Obama is reelected
November 6th, 2012
11:59 PM ET

Obama is reelected

At 11:18 p.m. ET, CNN projected that President Obama has run reelection.

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Topics: 2012 Election
November 6th, 2012
06:32 PM ET

Who's coming to dinner?

The president's daughters and mother in law have flown into Chicago for an Election Night dinner, according to the White House pool report:

This afternoon, the girls flew into Chicago after school along with their grandmother, Marian Robinson. Tonight, the First Family will have dinner together along with Mrs. Robinson. This evening, the First Lady’s brother, Craig and his family will join the Obamas and the President’s sister, Maya and her husband to watch the Election night returns.


Topics: 2012 Election
Election Day tradition: Game of hoops
FILE/President Obama plays basketball with personal aide Reggie Love and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in May 2010.
November 6th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Election Day tradition: Game of hoops

In keeping with an Election Day tradition, President Obama took time out of his day to get in a game of hoops at a gym near his home in Chicago. The game, organized by the president's former personal aide Reggie Love, took place at the Attack Athletic facility about ten miles from the Obamas' house in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Among the players, former Chicago Bulls Scottie Pipen and Randy Brown and former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias gave few details over Twitter of the game and later talked to a reporter in the president's travel pool.

According to Giannoulias, Obama was the player-coach of his team of five and his team won by "like 20", with a score of "like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something." Each team had substitutes and referees were present to call fouls.

“It was a lot of fun,” Giannoulias said. “We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true.”

He also said the president "played very well" but declined to say how many points he scored.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Obama friend Marty Nesbitt, the president's brother-in-law Craig Robinson and White House chef Sam Kass were also among the players.

The tradition of playing basketball on Election Day has been a staple of the president's routine since the Iowa caucuses in 2008. He didn't play on the day of the New Hampshire primary and Hillary Clinton won so he's made it a priority of playing on every Election Day since.

 


Topics: 2012 Election • Arne Duncan • Basketball • Reggie Love
November 6th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

His days as a candidate over, Obama to lie low awaiting results

(CNN) – The final curtain isn't likely to fall on this presidential election until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but President Barack Obama's moment to exit the stage came more than 24 hours earlier.

With the imposing Iowa State Capitol looming over a soggy crowd that bore near-freezing temperatures in windswept Des Moines, Obama made his last major appearance of the 2012 campaign to urge the more than 20,000 supporters to maintain the enthusiasm that first catapulted him from a fresh-faced senator to presidential front-runner nearly five years ago.

Flanked by first lady Michelle Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen, Obama's final bow came in the Hawkeye State as the clock approached midnight there, marking at long last the arrival of Election Day and the end of the president's last campaign - 105 rallies after kicking off his re-election effort in Ohio and Virginia seven months prior.

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Topics: 2012 Election