by Piuma, Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 12:00:03 PM EST
One of my attractions to Obama's campaign from the very start was that he is an authentic sports fan. There are so many politicians whose attempts to talk sports are truly cringe-worthy, it is so great to have someone where sports are an intrinsic part of who he is as a person. His appearance on ESPN back when he was still debating about running was an honest boy's delight in appearing on the network of record for sports. When asked on the rope line by unknowing supporters whether he's for the Cubs, he always shoots back without hesitation "No, White Sox, South side." Spoken like a true fan.
So I was very pleased they brought up his love of basketball last night on 60 Minutes which elicited a great response that he played a pick-up game the morning of Iowa and South Carolina but failed to before Nevada and New Hampshire. And now they play ball every caucus or primary day. He's not going to make that mistake again.
To fully appreciate how deep his love of hoops runs in his family, you've got to watch the video interview of his brother-in-law Craig Robinson who took Barack, when he was first dating Michelle, onto the court to check out his character because, as Craig accurately points out, you can tell everything you need to know about a person by the way he plays ball. It a must watch for anyone enthused about having a President who plays hoops instead of one who plays golf or, even worse, jogs.