It turns out President Obama and I have at least one thing in common, we are both bad at basketball:
We’ve assumed he’s good—biographer Jodi Kantor and NBA stars have said so—but an upcoming biography by David Maraniss begs to differ, Politico reports. As a prep school student in Hawaii, Obama made the team “more because of his intense passion for the game—his will—than anything else,” writes Maraniss in Barack Obama: The Story. “The reality was that Barry, as skilled and intelligent a player as he was, could not stand out in this group.”
“Decades later, a story emerged that his nickname was Barry O’Bomber, playing off his last name and a propensity to fire away from long range, but few team members recalled that nickname.”
Of course, I’ve never felt any need to hide it. . .
POSTSCRIPT: By the way, Maraniss’s biography is, by all accounts, relentlessly positive.