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Topic: Boston Red Sox

Obama Strikes Out

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has a wickedly good column on Barack Obama’s perfectly awful interview with Washington National announcer Rob Dibble.

For starters, when asked to name just one player he liked while growing up, Obama drew a blank. “You know … uh … I thought that … you know … the truth is, that a lot of the Cubs I liked too.”

“Ouch,” Kass writes. “The silence between the stammers was excruciating. America’s No. 1 Sox fan couldn’t name one Sox player.”

It gets worse.

“When I moved to Chicago,” Obama told Dibble, “I was living close to what was then Cominskey Park and went to a couple of games and just fell in love with it.”

Here’s the problem, though: “Cominskey” Park was actually Comiskey Park. This isn’t the first time Mr. Obama has been tripped up on “Cominskey” Park or tried his blue collar v. wine sipping shtick. It’s not only getting old; it’s getting embarrassing.

After this interview — which seemed to last a lot longer than it actually did — one better understands why Obama is so reliant on his teleprompter.

Do you ever get the feeling that Obama is making it all up as he goes along?

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has a wickedly good column on Barack Obama’s perfectly awful interview with Washington National announcer Rob Dibble.

For starters, when asked to name just one player he liked while growing up, Obama drew a blank. “You know … uh … I thought that … you know … the truth is, that a lot of the Cubs I liked too.”

“Ouch,” Kass writes. “The silence between the stammers was excruciating. America’s No. 1 Sox fan couldn’t name one Sox player.”

It gets worse.

“When I moved to Chicago,” Obama told Dibble, “I was living close to what was then Cominskey Park and went to a couple of games and just fell in love with it.”

Here’s the problem, though: “Cominskey” Park was actually Comiskey Park. This isn’t the first time Mr. Obama has been tripped up on “Cominskey” Park or tried his blue collar v. wine sipping shtick. It’s not only getting old; it’s getting embarrassing.

After this interview — which seemed to last a lot longer than it actually did — one better understands why Obama is so reliant on his teleprompter.

Do you ever get the feeling that Obama is making it all up as he goes along?

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