President Obama Knew About Jeremy Lin ‘Before You Did’

The President gets inside intel on everything — even rising basketball stars.

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Plenty of pros overlooked Jeremy Lin at first. But not President Obama. He isn’t taking credit or anything, but Obama says he knew his fellow Harvard alum had what it took to be an an excellent point guard.

Taking a break from politicking for a bit, the dedicated Chicago Bulls fan bantered with Sports Guy Bill Simmons for the interviewer’s B.S. Report podcast, and confirmed that he had the right intel on the phenomenal New York Knicks player.

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“I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did,” he told Simmons. “[B]ecause 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.”

He later added, “I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.”

Simmons, naturally, queried the president on how he managed to fit games into his schedule. Even though Obama doesn’t watch cable news, he does, like everyone else, tune into SportsCenter. And he watches games on his tablet.

“I do have League Pass on my iPad,” Obama confirmed, in an answer the NBA’s marketing team must have loved.

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