Thursday , Nov , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Magic Johnson Cried with Joy Over Obama Election

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said he and his wife "cried all night" after Barack Obama beat John McCain to become the country’s first African-American president.

"He can motivate people," Johnson said Wednesday night at halftime of the Clippers-Lakers game at Staples Center. "He crossed all racial lines. One of the smartest men I have ever seen as a political figure, common sense as well.

"It’s the right time. We have some big problems in America."

Johnson said not only did he not believe as a kid growing up in Michigan that there wouldn’t be an African-American president in his lifetime, he had doubts the country was ready to make such a decision while Obama was running.