The Jeremy Lin ‘Linsanity’ has hit the White House.
“[Pres. Obama] is very impressed and fully up to speed,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday.
“If anybody caught the highlights from last night, they were pretty breathtaking. It’s just a great story and the president was saying as much this morning,” Carney said. “It’s a great story and yes, he’s [Pres. Obama] very impressed and fully up to speed. I know he’s watched Lin play already and he had seen the highlights from last night’s game.” […] Carney said Obama marveled at the deeper meaning of Lin, the first player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Lin, who attended Harvard University and was not drafted by any professional team, has averaged over 20 points a game while leading his team to six consecutive victories. He has inspired Asian Americans across the country, who have identified with his upbringing in California.
“It’s obviously terrific for the New York Knicks, but it’s the kind of sports story that transcends sport itself,” Carney said. “It’s the kind of story that involves people who don’t normally pay attention. I got my wife to watch the highlights this morning. She was pretty amazed and she doesn’t watch basketball.”