ST. LOUIS – Was President Barack Obama too busy watching the “Operation Repo” marathon or something else last Friday night? When KMOX host Charlie Brennan asked now-retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa how the traditional call of congratulations from the White House went, La Russa suddenly realized that…it never happened. LINK
After reading my boy Wyatt’s post about President Obama’s lack of class for chewing gum during the G-20 summit in Europe (where he did nothing of substance while back here in America his endorsed “Occupy” protests turn increasingly violent), I ran across this story about another equally classless move by the White House.
Look, in the big scheme of things I understand that the President of the United States is busy destroying the economy and making plans to hand Afghanistan over to the Taliban. I get it. But this illustrates YET AGAIN his total contempt for American tradition and values. Whether you like baseball or not, it is the national pastime and has been for over a hundred years. It has long been a reflection of our nation and has endured through war and peace, as well as periods of economic and social upheaval. Sports are a big part of our economy, and are important to the social fabric of our country- and the pride of millions of Americans.
Americans, like most people, take their sports seriously and winning a championship as legendary and storied as the World Series is a big deal. The traditional call from the President is a source of pride for the team, the city and the club management. Not making a simple phone call even for a busy President is really a low-class move. Especially for a guy surrounded by taxpayer-funded staff and world-class communications technology 24-7; and who always seems to find the time and media coverage to fill out college basketball brackets…