"CSI: NY's" Hill Harper may have not been Harvard Law School's top student the year he graduated, but he was at least better than President Obama at shooting hoops, he told Yeas & Nays. The actor was at a no-texting-while-driving event at George Washington University on Wednesday and reminisced about going to school with POTUS and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, who also attended the event.
"I'll really be honest, [President Obama] graduated magna cum laude, I graduated cum laude, so he was better than me, but he probably studied more than I did, there's a difference there," Harper said. "And I was actually a better basketball player than he was, so I've got him beat in a couple categories -- not all, but a few." Harper, a surrogate for the Obama campaign, even got to play with the then-senator on election day of 2008. "There was a game before the results in Chicago, amongst a group of friends, so that was a lot of fun," he said.
Harper also said Genachowski was a better student, but with a caveat. "Julius and I were in the same class, as well as the same section, at Harvard Law School and so my first year at Harvard Law School we had every single class together, I saw him more than I really wanted to see him," Harper began. "When Julius was called upon he always had the right answer and if he didn't he would nudge me and ask me what it was and for that I know that he's grateful, and you know, in part the fact that he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School is in part due to me." Genachowski knew exactly what to say when it was his turn to talk. "Every word of that is true," he told the crowd.