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Obama Traces His Love of Basketball to an Xmas Gift from his Absent Father
ABC News Blogs ^ | December 13, 2009 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 12/13/2009 10:16:15 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

One of the most significant Christmas presents President Obama ever received was a basketball from the father who was largely absent from his life, the president told Oprah Winfrey.

This and other Xmas revelations are part of "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special," set to air Sunday night on ABC at 10 p.m. ET.

Asked his favorite Christmas gift as a child, the president recalled a 10 speed bike and then said, "I do remember the one time I met my father he was visiting during Christmas and he gave me a basketball and - the degree to which I came to love basketball - it wasn't until much later in life that I realized, ‘Actually, he gave me that basketball.' I think there was some cause and effect there in terms of the degree to which I just ended up taking up the sport as a kid who didn't know his dad."

The First Lady's favorite childhood gift was "a metal doll house with plastic furniture ... I remember I really didn't know how to set up a house so I had all the furniture lined up along the walls as opposed to nestled around the fireplace, but I loved that little doll house."

Pressed by Winfrey, the First Lady said she had an Easy Bake Oven "but you know once you run out of the mix it's like you're done with it."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: basketball; bhochristmas; kenya; kenyan; obamafamily; socialism; socialist; tapper
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1 posted on 12/13/2009 10:16:16 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I love a good Christmas story - one that reflects on the true meaning of Christmas.


2 posted on 12/13/2009 10:21:10 AM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Remind me, will you? What the hell is Xmas?


3 posted on 12/13/2009 10:21:56 AM PST by paristwelve (Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse for not celebrating your own happiness.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I think there was some cause and effect there in terms of the degree to which I just ended up taking up the sport as a kid who didn't know his dad."

This quote is good for another $500 billion taxpayer funds to promote midnight basketball. Just sayin'.

4 posted on 12/13/2009 10:22:15 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

ABSENT? He had multiples wives when he married Barack’s mom


5 posted on 12/13/2009 10:22:53 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He of course won’t admit that he picked up a lot more than a basketball from the absent yet idolized father.


6 posted on 12/13/2009 10:23:39 AM PST by parisa
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To: sodpoodle

Yes, to Obama it’s all about MATERIAL THINGS and COLOR.

Obama liked the gift and the idea that most basketball players are black.

Obama just doesn’t get it.


7 posted on 12/13/2009 10:24:17 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: sodpoodle

Pretender Kenyan Barak Hussein Obama farted, hm, hm, hm - Hallellujjjaaaa!


8 posted on 12/13/2009 10:24:23 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: AppyPappy
Yes, Obama’s daddy was little more than a sperm donor. Polygamy was his game. Even Obama is shocked at all his half brothers and sisters.
9 posted on 12/13/2009 10:25:36 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’ve heard his old man was a woman abuser. Did this punk pick that up from dad too?
I doubt it, that big ass woman of his can surely kick his scrawny ass.


10 posted on 12/13/2009 10:28:19 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
One of the most significant Christmas presents President Obama ever received was a basketball from the father who was largely absent from his life, the president told Oprah Winfrey.

Absent fathers often do more to shape their sons lives than the mothers who are there for them. They idealize those absent fathers, see great things in them that aren't there, and ignore evidence of any negative qualities. Obama seems to be a case in point.
11 posted on 12/13/2009 10:29:31 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: paristwelve
What the hell is Xmas?

It's how Secularists cross out Christ.. with an X. Sad how we used to fall for it being a cute shortcut.
12 posted on 12/13/2009 10:32:48 AM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
One of the most significant Christmas presents President Obama ever received was a basketball from the father who was largely absent from his life...

So, his father was no better than Dr J.

13 posted on 12/13/2009 10:33:31 AM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Here's the general rule, I give nicer stuff than I get," he said.

Words fail....

14 posted on 12/13/2009 10:34:09 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Pressed by Winfrey, the First Lady said she had an Easy Bake Oven "but you know once you run out of the mix it's like you're done with it."

I fear her husband has the same attitude toward our national currency and our economy.
15 posted on 12/13/2009 10:34:25 AM PST by LostInBayport (When the riders in the cart outnumber those pulling the cart, the cart stops moving. My back hurts.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That basse’ball was like a basse’ball to him.


16 posted on 12/13/2009 10:35:54 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well it’s clear he never played baseball.


17 posted on 12/13/2009 10:36:23 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

XMAS. What is that? Malcolm X’s birthday?


18 posted on 12/13/2009 10:38:22 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: sodpoodle
Oh...Obama’s mama was always in the giving spirit around Christmas time.

Here she is under the tree: [Warning GRAPHIC — NOT work Friendly and somewhat disgusting] http://www.thepeoplescube.com/images/Obama_Mom_AnnDunham_naked.jpg

19 posted on 12/13/2009 10:41:43 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I thought the Obamas didn’t give Christmas (or birthday) gifts???

was I missinfomred?


20 posted on 12/13/2009 10:44:57 AM PST by lack-of-trust
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

yawn


21 posted on 12/13/2009 10:51:33 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Boy, they put the “fun” in “dysFUNctional”, don’t they?


22 posted on 12/13/2009 10:52:07 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why would a Muslim give (or receive) a Christmas present?


23 posted on 12/13/2009 10:54:01 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: NautiNurse

Sounds like a phoney baloney story. Geez....


24 posted on 12/13/2009 10:54:12 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: P-Marlowe

I think ‘X’ is sometimes used as an abbreviation for ‘Christ.’ In Greek, ‘Christ’ is spelled ‘Xristos’ (the ‘X’ is pronounced just like a hard ‘K’). Fwiw.


25 posted on 12/13/2009 10:55:34 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The First Lady's favorite childhood gift was "a metal doll house with plastic furniture ... I remember I really didn't know how to set up a house so I had all the furniture lined up along the walls as opposed to nestled around the fireplace, but I loved that little doll house." Pressed by Winfrey, the First Lady said she had an Easy Bake Oven "but you know once you run out of the mix it's like you're done with it."

Geez, what a Debbie Downer!

26 posted on 12/13/2009 10:55:45 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Correct me if I am wrong. But didn’t one of them say they didn’t give their own kids Christmas presents?


27 posted on 12/13/2009 10:57:34 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: paristwelve; divine_moment_of_facts
What the hell is Xmas?

Oh, puleeze, here we go again. So, when you're in church and you look up at the crucifix, you condemn the PX on it? You both know, or should, that the X is our English interpretation of the ancient Greek for an abbreviation (oooh, a short cut!) for His name. Isn't is appropriate that the X so closely resembles a cross being carried, but you don't like symbolism either. I suppose you also condemn the fish symbol as well. But that's ok, you go right ahead and write His name as C H R I S T, not that He ever wrote it like that, but you are right and everyone back through the ages is wrong.

28 posted on 12/13/2009 11:00:47 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
My daughter is the same age is Michelle. I never bought my daughter an easy bake like the girl next door. Of course, she bought her daughter one....and discovered why mom never bought her one.

Not a grinch....just easier to cook a BIG cake in a real oven and have one less item for the garage sale. (No, not my daughter)...She's a keeper!!

29 posted on 12/13/2009 11:05:43 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
"Obama Traces His Love of Basketball to an Xmas Gift from his Absent Father"


30 posted on 12/13/2009 11:07:35 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sacajaweau

I am probably the only American female of my generation who has fond memories of her Easy Bake Oven.

I loved it.

I used it...somehow my dad even got a special replacement bulb (not a reg. light bulb). Sigh...

This made sense, because the row house I grew up in had a second kitchen (Upstairs) which was my bedroom. The stove had long been taken out, but the solid one peice case iron sink was used for my Easy Bake Oven (and of course as Barbie’s inground swimming pool.)

Memories.


31 posted on 12/13/2009 11:11:32 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (She's not quitting...she's reloading.)
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To: bgill; Fantasywriter
Fantasywriter POLITELY informed me of that in FReep Mail. I thanked him for the information and said I wouldn't be insulted if he posted it on the thread for others to learn.

Merry Christmas!
32 posted on 12/13/2009 11:14:17 AM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: bgill
"Here's the general rule, I give nicer stuff than I get," he said.

This contradicts the more trustworthy opinion of Larry Sinclair completely.

33 posted on 12/13/2009 11:14:18 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: divine_moment_of_facts; bgill

Blush blush. Divine moment, you are too kind. Bgill, why the harshness? It is the advent season. All Christians are rejoicing that God sent His only begotten Son to save us from our sins. Can we not even be gracious to our fellow believers?

Many blessings, and praise to God for the miracle of Jesus’ birth, death, and everlasting grace and redemption.


34 posted on 12/13/2009 11:21:55 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: bgill
Here's the general rule, I give nicer stuff than I get," he said.

I saw somewhere recently that actually he doesn't give anything. The girls officially don't get ANY Christmas or birthday presents from their parents although Santa provides some gifts for the former and the folks do host expensive parties for the latter.

So the REAL general rule remains, "When he's talking, he's lying."

35 posted on 12/13/2009 11:27:41 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Would that be the same father that beat the hell out of his 2nd (or 3rd) wife kids?

(Wow, that is one ugly, dysfunctional non-family.)


36 posted on 12/13/2009 11:32:58 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Fantasywriter

Not harsh, just stating facts to someone who is trying to start something. For someone with the name of “divine_moment_of_facts”, she/he has the facts messed up once again with his/her holier than thou post - “I think the rule of thumb is that the children take the fathers religion.. At least that it how it should be.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2406700/posts


37 posted on 12/13/2009 11:36:41 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Which father is he talking about?


38 posted on 12/13/2009 11:43:45 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Fantasywriter
I think ‘X’ is sometimes used as an abbreviation for ‘Christ.’ In Greek, ‘Christ’ is spelled ‘Xristos’ (the ‘X’ is pronounced just like a hard ‘K’). Fwiw.

So I guess if you want to Anglicize it, it should be CHMAS?

39 posted on 12/13/2009 11:47:21 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama won’t be talking about golf for a while.


40 posted on 12/13/2009 11:52:30 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: bgill

Dear Bgill: people who don’t know Greek, and who don’t appreciate the connection of the letter ‘X’ to the name of ‘Christ’, are not trying to ‘start something’. They’re just people who love Jesus, and who haven’t taken Greek classes, or been introduced to Greek spelling, etc. I was once one of them. I thought the reference to ‘Xmas’ was an attempt to ‘X’ Jesus out of Christmas. Then I took, and aced, Koine Greek. Now I know better. That doesn’t make me better than you or anyone else. Every person I meet online knows things I don’t know, and vice versa. The point being, if you are a Christian, then why not treat fellow believers with decency and respect? We have enough non-Christians belittling us. Why join the crowd?


41 posted on 12/13/2009 11:56:17 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; STARWISE; Fred Nerks; null and void; Protect the Bill of Rights
I don't recall seeing this pic before.


42 posted on 12/13/2009 11:57:45 AM PST by maggief
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I smell a new holiday-themed book, “The Kawanzaa Basketball”. Just crib from “The Christmas Sweater”, replacing ‘mother’ with ‘father’, and ‘sweater’ with ‘basketball’. Look for it at your local Borders.


43 posted on 12/13/2009 11:59:34 AM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

0bama never had a reliable father figure in his life. That’s why he is SO effete.
You know they say that Bill Clinton was our first black president. Well maybe 0bama is our first eunuch president.
Yes. He is the effete, neutered eunuch president.
He’s so jealous of the “tea baggers” because he never has had them.


44 posted on 12/13/2009 12:03:15 PM PST by grumpygresh
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s not XMAS IT’S Christmas!!!


45 posted on 12/13/2009 12:05:47 PM PST by Calif4Palin (Proud Moosehead....)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The First Lady's favorite childhood gift was "a metal doll house with plastic furniture ... I remember I really didn't know how to set up a house so I had all the furniture lined up along the walls as opposed to nestled around the fireplace, but I loved that little doll house."

WTF?

Do the people of her planet live in the forest or something?

How can you not know how a house, like the one you're living in, is set up?

Weird. Weird quote. Weird person. If she is a person, that is.

Goonie goo goo, Michelle.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

46 posted on 12/13/2009 12:06:57 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: maggief; All
I don't recall seeing this pic before.

Yeah, it is genuinely touching to see Mama Cass, Garret Morris, and Gary Coleman Photoshopped into a typical white person's holiday background...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

47 posted on 12/13/2009 12:14:09 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: maggief

From the looks of the furniture, it almost looks like another one of those airport pictures :-)

Daphne Barak—I have not heard that name before.


48 posted on 12/13/2009 12:14:23 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is there any question why the founders put the Natural Born Citizen requirement clause in the Constitution?

Vattel in Bk 1 Sec 212, states the following.

§ 212. Citizens and natives.

The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights.

The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it.

The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born.

I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.







49 posted on 12/13/2009 12:20:25 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Yonder stands your orphan with his gun)
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To: The Comedian; Protect the Bill of Rights
I don't pay too much credence to any of these photos. Check out the wristwatch ... right wrist, then left.


50 posted on 12/13/2009 12:32:08 PM PST by maggief
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