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Obama to be the first sitting president to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame

May 20, 2014, 2:21 PM EST

Obama First Pitch

Why does this crypto-socialist hate America?

President Barack Obama says he’s heading to the Baseball Hall of Fame to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying jobs. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he’ll be in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday.

Both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — both excellent baseball players and huge baseball fans — visited the the hall before or after their time in the White House. Bill Clinton went once after he left office. Not sure if that was a fan thing or if he was campaigning around New York for his wife or for someone else. If I remember correctly Billy was more of a college hoops guy. I’m not sure about other presidents. Reagan likely went at some time. He was a baseball broadcaster once, after all. I’m guessing Ford, Nixon and Johnson all thought Canton was better. Jimmy Carter was gonna go but he decided it’d cost too much in gas money and chose to stay back and read a book about alternative energy instead.

Obama is there as part of a tourism/economic speech so it’s not all play, but he’s a legit baseball fan, so I hope he has fun with it at least. Like, maybe he’ll realize that he never has to stand for election again, tell himself to forget about the political repercussions and make a full-throated call for the induction of Barry Bonds.

  1. garypagetwo - May 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Obummer and Bush should each be charged with WAR CRIMES

    • El Bravo - May 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      ahhhhh, stop yelling!

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      By whom? Where? Under which statutes?

      Please, tell us more. And when you answer, be sure to end your sentence with a period.

      • philsieg - May 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        If you are looking for precedent for charging Bush, try the first count of the Nuremburg indictments against the German High Command – crimes against the peace. It referred to the trumped-up invasion of Poland ostensibly to protect the rights of the Silesian Germans and was based on treaties to which the US was, and is still, signatory. Seems like a good basis to indict those responsible for the trumped-up invasion of Irag, and the buck stops at Bush’s desk.

        Obama is a different case. While it isn’t much of a stretch to apply the high crimes and misdemeanors concept to the extralegal execution of US citizens (not to mention the “collateral damage” of innocent children), that would have to come from the House and not the International Court in Den Hague or some other international body. However, I doubt anyone using the sobriquet “Obummer” cares about this (they never have) because those folks are still screaming BENGHAZI!!! at every opportunity.

  2. El Bravo - May 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    What kind of pitch is that he is showing in the pic? 3-seam screwball?

    • thailer35 - May 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      He’s obviously still pitching a change*.

      *Dated reference to the 2008 election.

  3. barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    He will go down in the first in my categories not all of them good..

    • ditto65 - May 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      What does that mean?

    • cohnjusack - May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Oh, Oh, Let’s guess the categories?

      My guess:

      President’s who most resemble men I’ve given a drunken handjobs to in an Arby’s bathroom

      • yahmule - May 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        That was that guy?!

        I feel dirty now…

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      First President born in Kenya, for example. I mean, Hawaii.

      Hawaii.

      Hawaii.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        President Obama was born and raised in Norway. Send me $500 and I’ll send you the documentation I have tirelessly collected over the years.

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - May 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    “Bill Clinton went once two after he left office”.

    wait, what?

    • thailer35 - May 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Beat me to it. He obviously meant “Bill Clinton went once, twice, thrice even after he left office.”

      • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Not one time, not two times, not three times, not four times, not five times…

      • mckludge - May 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        One plus one plus one plus two plus one times

    • blacksables - May 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      In local parlance, Bill Clinton came twice.

  5. barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    He will go down in the first in many categories not all of them good..

    • ditto65 - May 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      What does that mean?

    • doctorofsmuganomics - May 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      You tried to fix it and still managed to not make sense. Way to go

      • renaado - May 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Judgin from the time gap between his/her original statement and this, safe to say he/she pressed the post comment button twice if not, probably it’s the loadin error.

  6. avallstar - May 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Obama is running out of vacation spots and his back is a little sore from the 100+ rounds of golf he’s played since he’s been in office. Why not take in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Otherwise, he might actually have to work.

    • clemente2 - May 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Please. This comment shows you are an uneducated idiot. Please comment on nothing else here ever again.

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Wait, I thought he was a socialist dictator who will stop at nothing to destroy the very fabric of our country.

      But now I see I was misinformed: he’s lazy. It’s a common stereotype of Hawaiians.

    • raidordie - May 21, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      This site is run by NBC. Don’t expect too much logic on here. Liberals are all omega males

  7. chip56 - May 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    My sincere hope is that his advance team was smart enough to pick a day when this wouldn’t screw over actual tourists trying to go to Cooperstown.

    • cohnjusack - May 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      In that case, he should have chosen “winter”.

      Anyone else ever been to Cooperstown in December on a weekday? There were literally 3 or 4 people in the entire museum when I was last there.

  8. iammrbinky - May 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Obama throws like a girl.

    • sdelmonte - May 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Jenni Finch? Jackie Mitchell? Joanne Winter? That would be good company for any pitcher.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        You’re comparing Obama throwing to Jenny Finch? Really?

      • sdelmonte - May 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        No, I’m saying that “he throws like a girl” is really a silly thing to say. It should be retired from our vocabulary.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Okay, I will buy that. Let’s just say Obama looked like he threw it in the dirt on that pitch?

  9. earpaniac - May 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    I know he plays a lot of basketball, but obviously he didn’t play much baseball, because he throws like a girl.

    • jm91rs - May 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Maybe he has an undiagnosed shoulder injury? I was trying to teach my kid to throw and I noticed I couldn’t move my arm in the same way that I was trying to get my kid to do. My wife said I was throwing like a girl. Fast forward 4 years and it turns out my shoulder is ripped to shreds from something that likely happened a long time ago. Get your shoulder checked out Mr. Obama.

  10. stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    That’s too bad. I was hoping to visit the place prior to anyone else defouling it.
    It matters not. Him going is most likely Bush’s fault. Or did we stop blaming him for everything?

    • El Bravo - May 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      No it’s still Bush’s fault.

    • mkd - May 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      We stopped blaming him for everything. Now we just blame him for the stuff he did and blame the Republicans in general for everything else.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Lol! Got it. You will have to forgive me. It is hard to keep up with the every changing “blame game.”

    • brianincbus - May 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Yeah, we stopped blaming him right after the righties stopped playing the “stop blaming Bush” card.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Wait! I still play that card. But I am more middle than right. But more right than left.
        But still a little left in a lot of instances. I fall somewhere in between the left, middle and right. Does that clear things up?

      • Reflex - May 21, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        To be fair, crashing the economy twice, mishandling one just war and lying to enter a second unjust war, and a raft of debt, environmental damage and across the board deregulatory mayhem that will take a generation or two to repair is a pretty large amount of blame to spread around to the ruling party of the time during which the damage overwhelmingly occurred.

      • skids003 - May 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Reflex, to be fair, the economy was the Democratic Congress’ fault, plus the debt, plus it seems like all the Dems voted to go into Iraq and Afghanistan, so you need to quit playing that card. The damage being done by the current administration will take 100 years to fix, if ever.

    • jaturso - May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      The word you’re looking for is “befouling”.. defouling, though not a word, connotes the exact opposite of what you’re trying to say.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        I apologize Mrs. Reynolds. Let me re-phrase that.
        That’s too bad. I was hoping to visit the place prior to it being defouled any further.

        Better now cupcake?

      • blabidibla - May 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    • cohnjusack - May 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I know! What on earth did Bush have to do with our current foreign policy and economic woes? We all know those issue automatically reset the when a new President enters office.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        I don’t know Cusack. As stated…it;s hard to keep up. It seems anything that goes wrong now…is someone else’s fault. Anything that went right previously, is someones else’s doing. If I didn’t know any better I would think we are seeing a pattern here!

      • Reflex - May 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        Honestly though, as a former Republican myself it has become increasingly difficult to not see most of our nation’s current problems as a legacy of Republican policies and corruption. I tried to defend it for nearly two decades. I gave up in 2006 when I realized that after you do enough research it becomes intellectually dishonest to continue making excuses.

        I’m not a huge fan of a lot of what the Democratic Party wants. But that in no way excuses Republican incompetence that has extended across four decades now. The party lost its way a long time ago and now seems to pander to the willfully ignorant and those who wish to prey on them.

        I wish there was an actual opposition party. One that offered a viable alternative that did not require rejection of reality. Someone based on facts, data, and results that work rather than results that fulfill an ideological worldview. Alas that does not exist on either side, but these days the Dems are closer than the Reps, and its not even a close race.

      • skids003 - May 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Love the way Dems blame the Republicans for all their own screw-ups. Keep the freebies coming and keep power. Where’s my free stuff.?

  11. dluxxx - May 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    From the folks at Cooperstown:

    “THANKS OBAMA”

  12. brandotho - May 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    The only Barry that will ever go to the Hall in the near future perhaps

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Take that, Barry Zito.

    • jm91rs - May 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Barry Larkin

    • nolanwiffle - May 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Barry Foote

    • El Bravo - May 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Barry Manilow

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Barry my heart at Wounded Knee.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Baseball has been Barry, Barry good to me.

  13. asimonetti88 - May 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Well, if I remember correctly, President Ford was a very good football player that was even drafted into the NFL, so it would make sense if he was more of a Canton kind of guy.

  14. lazlosother - May 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    My God, you people are missing the big picture. Obama distracts everyone by making a show of the HOF visit (as if he understands American sports). Then BAM! While everyone is paying attention to him, the Taliban comes out of the lockers and the great American past time is now the New World past time. Hello Sharia umping, Hello Hans Blix, Commissioner. You heard it here first.

  15. barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    First President to be friends with a convicted terrorist Bill Ayers..first POTUS to blame America for leading the world during the Cold War. First POTUS to bow to repressive rulers and communist leaders. The First POTUS to use the IRS to go after his political opponents. First POTUS to lie and say a video caused a terrorist attack..you want me to go on?

    • jm91rs - May 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      So you created a screen name in reference to the idea that the president might be from Kenya, and now there’s an actual baseball topic involving the president? This has to be the best day for you!

      • barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Actually Obama is my least favorite topic and yes he was born in Hawaii….he is ruining our country and those who defend his policies are helping him do it. My screen name has nothing to do with the fact that he is the worst POTUS since Jimmy Carter. And that is really.saying something. The only thing that mmakes me feel better is that Obama’s approval ratings are in the tank..maybe Americans are finally waking up..

      • nbjays - May 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Have you noticed his approval numbers are light years ahead of those of the Republican-led, do-nothing congress? Didn’t think so…

    • pauleee - May 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      No, just go.

      • barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Nbjays you clueless libtard..who actually controls the Senate the Democrats and their ratings are in the toilet too. But since you are a libtard I will educate you free of charge just like you libtards like it. House+ Senate = Congress..so you can’t selectively say when individuals have a negative rating of Congress you can’t leave out the Senate which the Democrats have been in control since 08..now go back to sleep you moron!!!

    • beefytrout - May 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Yes, I want you to go on. As in, move along and leave. I come here to get irritated with people who are idiots about baseball, not people who are idiots about politics.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      First POTUS to lie and say a video caused a terrorist attack..you want me to go on?

      I’m guessing you think this is far worse than the first POTUS to lie to the UN and fight an unjust war killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, right?

      First POTUS to bow to repressive rulers and communist leaders

      What part is the bad part here, the bowing? Because plenty of other Presidents have done business and backed repressive rulers when it was in our interest, Saddam for one.

      first POTUS to blame America for leading the world during the Cold War

      Wait what? Try this one again, and in English this time.

      • barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Do you remember the apology tour? You have no problem with the POTUS bowing to King Faud? You libraries have no balls and you would defend any action from Obama.Again because libtards never pay attention to facts. The British intelligence was given to all members of Congress. This was the same evidence that our politicians from both sides of the aisles who voted that Hussein had WMDS. Bush didn’t have Gen. Powell present different information. You lie and make up BS stories. No wonder you are a libtard that is what you do!!

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Do you remember the apology tour? You have no problem with the POTUS bowing to King Faud?

        So again, it’s the “bowing” that you have issues with. You don’t care that Reagan sold weapons and armed Iraq? You don’t care that the same gov’t helped the Afghanis that then turned around to become the Taliban?

        But if they bowed, then it would have been a problem?

        The British intelligence was given to all members of Congress. This was the same evidence that our politicians from both sides of the aisles who voted that Hussein had WMDS.

        You mean the “intelligence” that was shown to be falsified?

        However, Britain’s Channel 4 News reported soon afterwards that a UK intelligence dossier that Powell had referred to as a “fine paper” during his presentation had been based on old material and plagiarized an essay by American graduate student Ibrahim al-Marashi.[44][45]

        You lie and make up BS stories. No wonder you are a libtard that is what you do!!,

        What exactly am I making up again?

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      WTF are you talking about, fella? Between your stupid screen name and your incoherent ranting I can’t detect a shred of sense.

      • barrywhererufrom - May 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        BS FKCAPO again who falsified the report. Sorry if I don’t believe news source in Britain. You can say the intelligence they received from the British intelligence offices was incorrect. Their was no falsification of said intelligence. It was the same information that all members of Congress voted on to give the war autorization. Our failure was not having the people on the ground giving us accurate intelligence. So in turn we leaned on the British. But to say we doctored it would be a total lie. And if you were correct do you really believe with Democrats being in control of Congress by 06 that they would of voted to impeach a very unpopular president? They didn’t because they would of looked like fools because they saw the same evidence that Bush did. Finally their was no evidence that the Bush administration doctored it.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        No. Its not BS. Its a legitimate source by credible reporters. just because YOU, a person who has no idea where our president is from, doesn’t believe it doesn’t make you any authority on its veracity whatsoever. And why are you addressing your stupid screed to me, you loon? Why are your right wing nutjobs so insistent, incoherent, and stupid?

      • skids003 - May 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        We’re not, it’s just you lobbies are driving us insane with your stupidity.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        “lobbies”? What, I’m a hall space or foyer of a building now? None of you people make a shred of sense yet you have no problem shouting as loudly as possible and as often as you can. WTF are you talking about? Actually, never mind. Whatever it is you are on about, I’m sure I’d rather not know.

    • tellyspop - May 21, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Mad King George did a hand holding stroll with Saudi Prince Abdullah through the Crawford Ranch bluebonnets and did some lip to lip with the Prince as well.

      Fun Facts: The Mad King had several arrests during his youthful indiscretion period culminating in a DUI he plead guilty to making him the first president to come into office with a criminal record.
      The Tin Man, Dick Cheney, had two DUI convictions and shot a friend in the face during a hunting trip after the ubiquitous “two beers.” Fun Times

  16. eagles512 - May 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I would not call him a legit baseball fan. “Cominskey Park” and he couldn’t name his favorite player.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      US Cellular Field was known as Comisky Park for a few years after it was opened. Lots of older Chicagoans of Obama’s age still call UCF “Comisky Park” since that was the original parks name for 81 years.

    • brkviking - May 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I call Citified Shea all the time, who cares since corporate names suck.

    • Reflex - May 21, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      I don’t have a favorite player….

  17. musketmaniac - May 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Rumor has it he plans on doing the `obama dance` on Ty cobbs memorial. Little steppin little Jazzn all in good fun over the dead racist polesmoker. the Babes next!

  18. jimmyt - May 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    You’re all nuts with your lame, timid and misguided two-party loyalty. There’re stealing all the money and laughing all the way to the bank. I was certain we could never have a President worse than Bush and then along came Obama.

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      We’ve had 44 presidents, and the worst two — the worst two ever! — were the 43rd and 44th. It makes perfect sense, though the odds against it were astronomical.

      Go read a book.

      • brkviking - May 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        43, 44 terms.

  19. musketmaniac - May 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    What do pond scum and Obama haters have in common. When you guys get the water out of your ears. I’ll tell you.

  20. williemays1 - May 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    let us not forget the most salient point about jimmy carter and baseball: since howard taft, carter is the ONLY president never to have thrown out a first ball while in office. that alone should seal his legacy as the worst president of the 20th century.

  21. eagles512 - May 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    My point was he called it Cominsky, not Comisky.

  22. eagles512 - May 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Barry is dead on about the intelligence. Congress saw the same info Bush did and also voted to go to war. Even Hillary voted for the war.

    • Reflex - May 21, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Congress was given an incomplete picture. Several aspects of it were already discredited, for instance the uranium yellowcake documents which were known to be forgeries prior to the invasion. The response to the publicizing of those facts was to out Valarie Plame as a spy and put her contacts in jeopardy.

      Bush lied. Intentionally. Congress made the mistake of assuming good faith and accepted the information presented to them as factual. I hope they never make that mistake again, even with a president I like.

  23. Magnus - May 21, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Frank Thomas, surely one of his favorite players, must be his main reason for going even though it’s not his official reason :)

  24. eagles512 - May 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I’m Republican but definitely not a right winger. In fact I’d lean left on gay marriage, gun control, etc. But it amazes me that of the people I know and deal with, by far the least open minded people are liberals. God forbid you disagree-then you’re an idiot. A liberal should be more open to others ideas and stances but they are the least open. Even the extreme right wingers I know are much more open to people that disagree.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      We have zero problem having a discussion with those who disagree with us. But when you are called out on your thoughts, back them up with some evidence. Notice every single time, in this thread and in many others, when someone is called out on their ideas/thoughts it’s only the left leaning commenters who provide proof?

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