this all of their pitiful racist lives…and Shaq endorsing President Obama is no different than Tebow or anyone else in sports endorsing a republican candidate, but then again, they are what you folk would describe as “conservatives”, so that would be alright, huh? What a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites…

Posted by necie4010 | Report as abusive

Thank you USAPragmatist for telling the truth…I also agree with your premise that SOME African American not only voted for the President because of his race, but because of his stance on many of the issue that they believe in…like union rights, healthcare, etc. I do not understand why white people who make that claim, that Blacks only voted for Obama because he is Black, do not correlate the same premise to white people always voting for other whites…even when they know their statement is absolutley false, because both Alan Keyes, and Ken Blackwell were Black and Blacks did not vote for either of them…so why can’t whites associate political policies and values as the reason Blacks voted for Obama,instead of that old out-dated meme that “he is Black”…it’s because they know how racist and bigoted they truly are when they go into the voting booth, and in essence, they try to contribute their own reasons for always voting white, to Blacks, who really have always, no matter who was running,voted the Democratic ticket… some people’s mindset can be so narrow-minded and silly..

Posted by necie4010 | Report as abusive

I don’t endorse him. Why don’t I get a major story from Reuters? I know as much about this as Shaq, probably more.

Posted by scorpvol | Report as abusive

Shaq thinks Obama is doing an amazing job? The economic indicators in the country are the worst they have been since the great depression.

Posted by UnPartisan | Report as abusive

I guess although Shaq may be part of the 1% of the most wealthy in the country; he’s not part of the 4% of blacks who will not vote for Obama (again) in the upcoming election. It’s DISGUSTING that a wealthy person who considers himself a businessman would make that choice.

Posted by Red_In_Denver1 | Report as abusive

For all those who criticize the President, I have a question – How good are you at your job? Being a President is a lot more than writing comments in blogs or simply claiming one can do a better job without exactly detailing out how.

Shaq has proven himself as the very best, and understands what it takes to perform at that level. He recognizes performance when he see one.

Posted by SimplisticView | Report as abusive

Im black and I can confirm that there are many local black politicians that play and win on race. Especially with urban poor in gerrymandered districts.

However in statewide and national races, this is not true. There are many famous black personalities that supported Clinton over Jesse in prior primaries. Shaq was one of them.

As to why do 90% of African Americans support Obama – well its because many are poor and poor peoples interests are represented by Democrats (well at least from a superficial level). Cain would have not got majority of the black vote if he would have won the Republican nomination against a white democrat. Its not racial voting when there are underlying ideological reasons.

Posted by John2244 | Report as abusive