Obama held a fundraiser with some of his personal heroes in New York on Wednesday night, but that didn't stop him from joking that Todd Akin played hookie during science class, or from making a bunch of basketball analogies about November's election.
Obama was giving his regular fundraising "give me money, please" spiel when he brought up Akin's recent comments. "The interesting thing here is that this, this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class," President Obama said. He did incorrectly refer to Akin as the "senator from Missouri," which is apparently the second time he's made that mistake. Akin is a sitting Congressman, but is running against Claire McCaskill for a Senate seat.
He was introduced on Wednesday night by moderately-successful basketball player Michael Jordan. We shouldn't need to point this out but, in case you don't know, Jordan won six N.B.A titles with the Chicago Bulls, who happen to be the President's favorite team. So, it was a big night for him! He made a bunch of awkward basketball analogies about the election, but no one's holding it against him. We all get a little clammy in front of our heroes. "It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," he joked. "Usually, the folks want to take a picture with or sit next to me, or talk to me -- that has not been the case at this event, and I completely understand it." At least the President of the United States knows when to concede to royalty like His Airness.
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