Forgive me for not respecting Barack Obama as a sports fan. He is the Commander in Chief of the United States of America, so in a certain sense I respect him for that. But as we have seen recently on more than one occasion, sports and politics don’t always mesh. Oftentimes in the past, the President has been no exception. Obama claims to be a White Sox fan, yet he couldn’t name a single player on their roster a couple of seasons ago. When hosting the NCAA champion UConn Huskies at the White House, he referred to legendary college coach Adolph Rupp as “Ruff.” Regardless, he is still the President. Maybe that’s why Spike Lee and Michael Jordan decided to present him with a new pair of Air Jordan Spizikes on Thursday.
Being from Chicago, Obama is supposedly a huge Bulls fan. I wouldn’t be surprised if his knowledge of the Bulls consisted of only the names Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but who am I to judge? He got a pair of special edition kicks in a personalized wooden box and I didn’t. Maybe this was just Spike’s way of thanking him for ruining Rajon Rondo’s jump shot.