(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)


BY MARC STEIDLER

If you hear the president speak during an election year, you might not expect a campaign message on this topic.

 

“I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did. Because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team.”

That was President Barack Obama talking Knicks’ phenom Jeremy Lin on sports analyst Bill Simmons’ podcast this week. A half hour— no politics — just sports. And the guys over at MSNBC’s Morning Joe were lovin’ it.

 

“How great for the president to sit down with Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy?”
“It’s good. You can watch it on ESPN.com, it’s 25 minutes with the president, good stuff.”
“How great!”

But Fox Business pundits thought Obama’s Lin statement was bogus.

“This is how phony the president is. ‘I knew way before you did.’ Well how would we know that he didn’t know as well?”
“I think he realized that you could start to hear him trail off, he realized he was starting to tell a fib and he just starts to...(inaudible)”

But what’s the president doing talking to the Sports Guy while his competitors are out on the campaign trail? A writer for the LA Times says — consider it a perk of incumbency.

 

“While his Republican rivals are out tearing one another to pieces, and focusing on more conservative media outlets and Fox News, the president is expanding his reach to American voters in just such venues.”

But Wired notes — ESPN is a venue that once refused to allow President Obama on Simmons’ podcast.


“Back in April 2008, Obama, then a U.S. senator and Democratic candidate for president, was scheduled to appear on Simmons’ podcast. ESPN, nervous about political editorializing in an election year, pulled the plug.”

Simmons does have quite the platform — more than a million Twitter followers and one of the most downloaded podcasts on the web. That aside, a writer for the Washington Post thinks the interview isn’t enough to swing any voters.

“The Simmons interview isn’t going to convince on-the-fence voters that Obama is one of them or deliver the youth vote en masse to the incumbent...But, never forget the connective power that sports holds in the world of politics.”

Transcript by Newsy.

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Obama: 'I Knew About Jeremy Lin Before You Did'

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)


BY MARC STEIDLER

If you hear the president speak during an election year, you might not expect a campaign message on this topic.

 

“I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did. Because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team.”

That was President Barack Obama talking Knicks’ phenom Jeremy Lin on sports analyst Bill Simmons’ podcast this week. A half hour— no politics — just sports. And the guys over at MSNBC’s Morning Joe were lovin’ it.

 

“How great for the president to sit down with Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy?”
“It’s good. You can watch it on ESPN.com, it’s 25 minutes with the president, good stuff.”
“How great!”

But Fox Business pundits thought Obama’s Lin statement was bogus.

“This is how phony the president is. ‘I knew way before you did.’ Well how would we know that he didn’t know as well?”
“I think he realized that you could start to hear him trail off, he realized he was starting to tell a fib and he just starts to...(inaudible)”

But what’s the president doing talking to the Sports Guy while his competitors are out on the campaign trail? A writer for the LA Times says — consider it a perk of incumbency.

 

“While his Republican rivals are out tearing one another to pieces, and focusing on more conservative media outlets and Fox News, the president is expanding his reach to American voters in just such venues.”

But Wired notes — ESPN is a venue that once refused to allow President Obama on Simmons’ podcast.


“Back in April 2008, Obama, then a U.S. senator and Democratic candidate for president, was scheduled to appear on Simmons’ podcast. ESPN, nervous about political editorializing in an election year, pulled the plug.”

Simmons does have quite the platform — more than a million Twitter followers and one of the most downloaded podcasts on the web. That aside, a writer for the Washington Post thinks the interview isn’t enough to swing any voters.

“The Simmons interview isn’t going to convince on-the-fence voters that Obama is one of them or deliver the youth vote en masse to the incumbent...But, never forget the connective power that sports holds in the world of politics.”

Transcript by Newsy.

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