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Five Things Learned from Barack Obama's Sports Podcast

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President Obama granted a sports-themed interview to Bill Simmons, hailed as "ESPN's most popular sports writer," and even though the talk of politics was rare, there were several noticeable exchanges that can lead to political or media analysis. Here are five points.

1. Obama is constantly telling interviewers he has five more years in office. Obama told Simmons it's very likely he'll welcome a world-champion Chicago Bulls team to the White House, because hey, he has five years left:

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.

2. Obama lies about not watching network or cable news, and no one notices. Here's where the interview began:

BS: How do you have time to follow sports when you have the busiest job on the planet?

OBAMA: Well, first of all, I don’t watch network news or cable news. So in the morning, when I’m working out with Michelle, it’s on SportsCenter.

Not only is that a ridiculous claim on its face -- like Obama telling Jay Leno he's not watching the Republican primaries -- when George W. Bush suggested to Brit Hume he didn't follow the news on TV, the media had a fit about his ignorance.

3. Obama can boast about beating a woman in a skirt and high heels, and no one notices. When you're a feminist president who only had two children and has a feminist wife, no one minds when you talk about beating  a girl on the basketball court because she was dressed like a girl:

OBAMA: And when Maya Moore and the Connecticut Huskies came, we actually went down to my little basket down here and we played a game of HORSE.

BS: You played with them?

OBAMA: Yes, we played a game of HORSE. Now, Maya is always annoyed that I point out that I beat her. She was wearing high heels and a skirt at the time. [Laughter.] So I’m not sure if that counts.

Obama supporters would tell you that he also boasts about how he gets the better out of NBA players (or critics could say he's twice as cocky):

OBAMA: So Chris [Paul] was one of the guys who played. And I did a little crossover on him. He claims that he could have stolen the ball. Everybody who was there knows that that’s not true. The second time, he might have stolen the ball. The first time he didn’t know I had that move on me.

BS: So you surprised him with it?

OBAMA: I did, yes. Yes. My crossover is solid.

BS: Have you noticed that there is a notable difference in the way people defend you, since you became the president, when you’re playing?

OBAMA: No, because I’m always getting knocked around. I don’t know what people are talking about. Reggie Love, my former aide who played at Duke and he’s now getting his MBA, he answered anybody who said that people took it easy on me when they played with me. He said, nobody takes it easy on Obama because if he beats them, they won’t hear the end of it. [Laughter.] And it’s true. I will talk about folks just to make sure that they don’t take it easy on me.

4. Obama can pay tribute to George W. Bush -- for his first pitch after 9/11. Simmons discussed with Obama how difficult it must be to throw out the first pitch at baseball games with a bulletproof vest on. (It's not like we're electing people for whether they can pitch.) Obama paid a little tribute to his predecessor:

OBAMA: I give credit — when I think about George Bush and the pitch he threw —

BS: At 9/11. Post-9/11.

OBAMA: — at 9/11. Unbelievable pitch.

BS: Right down the middle.

OBAMA: Right down the middle. And huge credit for that. I give that guy a lot of props for that one.

BS: And I think Jeter said to him before the game, "Don’t screw this up," or something like that.

OBAMA: That’s exactly what he said. He saw him behind the bullpen and said, "Don’t screw it up." And he didn’t.

5. Bill Simmons is an unbelievable suckup. The evidence is all here in this question:

BS: I pride myself as being a very supportive parent. I go to my daughter’s soccer games. I hit most of them. I try to go to all of them. I can’t go to — I read that you go to every one of your daughter’s basketball games. This can’t be true. How do you go to every basketball game? I feel bad about my own parenting.

Dear Bill: pick your tongue off the blacktop. He'll grant you another interview when he wants to demonstrate his sports-talk prowess.


#1 This is why I rarely watch ESPN anymore

And Im a sports nut almost as much as our humble president!

Have you ever seen footage of him dribbling, and trying to shoot? Pathetic-not, as Katie Couris said, "impressive"!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#2 Oh, barf!


#3 He has another 5 years?

Either he's taking the vote for granted or he's going to suspend elections.

Or worse, he loses, it doesn't matter if it is a close margin or a landslide, then he gets on the TV and states that there are 'irregularities' in the vote and will throw out the vote. So Obama then presents himself as PRESIDENT FOR LIFE!


That may be a very short life.

#5 Whoa, chichi!

That one ought to get Big Dyke's bloomers in a bunch!!!

It would be safer to sign it with a Mooooooooooslem name, like Killa does.

Comrade Bubba

#6 Speaking of the Big Dyke,

Speaking of the Big Dyke, bubba - check out what I wrote in the Open Thread about some poor white woman with a baby and two breasts filled with mothers milk over here on my island........................sick and depraved!!!

#7 I saw it when that happened.

I'll bet that Big Dyke ordered it, and then had videos sent to her.

Comrade Bubba

#8 Next weekend most college

Next weekend most college teams will hold their conference tournaments. After the final buzzer, the NCAA will announce the selection for the tournment. I'll bet he once again will fill out his brackets on Monday on ESPN while Ihockedmydinnerjacket gives us and Isreal the finger. I hope he doesn't pick my Heels to win it all. He has this way of jinxing things. Just like his apology about that crap of a book and a day later two more of America's finest are death.

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#9 I dropped pulling for the Hells, ...

... when Roy and the boys kissed Obama's RBFSOB ass and did the little photo op scrimmage with him a while back.

I'm sure it helped him pull out a victory in NC.  

It was not a winner for UNC.

PS.  The UNC team looked like they had been glued to the floor letting Bambi appear to be making his oh-so-smooth moves to beat them.

Comrade Bubba

#10 Bubba

It might not have helped with the election all that much. Anything you do for one school in NC has half the state hating you for it. I'd rather live in an Occupy camp for a week than pick sides in a basketball game in North Carolina. They don't take prisoners there.

President Obama is a Muslim (from his own lips), Kenyan (read it from his publicist) a homosexual (read it on a news magazine cover) and a Socialist (I'm alive and can see it for myself)

#11 How

How juvenile.
How effeminate.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#12 Oh! Mr.B.

How accurate!

#13 "effeminate?"

I think his comment, "My crossover is solid" says it all.

At least that was the limo driver's story out of his Chicago days.

Comrade Bubba

#14 That comment wasn't lost on

That comment wasn't lost on me either when I read it - I'm glad you pointed it out, although I would expect it out of a sick man like you. At least Boy RoundBall didn't brag about 'backing into the restricted area and stuffing the rock into the hole'!!!!

#15 You talking' to me, Willis?!?

Sick?  Sick?  Moi?

Hell, if I were sick, I'd own a bunch of guns, be going to the range every week, keeping them clean, stocking up on ammo, ah, ahhh,.........................You may be right, Killa.

Comrade Bubba

#16 Orchestrated

Does anyone notice the similarities between obama's interview and the various publicity clips released by putin's political machine? You remember putin? The once and future dictator of (once) soviet Russia?

#17 Such a Fraud.

He should've asked Barry why he throws like a girl and made sure he knew that ESPN did all it could to hide his embarrassing throw. While at it, he should've asked Barry if he has had enough time to think of a favorite White Sox player.

#18 I can think of a lot of Cubs

I can think of a lot of Cubs but for the White Sox I have no idea. Didn't Carlton Fisk play for the WS at one time?

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#19 Looks like the Line...

is being drawn. We can add ESPN/ESPN2 to the channels not to be watched, they can join the ranks of MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, HBO and other pecker puffing stations that pay tribute to the King of the USA. I down graded cable and satellite coverage because of HBO and I never watch any of the other liberal channels. It seems that most information can now be gotten on the internet so , I have no need for these worthless propaganda machines.


#20 I wish Sirius and and TV were

I wish Sirius and and TV were in sync. I could turn off the TV sound and listen to the radio. I get tired of Darrell Waltrip and his BS on NASCAR broadcast. Eli Gold, he is also the voice of the Tide, is the best race broadcaster bar none.

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#21 I wonder if some baseball

I wonder if some baseball player told Boy Barry 'don't fluff it up' before he threw his first pitch, because that's what it looked like.
And did I just read, in answer #3, that Boy Barry is a 'feminine' President??? That might be the only accurate statement of this whole revolting article.

This guy BS is just about as pathetic and delusional as BO.

#22 Good morning killa

You gottta admit that's great BS from the Present of the US. It's BS straight from the HORSE's butt. Besides he's not too feminine for a girlie man. Kinda stretching the man part though.


Jesus Loves You so much He died for you

#23 You may be on to something, coco.

Maybe the RBFSOB is a dyke pretending to be a man, pretending to be a sissy boy?

I mean we know that he is a Moooooooslem pretending to be a Christian, pretending to be a US citizen, pretending to be a Fascist, pretending to be a freedom loving Democrat, pretending to love the USA, etc, etc, etc.

Where are the Platters when you need them?

Comrade Bubba

#24 killa

Not to mention the smoke screen that got in our eyes and blinded half of America.


Jesus Loves You so much He died for you

#25 Only You, Killa.

Only You.

Comrade Bubba

#26 Good morning boys and girls -

Good morning boys and girls - I've just got my power back on - we've got some serious lightning/thunder/rain going on here in Asia,and the power was off since very early this morning. It seems like we've covered 'The Great Pretender', 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', and 'Only You' (or, as Boy Barry sings it - 'Only ME'!!!!) all in the same, I never knew the Platters could be so precient when it comes to poliltical evaluation!!!

Yeah, this pathetic little narcissic twerp is soooooooooooooooo f**king delusional that he actually believes that he is what he, and the rest of the knee-pad wearers, think he is or tell him he is!!! I'm not even sure if Doc Sam could give us an accurate evaluation of this clown's psychological's a conglomoration of everything WRONG - just like his political philosophy.

#27 Tell like it is (to intro a new artist), Killa.

I just hope that it will be Twilight Time for the RBFSOB this November.

That'ii be the Day, when he sees the Harbor Lights in his rear view mirrora at Ebb Tide, and the little Red, Sails in(to) the Sunset to his real home continent.

BYW, your comment about me being sick proves that You Don't Know Me, doowop, doowop. (or maybe you do)

Comrade Bubba

#28 That would be Aaron Neville -

That would be Aaron Neville - a big, tough looking guy with a knife tatoo on his cheek - and a voice that DOESN'T match his physical appearance!!!!

And the RED sails in the sunset probably have either the hammer and sickle, or the Chinese gold stars on them.

And, yes, bubba - there are a LOT of sick people on this website, and you're one of them!!! And I speak TROOF!!!

#29 Yeah, coco, but is there ANY

Yeah, coco, but is there ANY evidence of this tilley EVER sitting down like a man, instead of crossing his legs better than most women that I know???

#30 What pap!

And twaddle.

#31 The Leisure President

The Leisure President

#32 Hes not an athelete

Ear Leader NEVER was interested in sports, or really played, as can be attained from watching him "try" to play, and talk about the sports, too-he has no memories as a boy following sports. Of course, living on a commune in Indonesia and Kenya in the 60's and 70's would have made that difficult, too!

Besides, not only dont WE want him any longer than he has to, but he doesnt want another 5 years-hes got a blooming singing career waiting for him!

"Baby, Im so in love with you,,"

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#33 Braggadocio making up for all

Braggadocio making up for all those years being picked last for playground games..."OK, OK, I'll take the girl, but you gotta take Barry"

(No offense to sisters and daughter are fine athletes)

#34 Remember the kid no one wanted on their baseball team?

The one who was "selected" to play catcher for both teams.  Everyone knew he couldn't bat, they didn't want him.  No stealing, so he didn't have to throw the ball anywhere, except back to the pitcher.  And that was usually on 3 bounces to the mound.  That was Barry

To re-elect Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

#35 He was always after the little red-headed girl,,

The kid in the wheelchair, and the blind kid-THEN came Barry, but he'd complain, and call his local chapter of the NAACP, and they'd come out and DEMAND he get selected first!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#36 I've gotta take some offense

I've gotta take some offense with the wheelchair/blind kid remarks, NJ - since I've been working on a water/surfing program for handicapped people lately, and also because I have a nephew who is a 'lifetime project'...........although I know what you are trying to say, so don't think that I'm being contetious. It's just that those people DIDN'T have a chance to be 'normal', and Boy Barry did - and he blew it!!! (And let's not forget his 'special Olympics' remark either).

But there is a longtime story running around about L'il Barry playing basketball at the school where he went - and where I also went - in Honolulu. And I'm pretty sure that he was an 'affirmative action' student who had some pull because his 'typical white grandma' was the vice-president of a bank too. Anyway, I think he was complaining to the varsity basketball coach about getting playing time, and saying that they were playing a 'white' game, or something like that - and the coach basically told him that he wasn't getting playing time because he hadn't earned it. Imagine that!!!

#37 Pelosi's delusional because of the botox

What's Obama's excuse?

And what's Simmons' excuse for lamely accepting this tripe?

If you can't please everybody, piss 'em all off!

#38 So......did he run for

So......did he run for National basket-ball player or President? 'Cause I got the feeling I know which position is more important to him.

#39 Yeah, ant, but the only

Yeah, ant, but the only problem is that he's a much WORSE President than he is a basketbal player, and that's saying sumpin!!

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