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President Barack Obama is not only the leader of the free world, he is also apparently a superstitious man. He’s played basketball on every election day during his presidential campaigns save for once.

And that time– during the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary– he lost to Hillary Clinton.

This time, Obama’s not taking any chances. As millions of Americans hit the voting booths today, the president will hit the hardwood for a game of hoops with friends and staff at Attack Athletics on West Harrison Street in Chicago.

Among those playing b-ball with Barack are Education Secretary Arne Duncan, “body man” Reggie Love and close buddies Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt.

According to Ramos and Nesbitt, there’s no going easy on the most powerful man on earth.

“Every time he tried to score, I fouled him,” Nesbitt told the New York Times in 2007. “I grabbed him, I’d hit his arm, I’d hold him.”

“No blood, no foul,” added Ramos.

Conventional wisdom posits that Obama plays these basketball games because he’s superstitious, especially after his ’08 New Hampshire primary loss to Clinton. But the game also helps him escape the chaos of politics, especially the madness of presidential elections.

“He can be himself, it’s a safe haven, he can let his competitive juices flow and tease his buddies,” Nesbitt told the Times. “It’s just a relaxing respite from the every-moment and every-word scrutinization that he gets.”

One question that gets frequently asked is, “Prez got game?” Well, if you believe NBA Commissioner David Stern, the answer is “not really.”

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