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Obama compared Mitt Romney to Jeremy Lin. I don’t get it.

Sep 3, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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For a guy known for his oratory skills, this Barack Obama shot at Mitt Romney looks like an Andrew Bynum three pointer.

Obama is out on the campaign trail this holiday weekend, firing up his supporters before heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A city where he might not want to compare his record to the local NBA squad (just a little free advice, Mr. President).

On the campaign trail he said something… odd. From the New York Times (via Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated, at least this week until he moves to Grantland soon):

No matter what moves Mr. Romney made, the president said, he and his team were going to cut him off and block him at every turn. “We’re the Miami Heat, and he’s Jeremy Lin,” Mr. Obama said, according to the aide.

Um… bad analogy.

I get what you are going for, at least I think I do — that you have the better team who can shut down this overhyped newcomer. Like the Heat did to Lin.

But part of Lin’s appeal is he is the American dream — the kid is not the most athletic guy on the court but he worked hard, played smart, got the most out of the talent given him, played for free at the most prestigious academic institution in the nation (there are no scholarships at Harvard), fought to make an NBA roster and when really given a chance in the right setting exploded on the scene. He parlayed that into a big contract and success.

Part of Jeremy Lin’s appeal is we can all see ourselves as Lin in a way we never could with LeBron James or a big man like Dwight Howard. None of the rest of us were gifted like that. Lin, we can relate to him.

Let me try to help, Mr. President. I think the analogy you want is “We’re the Miami Heat, he’s the Brooklyn Nets.” That’s a team put together by a billionaire with most of his money locked up overseas, a team that has some talent but is unproven, a team that was put together on an old-rules model not really thinking through the long-term consequences (in the Nets case the new luxury tax costs and restrictions mixed with Joe Johnson’s contract). I think that is more what you were going for.

Just trying to help, Mr. President.

  1. raider2124 - Sep 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Chicago fan you are a’s dumb a’s your tag. He cannot get of TelePrompTer or he stutters and every other word is um. That is not someone who has speaking skills. Listen to Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan. Listening to then is like a breath of fresh air compared to the um and ahs of obummer.

    • jon623 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Kinda funny how you put Obama on blast for his speaking skills when you don’t seem capable of writing one paragraph without a typo. Good work.

  2. raider2124 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I’m typing from my I-phone. It makes errors in spelling. Obummer will have all the time in the world to play basketball with his gay lover after he loses the election.

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      I use the app too but I still manage to proof-read and fix my spelling errors before hitting “post comment”

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Must be a right wing thing to just run your mouth without making sure its what you want out there first.

    • saint1997 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:23 AM

      you’re a horrible person and are single handedly setting back human progress by centuries. You are the scum of the Earth and no body will care when you die.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Wow. A little over the top there…Saint. No?

      • saint1997 - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:05 AM

        If you are referring to my username then no it is not seeing as my last name is St John (Saint John). If you are referring to my comment, well yeah it probably was :) but it made me feel good so I’m okay

  3. raider2124 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Philly fan they stopped production on suv’s on that date. The plant remained open to produce cars. Then it closed for good in 2009. No kidding he was campaigning at the plant. He did say in his speech it would be open for 100 more years. Fact pal

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Only a couple dozen people stayed to fulfill an existing order for Isuzu, thats it, out of 1200+ employees. As soon as the order was complete, they were done. This was all decided at the same time in December and blaming Obama for it is completely inacurate. If there was no existing order to finish out, they all woukd have been gone.

      • cjonson - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        Just one thing Philly, if you look at or listen to what he says, Ryan never blamed Obama for the closing of the plant. In fact, he acknowledges the plant was closing prior to Obama coming to speak. His indictment was on the promise for recovery and that plants like that one around the nation closed even though Obama promised his stimulus would keep it open a hundred years. Playing on hope is not a gentlemanly tactic. Here are men who are being told there plant is closing and this man is promising the governement will keep it open so that he could hopefully suade some votes.

      • Kurt Helin - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Ryan is not playing on hope? That is all any politician ever does on either side of the isle.

  4. raider2124 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Come on now you cannot believe that in one year there was 716 billion in wasteful spending. You cannot be that stupid. No one on earth can be that dumb. 3/4 trillion in magic money that disappears from one entitlement and appears in another. Is it the three card Monty of health care? So the 716 billion was taxpayer money. WHERE IS IT NOW?

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      There you go, making up lies to make yourself sound right. When did I ever say that the 716 billion cam from one fiscal year? I didnt. You made that up. Furthermore, the 716 billion is a 10 year savings, amounting to 71.6 billion a year. So where did it go you say? Once again, try educating yourself before running your mouth. I gave you the answer, all you had to do was put in the link I gave you and READ THE ARTICLE! I guess either that was too hard for you or you couldnt figure out that you had to replace the word “dot” with a dot! So heres youre answer: It was counted as the way to pay for the Health Care law, which is why they said it wasnt coming as an added cost to taxpayers.

  5. raider2124 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Don’t know how to add a link through my I-phone but google George will newsbusters and Ryan plant. The left is running with a lie and you believe it

  6. raider2124 - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    When I point out the lefts lies your story changes. So now you admit the plant closed under obamas watch. He could gave kept it open and hr didn’t. He closed 1000’s of dealerships that didn’t support his campaign in 2009. Ha ha I win

    • knightrider1755 - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      There are so many mistakes in your comments that it’s hard to know where you’re going with all of this. If you talk like you type, you’re in trouble.

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      politifact is a non-partisan independent fact-checking website. try it, you might learn a thing or two.

    • phillyphann83 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      im no admitting to anything. read the article. even it says the plant effectively shut down on december 23. when you fire 95% of your workforce, youre shut down. You are trying to hold on to a technicality and force the blame of Bush’s screw-ups onto Obama. Truth be told, when Bush took office, he inherited the largest budget surplus of any President in history, with a projected 10 year surplus of 3trillion PLUS!!!! Instead he left office with the largest budget DEFICIT in history. Whether McCain or Obama won, they were screwed. No one had a chance to fix his screw-ups. But keep on believing the economy is Obamas fault, ignorance is bliss.

  7. xjokerz - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I can see which way the Writer leans …. Obama 12. Book it

    • skids003 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Of course he does, he writes for MSNBC. Thatis a prerequisite before they’ll hire you.

  8. ebrownwareagle - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    For all you Obama hating “PATRIOTS” and I say that with the deepest of sarcasm. Explain the economy being where it is and then Voting for Mitt Romney a man who has outsourced jobs to other countries invest in other countries, And passed the same Damn Health Care Plan in Massachusetts yet say it not a novel idea for America. Que the Romney supporters!! I’m waiting.

  9. lakerdownunder - Sep 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    The comments on this board reflect the major challenge that the US is faced with…blind allegiance to a political party irrespective of one’s personal position, earnings, social standings, and aspirations.

    There is a reason why this story is by far the most commented on, it’s because more and more people treat politics like they treat sports teams. They invest in their “side” in the same manner and passion as their favourite basketball team.

    Re-read the comments and replace “Republican or Democrat” with Lakers or HEAT or whomever and tell me you can see a difference. I doubt it.

    Passion for your political side to win is destroying any rational debate around the topics that will affect the US’s domestic and international standing forever.

    The reality is the US, like most countries, swing on the decision of about 2% of the population therefore all political parties, in practise, need to find a middle ground otherwise they alienate the other 98% in some form.

    You want a better future for you and your family. Start being rational, considered, and openminded. Anything less than that is a disgrace to you, your family, and the future of the US.

  10. realitysmack22 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I know Obama is horrible..remember before he was elected how we were in utopia?..please..give me a break..federal reserve..big business..open ur eyes people..now back to sports please :)

  11. raider2124 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    You liberal scumbags have no idea about tax policies. Capital gains tax is taxed different then income tax. The reason being is that you were already taxed on income tax then invested the taxed money. Then you are taxed again at a lower income tax level. Liberals have there head shoved up there a$$ so far they can’t even think anymore. Liberal policies have destroyed this country for years snd republicans have to clean up the mess. This president is a disaster and is a Marxist. He believes he is a king and is a tyrant. With his executive orders. To an idiot poster before. The more control you give to government the less freedom you have. Liberalism has failed everywhere it has been tried, it’s ideology is similar to socialism and Marxism. Conservatism and free markets have created the highest living standard in the world and more wealth then the rest if the world combined. Liberalism has destroyed capitalism and this is the result.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      But you and your conservative buddies refuse to recognize how in the last 30 years the tax rates for the highest earners in this country have plummeted (go look up the pre-Reagan tax rates) and the only thing pushing them lower is greed. Frankly, unAmerican “I got mine I should keep it screw the rest of you” attitude that is not the America I know that does big programs like the GI bill to help people get a leg up. America’s economic growth is not due to tax rates, and our standard of living is not a tide rising all boats. Just the big boats.

      The smaller government you wanted cleared the way for the lack of regulation and oversight (and the ability to push through legislation that made it legal for banks to bundle and essentially gamble on mortgages and securities) that led to our current economic crisis. And the bailouts you complained about (at least when Obama did them, not Bush’s bailouts) are the things that staved off a depression. It’s the one thing we learned from the last depression, you can’t just let things fail.

      Sadly, this is not about policy for either party, it’s about gaining power and policy is simply a way to get the electorate to put you in power.

    • lakerdownunder - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      Why does being liberal make you a scumbag rather than simply someone with a differing opinion to yours? It’s that type of “intelligent” comment that reflects to real problem…a complete lack of acceptance that the opposing party/candidate can have any value.

      You could take Obama and get him to implement all of Bush’s and Regan’s policies and you’d still find fault because you are simply focused on playing the man not the issues.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Raider: I appreciate your spirit. I truly do. With this in mind…using words like “scumbag” while trying to illustrate a point does nothing to help your cause. Or mine for that matter.
      It actually serves as a deterrent as people tune you out before you even start.
      As a result, I would venture to guess that 85% of the people read no further then the first sentence.
      Try using tact and diplomacy. Often times, it allows people to carefully consider your points and/or counterpoints regardless of them actually agreeing with you or not. But at least you made your entire point(s) while giving them something to consider.

  12. raider2124 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    You liberal sh–bags say that it’s the republicans fault for the collapse and the banks failures. Do dome research and look who repealed glass-steagal….bill impeached Clinton. That’s who. That single act took the gloves off and the banks ran wild. That and left Wong groups like acorn strong arming banks and forcing them to give loans to unqualified buyers and minorities who could not afford the payments. That’s is what crested the subprime mortgage mess in a nutshell. Even your boy Obama strong armed banks in chicago forcing them to give loans to people who could not qualify. About 190 loans only about 10 did no go into default. that was just released the other day through the dailycaller. So those who say it’s the republicans caused the mess are either to stupid to look it up and learn what cAused it or are to dumb and believe the lefts talking points and are brainwashed.

  13. raider2124 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    So lakerloser a’s long a’s a leftist idiot wishes death impaling and are called names it’s fine. But if a person is right and defends himself and name calls back they are wrong. Your are a lyrical piece of s–t liberL scumbag and you always will be.

    • lakerdownunder - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      @raider2124….Who are you talking to? If it’s me then you’re way off the mark. Who said I was left, right, or anywhere in the middle. I simply suggested that resorting to calling people “scumbags” is fine if you’re in 3rd grade but assuming we’re slightly older, and one would hope slightly more mature, then you should be able to have a debate without adopting such pathetic rhetoric.

      As for conservative v liberal…well I think you may want to remember that what you view as “conservative views” were once very liberal. It’s just matter of time and society’s current state. Think how “liberal” women voting, or equal pay for equal work, or occupational health and safety, or a myriad of different issues were 80 years ago….now they are mainstream even for the most conservative.

      In 20 years time what is liberal now will be conservative. It’s called progress and change…the only question is the speed under which it occurs.

      You could contribute to this change constructively or you could bury your head and just call everyone scumbags…

      (and what’s with the apostrophe in the word “as”??)

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