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Obama basketball game: ‘Of course George and I won’

May 11, 2012 |  1:14 pm

Obama Clooney

The faltering Los Angeles Lakers might want to recruit President Obama for some bench help --  especially after the commander-in-chief reported Friday that he won his morning basketball game, with the assistance of actor George Clooney.

Before Obama left town Friday morning, he fit in some quick hoops at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. The White House said he was playing basketball with "special guests" that included staff members, Clooney and "Spider-Man" actor Tobey Maguire.

CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller asked Obama about the morning's basketball game with Clooney.

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Obama answered: "Of course George and I won, but we're all winners because nobody got hurt."

Obama was in town for a fundraiser at Clooney's Studio City home Thursday night.

The dinner party pumped nearly $15 million into the president's reelection effort and is believed to be the largest one-night campaign haul ever.

The president left L.A. at 9:53 a.m. Friday. About the same time, two F-16 military fighter jets intercepted a general aviation airplane that violated airspace restrictions around Los Angeles International airport and guided the plane to El Monte Airport.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that Secret Service agents interviewed the pilot and that he had been arrested. His name was not released. The sources said the incident appears to have been unintentional.


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Photo: President Obama talks with actor George Clooney outside the Oval Office in 2010. Credit: Pete Souza / White House