How did Barack Obama spend the early morning hours of Jan. 3, 2008, arguably one of the most important days of his life? The Honolulu Advertiser offers a little bit of insight into the Illinois Democrat’s (and hometown boy’s) day:

Maya Soetoro-Ng, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s younger sister, had just returned from campaigning in the chill of rural Iowa and had sensed the momentum herself.

But she still said she was incredibly nervous yesterday in the hours before her brother took the Iowa caucuses. She had spoken to him by telephone several times throughout the day and described him as confident and relaxed. He had even snuck in some hoops.

“He had gone and played basketball at 5:30 in the morning with a bunch of his buddies from Hawai’i who came out there on the 1st,” she said. “So they played a game of 5-on-5, I think, and he said he had so much fun. And he was feeling very relaxed, much more relaxed than I was.”

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee eyed a Double Cheeseburger with lustful eyes as a lone Lean Cuisine cooked in the microwave. As Jimmy Carter once said, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do — and I have done it — and God forgives me for it.”

That said, you can forgive me for once again making stuff up.