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Coach K Evaluates Obama

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski praised President Obama's "ability to inspire" but urged him to "run a fast break, not hold the ball" in an interview this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Krzyzewski was on the show to promote his new book -- "The Gold Standard" -- on his time at the helm of the U.S. Olympic team and his philosophy on leadership.

When asked to evaluate the president as a leader, Krzyzewski at first demurred; "I get in trouble whenever I say anything," he said, a reference to the back and forth the two men got into last month after Obama failed to pick Coach K's Duke team to progress deep into the NCAA Tournament.

"Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four," Krzyzewski said at the time. "And as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets."

Obama, sensing an unwanted public relations slip-up, quickly moved to defuse the situation -- telling radio show host Ed Schultz that he "looked forward to [Krzyzewski] proving me wrong."

Krzyzewski was largely complimentary of the president during his interview this morning, insisting that he "loved" what Obama had done to date but urging him to reach higher.

"I would like to see him inspire even more and not get beaten down by the day to day negativity that's involved," said Krzyzewski. "Let's charge man, let's get the country back going."

There has been speculation for years about Coach K's political leaning with most people convinced he is a Republican, particularly after he hosted a fundraiser for North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) in 2002.

(As Post research editor Alice Crites notes, Krzyzewski 's partisanship is officially "undeclared" according to the North Carolina voter rolls.)

Krzyzewski's alleged conservatism made the Duke-North Carolina rivalry all the more tense as longtime Heels coach Dean Smith is an avowed Democrat.

(Hat tip to the Post's Dan Balz for flagging the Coach K interview.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  White House  
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Comments

Like I give a d@mn what a coach thinks about politics!

Posted by: uh_huhh | April 23, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Being from the basketball-mad state of Indiana,I couldn't resist responding to this one.Coach K has the insolence to suggest that President Obama should focus more on the economy and less on the NCAA brackets.Isn't it reasonable for the multi-millionaire coach with no personal economic distress to focus more on hoops and less on the economy? When America turns to a super-rich 'basketball coach' for analysis on the struggling national economy,we have yet another example of the inmates running the asylum.There needs to be a full-court press to shut down the mindless psychobabble being voiced by the third-stringers on the team of useful national discourse.Got it,media? Got it,Coach K? Geez.

Posted by: klowry57 | April 23, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Poor Prez. - it really hurts coming from a Baller Icon.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 23, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

you mean dianne is a prejudice drag queen?

worst kind

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Dianne:

I was wondering where you've been! I don't think I've seen you post since the election. How've you been?

By the way, I know you post using a woman's name, but do you also dress in drag too?

Rudy Giuliani must be your hero.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh you know, trailer trash like Dianne just can't help themselves.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The only thing accomplished thus far is Michelle Shaniqua Obama's ghettoization of the White House.

Posted by: Diannne721 | April 22, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse
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Oh yeah no racist rant there.
Why don't you go back to teabagging with YOUR trashy friends you filth.

Posted by: hayden1 | April 22, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

gee, will I be allowed to post this or will Comrade Cillizza censor me again

Posted by: katem1 | April 22, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The only thing accomplished thus far is Michelle Shaniqua Obama's ghettoization of the White House.

Posted by: Diannne721 | April 22, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i don't like seeing our President Obama getting kicked everyday either.

not a day goes by in which I'm not burned in effigy.......

Hey, i have an idea.
Let the evidence come out and prove that the president before this one broke the law, and did so knowingly.

hmmmmmmm ...

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i don't like seeing our President Obama getting kicked everyday either.

not a day goes by in which I'm not burned in effigy.......

Hey, i have an idea.
Let the evidence come out and prove that the president before this one broke the law, and did so knowingly.

hmmmmmmm ...

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

ignoranceisbliss:
so you have read Public Law 111-5 and the other acts that have recently been signed?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

After reading this, I like UNC even more than before!

Posted by: 2greekdc | April 22, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

You know, CC -- the interview with Kissinger was far more interesting than this silly sports crap.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


"Every move Obama and the current Democrat Leadership is making is contrary to what needs to be done to turn around the economy. "

'ignoranceisbliss' proves he is aptly named with every post. wrong about everything, all the time.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Do any of the posted comments here actually adress the article????

I guess since the article doesn't say much, other than when you read between the lines to see that Krzyzewski's latest comments are just coverup for flack he got from his previous ones. You know the ones about Obama's lack of focus on the Economic Crisis.

Every move Obama and the current Democrat Leadership is making is contrary to what needs to be done to turn around the economy. I can't see how anyone could rush into economic oblivion faster than the Obama Administration already has, and in less than 100 days. I hope Obama doesn't take the poor advice to advance faster. Obama and Congress should take the time to read the bills they pass, and actually look at the affects, instead of soley advancing their Liberal Extremist Agenda's.

So far Obama has acted quickly in the wrong direction, and mostly is just more of the same Washington Politics. No CHANGE HERE.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | April 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Considering Duke's poor showing this year and in recent years, perhaps Coach K should pay a little more attention to his day job. His book should more aptly be called, "The Bronze Standard".

Posted by: Pupster | April 22, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

i have to admit though, i did like the "greatest picture in the world" from the G20.
The thumbs up with Medvev, Bescolini and Obama..

enriching uranium is not exactly building a bomb.

enriching uranium = nuclear war.
don't know about that equation, as a pure equation.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

But what does Yogi Berra think?


***


TWO VIEWS OF TORTURE, AMERICAN-STYLE:

"(Let's Go) Waterboardin' USA"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eoa8QwuldXo


GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is tortured):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | April 22, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

bsimon:
i don't know about Russia's role.
They are helping Iran build the nuclear power plant.
For energy only, mind you.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

are we doing sports now?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 22, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

How silly of me. I clicked on the link expecting a link to the Kissinger op-ed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/21/AR2009042102967.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Of some interest: Kissinger, like CoS Emanuel, sees opportunity in the manifold crises we face as a country and a world:


"President Obama has come into office at a moment of unique opportunity. The economic crisis absorbs the energies of all the major powers; whatever their differences, all need a respite from international confrontation. Overriding challenges such as energy, the environment and proliferation concern them to a considerable degree and in an increasingly parallel way. The possibility of comprehensive solutions is unprecedented.

...

[T]he challenges are also closely related. For example, arms control negotiations with Russia will affect Russia's role in the nonproliferation effort with Iran. The strategic dialogue with China will help shape the Korean negotiations. The negotiations will also be affected by perceptions of regional balances -- of the key participants, for Russia, this applies especially to the former Soviet space in Central Asia; for China and the United States, to the political structure of Northeast Asia and the Pacific Rim."

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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