Just when you thought Barry couldn’t get any cooler…
President Obama was the featured guest on Bill Simmons podcast: The B.S. Report this week, and revealed himself as a fan of all things sports related and even gangsta HBO programming…
On the Jeremy Lin craze:
Obama: (Jeremy) is doing good. And I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did, because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team. And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard. And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.
BS: Are you taking credit for “Linsanity”? It kind of feels like you are a little bit.
Obama: I can’t take credit for it, but I’m just saying I was there early.
Later he discussed his guy crush and cross over skills on CP3:
Obama: I love Chris Paul. He’s a great guy.
He’s on my Presidential Fitness Council. And I’ve gotten to know a lot of these guys, because for my 49th birthday I had my own little All-Star Game here.
BS: I heard about that. I wasn’t invited.
Obama: You weren’t? Maybe next time. So Chris 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.
Lastly, the POTUS talked about one his favorite shows of all time:
BS: Last question, quick, five seconds.
BS: Settle an office debate. Best Wire character of all time?
Obama: It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy is unbelievable, right?
BS: We might break this down as like a March Madness bracket, and I think he’s going to be the no. 1 seed. [Laughter.] Everyone is in on Omar, it seems like.
Obama: He’s got to be the no. 1 seed. I mean, what a combination. And that was one of the best shows of all time.
Read the full transcript of the podcast here