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Obama Talks to GQ About Life After White House

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FILE - President Barack Obama speaks during an interview at the White House.

FILE - President Barack Obama speaks during an interview at the White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama looked ahead to life after his 15 remaining months in the White House, saying he does not have the temperament to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice, but has fantasized about owning a professional basketball team.

Obama made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the men's lifestyle magazine GQ in which the president addressed everything from his passion for sports to the number of cigarettes he has smoked since arriving at the White House - "zero in the last five years."

"Well, I'm best suited for basketball," Obama said in an interview with sports writer Bill Simmons published by GQ magazine on Tuesday. "But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year."

He said he "absolutely" would want to be part of an NBA team's ownership. He also said he draws inspiration from reruns of classic NBA games featuring former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan.

FILE - President Barack Obama walks into the United Center during an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Oct. 27, 2015.

FILE - President Barack Obama walks into the United Center during an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Oct. 27, 2015.


The president said running in the 2016 election against billionaire real-estate tycoon Donald Trump would have been "fun," appearing to ridicule the Republican frontrunner's White House campaign. Obama is barred by the constitution to seek a third term.

In the interview, Obama, a former law professor, also ruled out serving on the Supreme Court, saying, "I want to be in the action a little bit more."

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