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Ronald Reagan Is Kobe Bryant

The best NBA analogues for George Washington, Warren G. Harding, Barack Obama, and every other president.

Barack Obama, Derrick Rose
Barack Obama is Derrick Rose.  

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In a recent New York magazine interview with Frank Rich, Chris Rock had this to say about President Obama: “Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career.”

Rock is right on one count—Obama is no Michael Jordan. But Charles Barkley? Shaq? Those guys don’t have much in common with the 44th president either. Which NBA player is a better match for Obama? Who’s George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Rutherford B. Hayes? You’ll find all of those answers and more in our full list of presidents and their NBA analogues. If you disagree, let us know in the comments where we went wrong.


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