President Obama speaks, and speaks again in White Sox jacket
Eat your heart out, Washington political reporters. President Obama not only threw out the first pitch Tuesday at baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis, he came to the Foxbooth wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket and took questions from announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
He did not apologize for representing the South Side of Chicago and mostly talked to Buck and McCarver about, well, not much.
According to a release from the MLB Network, Obama also did an interview with Bob Costasthat will be broadcast as part of the network's "MLB Tonight" postgame show. According to the MLB release, Obama spoke to Costas about watching minor league baseball while growing up in Hawaii, his optimism that the White Sox will make a surge in the second half of this season (Cubs fans will really be mad now) and the fact he flew to St. Louis on Air Force One with Willie Mays.
For you conspiracy theorists of the non-Cubs variety, here's a nugget. MLB Network hosts have now interviewed two U.S. presidents. Harold Reynolds interviewed President Clintonat the 2009 Gillette Civil Rights game last month. Are there no Republican ex-presidents who like baseball? Inquiring minds want to know.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday. Credit: Tim Sloan / AFP/Getty Images