Last week, we heard Barack Obama’s review of the Chicago Bulls’ hiring Tom Thibodeau: “great hire.” It was a nice story that reminded everyone that, yes, Obama is a Bulls fan through and through. I mean, if he’s the kind of guy who’ll bring up a coaching hire at a baseball game, then he must be serious about basketball.

Turns out the guy can’t stop talking about the Bulls, even when he’s talking to the Celtics. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

President Obama greeted members of the Celtics privately while he was in Boston last week. Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn’t pick up a phone call from Obama after the team reached the NBA Finals last June.

“He brought that up,” Rivers said. “I’ve learned that if it’s the 202 area code you should probably answer it. No caller ID. He thanked us for Thibs. He talked a lot about the Bulls, I will say that.”

Maybe I’m crazy but I like the idea of the President of the United States making calls to various basketball coaches, just to talk about how great the Bulls are doing. “Yeah, yeah — security briefing starts in two minutes. Got it. Just have to make a quick phone call. Supposed to talk with John Kuester today and I have to make sure to bring up the Bulls before he’s fired.” Classic Obama.

Plus, how great is it that Doc Rivers just ignored a call from Obama the first time? So great. I’m sure his phone rang, he saw the 202 area code without a name attached and just let it go to voicemail. Then when he checks his messages, it turns out he screened the president’s call. Whoops. Must have been walking in the spiderwebs.

We can all learn from this story. If you ever get a call from a 202 number you’ve never seen before, you should probably answer. Odds are it’s Barack Obama calling to talk to you about the Bulls. Even if you’re not a Bulls fan, just humor him. He just wants to talk hoops and Joe Biden’s more of a football guy.

Comments (10)

  1. I’ll only discuss the Bulls with Obama if we can talk about Joakim’s bun. That thing is fabulous.

  2. Of course, an Obama phone call about the Bulls will not be complete without the ‘Ring’ jokes

  3. Well Michelle, as First Lady I’m sure you can bring it up with him at any time.

  4. um…the quote kind of says “Obama greeted the Celtics privately”
    I don’t think that’s a phone call
    So to recap
    Doc ignored the phone call once, than Obama met with them privately 2 years later and talked about the Bulls a bunch
    The result, everything you’ve just written is nonsense…

  5. When Doc screened Obama’s call, it was when the Celtics were leaving LA after Game 7 of the Finals last year.

  6. Kerbs, why don’t you call him and talk to the Bulls with him? You are BOTH big fans, right? Here’s Barack’s number: 202-456-1414. I added it to my contact list a while back, just in case.

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  8. Anyone else think its a cop-out that Barry-O waited until recently to call it a “great hire”? Way to really put yourself out there, Barack. Pretty easy to say now.

  9. Mike G: He actually said it back in July of 2010.

    “Then in July 2010, the White Sox were playing in Washington, and we invited President Obama to come to the game.

    ‘‘First, David Axelrod [then Obama's senior adviser] arrived and said, ‘Thanks for hiring Thibodeau.’ Then a little while later, President Obama came in and the first thing he said to me was, ‘Great hire.’”

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