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President Barack Obama not quite a White Sox expert

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President Barack Obama wore a White Sox cap during his ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals game yesterday, but before any rabid Pale Hose supporters get too excited about it, they should know he had a bit of a problem naming any player by name.

The first fan was interviewed during the game's television broadcast by former Sox pitcher Rob Dibble, who asked the president about his favorite players on the South Side growing up.

This is was the point that the usually eloquent Obama began stammering.



"You know uh ..... I ... I thought that ... uh .... you know," Obama stalled. " ... The truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh ... I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh .... I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A's fan."

Yes, he did also call it "Cominskey Park." That, apparently, is something he does regularly.

One could make the case that Obama's point was that he didn't become acquainted with the Sox until later in his life, but I'd imagine most fans would have liked him to spit out at least one player's name.

So, big deal or not?

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This is clearly a cheap shot at Barack. You can like a team without having a favorite player. I'm a Blue Jays fan and I can't name my favorite player because there have been so many trades and changes. Lay off the President. He's been busy.

Wow, the lengths people go to (e.g. the Sun-Times) to bash the president. How about getting the QUESTION CORRECT!

"...I know how the cubs fans and white sox fans go back and forth, who was one of your favorite white sox players growing up?"

So explaining how he did not grow up in Chicago, he does not have one. Seems like a valid answer when you quote the question correctly, but details like that matter very little to a journalist like yourself.

Idiots will believe anything I guess. A cheap shot at Barack.... Poor baby. He didnt know what to say because he had no one there to tell him what his answer is.

Would you say it was a cheap shot if they did the same thing to Bush? Or would would you call him an idiot?

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT HIM THE MOST, HE IS LIKE I AM, YOU PUT A MICROPHONE IN SOMEONE'S FACE, AND YOU EXPECT HIM TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, I DON'T HAVE THEM EITHER, THE MAN JUST SIGNED A BILL THAT NO ONE EVER DID, AND YOU GUYS WANT HIM TO KNOW THE STARTING LINEUP FOR THE SOX, GET A LIFE!
FOX NEWS MAY CALL HIM THE ANOINTED ONE, AND STUPID THINGS, HE IS REAL MAN, HE IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB, AND HE SHOULD EITHER BE CALLED MR. PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENT OBAMA!
HE LOVES THE WHITE SOX AND HE SHOWS IT EVERY CHANCE HE GETS!
REMEMBER HE WAS BORN IN HAWAII, HE ATTENDED COLLEGE IN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK, AND HE ATTENDED HARVARD LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS, HE WORKED IN CHICAGO, AND HE MET HIS WONDERFUL WIFE IN THE WINDY CITY!
KEEP UP THE GOOD EFFORT MR. PRESIDENT!

Yeah, give ol' Barack a break. It's not like they've got a TelePrompTer available everywhere the man goes. Someone needs to create a TelePrompTer app for the iPad just for him! How about calling it the iprOmpt?

If you can't see that Obama is a clueless fraud after this then you are hopeless. Hey...time to feed your unicorn!

I am glad you were able to break away from your tea party to contribute such a compelling piece of journalism.

[[["You know uh ..... I ... I thought that ... uh .... you know," Obama stalled. " ... The truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! ]]]

Well, there you have it. He is an authentic White Sox fan. Typically, they spend countless hours obsessing over the Cubs.

His favorite player might have been Sammy Sooser. Or was it Mike McGwire?

Hey Kyle Koster and I went to school together. He's a bad journalist who can't listen because there's always another man's private's up close to his mouth. It's not that he has no talent, it's because he loves sausage too much. He can't use his ears and his mouth at the same time.

Are you his favorite player wasn't Sammy Sooser? Or Mike McGwire?

Why didn't he just immediately say "I grew up in Hawaii...." Why all the stuttering and stammering. Does he need media consultants to tell him everything?

I hate seeing him picked on but on the same token, Barack is always talking smack about how Cubs fans dont' pay attention, only go to drink and blah blah blah...and yet he can't name anyone on the team.

Cubs fans - up there, drinking wine. Wine? It's the world's largest BEER garden. And if you can't name your favorite player that is fine. Of course, I could name a player on each and every team in the league. The man doesn't watch baseball, doesn't follow the Sox and clearly can't throw a ball to save his life. It's not that he can't answer the question, it's that he portrays himself as something he's not to gain favor with people. Just say it "I grew up in Hawaii and prefer the Sox over Cubs, but I don't watch too much baseball. I'm just too busy."

Would anyone deny the president might have more to do than pick up the ballgame every day?

and if he new the names of the Sox players, this story would be "shouldn't the president spend more time studying the problems with healthcare, economy, war, etc instead of baseball players."

Catch 22

He didn't name his favorite White Sox player because he couldn't name a player, period. He was clearly stumped. He sounded just like someone who was stammering...trying to buy time...and still couldn't name anything. He should just admit that he's really not a White Sox fan.

He was not asked to name the whole line-up just his favorite player while growing-up. Look, he goes out of way to wear a Sox cap while wearing a Nationals jacket. He's worn a Sox jacket on other occasions. He calls himaself a fan why can't he name one player? No one's picking on him, Obama put himself in that position. Admit it - he is not a Sox fan, just a wannabe. It has nothing to do with politics, the man is just a fraud as a baseball fan. Stick to basketball - he knows that!

OBAMA IS A LIEING MARXIST THUG - THOSE WHO VOTED FOR HIM AND STILL BELIEVE HE'S GREAT ARE MORONS - HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR COUNTRY'S TRADITIONS (LIKE BASEBALL)- IF HE DID HE WOULD HAVE HAD A FAVORITE PLAYER EVEN IF IT WASN"T FROM THE WHITE SOX - HE IS A DISGRACE TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY.

SOCIALISM IS FOR SUCKERS!!!

He is not a true fan. He could have thrown out names like Frank Thomas, Chet Lemon, D. Allen, Wilbur Wood, PODZ wasn't he here when they won the world series (05).

This is an OBAMONATION! Why did they not give Dibble a teleprompter? And COMINSKY is a Soviet Czar from way back, not the Sox original ballpark.

Awww they "picked" on Barry? Please, the LAME stream media has been coddling the Prez since his election. he stutters and stammers when has has no answer. And Phil Smith Junior? First Caps are impolite and second I thought the Messiah had ALL the answers. WEAK.

Nobody ever said that baseball was Kenya's national passtime.

Quit picking on the poor little lamb. He may not know any players by name, but by golly, he sure knows how to throw strikes.

All these people supporting the stammering obama. I'll bet he couldn't even name an Oakland player from his days in "Hawaii". (Synonym= Kenya)

This guy is as dumb as a bag of hair! He also said he is going to make nuclear weapons "obsolete". What a moron! Go ahead and defend your messiah you brainless Obamabots, show us how impartial you are by defending the indefensible. This could easily be one of the most ignorant people ever to occupy the Whitehouse, blunder after blunder and our country going into a hell hole. This is what change looks like!

Its only a big deal if Palin cant name any.

He should have said left fielder Frank Marshall Davis.

"Left fielder Frank Marshall Davis."

They don't play baseball in Kenya.

You people crack me up. They try to make him out to be a man's man yet he can't even name a player on his favorite team. Someone forgot to cut away on his pitch like they did last year so everyone saw that he throw's like a 10 year old girl. Atleast he didn't bounce it short like last year but he definately would have hit the Durham Bulls mascot with this one.

Even the sport he's supposed to be good at we hear how knocks down the 3 yet we never hear how he uses a push shot from his chest cica girls hoop 1950's that any 5'4 PG would reject back in his face. I don't care if you support the guy or not but atleast use a little accuracy in repeorting.

Isn't the real idiot here Rob Dibble? Most people know the president grew up in Hawaii, so why ask a question regarding his childhood baseball allegiance??

I would have been taken back a bit by the question too... He didn't say name some of your current White Sox favorites... which I'm sure, if even a casual fan in actuallity, he would have had no trouble doing...

"What do you mean that Saul Alinsky didn't play for the White Sox?"
Guess they edited that part out.

uuh....I don't know..Didn't Karl Marx play for the white sox? Yes, my favorite player was was Karl Marx...

Not. I'm a huge fan, but I would really need to be a HUGE baseball trivia nerd to start reciting favorite players from my youth - especially at the drop of a dime. Chi-town didn't have any Babe Ruths or Mickey Mantles back in the day... all of our favorites are obscured by time.

And to all the haters with their silly, contrived "comments" that have nothing to do with the article - too bad, so sad. Obama is here to stay and - AND, he's a Sox fan!!!

"What do you mean Saul Alinsky didn't play for the White Sox?"
Guess they edited that part out.

just a loser!!!!!!!!!
Dibble should of asked him to name some players on the A's

I love the Obama defenders on this thread. If a Republican had claimed that he was a White Sox fan since he was a kid but couldn't name a single player, dishonest liberals (redundant) would be screaming that he is a fraud. After eight years of liberal pedantry where every tiny thing that came out of George Bush's mouth was criticized and made fun of, it's hilarious to see them whine when Obama is caught BSing. No...Obama would never tell a lie would he? Obama is a loser. He's nothing but a con man who has exploited white liberal guilt while accomplishing nothing. Bush said "nucular" and Obama says "Cominskey". The first was proof of Bush's stupidity while pointing out the second sends Obama sychophants into a tizzy. Obama is so stupid that he tells obvious lies and isn't prepared to cover up when he's challenged on them.

He's proven himself to be just another politician who picks and chooses his "favorites" based on the number of votes he'll be able to pick up. Why else would he "attend" a church on the south side, but then say he doesn't remember any of the sermons that his Pastor gave? All political. It's pretty obvious - the dolt can't even get the park's name right! It's Comiskey moron.

Hey Phil Smith Jr....he put a Sox cap on while throwing the 1st pitch at the nationals home opener. he put a sox jacket on during the all-star game...it would be pretty simple to just say "Frank Thomas" as your favorite player and move on. But this whole "I'm the biggest sox fan" schtick has run it course. He's a fraud in all aspects.

I'm surprised he didn't think it was Ernie Banks

To those who cannot READ, I believe Obama said " I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Do you feel better when an Idiot president stutter and stammers even when he does have an answer? WHen the answer or decision that was given or made is wrong you continue in the same direction, thus sending the country into the hell hole that it is in? Blame Obama for the current issues if you want, that sounds like idiocrosy at it's finest if you ask me. Are you not intelligent enough to see that our current status wasn't based on a year and a half of presidency. Wake up silly people, while you're busy criticizing the man why don't you look within yourself to see if you are part of the problem or solution. Were we talikng about baseball, the Sox, or why McCain, with all of his brilliance, chose Palin as his laughing stock running partner. McCain & his party obviously WANTED Obama in office. You CAN OUT IT on the Booooard YES!!!

To those who cannot READ, I believe Obama said " I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Do you feel better when an Idiot president stutter and stammers even when he does have an answer? WHen the answer or decision that was given or made is wrong you continue in the same direction, thus sending the country into the hell hole that it is in? Blame Obama for the current issues if you want, that sounds like idiocrosy at it's finest if you ask me. Are you not intelligent enough to see that our current status wasn't based on a year and a half of presidency. Wake up silly people, while you're busy criticizing the man why don't you look within yourself to see if you are part of the problem or solution. Were we talikng about baseball, the Sox, or why McCain, with all of his brilliance, chose Palin as his laughing stock running partner. McCain & his party obviously WANTED Obama in office. You CAN OUT IT on the Booooard YES!!!

If only Hillary had not offered up Medvedev's name during that debate. Obama would have been stammering like this in front of the American people. It's Hillary's fault!

Would have loved to see Obama stammer his way out of this one!
youtube.com/watch?v=eyDkzmZJ3qE

Obama relying on the ole Bush line(crutch)again...
youtube.com/watch?v=QLM689tdvp4

You know...I understand that the President has more important things to worry about than naming a White Sox player. He has to deal with things like the economy, the war in the Middle East, and jobs. Personally...I don't think he's doing a good job in either category, but I don't think it's too much to at least ask him why he likes the White Sox so much. If John McCain were president, and if he were able to answer why he likes the Arizona Diamondbacks so much, then I think this subject wouldn't be an issue. Other baseball-loving presidents, whenever they were asked about specific teams they preferred, were able to give a somewhat-solid answer.

You have to remember...President Obama can identify his favorite Chicago Bulls and Bears...and he's starting to learn more about the Blackhawks.l If he can joke with Ervin "Magic" Johnson when the Lakers came to DC about Michael Jordan's move on him during game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals, then naming a current White Sox player, or naming the ballpark properly shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Granted, naming a current Sox player isn't as important as dealing with national and international issues. But...if you're going to wear the cap and tell the world you're a fan of a specific team, then you should be able to identify with the fanbase who brags about how the President of the United States is "one of you". There were gargantuan-sized banners congratulating "White Sox fan Barack Obama" when he won the election. Don't you think he should at least try to return the favor?

And while you're at it, Mr. President...learn how to throw off the mound, too. My soon-to-be 8-year-old son can pitch better than you, sir.

Notwithstanding the President was a Johnny come lately to Chicago, kids who follow baseball follow baseball. They know Babe Ruth was a Yankee, Hank Aaron a Brave, Luis Aparicio played for the White Sox, as did Hoyt Wilhelm. That Bob Gibson was a Cardinal and Mays a Giant. It's Baseball. Kids learn it. Truth be told, Obama wants to come off as a "regular guy" from Chicago, but he stepped in it this time because he isn't REALLY a baseball fan. He couldn't even pronounce the name of the ballpark. Dirty Harry was right, "Man's got to know his limitations."

This guy is a phony. He throws like a girl and talks like a fool.

its even more embarrassing he throws like a 6 year old girl. actually, i bet his daughters thrown better. what a tool.

What a phony D-bag. He throws like a girl. Michelle can prolly kick his a**.

I'm sick of his fake, nose-up-in-the-air, I-know-I'm-a-girly-man, but-I-wanna-look cool swagger. I'm surprised he can even see where he's going.

Lay off Obama. He doesn't like baseball. They didn't have little league in Kenya or Indonesia.

You need to know at least one guy on the team you are rooting for and to call it Cominskey Park. Sheesh!!! He is not a baseball fan. To pull out a White Sox hat - at a NL game, where there is no rivalry - just proves he is nothing more than an antagonist.

Cominskey? lol.

Never mind the ChiSox players names. Someone get him to say something positive about the US Constitution and the founding fathers. Maybe even prosperity and liberty. I'll wait.

My personal favorite is the first response by Andrew.
"Lay of the President. He's been busy."

That is immaterial. Has he been President his whole life? He has been said to be a fan before his Presidency, so why does being busy have ANYTHING to do with this? I'm busy now, so I can't name one player from my favorite team...lol.

The point is, he is a habitual liar. And you will eventually say, "He lied to me" when you wise up.

And GMCCL its, "You can PUT it on the booooard, yes." Put..buddy. I'm not even a sox fan and I know that. I guess all sox fans ARE stupid.

The point here is not that he doesn't know ANY White Sox players, but that he's a phony and a fraud.

Much has been made of Barack Obama's lack of baseball skills and knowledge, but I got to say, he is still much better than Bush as a President and as a Pitcher. He inherited the USA in one of the worst states it has ever been in, fighting two wars it can't seem to win in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a full-blown recession. But, in just one year he has introduced and won a Heathcare Bill that will offer important care to all citizens, no matter of how much they earn. Surely, that's a good idea. So, Obama may not be a sports star, but some sports sites like http://www.dozensports.com made a point of including him in their sports pages. I guess, Obamania is still going strong in America.

Give the guy a break, would ya!? His name was on the tip of his tongue! You know, that White Sox player who speaks Austrian!? Yeah, that guy!

He's a baseball fan for marketing reasons only. The man is a phony. He needed the teleprompter to answer that one.

Once a phony, always a phony.

He simply doesn't know much about baseball. His association to the Sox is probably to create some home town sentiment. If he was a real fan, he would have at least named a few favorites. I would have thought he'd name Ozzie Guillen, but possibly he didn't want to blow his Venezuela connection with Oswaldo. We will never know.

"Most people know the president grew up in Hawaii"

HAH! Some people still believe whatever the Barry tells them.
Where is the PROOF!???

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