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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Articles tagged: Barack Obama

Barack Obama says he’s enjoyed watching Steph Curry more than anyone since MJ


Steph Curry can forget about all that criticism from NBA greats of days gone by. The President of the United States is a big fan.

President Barack Obama told Maya Rhodan of TIME that he hasn’t had this much fun watching a player since Michael Jordan.

“Steph Curry is the greatest shooter that I’ve ever seen,” President Obama said, bringing up the game Curry had in February against Oklahoma City. “I am having more fun watching him than anybody since Michael Jordan.”

Obama wouldn’t go as far to say that Curry is better than Jordan, mind you.

“Even Steph wouldn’t necessarily say he’s better than Jordan,” Obama said. “It’s rare where you get somebody who’s already at the pinnacle and then they take it a notch higher.”

This isn’t the first time the President has chimed in on Curry. Last time he mentioned him, he compared him to Kyle Korver. It appears that Curry’s season has taken him above Korver in the President’s book of shooters.

H/T ProBasketballTalk

Barack Obama: No one can outshoot Stephen Curry


President Barack Obama is a busy man, but on Thursday he set aside some time to answer questions via his new Twitter account. The president responded to inquiries about climate change, student loans, and even managed to get some sports in there, specifically basketball.

As a noted Bulls fan, there was little surprise Obama had something to say about the team’s decision to fire Tom Thibodeau. Also, coming across the president’s timeline was his thoughts on JR Smith and whether he can outshoot Stephen Curry to lead the Cavaliers to an NBA title.

Korver and Curry bombing away from deep in the NBA Finals would have been fun to watch. However, the Cavaliers had other ideas. And, even if the Hawks did make it, Korver wouldn’t have been able to participate due to an injury suffered when Matthew Dellavedova dove for a lose ball and rolled into his ankle.

You’ll likely find more than a few people who will say Stephen Curry is the best shooter they’ve ever seen. On the other hand, if you’re going to provide a worthy challenger, the guy who holds the NBA record for consecutive games with a made three-pointer isn’t a bad choice.

Cubs and Sky point out President Obama did not follow them on Twitter


After having his tweets appear under the official account for the White House, President Barack Obama now has his very own Twitter account.

Not surprisingly, many of the accounts the president follows are government officials and agencies. Perhaps it’s also not a shock to see the Bulls, Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks included as President Obama is a noted fan of sports and Chicago teams.

However, missing are the Cubs and Sky. Noticing their exclusion, the social media teams for both clubs took the opportunity to politely remind the president he missed them when he went on his following spree.

Michelle Obama is a Cubs fan so the White House is, of course, divided when it comes to baseball loyalties. The Cubs later attempted to get the First Lady to provide some assistance.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Michelle had any luck in getting her husband to click the follow button for Chicago’s north side baseball team.

Barack Obama makes Deflategate joke during Patriots’ White House visit


The New England Patriots visited the White House on Thursday to be recognized for winning the Super Bowl XLIX, and Barack Obama managed to zing the world champions with a well-timed Deflategate joke.

Ragging on a team like the New York Jets probably would have been more appropriate in this situation, but Obama — or one of his publicists — actually came up with a great one-liner.

“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said.

Robert Kraft’s reaction said it all.


Belichick wasn’t having any of it.

Obama was just full of jokes during the visit. He zinged Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick.

Obama later added that the whole Deflategate controversy was “blown out of proportion,” which is bold considering Ted Wells has yet to release his report on the matter.

We haven’t heard much about Deflategate over the past few weeks. In fact, the most recent reports had more to do with a rogue NFL employee than they did with the Patriots allegedly cheating. Either the NFL has found something important, or they’re waiting for the perfect moment to bury the findings and move on.

NC State after upset over Villanova: The F— is wrong with Obama (Video)

NC State locker room

Teams in March Madness are motivated by a perceived lack of respect and desire to prove people wrong. And there is no one players and coaches enjoy calling out more than the president when they pull an upset.

After NC State knocked off top seed Villanova Saturday, cameras caught the Wolfpack celebrating in the locker room. They could even be heard saying, “What the f— is wrong with Barack Obama?” who picked Villanova to reach the finals of the tournament.

Take a look at the video below (beware there is cursing):

Chest bump to SB Nation

Michael Jordan once misspelled Barack Obama’s name on autograph

President Obama golf

Michael Jordan and United States President Barack Obama have a seemingly friendly history with one another, but we wouldn’t exactly call them best friends. After all, best friends know how to spell each other’s name.

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, political consultant David Axelrod revealed that His Airness once misspelled Obama’s first name when signing an autograph for the president.

“When the president turned 50, I wanted to get him something special … so I sent (a poster) to Jordan to have him sign it for me.” In black Sharpie, Jordan scrawled, “To Barrack: you still owe me dinner. Wishing you well, Michael Jordan.”

“I gave it to the president, and he said, ‘I can’t put this up, he misspelled my name!’ So I said, ‘Fine, I’ll take it.'”

Perhaps that is one of the reasons Jordan and Obama have exchanged some friendly jabs in recent months.

H/T Eye on Basketball

President Obama zings Michael Jordan over MJ’s Charlotte Hornets

President Obama golf

President Obama got back at Michael Jordan with a zinger of his own.

During an interview with Ahmad Rashad on “Back 9 Network,” MJ was asked to name his dream foursome for golf. His Airness mentioned Arnold Palmer and then President Obama, saying he’d like to golf with the president. But MJ reconsidered his Obama selection because the president is a “sh-tty golfer” and would hold up the group, MJ said.

Obama heard Jordan’s blast and responded to the basketball legend during an interview with Jammin’ 98.3 in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Host Earl Stokes asked Obama about Jordan’s golf trash talk, so the president responded.

“Mike and I, we know each other, but I’ve never played golf with him. I’ve played golf with Ahmad. Ahmad’s been my partner. Last time we played was against Alonzo Mourning and another friend, and we won both times.

“Michael wasn’t very well informed about this. I think he might have just been trying to give Ahmad an extra ratings boost on his show,” Obama joked.

“But there is no doubt that Michael’s a better golfer than I am. Of course, If I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats or the Hornets, but that’s a whole other issue. I love the man, though. He brought (the Bulls) a lot of championships. He does like talking trash sometimes even when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

That’s some nice trash talk in response by Obama! It’s true, too. Everyone knows Jordan plays a ton of golf; of course he’s going to be good at it. Or at least he should be.

You can listen to the interview below. The MJ part comes towards the end.