A post by Maynard

This article reports that Obama didn’t toss a season-opening baseball pitch this year? Why not? They speculate:

The White House didn’t cite an official reason for staying home, but it’s not too hard to speculate why he left the Nationals’ first pitch duties to representatives of the five branches of the armed forces this time. With the war going on in Libya, and Japan still trying to recover from its natural disasters and nuclear threats, perhaps President Obama and his advisers felt it wouldn’t be appropriate to take an afternoon off from his duties to create a frivolous headline with more serious matters at hand.

Didn’t seem to stop his golf game. I guess golf isn’t “frivolous”.

Maybe the real reason for the president’s absence is that, with his popularity sinking, he can’t afford a repeat of his last trip to the pitcher’s mound. That was at the 2009 All-Star game. You know what happened there? Here’s an amusing little contrast of the transition from Bush to Obama.

Can you blame Obama for going AWOL? (And how could I resist posting a polito-ball video that cites both Erasmus and Boris Badenov, not to mention Maxwell Smart? This blog is nothing if not eclectic.)

By the way, apparently Bush regarded golf as a frivolous pursuit, and gave it up when war came. A small gesture, but not inappropriate.

In a White House interview with Politico and Yahoo News, President Bush said he gave up golf in 2003 because the country was at war. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

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  1. bluegrassriver says:

    Bush threw a strike, Obama threw a pitch to steal second base on.

    Not quite as bad as that bike-riding picture of Obama, but close.

  2. dennisl59 says:

    What’s worse than not being able to throw a baseball? Not being able to tell a joke.

    Seriously, has anyone ever heard this knucklehead tell a story, or joke with a great punchline? Or make an ‘off-the-cuff’, spontaneous comment that’s really funny that shows a quick wit and sense of humor? (And I don’t mean the phony, too clever, written for him, self-deprecating “I kill me”, type of comment)

    Let me answer my own rhetorical question: NO.

    Taking this to the extreme, when people go to the online matchmaking sites looking for a ‘date’, whatever, before physical looks, what’s the 1st requirement? Sense of Humor.

    This President of the United States of America has No Sense of Humor.

    And that’s one reason the people loved Ronald Reagan, he had a great sense of humor, didn’t he?

  3. RuBegonia says:

    One word for O before 2012 hits you in the head: FORE !

  4. ShArKy666 says:

    LOL…good one rue!~…hey tammy!..good luck with the new site. *hugs 😀

  5. Person123 says:

    I don’t know, if you all kept up with it C4P did a little April Fools joke involving Sylvester Stallone. The thing is, it got me. The reason why is because I have contacted Sylvester Stallone, or at least his web page on repeated occasion. I repeatedly commissioned a movie on the Aleutian Campaign of WWII. I believed Sylvester Stallone would be the one person capable of bringing the movie to reality.
    If you have ever read the Thousand Mile War you would see why Sylvester Stallone would be the man to make the movie. Stallone is made for that movie, I hope he will make it before it is too late.

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