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Obama to Kobe, Lakers fans: Michael Jordan is the greatest!

Democrat president Barack Obama says Michael Jordan shown here actually flying is the greatest basketball player of all time

Noted Chicagoan and basketballophile Barack Obama appears to be writing off the California vote in 2012, at least the basketball fans around Los Angeles.

In a pre-holiday interview with the Associated Press, Obama was asked who was the better player -- six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan or four-time champion Kobe Bryant?

Without even a moment's hesitation, the ex-senator from Illinois blurted out, "Oh, Michael!"

Then, apparently realizing what he'd just said and the profound impact on any 2012 election, the new president hastened to add: "I mean, Kobe's terrific. Don't get me wrong. But I haven't seen anybody match up with Jordan yet."

Too late.

Obama correctly picked the Los Angeles Lakers to thump the Orlando whatevers in the NBA Finals this year. And he was also right in picking North Carolina to win the NCAA championship this spring.

But then he also picked tax delinquent Tom Daschle as secretary of Health and Human Services.

Now, we'll see how the left-handed White Sox fan does on the mound at the upcoming All-Star Game in St. Louis.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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President Obama should focus on more important issues. And of course he would say Michael is better than Kobe...he is from Chicago. If he was from LA, he would say Kobe without hesitation. Besides, I don't trust his basketball knowledge. To me, Magic Johnson's opinion holds more value than that of Obama...at least when it comes to basketball.

To Obama: Keep focused on the problems of the nation in Washington!!!!!!!!!!!

President Obama, Michael Jordon and Kobe Bryant have some of the Top Youtube Basketball Video tributes created by their fans.

Kobe Bryant - Lord of Destruction - 1,551,706 views
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Barack Obama Basketball Mixtape - 422,914 views
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Michael Jordan - 6,222,916 views
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Its great Kobe, Phil Jackson and the Lakers get to visit the the White House.

Would it be possible to have this years new NBA Hall of famers visit the White House too?

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame announces five members as class of 2009 - Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, and C. Vivian Stringer.

Also can Michael Jordon and President Obama lobby to have Dennis Rodman join the Hall of fame too.

Born To Be Wild-Dennis Rodman Mix - 2,277,858 views
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

What is up with the Jordan and Kobe debate?

People, as a lot of you know but these reporters seem to forget. The greatest player is Magic Johnson.

Who could take any 5 and make them better not Jordan not Kobe.

Bird, Magic and maybe Lebron could. But Magic is the greatest. Period.

Natasha, where are you from, Los Angeles?And are you a Laker fan?Because if you are, you are very hypocritical to accuse our President for saying Jordan is better than Kobe because he is from Chicago.If Jordan were from Los Angeles you would be saying Jordan is better.Don't be a hypocite.Besides all of this our President is accurate.Jordan is better than Kobe and so is Lebron James to take it futher.Don't tell me about who has more rings because Jordan has more rings and you Laker fans still think Kobe is better than Jordan.So therefore Lebron is better than Kobe even if he doesnt have any rings.You Laker fans want everything your ring.You can't say Kobe is better than Lebron because of the rings and then turn around and say Kobe is better than Jordan and Jordan has more rings.JORDAN IS THE GREATEST B-BALLER OF ALL TIME.End of debate.

PEOPLE, MR. OBAMA JUST STATED THE OBVIOUS! I LOVE KOBE AND I KNOW HE'S A FORCE TO RECKONED WITH IN THE COURT! HE'S THE NEXT BIG THING TO HIS AIRNESS. I HATE PEOPLE WHO OPENS UP A DEBATE ABOUT KOBE IS BETTER THEN MJ OR MJ IS BETTER THAN KOBE, YOU ARE ALL BUT MORONS! IM NOT A KOBE HATER, I LOVE KOBE! IN FACT I HAVE HIS JERSEY, BUT PLEASE! PEOPLE DON'T MAKE ANY DEBATE WHICH YOU CAN'T BACK UP!
LET MJ BE MJ AND KOBE BE KOBE!
THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT, BUT STILL.. THE OBVIOUS,
MJ- THE GOAT


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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