In a GQ interview published Tuesday, President Obama compared himself to Green Bay Packers quarterback — and reigning NFL MVP — Aaron Rodgers, which is a little odd for multiple reasons.
BILL SIMMONS: Was there a point in those first three years where you started to feel overwhelmed by the job? Where you were just like, “my God, I just had no idea this was going to be this hard!”
OBAMA: I had a pretty good handle. One thing I learned during the campaign was that I’ve got a good temperament. I don’t get too high and I don’t get too low. I’m able to stay focused even when there’s a lot of stuff going on around me.
SIMMONS: So you’re like Gregg Popovich. Although he does get mad at sideline reporters.
OBAMA: He does. So do I. Yeah. Or maybe [Aaron] Rodgers in the pocket, in the sense of you can’t be distracted by what’s around you, you’ve got to be looking downfield. And I think that’s a quality that I have—not getting flustered in what’s around me. So there was never a point, even early on—even in the first six months, where we weren’t sure whether we were going to dip into another Great Depression, we weren’t sure whether the steps we were taking on rescuing the auto industry or stabilizing the financial system were going to work—there weren’t moments where I thought, “Sheesh, feels like we’re in over our head.”
First of all, Barry is a self-proclaimed Bears fan, so ’nuff said.
Secondly — and I know this interview probably happened before Green Bay was embarrassed by the Lions this past Sunday — the Packers have dropped the last three in a row.
I’m betting Barry wishes he had a mulligan on this one.