Friday, February 26, 2021

Barack Obama Called ‘Former Chicago Resident’ in Michael Jordan Doc and Fans Ain’t Havin’ It

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*Barack Obama made a brief appearance in the premiere episodes of the Michael Jordan ESPN documentary series “The Last Dance,” which tells the story of Jordan’s career through never-before-seen footage of the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 NBA championship season. 

According to the LA Times, the doc was the number one trending topic Sunday on Twitter. Most of the interview subjects who appeared in it, including former president Obama, also trended, as fans took issue with him being credited as simply “Former Chicago Resident,” HollywoodLife.com reports

“I’d like an oral history about who and how they decided to give Obama the ‘former Chicago resident’ label,” @PaoloUggetti tweeted. 

“My new goal in life is to meet the person who decided Barack Obama would be ‘Former Chicago Resident’,” @meppers added, while @Adam_J_Tweets posted “‘Former Chicago Resident’ is easily the funniest chyron in existence for Barack Obama.” 

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“They did not just label MY PRESIDENT as ‘former Chicago resident’,” @LaCienegaB added.

The documentary also avoided Bill Clinton presidential title. 

“Why Bill Clinton get to be ‘former Arkansas governor’ but Obama was a former Chicago resident’???” @renealise tweeted.

In the film, Barack opens up about the impact of Jordan playing basketball in their home city of Chicago. 

“When Michael first came to town, I didn’t have the money to buy tickets for a Bulls game,” he said, referencing Michael’s inaugural 1984 season. “Even the discount ones back in the day. I was pretty broke. But suddenly you have a sports figure that puts Chicago on the map and that everybody is able to rally around.”

ESPN will continue airing two new episodes of “The Last Dance” every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET until May 17.  

The third and fourth episodes air Sunday, April 26. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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