Obama Is Just Like LeBron

Joe Scarborough on the president's arrogance, timidity
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 6:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Before delivering his fateful DNC keynote speech in 2004, Barack Obama offered this assessment of his political skills: “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.” These days, that’s looking like a prescient statement: “Barack Obama is LeBron James,” writes Joe Scarborough of Politico. “Like King James, the president was blessed early with a remarkable set of skills,” but the two “are now bound not by greatness, but by their own collapse when the klieg lights burned brightest.”

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“Like James … Obama always slips to the side of the court when his teammates need him the most,” Scarborough writes, saying the historians he’s asked can’t remember a president more deferential to Congress. Obama, for example, said the stimulus was all-important, yet “allowed Nancy Pelosi (see also Dwayne Wade) to carry the entire load.” The story has been the same on health care, the debt commission, and more. When Democrats need Obama, he disappears. Why? "He’s LeBron, baby.” (Read more Joe Scarborough stories.)

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