March 01, 2012

Barack Obama knew about Jeremy Lin before Linsanity

ESPN's Bill Simmons recently got a chance to do a podcast with United States president Barack Obama to talk about all things sports related.

One particularly interesting part of the podcast talks about Obama's knowledge of Jeremy Lin before the Linsanity began:
Simmons: So you’re catching up, obviously, on the fact that you had been surpassed as the most famous person who was a Harvard graduate.
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.
Simmons: 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.
 I wonder if Tony Reali will not give the president points for the "inside information".

(Courtesy of Off the Bench)

By Ben Chew with 1 comment


of course he did. The prophet sees all, knows all, and tells all. I'm surprised he had time for the interview in between parting the waters.

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