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President Obama: Todd Akin ‘Somehow Missed Science Class’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- President Obama Wednesday night laid into embattled Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri for his recent comments on rape and abortion, telling a crowd of campaign donors that the congressman must have “somehow missed science class.”

“Recently some of you have been paying attention to the commentary about the senator [sic] from Missouri, Mr. Akin, who … the interesting thing here is that this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class,” Obama said, drawing laughter and applause.

“And it’s representative of the desire to go backwards instead of forwards and fight fights that we thought were settled 20 or 30 years ago,” he added.

The president was addressing a group of 120 current and former NBA stars and other wealthy supporters attending the $20,000 per plate “Obama Classic” fundraiser in New York City. Spotted in the crowd were co-host Michael Jordan and his fiancee, Yvette Prieto, Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

“This is my dream team,” Obama told the group at the top of his remarks.

“It’s very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person. Usually, people want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. … That has not been the case at this event,” he joked.

The event -- a trio of fundraisers -- included an earlier autograph session and skills camp with many of the stars. Tickets for those were $250 and $5,000 per person, respectively.

“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” said Obama, turning to discuss the 2012 presidential race. “We are in the fourth quarter. We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming strong and they play a little dirty. We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We’ve got a couple of injuries and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.

“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game,” he added. “And Michael’s competitiveness is legendary. And nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes ago, that’s when you put them away.”

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‘Obama Classic’ Basketball Fundraiser to Star Michael Jordan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, Michael Jordan and a group of past and present NBA stars will appear together on a New York City basketball court Aug. 22 for the “Obama Classic,” a fundraiser and grassroots sweepstakes for the president’s re-election campaign.

A star-studded, pro-Obama exhibition game will feature Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Mourning, among other players, the campaign said in an email to supporters.

“Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo,” wrote Marlon Marshall, the Obama campaign’s national field director.

Spectator tickets will be sold to raise funds for Obama’s campaign.  Donors of as little as $3 can enter to win an all-expenses paid trip to attend the game and a subsequent dinner hosted by Jordan.

The event, which was originally scheduled for a Washington, D.C., arena in December 2011, was delayed after the NBA lockout. No word yet on the venue.

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‘Obama Classic’ Delayed by NBA Return

Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The “Obama Classic” -- an exhibition basketball game that doubles as a campaign fundraiser -- has been benched until 2012.

President Obama’s re-election campaign announced Thursday in an email to donors that the highly publicized event, which includes more than two dozen past and present NBA stars, will be rescheduled for next summer, thanks to the resolution of the pro-basketball league lockout. The game had been slated for Dec. 12.

Supporters who each paid between $200 for general admission seats and $5,000 for court side seats were told their tickets would still be honored at the future event. The Obama campaign declined to say how many tickets had been sold for the game, which was planned for an undisclosed Washington, D.C., sports venue.

“We’re sorry to delay the event, but it’s safe to say this game will be worth waiting for. It’s going to be a great time,” reads the email to supporters. It was signed by NBA stars Vince Carter, Baron Davis and Chris Paul. All three are confirmed to play in the game.

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