July 15, 2009

Yahoo Sports: Taped Bush Address got More Applause At MLB All-Star Game Than Obama Appearance

I didn't watch the game myself—I've been disgusted with Major league game for years, though I have Durham Bulls tickets—but according to Yahoo! Sports, a taped address by Dubya apparently outshown the man who is determined to undo America:

Though Obama was roundly cheered by the All-Star fans, his live presence still didn't attract the applause that George W. Bush did during a taped announcement by the four previous Presidents before the game and some boos could even be heard among the cheers.

It is also worth noting that Obama's pitch, like his Administration, came up short.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 15, 2009 10:31 AM

Yahoo tried to spin the "boos" as being directed at the Prez's White Sox jacket.

Nice try... but Cardinals fans hate on the Cubs, not the ChiSox. Cardinals/Cubs is an ancient NL rivalry that runs very, very deep. My XGF was a rabid Cardinals fan - she loathed the Cubs, but didn't give a flying rip about the White Sox.

Posted by: Trouble at July 15, 2009 11:09 AM

Trouble is right. We Cardinals fans don't care a bit about the Sox. Yahoo is wrong. The boos were for Obama.

Posted by: martineStL at July 15, 2009 11:59 AM

TROUBLE -- The guys here on local Detroit Sports talk radio -- Doug Karsh and Scott 'gator' Anderson on 97.1 The Ticket -- are doing the same spinning, saying that Obama was booed because St. Louis hates Chicago, not because of his politics. Whatever.

Someone wrote in to the show and said that St. Louis-Chicago was like Michigan-Ohio State. Not quite. Cardinals-Cubs is like that, not Cardinals-White Sox.

Someone asked that if the fans were booing the White Sox, why didn't they boo Mark Buerhle. So the DJs researched it and said, 'oh that's because Buerhle is from Missouri, so they cheer him'.

Just sad how people spin for this fraud.

Posted by: Michael in MI at July 15, 2009 12:01 PM

I don't know. I don't care for the guy. I didn't vote the guy. But this all seems kinda' silly. I thought it was cool that he wore a Sox jacket. I could really care less that he throws like a seven year old chick. I did think it was nice hearing some hearty boos. But the crowd did cheer him pretty strongly (which surprised and disappointed me a little as I expected him to get absolutely blasted by boos). But going over this like it's the Zapruder film just makes us look unserious and dumb, finding ire with Obama even for the most innocuous things. This sort of thing hurts our credibility when calling him out for serious sh*t. Hell, the dude threw with a freakin' flak (sic) jacket on. Who practices that!? I'll give our athletically feminine President a pass on this one and give thanks to my BoSox having home field advantage in the Series. :)

Posted by: JDW at July 15, 2009 12:36 PM

I take it you didn't see the 2001 Bush pitch JDW? Bush wore a flak jacket and made a strike compared to this sissy throw that fell short of the home plate.

Posted by: Kaitian at July 15, 2009 12:48 PM

Kaitian - I watched it again just this morning when it was posted at Ace of SpadesHQ. Bush throwing a nasty Uncle Charly with extra sauce and Obama throwing a fluttering wimpy ball doesn't mean this is something we should be hammering. Our reaction to the toss is exactly the sort of thing Jon Stewart and those passive-aggressive a**holes use to make us look idiotic. Why give them the ammunition? It's a pitch for Christ's sake.

Posted by: JDW at July 15, 2009 12:54 PM

Correction: "Uncle Charlie" - a looping breaking pitch or nasty curveball.

Posted by: JDW at July 15, 2009 12:57 PM

Actually, JDW, Jon Stewart would be spending a lot of time goofing on Bush if he had thrown a pitch that came up short. The Leftists' double-standard doesn't mean we can't enjoy a good laugh. You're welcome to keep pretending otherwise, though.

Posted by: Thrown at July 15, 2009 01:40 PM

I could care less about an effete man having an effete pitching style. I'd almost expect it. This, though, is more troubling: Obama, talking about his beloved White Sox mentions how they played in “Cominsky Field”. Any White Sox fan knows it’s “Comiskey Park.” Whereas his pitch demonstrates a lack of physical aptitude, his statement shows a genuine disingenuousness.

A guy who can’t throw I can tolerate. I guy who talks out of his ass? Not so much. THIS is the sort of reason why I don’t care for Obama. Not his limp throwing style.

Posted by: JDW at July 15, 2009 01:46 PM

"could not care less"


Posted by: JDW at July 15, 2009 01:56 PM

No love for Obama here- he is gunning to be the worst president ever. As a sox fan, I will say he does have one redeeming quality- that he is a sox fan, and not afraid to say it, unlike most pols who try to act like they are fans of every team.

That said, who cares about his pitch- you might not do any better under those circumstances.

Also, much as it pains me to say it, he certainly isn't the first sox fan to say cominskey park. I don't like it, but i've heard it many times from fellow sox fans.

Posted by: sox fan at July 15, 2009 02:07 PM

Why on earth would St. Louis fans boo the Sox? We never see them. We're a National League city. The reasoning is nuts. We have no rivalry with the Sox.

Second, how big a fan of the Sox is Mr. O? I hear he botched the name of their park and called it "Cominskey." I would bet the guy never watches baseball and has never played the game in his life. He should stop faking it.

Posted by: MartineStL at July 15, 2009 03:08 PM

Looking at the ESPN coverage and then a utube of the 9/12 pitch, which I had not really paid attention to, is revealing to me given the comments and controversies. Anti-Barry Numero Uno here and somewhat dissaffected Bushie (econ) and I detect almost no difference between the boo level Bush/Barry but Bush's positives seem much higher, most of which we can be certain was for the occassion far more than the man. Barry's wiffle pitch was pathetic and I say that as someone with near zero interest in the game and yes, the cinemetography employed was quite transparently covering for Barack so he must have known how this would go down.

But Dubya! Holy sheep shite! I know almost nothing about baseball but even I could see that thing a) was hauling and b) would have come impossibly high and inside of a righty after a wicked break! You could just see it peel off as the camera angle was right over his shoulder. Criminy. The interplay between sports and politics is something I generally disdain although fairly athletic myself but this was a real display and another small reason to be nostalgic for Bush. They accumulate.

Posted by: megapotamus at July 15, 2009 04:16 PM

I'm surprised Obama threw a pitch at all; I expected he would make a fine sounding speech on the pitchers mound and then let Newsweek carry the ball over home plate for him.

Posted by: Zhombre at July 15, 2009 06:13 PM

As I recollect, President Bartlett did a much better job.

Posted by: KBK at July 15, 2009 07:24 PM