Our President is an amazing narcissist
Posted by Lissa on March 6, 2012
I know, it’s shocking news, right? Nonetheless, that fact struck me anew during his podcast with Bill Simmons (the Sports Guy). SG is a big Obama fan, so I’m not surprised the interview got a little fawning, but over and over I’m reminded how Pres Obama thinks he is the alpha, the omega and everything in between.
Right from the very beginning —
Bill Simmons: Welcome to the White House. Very proud to have the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on the B.S. Report. This is your first podcast?
President Barack Obama: This is — well, I used to have my own podcast.
Obama: When I was U.S. Senator I was way ahead of the curve on the podcast thing.
No “thanks for having me”, or wry “well, I’ve done harder interviews”; no, he has to point out that he did a podcast way before everyone else.
Obama: — 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.
BS: 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.
Dude. This is not about YOU. This is about JEREMY LIN. But no, all our president can say to be complimentary is that he saw this coming before everyone else did. (Note: he does say some nice things about Lin later, but only AFTER he’s given himself a big pat on the back.)
BS: Have you noticed that there is a notable difference in the way people defend you, since you became the president, when you’re playing?
Obama: No, because I’m always getting knocked around. I don’t know what people are talking about. Reggie Love, my former aide who played at Duke and he’s now getting his MBA, he answered anybody who said that people took it easy on me when they played with me. He said, nobody takes it easy on Obama because if he beats them, they won’t hear the end of it. [Laughter.] And it’s true. I will talk about folks just to make sure that they don’t take it easy on me.
Seriously? You just admitted that you rag on people that you beat, that you are in essence a sore winner. You’re not doing yourself any favors.
BS: I always wanted to — I have never heard you answer this question. You probably have, but I’ve never heard the answer. You’ve thrown the first pitch in front of like 60,000 people. You’re obviously wearing a big bulletproof vest under your suit. You’ve got all these people staring at you.
Obama: Completely stressful.
BS: Is that the most stressful thing you have to go through?
Obama: It is about the most stressful thing.
BS: Because if you ground it, it’s on YouTube for the next 10 years.
Obama: Absolutely. And, like you said, you’ve got to wear this bulky vest, and what happens is, they just hand you the ball. [Laughter.] They say, “Here,” and you walk up. If you had three tries, you’d be fine. You’d throw a fast strike somewhere in there. But if it’s that first ball, each time I go up there my thinking is, All right, I’m just going to blaze this thing in. And then I’m thinking, Man, if I throw a grounder that’s going to be a problem. So then I end up kind of lofting it up a little bit and —
BS: So you throw a changeup.
Obama: Yes, it clears the plate but it’s not what you’d like. During practice, you’re throwing heat.
Our president thinks that throwing out the first pitch is about the most stressful things he has to go through. Good God I hope the mullahs and Putin don’t stumble across this interview.
So on, and so forth. I think I pulled out the most interesting examples; if you’d like to know more about his fandom for Jordan or his conversations with NBA players, go ahead and read the whole thing.
Just remember – it’s not about sports, it’s about OBAMA. And don’t you ever forget it.
P.S. Two more notes:
1) To give Pres Obama some credit:
BS: Well, how much flexibility do you have with the vest? Like, do you have full, or do you have to go like sidearm?
Obama: It’s a little bulky. You kind of — I give credit — when I think about George Bush and the pitch he threw —
BS: At 9/11. Post-9/11.
Obama: — at 9/11. Unbelievable pitch.
BS: Right down the middle.
Obama: Right down the middle. And huge credit for that. I give that guy a lot of props for that one.
Nicely said, and nice of him.
2) And finally, a pair of anecdotes regarding his relations with women:
Obama: Well, first of all, I don’t watch network news or cable news. So in the morning, when I’m working out with Michelle, it’s on SportsCenter. This is the one thing that she allows me —
BS: That’s nice.
Obama: — to control is SportsCenter. So that pretty much keeps up the family on whatever has happened the night before.
BS: What’s the most fun sport for the team that came in? Like, what are the funniest group of athletes?
Obama: Well, you know what’s fun is when the women basketball players come in, because they’re all gorgeous and they’re all 6-foot-5 and wearing high heels. And so they’re walking around through the West Wing and everybody is wondering what the heck is going on. And when Maya Moore and the Connecticut Huskies came, we actually went down to my little basket down here and we played a game of HORSE.
BS: You played with them?
Obama: Yes, we played a game of HORSE. Now, Maya is always annoyed that I point out that I beat her. She was wearing high heels and a skirt at the time. [Laughter.] So I’m not sure if that counts.