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Air Obama: President’s re-election campaign goes Dream Team

August 7, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign fundraising “Win a date with a celebrity” lottery has gone Dream Team.

The campaign is offering donors who give at least $3 the chance to enter a lottery to attend the “Obama Classic,” a night of basketball with some of the sport’s greats — Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irvin — and the player many consider its greatest, Michael Jordan.

“Imagine shooting hoops with Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Oh, and you’ll get to meet President Obama and Michael Jordan over dinner, too,” Obama campaign staffer Marlon Marshall said in an email to supporters.

“Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo,” the email said.

Obama’s campaign has raised millions of dollars, and increased its small-donor base, with lotteries offering dinners or parties with the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton or Hollywood stars – and Democratic supporters – like Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney.

Jordan won six championships with the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls, Obama’s favorite basketball team, and was the league’s Most Valuable Player five times. In 1992, he was part of the “Dream Team,” the first U.S. Olympic basketball team to feature active NBA players, which defeated its opponents by almost 44 points per game as it marched to a gold medal at the Barcelona games. Ewing was also a member of that team.

Photo credit: Former basketball great Michael Jordan watches the Texas Rangers play against the New York Yankees in New York, October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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