Politicians aren’t only squabbling over taxes, health care and immigration. They also don’t see eye to eye on…LeBron James.
The Summer of LeBron hasn’t even escaped the powers that be on Capitol Hill as the NBA superstar and two-time MVP considers if he will stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or move on to the likes of the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks or the Miami Heat.
President Barack Obama initially gave James the thumbs up to head to the Windy City but told CNN that it would be a “wonderful story” if James stays in Ohio.
“That’s a town that has had some tough times,” Obama reportedly said, adding, “It would be a wonderful statement to Cleveland if James said: ‘I’m going to make a commitment to this city.'”
Vice President Joe Biden said he is sure James will stay in Ohio and Gov. Lee Strickland and other Ohio legislators apparently decide to serenade him with “Please Stay, LeBron” to the tune of “We are the World.”
But the antics didn’t stop there as the Chicago Tribune sent Strickland a LeBron-themed gift basket that included the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Strickland returned the basket, saying that he doesn’t take gifts worth more than $20, “a rule their former governor would have been well served to follow.”
Meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg starred in a “C’mon LeBron” Internet campaign, urging James to join the Knicks.
Other legislators’ reactions:
* Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said he thinks New York is the logical choice for James.
“LeBron is a major talent so I assume he wants to go to the only true major league city,” Weiner said in a statement to The Hill.
*Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who says Chicago fans are ready to welcome James with open arms if he joins the Bulls, expects LeBron would be bigger business for Chicago than last year’s $787 billion stimulus.
“Bring on LeBron!” Roskam told The Hill. “Plus, the money he brings to Chicagoland will almost certainly create more jobs than the stimulus package ever did.”
*Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote on Twitter: “Hoping to see LeBron in Nets uni playing in Newark. Sold-out games, winning team & media buzz would have huge econ impact on the community.”