In fairness, President Barack Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia without a dad, never played Little League and is certainly as athletic as one can expect for a president. But White Sox jacket or no, that guy really can't throw a baseball. He made some kind of awkward windup and lobbed a lazy, stiff-armed lefty toss toward the plate at Tuesday's All Star Game that was only saved from hitting the ground by the alert play of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who stretched out and scooped it up. (Note to future presidents: first basemen, who pick throws out of the dirt all day long, may be the ideal choice for this activity.) My dad, who was in the stadium (and called me, obnoxiously, to rub it in), said it was quite clear that the president shouldn't quit his day job.
But did you see Pujols' great save on the Fox telecast? Nope. The camera stayed trained on Obama until the pitch had been safely caught. The producers didn't broadcast the traditional center field camera angle that would have shown both the pitcher and the catcher. Coincidence? Seems highly unlikely. Considering how embarrassing it was for the first President Bush (a standout baseball player in high school and college) when he bounced a pitch on the way to the plate (he said he was trying to throw a curveball), I'd bet the White House had some careful negotiations with Fox beforehand about camera angles. An administration as attentive to image as this one would hardly leave such a pivotal moment to chance.