by TJ Wihera | 10:56 pm, July 23, 2009 | Comments Off
Today, White Sox Pitcher Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game – only the 18th that has been thrown in the MLB’s history. It’s an incredible feat.
After the game, Buehrle got a call from President Obama, and a White House spokesman said that Obama told Buehrle the game was “an incredible achievement” and “something that everyone will always remember.”
On the MLB.com website, the article about this particular phone call is painful to read.
The writer says:
Presidents have a long history of calling Major League Baseball clubhouses to offer congratulations, but it typically has been after a World Series clincher. This was another extreme example of Obama’s love for baseball and specifically the White Sox.
I’ll concede that Presidents frequently call athletes after great achievements. But he doesn’t think that a President struggling to push a major health care reform on a skeptical populace wasn’t interested in all the fawning coverage he could get for a 30 second phone call? Get real.
He also writes:
Obama had said a week earlier in the Fox broadcasting booth during the All-Star Game: “This is the national pastime. … It’s such a reminder about what’s great in this country.”
What gall. Baseball rewards those with the knowledge, skills, and ability to win. It’s the everything the Obama administration has fought against since January.
If baseball were run the way the President wants to run health care, his call to Buehrle would have gone something like this:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mark! Congratulations. A perfect game is an incredible achievement, and it’s something everyone will always remember.
BUEHRLE: Thank you, sir.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, you might not want to thank me just yet. You see, all those outs you got today, well, there are some pitchers out there who just didn’t have as many as you. And someone has to pay for their victories. As it were, that someone is you.
BUEHRLE: Come again?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You see, Mark, it’s important that everyone get victories from me, rather than from themselves. It makes them dependent on me.
BUEHRLE: That sounds a bit reprehensible.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Wait! I meant to say that if everyone gets victories from me, then everyone will have a few victories, instead of some winners having quite a few, some losers not having as many. Hell, even people who choose not to play the game will have a few victories.
BUEHRLE: I guess I’m a bit lost as to how that’s a good thing for baseball, sir.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Sorry, it’s really quite complicated, I’m not familiar with all the propositions, and they don’t give me a teleprompter for these calls.
BUEHRLE: Mr. President, I don’t know if the Constitution allows you to do that kind of thing.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: The what? Oh, don’t you worry about that. Sonia’s gonna be all over it. Listen, I’d love to stay and chat, but running 1/5 of the economy is pretty time consuming. Good thing I’m so much more qualified than the combined minds of an entire industry ever could be. Congratulations again on your great achievement. You’ll be hearing from my baseball czar in regards to dismantling it.
Praise for PPC From Our Lefty "Fan"
- "Zany-ass bombast-entertainment...Hackneyed weirdo communist pseudo-nostalgia" --Alan Franklin, ProgressNow
- PPC Training for Activists
UPDATE: Something apparently got messed up with the PayPal buttons during this past weekend’s database glitch – fixed now. Yes, it’s that time again — PPC will be conducting training classes for center-right activists on Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27, at Independence Institute in Denver. The tentative class schedule is as follows: Saturday, [...]
- Holder’s First Letter to Paul Precipitates the Best Filibuster Ever
- The Lamest Twitter Argument Ever Offered?
- Return of the PPC Re-Education Camps – You Know You Want to Be There
- Supreme Courts Blesses Warrantless Surveillance of Citizens in a Kafkaesque Farce
- GOP Elite and the Ruling Class
- Do We Now Get to Call Joe Salazar a “Rapist”?