Democratic presidential nominee (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama was a guest via phone on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show just after 8 a.m. this morning.
Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic noted they’d had Republican John McCain on recently and had little interest in truly focusing on politics. Here’s an overview of the segment.
First question was what Obama thought of the Oregon State basketball coaching job.
Obama’s brother-in-law is the new basketball coach there.
Q: Thoughts of the Sox playoff opener?
Obama: “I’m a little worried about our pitching rotation right now. It’s not optimal.”
Obama: Why do you have turf in Tampa?
Mike and Mike: “They have a dome.”
Obama: “Your in Tampa, Florida man.”
Mike and Mike: “Can’t you do something about that?”
Obama’s recommended law: “Unless you’re in Minnesota or Wisconsin, you’re not allowed to have a dome.”
On the Cubs:
Obama: “I’m not a Cubs hater.”
“I don’t dislike the Cubs. If my White Sox were not in it, I would be rooting for the Cubs.”
On a cross-town World Series:
Obama: “I think I’m going to skip the last week of the presidential race.”
“I’ll tell America, ‘Sorry guys, but I’ve got my priorities straight.’”
On which he’ll watch and which he’ll Tivo: Tonight’s game of the VP debate?
Obama: “Uhhh, Biden might be watching …”
On the role of the federal government in sports drug scandals:
Obama: “I gotta admit seeing a lot of congressional hearings about steroid use, it is not probably the best use of congressional time. I would have my attorney general investigate possibly a college football playoff system via executive order.”
(Host Mike Golic is a big advocate of a NCAA football playoff)
Back on steroids …
Obama: “It’s a serious problem, but it is one you want to see the leagues handle in a more appropriate way.”
Q: What role did sports play in my life?
Obama: “It was critical to me. I didn’t have a dad at home.”
“Being on the basketball court, playing sports, learning about competition, learning about team work, it was big for me.”
Q: Sports role models?
Obama: “I was growing up late ‘70s. It was Dr. J, it was the Steel Curtain. We didn’t have a football team in Hawaii.”
Obama: “You guys remember the ‘superstars competition’? That was at my high school. I’d play pick up games with Johnny Bench and Too-tall Jones.”
Q: Athletes as role models?
Obama: “I don’t think it’s optimal. I think your dad should be your role model. Your mom should be your role model.”