The Chicago Bulls hosted the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, and while the home team could not secure a win, fans at Chicago’s United Center still found someone to cheer for: Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Obama attended the game with members of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Girls Opportunity Alliance, two Obama Foundation programs that aim to expand opportunities for underserved youth. The former president also made time to discuss career development with staff members at the arena.
Before being elected president in 2008, Obama served Chicagoans as a U.S. and state senator, representing Illinois. Though he was born and raised in Hawaii, he became a Chicago sports fan after spending decades in the city.
Obama arrived in Chicago in the late 1980s to work as a community organizer, and he was interning at a Chicago law firm when he met his wife, Michelle, who grew up in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. He recently reflected on these early years in Chicago — namely, Michael Jordan and the Bulls’ dominance — in ESPN’s “The Last Dance.”
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Though this Bulls team could not replicate the franchise’s past success on Wednesday, falling to the Celtics 94-117, Chicago hopes to change course heading into its final two matchups of the regular season.
Tomorrow, the Bulls will host the Charlotte Hornets, an Eastern Conference foe aiming to improve its seed in the play-in tournament with a win over Chicago. The Bulls will then travel north to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, April 10.