Jokes Ensue After Michael Jordan’s Documentary Lists Obama as ‘Former Chicago Resident’

Former President Barack Obama made a cameo appearance on the highly-anticipated Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” that premiered this week on ESPN and Netflix.

But, while viewers were captivated by the first two episodes of the ten-part documentary, they were a bit confused by Obama’s description: “former Chicago resident.”

And the understated title quickly gave way to jokes.

There was also some Obama-styled riffing on Jordan’s famous film, “Space Jam.”

The 44th president’s cameo was not tied to politics. Instead, Obama talked about what Jordan meant to the city of Chicago — where he spent time as a young lawyer before eventually being elected to Congress.

In his brief appearance, Obama told viewers, “When Michael first came to town, I didn’t have the money to buy tickets for Bulls games, 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 was able to rally around,” per a round-up from the Chicago Tribune.

The director explained that he wanted Obama’s role to be legitimately tied to the story, saying, “I was pretty adamant that we don’t have people in here who don’t have an organic connection to the story. I think the temptation is because Michael was super famous, let’s get as many super famous people in here as possible.”

Obama wasn’t even the only former president who got an understated title in the documentary — former President Bill Clinton was listed as “former Arkansas Governor.”

Before he left the White House, Obama honored Jordan with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Bulls star was among the last people that Obama gave the honor to — also honored with Jordan were Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and Ellen DeGeneres.


  1. Did Odumbo also admit to being a “former resident of Keoglo, Kenya” in the film? He said so several times in mid-July 2018 while returning there for a visit. That admission explains him being accepted as a “foreign exchange student” here in the US; but not his Indonesian citizenship.

    Deport him!

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