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.”