After visiting campaign workers and making
calls to prospective voters on Tuesday, President Barack Obama had
another event on his election day schedule: Basketball.
The president's motorcade arrived at the Attack Athletics sports facility in Chicago, where he played a pickup basketball game with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, longtime aide Reggie Love as well as Scottie Pippen, a member of the Chicago Bulls teams that won NBA championships with Michael Jordan.
Obama and his wife Michelle arrived early Tuesday in Chicago, where they plan to spend election night watching the returns with friends and advisors.
Meanwhile, Republican challenger Mitt Romney, after voting with his wife in Belmont, Massachusetts, made a final dash to the battleground state of Ohio, followed by a stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He will return to Boston to await the results.
In a radio interview earlier Tuesday, Obama said all candidates for electoral office experience butterflies while awaiting results. But eventually, they pass, he added.
Basketball is a campaign tradition for Obama. "I think it's safe all rituals will be observed," aide Robert Gibbs was quoted as saying by broadcaster CNN. The one time Obama didn't play basketball on an election day, Gibbs noted, was when he lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 New Hampshire primary.
"We won't make that mistake again," he said.
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