Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars
October 8th, 2012
06:11 PM ET

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president.

In the latest video, titled "The Greatest" and posted Monday, basketball legends speak directly to the camera against a black backdrop and talk about the definition of "greatness."

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  1. TOM CLEMENTS

    Taps African Americans despite turning his back on them. 53% of all bankruptices last year african americans. 65% of all african amreican children in homes without dads while Obama evolves from the traditional family. 43% African american single moms below poverty line. African amercian women 5 times the abortion rate. African American unemployment double caucasian. 30% higher unemployment than latinos. Katrina area today has double unemployment than national average for all races. Instead of helping all we hear is how Romney is a liar?

    October 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Howard

      BOMBSHELL: Obama.com Owned by Bundler in Shanghai with Business Ties to Chinese Government

      In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign and fraudulent Internet campaign donations in U.S. federal elections.

      Visit campaignfundingrisks.com to download the full report.

      An advance copy of the bombshell report reveals that the Obama.com website is not owned by the president’s campaign but rather by Obama bundler Robert Roche, a U.S. citizen living in Shanghai, China. Roche is the chairman of a Chinese infomercial company, Acorn International, with ties to state-controlled banks that allow it to “gain revenue through credit card transactions with Chinese banks.”

      There’s more.

      The unusual Obama.com website redirects traffic directly to a donation page on the Obama campaign’s official website, my.barackobama.com, which does not require donors tob enter their credit card security code, thereby increasing the likelihood of foreign or fraudulent donations. The website is managed by a small web development firm, Wicked Global, in Maine. One of Wicked Global’s employees, Greg Dorr, lists on his LinkedIn page his additional employment with Peace Action Maine and Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. According to the GAI report, 68 percent of all Internet traffic to Obama.com comes from foreign visitors.

      And still more.

      In 2011, Mr. Roche obtained one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate in Washington, DC: a seat at the head table for President Obama’s State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. How Roche—a man whose infomercial company hawks fitness equipment, cell phones, and breast enhancement products—landed a seat alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, former President Jimmy Carter, and Chinese President Hu Jintao remains unclear.

      Since 2009, White House Visitor Logs list the name Robert Roche at least 19 times, despite the fact Mr. Roche’s primary residence is in China.
      Mr. Roche, who is originally from Chicago, is a co-chair of the Technology Initiative for the Obama campaign.

      According to Acorn International’s prospectus, the success of Mr. Roche’s company hinges on maintaining access to state-run media and “preferential tax treatments and subsidies” doled out by the People’s Republic of China (PRC):

      In addition to the Obama.com redirect revelation, the Government Accountability Institute report exposes myriad gaping online security holes that stand to threaten the integrity of House, Senate, and presidential elections.

      Stay tuned for continuing coverage...

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G...

      October 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      ROMNEY IS A LIAR. HE CONTINUES TO BE ONE AS ALL OF THESE THINGS YOU SPOKE OF HAPPENED TO BLACK PEOPLE. HE CONTINUES TO BE ONE REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS TO BLACK PEOPLE. REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH BLACK PEOPLE SUFFER, MITT ROMNEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A LIAR. THE TWO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER.

      ON THE SUBJECT OF CELEBRITIES CONTRIBUTING TO POLITICAL CAUSES, I'M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH IT BUT IF ANYONE CAN BE TAPPED FOR SOME CASH, THEY DEFINITELY QUALIFY. I'M NOT ABOUT TO TELL PEOPLE HOW THEY USE THEIR MONEY.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • American

        Someone needs to clue the African Americans in that Obama is not black, he is a swirl of vanilla and chocolate.

        October 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
      • bill

        Ha, you're not "comfortable with it" unless its donations for Obama. Then you're fine if they're charging $40,000 a plate or $10,000 just to have your picture taken with him...

        October 9, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • rosco

        I thought Obammy was against the 1%??? now hes sucking up for thier money??? I know it sucks when you back an inept liar, I feel your pain, Please feel welcome to join us for prosperity once again after MR Romney beats Oblameo.
        America can be prosperious again.

        October 9, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • Howard

        TO ALL YOU OBAMA STOOGES ... Your blind devotion to 'Dear Leader' ... your Fuhrer, is touching ... but it's time for you to leave the Obama cult. Defending Obama, who lost, and who can't loose like a good sport, just makes you ALL look like sore loosers. Obama was given a chance ... and, in the past 4 years, he has nearly destroyed America. NOW, it's time for Barack and Michelle to abdicate their throne, so Mitt Romney can begin repairing the excessive damage caused by Obama's terrible policies. Good bye Barack, Michelle, Nancy, Harry, Jarret, and Axelrod, and all the unelected czars ... and, GOOD RIDDANCE TO YOU ALL ... I'm sure you all will find another way to pick the pockets of hard working Americans !!!
        P.S. Stay tuned in for more on how Obama's online fund raising has brought in tens of millions of dollars from foreign countries who are anti-American

        October 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • December 2012

        ANYONE WHO THINKS OBAMA IS AGAINST THE 1% IS A REPUBLITARD LIVING OUT THEIR OWN CLASS WARFARE FANTASY.

        October 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • november2012

      obama is not a true African American..African muslim or Indonesian muslim...does not have an African American brain...or an American brain for that matter...but he sure pulled the wool over our eyes with his pseudo-African American speak...fool us once shame on you...no second time obama,you are done.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        DIDN'T JOHN MCCAIN ALREADY TELL YOU TO STFU? CRAZY OLD BAT.

        October 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • The Chief

        DEcember 2012, is just another classless dem. Do you yell at everyone, or is your caps lock stuck?

        October 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama and the obama stooges are obviously DESPERATE. They are resorting to wild accusations ... character assassination ... smear tactics ... and feverishly raising money ... in a desperate attempt to win at ANY cost. In addition, stories are beginning to emerge, about online obama fund raising scandals, and unnamed foreign contributors.

      October 9, 2012 at 1:31 am |
      • Wilson in Illinois

        It's unfortunate that this country is divided by red and blue states. That people are inately divided by political association and because of it, we will never really come together. These comments are malicious and prove just why Democrats think all Replublicans are mean spirited, racists, and crazy. Spewing this rhetoric makes young adults like myself run fast from this party. I remember what some of my conservative friends looked like the night of November 8, 2008. As a Generation X "moderate" American, I do not believe anyone would run for office to ruin this country. The job of the POTUS is not that appealing from what I can see. I do know that if Replublics continue the same rhetoric, neo-campaigns, appealing only to themselves, they will surely miss out on a future generation to carry the party forward.

        October 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • ULCajun11

      I sense a large amount of hostility here. While I agree with you, I don't argue on a post. I take out my frustration playing the Political Arena game for my smartphone. It's fun, and I get to beat up the guys I dont like!

      October 9, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • shadysider

      So, 50% weren't black. That 65% has way more to do with drug laws and incarceration and nothing to do with gay marriage. If anything gay marriage and the opening of adoption to gay parents would lower the number of kids brought up by the state. And the rest of those numbers were in place before Obama, and will likely be there after Obama.

      October 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Howard

      Our military HATES Obama ... who:
      * returns combatants to the battle field to kill our soldiers
      * leaks information and withdraw dates to our enemies
      * is making huge cutbacks on our military spending
      * orders our embassy guards to use unloaded weapons
      * uses and exploits our soldiers for political photo ops
      * doesn't allow our soldiers to fight to WIN
      * apologizes to our enemies
      * holds back absentee ballots to our soldiers

      October 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Howard

      WHO IS BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES?

      REMEMBER THIS WHEN NOVEMBER GETS HERE.

      VOTE 'EM OUT!
      We Need to Keep Our Eyes Open, folks... Obama has more slimy tricks than you can shake a stick at!
      -----------------–
      WHO IS BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES?
      [You can't make this stuff up.]
      Read the NY Times Oct 13, 2011
      to verify ownership etc.

      I didn't really understand all this Occupy Wall Street protesting but it is getting clearer now...

      Do you remember the park in NYC that the Wall Street protesters are occupying?
      It's Zuccotti Park.

      Did you know this park is not owned by the city of New York?
      It is owned by Brookfield Properties.
      Brookfield Asset Management received an Obama Department of Energy Loan guarantee of over $160 million within 10 days of approving the take over of the Park.

      Brookfield is a Canadian company with assets of 70 billion. Google it! [$70,000,000,000]

      It is all on their website.
      And, Why is the US Taxpayer guaranteeing a loan to a VERY wealthy Canadian company?!?!

      Who was just hired by Brookfield Properties as an attorney?

      Vice President Joe Biden's son.

      And Who sits on the board of Brookfield Properties?
      Mayor Bloomberg's live in girlfriend.

      Now, guess what company just received some of the last of the Obama Stimulus $$$$$$$?
      Thaaaaaaaaaaaat's right... Brookfield Properties.

      Isn't life great in America!
      Now, guess what?
      On a completely unrelated note, Wisconsin is shaping up to be the swing state in the 2012 presidential elections. It is not Florida, and not Ohio – but Wisconsin.
      Now, guess who owns the company that will be tabulating the electronic votes in Wisconsin?

      Thaaaaaaaaaaaat's right, the biggest contributor to Obama, the puppeteer George Soros. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat a coincidence.

      Remember what "Joe Stalin" said. "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes."
      (Josef Stalin)

      October 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        This is sickening...another reason we need to clean house. I'm sure binden's career is over as it is and he just don't care. But, you know it is about time we start prosecuting these scum bags...WTH the clintons got away with so much and they are still in the game...internationally, clinton as sec of state was like putting a fox in the hen house but what goes around comes around...here she is manipulating and trying to cover up as she did with Whitewater evidence...horrible.

        October 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • coni

        Howard, i totally agree with you on all the cases you mentioned. It would be a disaster for the country to reelect obama after all the little tricks he has done during his 4 years presidency, just to satisfy low and middle income americans. Mitt Romney for president! to take back the country where it supposed to be, at the top of an always more evolving world.

        October 10, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • michael

      Amen. sadly this president would sell his daughters if he thought it would ensure his re-election.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Tony

      Tom Clements,
      It seems you expect every black people to become a millionaire because the President is black. Is every white man a millionaire because a white man is a president? You must be an idiot if you think Obama is responsible for that is wrong with the society black or white.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  2. California Democrat

    Did race have anything to do with these peopls votes?

    Just asking.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      NAH. HE'S OBVIOUSLY TOO WHITE TO BE A BLACK MAN. IT MUST HAVE BEEN ALL THOSE ILLEGALS.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  3. november2012

    as though real thinkers believe these athletes opinion should count for something...In the same vein hollywood actors...they can act and throw a ball and that makes them intellectuals and correct thinkers. Quite the opposite...certainly not real heroes unless you worship making a lot of money for doing very little that is...shallow! However, there are some who are worth listening to...a very very few.

    October 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      WHAT A SNOB! – RICK SANTORUM

      October 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  4. leukevent

    The truth will out! Great youtube video! IN MITTS OWN WORDS! Every member of the voting public should watch this! Mitt Romney is everything you hate about politics!

    "He'll Say Whatever You Want Him to Say. . .
    . . . Just for the Chance to Live in That White House!"

    October 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • demwit

      Errrr., where have you been the last 5 yrs??

      October 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • The Chief

      I'll take him over a guy who does not even attempt to balance the budget, give TRILLIONS to investment banks, and stays in wars we have no business in while spending TRILLIONS more. Obama spent 6 TRILLION in the past 3.75 years. Why did he spend 2 years on health care, when it will just increase government spending, when he should have been focusing on the economy. It is either incompetence (let's hope) or he is trying to destroy the US.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      not even a good character assassination attempt you goof ball.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      APPARENTLY, MITT ROMNEY INSULTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S INTELLIGENCE USING HIS OWN WORDS, AND THE WORDS OF HIS 'SUPPORTERS', IS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION. IN THE REAL WORLD WHERE ALMOST ANYTHING CAN BE RECORDED, WE CALL IT POLITICAL SUICIDE.

      THE BIZARRO WORLD YOU REPUBLITARDS LIVE IN IS GETTING STRANGER BY THE DAY. LET US KNOW WHEN YOU FINALLY CATCH UP TO THE REAL WORLD'S LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Alex

    Obama needs cash so he'll go where ever it is. Athletes and actors aren't the most intelligent people in the world but their vanity runs high. I'm sure they'll fork over some money if they hear the right words.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  6. Jay in NC

    Aren't these guys part of the 1%?

    October 9, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Steveo

      OK but I thought millionaires were the enemy! What happened?

      October 9, 2012 at 8:57 am |
      • The Chief

        Steveo, no one is the enemy. Why do the Dems want to divide. We are all Americans. Doesn't it call into questions someone's motives that would have you believe another American is your enemy? Isn't this what happens in other countries where a leader points the finger at someone else to hide his own inadequacies? It is a sad state of affairs.

        October 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • December 2012

        DID YOU TURN REPUBLITARD OVERNIGHT? WHO IS SAYING MILLIONAIRES ARE THE ENEMY?

        October 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • Steveo

        December 2012

        DID YOU TURN REPUBLITARD OVERNIGHT? WHO IS SAYING MILLIONAIRES ARE THE ENEMY?
        ------
        Who is saying muillionaires are the enemy? You kidding me? What is all that talk about the 1%ers about? Come on, December! BTW, love the name calling! You must have run out of a legitimate argument!

        October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • FauxNoMore

      Wall Street, Jay...keep up!

      October 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  7. About what we expect

    Aaaaaah... so that's been our problem all along. We haven't had enough basketball players deciding how to improve our economy. Why didn't somebody think of this sooner?

    October 9, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  8. rosco

    Nearly a month after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a House committee is set to hear testimony from an American security officer who claims that pleas for enhanced safety measures in the days leading up to the attack were rebuffed by higher-ups at the State Department.

    so either Obammy lied or is inept its up to you go hang with clooney and the has beens just get out of D.C.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  9. California Democrat

    Democrats are showing everyone just how delusional they really are.

    Keep it up, PLEASE. Ha ha ha

    October 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  10. demwit

    A 1%er telling me how to vote!? Give me a break!!
    Oh wait.... they're Obamanites?? Well, in that case..

    October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  11. judy

    what makes it ok for the twitt to take money from bankers and stock brokers and businness owners and not ok for the president to accept money fron athletes.? You repos are a really stupid bunch with a double set of standards . Yes this part of the 1% don't mind a tax increase. Repos only believe in polls when it is in there favor other wise they are all lies.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      these are legal fund donations...who cares. If these ignorants want to shove money down a rat hole who cares. But then BO may just go down for his foreign contributions of which 43% are no name contributors...investigations are unvolding.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • nobamanov12

      Actually in 2008 Obamma had the majority of funding from bankers and stock brokers and businness owners. This time around they found out what he really is. So Obama is going to the next suckers on his list the very same people he is bad mouthing this time around. he is such a liar and two faced.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE BIG BANKS ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER THESE PAST 4 YEARS, SO WHAT ARE THEY COMPLAINING ABOUT? REGULATIONS THAT HAVEN'T STOPPED THEM FROM BLOWING BILLIONS? CHILD, PLEASE.

        October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Keeker

    Honestly I think the Sports People, Hollywood zealots should keep there big mouth shut. I support Romney why isn't my photo up there? Obozo is a jerk end of story

    October 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  13. Concerend Citizen

    A vote for Hussein Obama is a vote for communism.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  14. Steveo

    Hey Zo, Love you man! Stick to b-ball!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm |