We’re all familiar with sports-stars who guarantee a victory before the game.Obama is feeling just as confident now.
Barack Obama sat down to do a podcast interview with ESPN’s sports-raconteur Bill Simmons and inadvertently guaranteed victory in November.
Simmons asked if he ever dreamed about welcoming his favourite team, the Chicago Bulls to the White House to celebrate a championship.
And that’s where Obama took it to the next level:
BS: Over the last five years, how many times have you envisioned welcoming the world champion Chicago Bulls to the White House?
Obama: Every year. And it hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen.
BS: It will happen? You’re like Joe Namath — you’re guaranteeing it.
Obama: Well, I’ve got another five years here and — [laughter] —
BS: You’re guaranteeing that, too. [Laughter.]
Obama: — somewhere along the line my Bulls are going to come through here. Absolutely.
BS: You’ll probably cry. You’ll well up a little bit.
Obama: I probably won’t do the whole Jordan-hugging-the-ball thing.
No more humble-talk about being a one-term president from Obama.
The rest of the podcast focused on other sports stories, like the president being displaced as the most famous Harvard graduate by Jeremy Lin.
Simmons just wanted to talk about sports, and pulled out some of the chief-executive’s thoughts on the NBA and sports more generally. Obama thinks Jordan was the best-ever. He wants to see a real college football tournament.
Probably his most interesting anecdote was a story about speaking to Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul and telling him that Blake Griffen should develop a jump shot like Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone. We agree that if Blake developed that kind of mid-range fadeaway he would be unstoppable.
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