For several years President Barack Obama has been passing himself off as a sports fan. Folks in the sports world like it because they feel like Obama is a guy and “one of us,” so to speak. He picks NCAA tournament brackets every year, he plays pickup hoops, and he mixes it up with teams when they come to the White House for a visit. Obama’s also taken shots at Cubs fans calling them fair weather, and he’s spoken about his desire to institute a playoff system in college football (crickets). He seems to appeal to the sports fan pretty well, but we’ve also pointed out that he seems to be putting on a front.
The first example came when Obama, who champions himself as a White Sox fan, failed to name a single player from his supposed favorite team. That seems like a pretty simple exercise for someone unless you’re faking it. Now we have more of the same. The folks at Kentucky Sports Radio pointed out that at his meeting with UConn Monday, President Obama got legendary Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp’s name wrong, calling him “Ruff.” Skip ahead to the 2:10 mark in the video to hear it:
One would figure a guy who portrays himself as such a hardcore sports fan and hoops lover would know Adolph Rupp’s name. Call us nitpicking if you choose, but we wouldn’t have “gone there” if Obama hadn’t pushed himself as a big-time sports guy. LBS is not fond of phonies — we prefer people who stick to what they are.Google+
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