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Video: Dikembe Mutombo Casts First Ever Vote In 2008 Presidental Election

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Thousands of new citizens cast their first votes in the United States on Election Day yesterday. One of these first-time voters was Dikembe Mutombo, who voted for the first time ever in his life. It’s probably not too big of an assumption to say he voted for the new President, Barack Obama.

On CNN, Lou Dobbs just ran video of Mutombo talking about being able to vote, and what it meant to him. Surprisingly, Dobbs did not attack Mutombo for coming to America to steal work from hard-working Americans.

Here is a transcript of the conversation:

DOBBS: Thank you very much, Louise. Louise Schiavone.

Well, millions of first-time voters are going to the polls and an extraordinary number of them voting for Barack Obama, of course. About 70 percent of those first-time voters. And that includes naturalized citizens who have the privilege of voting for the first time.

Eight-time NBA all-star Dikembe Muttombo yesterday voted for the first time in his life. Muttombo became a naturalized American citizen in 2006. He was born in the war torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. Muttombo played basketball for Georgetown University of course and in the NBA, most recently for the Houston Rockets.

Deke, as his teammates call him, talked to us about how it felt to vote for a presidential candidate, a candidate with whom he shares African roots and his experience voting for the very first time as an American in this historic election.


DIKEMBE MUTTOMBO, FIRST TIME VOTER: I came to this country for — almost 22 years ago and went to school here. And after playing the game almost for 18 years. And I’m feeling very good that I went to the booth to vote. And I was very happy for the fact that I’m the first to vote in my family, in the Muttombo family, so we’re so happy.

It’s like we’re hoping the door. I’ve been from Congo when I was growing up on the (INAUDIBLE) regime. There was no chance and opportunity for nobody to ever have an election or to participate in any sort of the election. I tell you the truth. This is the first time I ever voted in my life you know and never been a chance been given to me in my lifetime. Senator Obama, his father was from Africa. The son of another immigrant get a chance and opportunity to be appointed by the American people (INAUDIBLE). It’s amazing.

OBAMA: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible…


MUTTOMBO: I would say to my children that don’t think that because daddy (INAUDIBLE) Congo that you can one day become and you are the president of the United States of America (INAUDIBLE) senator. I’m so happy. I’m glad to be an American.


DOBBS: Muttombo said he was in line for two and a half hours to cast his first ballot. He hopes to return to the court this season and finish his career with the Houston Rockets before retiring from the NBA. Quite a day for millions of Americans.

Unfortunately, the video is not up yet, so for now, settle for his Houston Rockets teammates making fun of his voice.

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