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President Obama meets with Wisconsin basketball team during campaign stop

Oct 7, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

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President Obama likely won’t need much help winning the youth vote in November’s presidential election, but his decision to meet with the Wisconsin basketball team could very well have secured the votes of 16 young men in the Badger State.

After a Twitter campaign by forward Zach Bohannon and some convenient connections to the Obama campaign, the Wisconsin team was able to score a few minutes with Obama before a campaign stop in Madison this week.

The players only got close to five minutes with Obama (and a shoutout to start his day’s speech at the rally), but the president was able to flex his basketball intelligence, according to Yahoo!.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Bohannon told the site. “He said, ‘Now I’ve got a challenge for you. We all know you guys can win at home. The true test is whether you guys can win on the road.’ We’re like, ‘Holy crap, he knows about our home-court advantage?'”

Obama’s ties to the college game are deep, with brother-in-law Craig Robinson at the head of the Oregon State program. He has also been known to attend games, including the First Four games in Dayton last season with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

As for Bohannon, he aspires to be a politician after basketball and, if his ability to arrange a meeting with the president on short notice is any indication, he might understand the power of social media just as much as the famously savvy Obama campaign.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. gatordontplay - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    It’s always nice to have a president that knows more about basketball than he does the economy

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Bohannon might be a better choice this November.

  3. bigshag - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    keep your politicp outta the sports section….go to FOX or a politico blog…..sheesh….maybe study pragmatism too before you try to argue politics….

  4. gatordontplay - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM


  5. florida727 - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Kind of what I was thinking, except I put this back on the young people referenced early on in Daniel’s write-up. Do these kids understand the concept of a SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR debt? THEY are the ones that are going to have to pay it. Heck, I’m old, relatively speaking. That debt isn’t MY problem going forward. Just wondering what those kids think when they realize what they’re inheriting. Work your butt off, “redistribute” YOUR hard-earned wealth. Make sure someone too lazy to share your work ethic gets a good portion of what YOU’VE earned. And they still want to vote for this clown? I genuinely will never understand the thinking behind supporting this guy.

  6. greej1938l - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Cool article, Wisconsins quietly always a solid team under Bo Ryan

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