Last week we told you that President Barack Obama was going to throw out the first pitch at the Nationals season opener Monday. He came through as promised but his delivery was a failure in more than one way. First off, Obama’s pitch was high and about six feet off the plate, and somewhat embarrassing. It certainly makes one think twice about the “baller” tag he earned by beating Clark Kellogg at H-O-R-S-E. Secondly, and more emblematically, Obama seemed to have blown his cover leading one to believe he’s posing as a White Sox fan. Check out this great find by Brooks where Obama’s asked to name his favorite White Sox player on Nationals TV:
For as smooth of a talker Obama’s supposed to be, he sure was stumbling and at a loss for words trying to answer that question. The commenters on YouTube have already labeled Obama as a fraud and phony, not far off from my label of him as a poser. I don’t care how many political issues are going through your head, you should be able to recall at least one name if you really were a fan and not just lying. I wasn’t expecting a Ron Karkovice mention, but Ozzie Guillen would have been an easy answer considering he played about 13 years with the Sox and has been their manager the last six. Carlton Fisk certainly comes to mind and at the very least, how tough would it have been to say Frank Thomas who was the cornerstone of the White Sox during the 90s?
Look, I understand that sports isn’t very high on the President’s agenda so it’s not as if I expect the guy to rattle off the White Sox’s pitching rotation, but if he’s speaking from true experience, then how could he not come up with one name for his favorite player? Worse yet, in trying to cover his tracks, he said he liked some Cubs players too and the A’s as well which really shows he’s not a fan. Obama’s allegiance to the White Sox seems nothing other than a ploy to identify himself as a South Sider and a friend of the working class man rather than the actual truth. What a sham.Google+
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