Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The President Shoots Hoop

The President Shoots Hoop

Why it doesn't matter: what politicians do for sport when they are not working is meaningless, unless they are shooting people face.

Why it does matter: like it or not, Americans take an interest in leaders as a way to see how they are or are not like them, and find an abstract way to understand who the President is as a person.

Here is my impression of what sport the president is identified with,
played it or not.
Greorge W. Bush owned a baseball team.
Bill Clinton chased women.
George Bush sr played college baseball.
Ronald Reagan is identified with football, pretend and otherwise.
Jimmy Carter played baseball/softball at pick nicks.
Gerald Ford played college football.
Richard Nixon had a bowling alley installed in the White House.

Barack Obama plays basketball on the day of election for good luck and to relax.

Sport, in some tiny way, becomes part of our national cultural identity.

Note to Seattle: We now hoop.

Have a great day,
Mr Baker
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Anonymous said...

In a way it's a good omen. He's a sports fan at least and our current gov owes him a big debt of gratitude for carrying the mail for her IMO. So maybe she'll get energized this time around when Key Arena funding comes up. I heard a couple of sound bites where Obama was riffing on why Tampa played on turf--So he's knowledgable and no cheerleader like Bush jr.

dead ball foul said...

Gregoire has season tickets to the Seahawks & Sounders. She's set.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, she was extatic when the Storm were bought. She's an awsome athletic supporter. I dunno, the city still has to work out the particulars with the Convention Center anyway and the clock is ticking. December 1st will be here before you know it and where will the city be? Who the hell knows?

Anonymous said...

I'm watching the Blazers vs Jazz tonight on Comcast Sportsnet and I'm totally un-inpressed. It looks like cable access. Without KC doing play by play watching the NBA now is an empty experience.