Monday, February 16, 2009

White Sox invite Obama to Spring Training

The White Sox have invited their number one fan to visit their spring training facilities later this week:
President Obama will be in the Phoenix area this week, and he has been given an invitation by his favorite organization to visit the team in Glendale, Ariz. and get a glimpse of the new state-of-the art facility that is Camelback Ranch, according to vice-president of communications Scott Reifert.

As of Monday afternoon, the Sox have not heard back, but they’re hoping that changes by Wednesday.
If he says 'yes,' hopefully he picks up one of the White Sox-Obama caps.


Darren Staley said...

I am of two minds on this.

First, the country's plate is pretty effing full right now. Banks are failings, homes are being lost, jobs are being lost, two simultaneous wars, airplanes (and pickup-sized meteors) falling from the sky, Pakistan becoming more radical, North Korea and Iran still trying to nuke up, Israel and Gaza, etc, etc.

On the other hand, even a president is entitled to have some fun, and none of these issues are going to get any better or worse because he visits a ball field.

It's all about perception I suppose, but also principle. In Bush's eight-year term, he spent 487 days at Camp David and almost 900 days at his Crawford "ranch," and I criticized that.

P.S. Crunching those numbers made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Eight years in office, and Bush spent barely 900 days in DC. That's about 2.5 years out of 8.

Darren Staley said...


I am now getting conflicting reports on the Bush vacation day numbers.

Here,, CBS reported in March 2008 that Bush had spent 870 days in Crawford.

I added that to a similar CBS report,, showing 487 days at Camp David.

Apparently the first article was a mistake and I missed the end of the second article:

"Yes, that's 487 days. And Camp David is not even where the president has spent the most time when not at the White House: Knoller reports that Mr. Bush has made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford during his presidency, and spent all or part of 490 days there."

So, instead of 6 years on vacation and 2 years in the Oval, it is 6 years in the Oval and 2 years on vacation.

I don't think this detracts from my overall point on perception, but I wanted to set the record straight.