Grantland unleashed a bit of a surprise on the world this morning when it released a podcast interview President Obama did yesterday with Bill Simmons in the White House (listen to it here). While the majority of the interview revolves around sports (he claims to have been a Jeremy Lin fan back when Lin was playing at Harvard), there were some non-sports tidbits that emerged in the interview. For instance, when Simmons asked if this would be the president’s first podcast interview, Obama revealed that he once hosted a podcast himself.
Bill Simmons: Welcome to the White House. Very proud to have the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on the B.S. Report. This is your first podcast?
President Barack Obama: This is — well, I used to have my own podcast.
Obama: When I was U.S. Senator I was way ahead of the curve on the podcast thing.
Obama: So, yes. I mean, I don’t think it had as many listeners as you.
BS: What was this podcast called?
Obama: I really don’t remember. [Laughter.] “A Podcast with Barack Obama.” Something like that. It was a catchy name.
Additionally, Omar is Obama’s favorite character from The Wire. Shocking, right?
BS: Settle an office debate. Best Wire character of all time?
Obama: It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy is unbelievable, right?
BS: We might break this down as like a March Madness bracket, and I think he’s going to be the no. 1 seed. [Laughter.] Everyone is in on Omar, it seems like.