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Charles Barkley interviews Barack Obama

Charles Barkley talks to fans before the 76ers'

Charles Barkley talks to fans before the 76ers' game against the San Antonio Spurs. (Jan. 21, 2013) Credit: AP

TNT analyst Charles Barkley sat down Thursday at the White House with President Barack Obama for an interview that will be shown before Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

Turner said the interview covered a variety of topics, including the NBA and health care reform.

Here is Obama comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan:

"You know LeBron. I know LeBron. When you are standing next to him, and then you watch him close up, I've never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who is that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package. So we don't yet know where he is going to be.

"Now, I'm a Chicago guy and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city. And he was a champion. Mike is now retired. LeBron, when you look at him, you think he might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years. He's 29 years old. In terms of every aspect of the game, LeBron has a chance to be as good as anybody."

Barkley also received a tour of the Oval Office.


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