NBA legend Magic Johnson says he’s got President Barack Obama’s back, even though it may set him back a few million dollars if he wins re-election.
In an interview on CNN Tuesday, Johnson said he still supports Obama despite the president’s call for millionaires to pay a greater share in taxes compared to middle class Americans.
“Nothing has changed, I’m still a big supporter of President Obama,” Johnson told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “I think that he inherited a mess. It took him a long time to really wrap his arms around the mess, and he’s doing a good job of trying to bring the economy back, trying to get us jobs.”
Johnson said “could he have done a better job? Of course, of course. Will he do a better job if gets four more years? I think he will.”
Johnson has made millions as a superstar guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and in retirement as a movie theater chain owner and a successful entrepreneur who owns a piece of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
When reminded that Obama wants millionaires to pay more in taxes and wants owners of corporate jets to pay more, Johnson laughed and flashed his trademark smile.
“I know he’s talking about taxing planes – I own a plane,” Johnson said. “I own a plane, thanks a lot, President Obama. But I still support him.”
Johnson also expressed support for actress Stacey Dash, who expressed support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a tweet and was blasted by blacks and other Obama supporters.
“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney,” she tweeted.
For the star who appeared in the movie “Clueless” and television series “The Game,” a single tweet has caused her a lot of grief.
“RACIAL DRAFT: I LIKE TO REQUEST A TRADE TO SEND STACEYDASH TO THE CAUCASIANS TO AQUIRE BILL CLINTON TO THE BLACKS,” one opposing tweet read.
“It’s a shame that Stacey is getting attacked like this because she has a right to vote for Romney, if that’s her choice,” Johnson said. “But at the same time, I know that President Obama, being the first African-American to get into the White House, is big for all of us.”
Johnson predicted that Dash will be among the few black voters to cast a ballot for Romney on Election Day.
“Will African-Americans vote for Romney? Probably not,” he said. “It’s not going to happen. He’ll probably get five percent, two percent, something like that. One thing African-Americans are going to do: They’re either go to vote for President Obama or they’re going to stay home and vote for nobody.”
A poll released this week by the Pew Research Center found that only seven percent of black Americans have a favorable view of Romney while 88 percent have a favorable view of Obama.