President Obama enlisted some of the National Basketball Association's biggest names to raise funds for the Democratic Party at a Miami fundraiser Monday night.A pretty good point guard, huh? Sure, keep dreaming.
Calling himself a "pretty good point guard," Obama and South Florida Democrats gathered at the home of former Miami Heat All-Star Alonzo Mourning where current Heat players Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade were spotted.
"I like you, but when you play the Bulls, I'm rooting against you," Obama told the two men.
Neither the reporter in the room nor a White House spokesman spotted the Heat's other new addition, LeBron James, but former Los Angeles Laker great Magic Johnson was in attendance.
"I am stunned that Alonzo let a Laker in here," Obama joked. "But he said that Magic transcends party lines."
Just more than three weeks out from the midterms, polls indicate that Democrats could use all the help available.
The president is stepping up his fundraising and campaign schedule, making a quick trip to Miami Monday afternoon and returning to the White House Monday evening.
With Democrats in serious danger of losing the House, Obama was expected to raise about $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Rep. Ron Klein (Fla.).
The president stuck with the basketball references, telling the crowd that while he's a "pretty good point guard," he needs a team in Congress to help him.
Meanwhile, a group of gays protested just outside the appropriately named Mourning house.
As the president headed toward Mourning’s Coconut Grove residence, where donors had paid as much as $5,000 and $18,000 per person to see him, members of GetEqual, a national LGBT rights organization, along with local activists lined the street holding four 10-foot signs that read “End the Discharges Now” and “We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL” – a reference to the group’s recent campaign encouraging people not to donate money to either the Democratic or Republican parties or their campaign committees until the president signs an executive order immediately stopping the discharges.There will be plenty of mourning in Democrat circles three weeks from today.