Skip to comments.Obama Traces His Love of Basketball to an Xmas Gift from his Absent Father
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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I love a good Christmas story - one that reflects on the true meaning of Christmas.
Remind me, will you? What the hell is Xmas?
This quote is good for another $500 billion taxpayer funds to promote midnight basketball. Just sayin'.
ABSENT? He had multiples wives when he married Barack’s mom
He of course won’t admit that he picked up a lot more than a basketball from the absent yet idolized father.
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.
Pretender Kenyan Barak Hussein Obama farted, hm, hm, hm - Hallellujjjaaaa!
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.
So, his father was no better than Dr J.
That basse’ball was like a basse’ball to him.
Well it’s clear he never played baseball.
XMAS. What is that? Malcolm X’s birthday?
Here she is under the tree: [Warning GRAPHIC — NOT work Friendly and somewhat disgusting] http://www.thepeoplescube.com/images/Obama_Mom_AnnDunham_naked.jpg
I thought the Obamas didn’t give Christmas (or birthday) gifts???
was I missinfomred?
Boy, they put the “fun” in “dysFUNctional”, don’t they?
Why would a Muslim give (or receive) a Christmas present?
Sounds like a phoney baloney story. Geez....
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.
Geez, what a Debbie Downer!
Correct me if I am wrong. But didn’t one of them say they didn’t give their own kids Christmas presents?
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.
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!!
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.)
This contradicts the more trustworthy opinion of Larry Sinclair completely.
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.
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."
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.)
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.”
Which father is he talking about?
So I guess if you want to Anglicize it, it should be CHMAS?
Obama won’t be talking about golf for a while.
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?
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.
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.
It’s not XMAS IT’S Christmas!!!
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.
Yeah, it is genuinely touching to see Mama Cass, Garret Morris, and Gary Coleman Photoshopped into a typical white person's holiday background...
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.
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.
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