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Obama compares Romney to Jeremy Lin

9/4/2012

It seemed like every Knicks fan was behind Jeremy Lin last season during his rise from anonymity to NBA icon.

But that wasn't the case. There was a large segment of the Knicks faithful who never believed in Lin.

And that group often pointed to one game -- Lin's eight-turnover performance against the Miami Heat, in which he shot 1-for-11 -- to prove its point. That loss to Miami was Lin's worst outing of the season, by far.

President Barack Obama reportedly used Lin's toughest moment as a metaphor for the 2012 race for the Oval Office between Mitt Romney and himself.

“We’re the Miami Heat, and he’s Jeremy Lin,” Obama said, according to an aide quoted in a story in the New York Times about Obama's competitiveness.

It's a bit surprising because Obama, a Harvard man himself, had been a huge supporter of Lin.

It's also surprising because Lin was an underdog who rose to prominence under difficult circumstances. And Obama seemingly mirrored that path in the political world.