Barack Obama Hopes Scottie Pippen Is Election Day Good-Luck Charm

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 6, 2012

Photo Credit: Baller In Chief
Photo Credit: Baller In Chief

There is one thing absolutely certain on Election Day: neither candidate is taking anything to chance. 

It's that sentiment that had President Barack Obama taking to the basketball court like he does for every major election, but this time he played with Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen

As many know, President Obama is a huge basketball fan, fitting in pickup games whenever he finds time. 

He made sure to find an opening in a trying election-day schedule this Tuesday. 

The Chicago Tribune reports Obama made sure he would not skirt what has been a good luck charm in the past. 

At around 1 p.m., Obama's motorcade arrived at the Hope Athletic Center on Chicago's West Side, where the president played basketball with staff and friends. Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias tweeted that he was playing on a team with Obama and former Bulls Pippen and Randy Brown. Their team reportedly won by 20 points.

The game also included Education Secretary Arne Duncan, whom many will remember from last season's NBA All-Star weekend when he straight dominated the celebrity game

As USA Today notes, Obama likes to play a game of hoops on major election days, only skipping in 2008 when he lost the New Hampshire primary. 

One thing sports fans can relate to, no matter where your politics lie, is superstition. Athletes can always be found wearing lucky socks or taking to some absurd pregame ritual. 

It seems that practice extends well outside the sports world and into the political sphere. 

We will know shortly if Scottie Pippen is still adept at dishing out assists. 

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