Obama the Baller: Why Do We Care About His Sports Banter?

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

At this point we all know the President Obama is an avid sports fan. On opening day he threw out the first pitch in Washington, and stayed true to his Chicago sports following by wearing his White Sox schwag. He even played Clark Kellogg in a game of horse during a taped interview for the NCAA tournament pre-game show. But the question is, do we really care what he is a sports fan?

I am bringing up this point because I saw on the ESPN website where they had quotes about what he thinks of LeBron James as a Bull. He was quoted as saying, "the Bulls have a pretty good core. You know you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well." This, from an interview that will air on TNT before Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

Now, not to sound like a Debbie Downer here, but doesn't Obama have more important things to do? Sure, every President deserves to have a personal life, and that is fine, but why do we have to hear about what this guy has to say?

Plus, currently there is a massive oil leak in the Gulf that is headed to destroy valuable wetlands and kill precious sea life, some of which are already endangered. Oh, and isn't there this economy situation? Oh, and isn't there an immigration issue?

Again, I will reiterate, President Obama deserves a personal life, but what we don't need is his commentary on sports. He should stay quiet during this time when people in this country look to him to be a leader, and not a sports junkie. As I have said in many of my previous articles, that is just my opinion, I could be wrong.

But what do you have to say? Do you care that he gets quoted and interviewed on sports? Do you care what he has to say? Would you rather have him lead the country than lead his Fantasy Baseball League?