As President Barack Obama celebrates his 51st birthday today, we take a look back at his love for basketball. The game certainly helped him campaign in 2008 as a man of the people when he played everyone from the North Carolina Tar Heels to no-names in pickup games. The commander-in-chief has got some game, too. A smooth lefty jumper and surprising hops make for a tough cover for opponents.

With his re-election campaign ramping up, you can bet that the he'll squeeze in some time for basketball to unwind. So, from his younger years at Punahou School in Hawaii to his days in offiice, check out this gallery of Barack Obama playing basketball. *cues the soundtrack*

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