VIDEO: President Obama throws the first pitch at Nationals’ home opener – AP spins

Posted by: ST on April 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Continuing a 100 year Presidential tradition:

WASHINGTON — A hundred years after President William Howard Taft started a baseball tradition with a low ceremonial first pitch, President Barack Obama went in the other direction Monday, sailing a high, wide toss at the Washington Nationals’ home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Just as Taft’s toss forced pitcher Walter Johnson to make an athletic play, Obama’s required Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to lunge to prevent a wild pitch.

Check out this spin, from the same report:

Obama received a loud ovation from the packed crowd, with a few boos scattered in. Earlier, a video montage of presidential pitches in Washington elicited boos when it showed former President George W. Bush.

Er, um, watch the video and tell me if that sounds like a “loud ovation” with a “few boos scattered in”:

The Political Punch blog reported:

Preceding his pitch, while on the mound he pulled out a black Chicago White Sox cap – smiling wide at his allegiance – as boo’s flooded the stadium.

A short play by play, via The Politico:

Obama drew a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd as he strolled out onto the field wearing a Chicago White Sox cap in a nod to his hometown team. It was his first trip to the stadium since taking office.

“A little high and outside,” Obama remarked after his pitch.

And, too far to the left … surprise, surprise.


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11 Responses to “VIDEO: President Obama throws the first pitch at Nationals’ home opener – AP spins”


  1. Kate says:

    This seems to be in the same vein as the….Obama picks ’em and they lose…the Phillies win 11 to 1!! Yeah Phillies!!

  2. riograndevalleygirl says:

    And you just know the only reason Obama wore that poor Sox cap was to have a convenient place to park all those boos. First his predecessor, then Tea Partiers and now Obama resorts to scapegoating innocent articles of clothing that have done him no wrong.

  3. Vince says:

    Why is it that every two bit politician he supports fails, and every team he supports fails miserably, but the bill that leads us into socialism succeeds. Go figure.
    Maybe he should have just turned to the crowd and said he will “reconcile” the pitch and he’d “deem” it over the plate, then leave for a date night and a Philly cheese-steak sandwich.

  4. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    The hat was a prop so he could pretend they weren’t really booing at him. The booing began before he changed hats.

    P.S. Doesn’t he have better work to do than just making appearances? I don’t recall other presidents being as visible as this neon noodle knuckleheaded boob.

  5. camojack says:

    And, too far to the left…surprise, surprise.

    Also (not!) surprising: he’s a Lefty. l-)

  6. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    …er..I’m left handed..

  7. Tom TB says:

    What was the point of his putting on a glove?

  8. Teresa says:

    When I first played it…. I heard the thunderous amount of boos for the President…actually I couldn’t believe what I was hearing…Oh my, how the almighty has fallen! Guess he blames everything on Bush…even after a year of his own tax and spend and push whatever on the American people. Heard this morning that you now want my 401k to assist with the debt…can anybody say,”Distribution of wealth”?????

  9. Great White Rat says:

    er..I’m left handed..

    So am I….

  10. Great White Rat says:

    Barack Obama went in the other direction Monday, sailing a high, wide toss at the Washington Nationals’ home opener

    But in all fairness to Duh-1, he didn’t have a Teleprompter out there with him to tell him exactly where to throw the ball. We should probably consider it a sign of progress that he didn’t heave it into center left field, blame Bush for the bad throw, and insist that the Phillies redistribute the runs they scored.