Well this is awesome. For GQ’s Men of The Year issue, the magazine had Bill Simmons interview President (and cover star) Barack Obama.
Simmons asked Obama about everything from gun control to sports to what it’s like raising teenage daughters. It’s a great interview. Below are some highlights.
On a lesson he learned early on in his presidency:
You can’t separate good policy from the need to bring the American people along and make sure that they know why you’re doing what you’re doing. And that’s particularly true now in this new communications era.
On how being president is like playing in the NBA playoffs:
Part of what I try to do—not at the level that Jordan did on the basketball court, but part of what you aspire to as president or any of these positions of leadership—is to try to figure out how to be in the moment, make the best decision you can, know that you’re going to get a bunch of them right, but a bunch of times you’re also not going to get it exactly the way you want it.
On if he’d like to be sports commissioner:
Well, I’m best suited for basketball. But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year.
On raising Sasha and Malia:
The golden age is between, say, 6, 7, and 12, and they’re your buddies and they just want to hang out. And after that, they will love you, but they don’t have that much time for you. And my understanding is, based on friends of mine who have older kids, is that with a little bit of luck, as long as you’re not so completely annoying during these teenage years, they’ll come back to you around 23, 24, and actually want to hang out with you. But that stretch is painful. The compensation you get for the fact that they don’t have time for you is: Nothing beats watching your children become smarter and cooler than you are.