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Indeed, You Are, Mr. President... Overhyped.


For some reason, last night’s NBA Finals finale reminded me of this quote…

“I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.”

Those words were uttered by then-state senator Barack Obama, shortly before he gave his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

UPDATE: One of my regulars suggests:

Obama is LeBron? Well, some aspects are consistent: totally undeserved accolades thrown in their path in their careers like flower petals before a, ahem, “King”; whiny, spoiled tantrums against those who would dare to question their skills; a rotten team player, always wanting the credit for good news yet quick to hand off bad news to someone else; and a self-regard that doesn’t match reality.

Oh: and I think they’ve also both lost quite a few fans in Ohio over the past couple of years.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Boy, President Obama does seem to have some King-Midas-in-Reverse touch when it comes to sports predictions:

President Barack Obama isn’t one to shy away from sports and predictions, but he might want a little added security when he next sets foot in the state of Ohio.

The most powerful basketball fan in the world has officially hitched his wagon to the Miami Heat, telling a Cleveland reporter of all people that he thinks Miami will win the NBA Finals.

Not that Obama is a frontrunner or anything, but he made the prediction after the Heat took a 2-1 series lead.

The Commander in Chief also thought the Chicago Bulls would send the Heat packing in the Eastern Conference Finals and bet a Miami reporter a Chicago-style hot dog.

Right after Obama picked the Heat, they lost three straight.

Tags: Barack Obama


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