Obama to play basketball on Election Day

President Barack Obama plays basketball with residents after delivering a statement on the drought after a cornfield tour at the McIntosh family farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, Aug. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

MADISON, Wis. -- The president will observe his most time-honored Election Day ritual.

Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who has joined the campaign on its final day to travel with President Obama, said his former boss sent an e-mail to his former personal aide, Reggie Love, to start organizing his regular pickup basketball game in Chicago for Tuesday.

Love is a former Duke University basketball player and regular hoops buddy of Obama's, as is Chicago pal Martin Nesbitt, who has been traveling with Obama this week. The president will return to Chicago late Monday night to spend election day in his home town.

"We made the mistake of not playing basketball once," Gibbs said. "We won't make that mistake again."

Obama didn't play basketball on the day of the 2008 primary election in New Hampshire, which he lost to Hillary Clinton.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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