After Obama spoke about former Sixers legend Julius Erving - Dr. J - being a boyhood idol, Cataldi asked whether Obama would rather be the president or Dr. J in his prime.Really? Mitch Williams has a radio show? I kid, I kid. I actually really dig Barack's answer; as awesome as it would be to run the country, would it really be any less cool to be the most famous dunker of all time (sorry, Mike) in the middle of his prime?
'The Doctor,' Obama, immediately drawing laughs. 'I think any kid growing up, if you got a chance to throw down the ball from the free throw line, that's better than just about anything.'
Later, Williams, a former Phillies pitcher, said that remark stood out for him, and summed it up this way:
'If given the choice to live in the White House or jump over it, he'd rather jump over it.'
In fact, it would probably be a lot cooler -- yeah the whole power thing is great, but Dr. J could freaking fly over buildings and stuff. Not to mention that you get to play basketball, instead of attending budget meetings and getting harassed by Congress. Finally, Barack's answer speaks to the sports-riddled sociopath that gets to drive my brain 80 % of the time; as a sports fan and a short dude that's never even sniffed a 10 foot rim, I'd take the celebrity of basketball over the hassle of politics all day.
And, as crazy as it sounds, it's probably a lot more realistic for the common man to become President of the United States than it is to become an NBA player. Seriously.