Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Talkin' Sports with Barack Obama

Every now and then, my blog affords me the opportunity to talk with various newsmakers. Recently, President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch to kick off the Washington Nationals' season. He's here with me today to talk sports. Mr. President, welcome to TPWK.

Pres. Obama: Touchdown!

TPWK: Yep. Now, you threw out the first pitch for the Nationals, but your from the South Side of Chicago, so your heart has to be with the White Sox.

Pres. Obama: Absolutely, I remember, as a child, going to Charbinsky court to watch the greats. Ryne Sandberg, Walter Payton, Shoeless Bip Roberts.

TPWK: Walter Payton?

Pres. Obama: Yeah, I know, I'm old. I saw all those guys before the Black Sox scandal, one of the saddest chapters in our civil rights history.

TPWK: Really? Because many don't see the Black Sox scandal as a civil rights issue.

Pres. Obama: Well, I can tell you, growing up in Chicago. The black people were united. You know, you had the Watts riots.

TPWK: Those were in Los Angeles.

Pres. Obama: They were everywhere... And, you know, the World Series is what brought the country back together. We were united against a common enemy.

TPWK: The Minnesota Twins?

Pres. Obama: I think you had, you had the segregated leagues, so the Dodgers, you know, Jackie Robinson, and then...

TPWK: Sandy Koufax.

Pres. Obama: Right, Sen. Koufax, who opposed the Civil Rights Act. So you know, Jackie Robinson going against an all-white team...

TPWK: What about Tony Oliva?

Pres. Obama: Right, Tony Oliver, Ty Cobb, all the rest trying to keep the American Baseball Association white.

TPWK: It was a fascinating chapter in the history of our national pastime. What is your favorite baseball memory.

Pres. Obama: Well, obviously, you know, there are so many, but I think, from the 1980s, you know, the White Sox were looking to repeat, and we were at Cobinsky Stadium, and you know, it's fourth period, so Barry Bonds is at the wicket and... I mean, those are the memories that live with you.

TPWK: Of course. Well, since your in D.C., what do you think about the Nationals' chances?

Pres. Obama: Who?

TPWK: Well, that's all the time we have on TPWK. I'd like to thank President Obama for stopping by, and we'll see you tomorrow.

Pres. Obama: Go Cubs!


Blogger NoMi Passenger said...


Nicely done, TPWK.

10:56 AM  

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