Monday, March 31, 2008


My man Dan Froomkin sums up the boos GW Bush received after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to open National's park.

Seventy percent of the country thinks he sucks at his job. What did people expect? I agree with Deadspin's Will Leitch that Bush is actually alright to listen to when he is talking about baseball and seems to thoroughly enjoy the discussion more so than coming up with other words to describe the economy without using the dreaded "recession" label.

I have been arguing for years that Bush knows more about the Ranger's bullpen than small stuff like the difference between a Sunni and Shia.

I understand the need for hobbies to blow off some steam but I do not think people elected Bush for his astute dedication to breaking down WHIP stats.

Here is Froomkin

There's a reason President Bush almost never appears before members of the general public: They really don't like him.

Despite the delirious mood of Washington Nationals fans on opening night at their new stadium, Bush was greeted with loud boos when he came to the mound to deliver the traditional first pitch.

Video from the Washington Times indicates that the boos were lusty. An ESPN video, via, is more of a mixed bag of boos and cheers. But in additional Youtube videos from fans in right field and high above first base the boos had it.

It was a rare moment for Bush, who avoids public expressions of disagreement by appearing almost exclusively before carefully selected audiences. In fact, this is the first time in years I can recall him appearing before the unscreened masses. Far more typical are events like his most recent Thanksgiving address. As I wrote then, even when he was talking about something as uncontroversial as the essential goodness of our country, he wanted his audience prescreened for obsequiousness.

Back during Bush's Social Security barnstorming, University of Texas political scientist Jeffrey K. Tulis noted: "Certainly, in the past, presidential advance teams have on occasion taken steps to assure friendly audiences. It has not been uncommon for presidents to seek invitations to speak at friendly venues. But systematically screening audiences. . . . may be a new phenomenon, and one that the president should be asked to defend and justify in terms of his constitutional obligations."

Truly, it's one of the most blatant, indefensible examples of how Bush has turned his into the most divisive of presidencies.

Mac Gs World

1 comment:

plawcas said...

I'm not a fan, and I didn't boo, but I sure wanted to, for the sheer fact that I had to wait for 45 min in a security line and nearly missed first pitch.