Marc Weinreich
Tuesday September 4th, 2012

President Obama called his administration the Miami Heat, while Mitt Romney is Jeremy Lin. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama referenced the dismal performance Jeremy Lin had against the Miami Heat in February in a comment to The New York Times about how he sees himself and Republican nominee Mitt Romney as the campaign reaches its final stretch heading into the November elections.

Obama reportedly said that his campaign will cut Romney off at every turn, much like the Heat did with their full court press on Lin in that game, which caused "linsanity" to cough up as many turnovers (8) as he had points:

No matter what moves Mr. Romney made, the president said, he and his team were going to cut him off and block him at every turn. “We’re the Miami Heat, and he’s Jeremy Lin,” Mr. Obama said, according to the aide.

Obama has never been shy to bring basketball into the conversation. In August, he attended the "Obama Classic," a fundraiser in New York City attended by Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, David Stern and others from the NBA. According to a Reuters poll, Obama and Romney were tied as the president readies for the Democratic National Convention.

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