President Obama covers GQ

Starting off today with the POTUS x Simmons for GQ.

It’s how I started off my day so I wanted to share the interesting Q&A/cover story with you too. Bill Simmons is probably my favorite writer since high school and this is his first written piece in a while. I laughed to myself when he likened Obama to Roger Federer… twice!… and even brought up the MJ x LaBradford Smith trash talk story — about as obscure NBA reference as you can get.

But the interview itself contains a variety of fun and serious topics otherwise. Simmons did a great job of balancing both and covering issues that Obama provided some enlightening answers to (for ex: Obama asking what he would do differently in the hours of Ferguson’s unrest.)

With that, I have a couple excerpts below… the full read here… and the internet taking “If Folks Wanna Pop Off…” and turn it into a rap-dance a mere 24 hours later.

BILL SIMMONS: If you could go back to 2008 and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

BARACK OBAMA: “You’re going to be busy.” Coming in, we were going through an unprecedented economic upheaval, combined with an upheaval in the Middle East that we hadn’t seen in our lifetimes. There was going to be a huge amount of disruption. I would probably tell myself to communicate more effectively early on than I did. We ran a great campaign. It wasn’t as great as it seems in retrospect—there’s always rose-colored glasses but there’s no doubt that we captured the country’s imagination. And somehow in those first two years, I think a certain arrogance crept in, in the sense of thinking as long as we get the policy ready, we didn’t have to sell it.

… because, Chicago…

Here’s one you have to answer: Who’s more untradable, Derrick Rose or Jay Cutler?
[pause] Oh, I think Rose still has more upside. Remember, Rose is still awfully young.

So you haven’t given up on Rose?
I’ve not given up on him. Sadly, I think it’s hard to imagine, after that many injuries, him getting back to his MVP-season performance. But he can still be a top-ten point guard.