Obama says he couldn't afford discount Bulls tickets during early adulthood

By Jen Krausz on
 December 27, 2023

Former President Barack Obama has been in the press a lot lately as he tries to lift President Joe Biden’s campaign out of the doldrums—and now the press that loved him while he was in office has taken to writing about his past, both far and recent, in glowing terms.

A recent piece on wealth and investing site Finurah discussed Obama’s past financial struggles, including the fact that there was a time when he couldn’t afford discount Chicago Bulls tickets.

Obama was a young community organizer in the 1980s in Chicago trying to go to law school when Michael Jordan began with the NBA playing for the Bulls, and he said he couldn’t afford to go see a game even though he was a huge fan.

“When Michael first came to town, I didn’t have the money to buy tickets for a Bulls game, even the discount ones back in the day,” he recalled to Sports Illustrated. “I was pretty broke.”

An American success story

He couldn’t have been too badly off since he ended up at Harvard in 1988 and at the law school in 1991.

He married Michelle in 1992 after graduating and became a professor at University of Chicago Law School, where he stayed until 2004, when he was already a state senator.

In 2005, he got a multi-million dollar, multi-book deal with Random House and that was the end of any money troubles he and his family had.

In between being elected president twice, he has managed to milk book publishers and the Netflix streaming site for over $65 million.

The net worth of the Obamas is now around $70 million, and could reach more than $200 million, according to some estimates.

His success

They own three homes, including a nearly 7,000 square-foot compound in Martha’s Vineyard they bought for almost $12 million and an $8 million mansion close to Washington, D.C.

Of course, Obama had his talents as a politician and plenty of important connections in the Democrat party eager to push him into the spotlight as a trailblazer for diversity and minority achievement.

This potent combination allowed him to cash in on his success in ways other politicians could not, at least legally.

Readying the base

There has been rampant speculation that Michelle Obama could become a last-minute stand-in for Biden if his poll numbers don’t improve.

Maybe this is why the left-wing media has been falling all over themselves to write puff pieces about Barack Obama, many of which have mentioned his wife as well.

It’s almost like they are laying the groundwork for people not to be blindsided if Michelle jumps in.


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