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In Supercommittee’s Clutch Time, Obama Imitates LeBron Again


Politico, today:

President Barack Obama prides himself on being a clutch player, but he sat happily on the end of the bench as the clock ran out on the supercommittee. Then he took his shot after the buzzer.

Recall Obama, walking around the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, hours before he gave the speech that launched his national reputation:

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

A news item from earlier this year, during the NBA finals:

Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward the Miami Heat’s LeBron James on the eve of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Stevenson says the Heat forward “checked out” in the final minutes of Game 4 on Tuesday night, when James was held to eight points — the lowest he managed in 90 career playoff games.

Perhaps when Obama said, “I’m LeBron, baby,” it wasn’t a boast, it was a confession.

Tags: Barack Obama , LeBron James , Supercommittee


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