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Lew’s on deck to take over – but is it the OMB or the MLB?

July 13, 2010

After Spain’s victory in the World Cup, LeBron James’ move to the Miami Heat and his own golf outing on Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama clearly has sports on the brain.

USAAs he introduced Jacob Lew as his nominee to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, Obama sprinkled his remarks with allusions to sports.

“If there was a Hall of Fame for budget directors, then Jack Lew surely would have earned a place for his service in that role under President Clinton, when he helped balance the federal budget after years of deficits,” Obama said.

The White House touted  Lew’s record as  OMB director under an earlier Democratic president, Bill Clinton, in announcing his nomination.

And Obama used yet another sports analogy in noting that Lew is currently a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and joked that he had worried she might not be willing to let him leave for the White House.

“I had to trade a number of number one draft picks to get Jack back at OMB,” Obama quipped.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama announces his nominee for Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew)

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