Obama to raise $1 million at fundraiser with NBA greats

President Obama enlisted some of the National Basketball Association's biggest names to raise funds for the Democratic Party at a Miami fundraiser Monday night.

Calling himself a "pretty good point guard," Obama and South Florida Democrats gathered at the home of former Miami Heat all-star Alonzo Mourning where current Heat players Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were spotted.

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"I like you, but when you play the Bulls, I'm rooting against you," Obama told the two men. 

Neither the reporter in the room nor a White House spokesman spotted the Heat's other new addition, LeBron James, but former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson was in attendance.

"I am stunned that Alonzo let a Laker in here," Obama joked. "But he said that Magic transcends party lines."

Just more than three weeks out from the midterms, polls indicate that Democrats could use all the help available.

The president is stepping up his fundraising and campaign schedule, making a quick trip to Miami on Monday afternoon and returning to the White House on Monday evening.

With Democrats in serious danger of losing the House, Obama was expected to raise about $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Rep. Ron Klein (Fla.). 

The president stuck with the basketball references, telling the crowd that while he's a "pretty good point guard," he needs a team in Congress to help him.

Obama continued to blast Republicans and their Pledge to America, calling the pledge "snake oil" and accusing the GOP of wanting to return the country to the policies of the George W. Bush administration. 

Obama was greeted in Florida by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D). 

The president cut a radio ad for Meek in recent days amid reports that Meek might drop out allowing state Democrats to line up behind Independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

Meek is badly trailing Crist and Republican front-runner Marco Rubio. 

Reflecting some of the trouble the White House is having motivating its base, a group of gay-rights activists from GetEQUAL were shouting protests at Obama from boats on the bay by Mourning's house.

The group was protesting the failure of the administration to win passage of legislation repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" law banning gays from serving openly in the military, according to a White House pool report.