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Obama Warms Up For Caucuses By Playing Pick-up Basketball

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First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:20 PM ET

DES MOINES, IA.--Barack Obama's wife Michelle wished her husband "Happy Caucus Day" on Thursday morning, where Obama warmed up for the first-in-the-nation presidential vote by playing basketball with some buddies and hitting morning television shows.

The pick-up game, running more than an hour, was organized by Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a liong-time Obama friend and a supporter and fund-raising going back to Obama's senate run. The level of play was "very competitive," I'm told. Obama: "He played hard. He played smart." If Obama wins the caucus tonight. This basketball playing stuff will become a metaphor for his campaign here.

The players included Giannoulias, Obama bodyman Reggie Love, a college ball player and ex-pro football player. (What, you ask is a bodyman?) The trusted aide who physically stands next to the candidate (not security) to handle any stuff that comes up from someone they meet along the way.)

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