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Say What? Former Wolfpack soccer goaltender poised to become Obama’s press secretary

November 7, 2008
You know that old saying. Politics and…um…something something something strange bedfellows…ok, scratch that.

What I was trying to get at is that sometimes you can find strange intersections between the political world and your own.

Take George Tarantini, for example. Back in 1990, he was coaching up a loquacious goaltender from Alabama by the name of Robert Gibbs. Could he have guessed that, nearly 20 years later, his goal minder would be on the verge of being named the press secretary to the President of the United States of America?

“I used to say to him, his intellect was too high to comprehend all the things we have to understand in soccer,” Tarantini said.

I’m pretty sure that’s a compliment. But then again, Tarantini’s mastery of the English language has never been his strong suit. It’s all good, though…drop me in a foreign country, have me coach a sport to its collegians and I guarantee I won’t speak half as well in my non-native tongue as does Tarantini.

But that’s beside the point. The point is this: N.C. State has another alum to be proud of in the public eye. Gen. Hugh Shelton bore the Wolfpack flag as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001. Now with Gibbs set to become press secretary, the Pack is once again well represented in the game of politics.

(Pay no attention to that adulterous son-of-a-mill-worker-with-shiny-hair, by the way…he’s a Ram’s Club member, after all.)

And lest you doubt whether Gibbs has the game to go toe-to-toe with the talking heads in Washington, he’s got plenty of game. To prove it, here’s a clip of Gibbs taking Sean Hannity to school at his own game. Well played, sir.

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