Video: Bush throws out the first pitch

posted at 9:29 pm on March 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

His national approval rating’s 30 percent, his D.C. approval rating’s probably somewhere north of 10. Knowing what was coming, he could have begged off. He went out there anyway. Click the image to watch.

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aengus on March 31, 2008 at 12:40 AM

You’ve seemed to miss the point that it is working since 9-11-01. That is not by luck, it is by what has been put in place by the Bush administration, old chap.

R D on March 31, 2008 at 12:50 AM

You’ve seemed to miss the point that it is working since 9-11-01. That is not by luck, it is by what has been put in place by the Bush administration, old chap.

R D on March 31, 2008 at 12:50 AM

That’s not a logical answer to my questions, old chum. It doesn’t explain how KLA jihadists launched a failed attack against Fort Dix. Why weren’t they over there (Iraq) instead of over here (US)? Oh right, they slipped in through the Mexican border. Oh well none one was killed so no harm done I guess. Lets all go back to sleep. /Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

aengus on March 31, 2008 at 12:56 AM

Seeing that video actually made me have some sympathy for the man. I don’t think I’ve ever been sympathetic towards a politician.

terryannonline on March 31, 2008 at 12:31 AM

I agree with having a lack of sympathy for the politicians in this country, but I have always had it for Bush. Bush has managed to set the liberal base so far out there it truly is disgusting to see what people say about him.

crabtree on March 31, 2008 at 12:58 AM

You’ve seemed to miss the point that it is working since 9-11-01. That is not by luck, it is by what has been put in place by the Bush administration, old chap.

R D on March 31, 2008 at 12:50 AM

That’s not a logical answer to my questions, old chum. It doesn’t explain how KLA jihadists launched a failed attack against Fort Dix. Why weren’t they over there (Iraq) instead of over here (US)? Oh right, they slipped in through the Mexican border. Oh well none one was killed so no harm done I guess. Lets all go back to sleep. /Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

aengus on March 31, 2008 at 12:56 AM

So I guess you’re pretty high up on the intelligence network chain to know what has and has not been done to prevent attacks here. Please enlighten us.

R D on March 31, 2008 at 1:04 AM

Or did you even notice you were talking about Failed attempts?

R D on March 31, 2008 at 1:07 AM

I didn’t hear boos. I heard cheering. Something to put “President booed” in a headline?

BowHuntingTexas on March 31, 2008 at 1:08 AM

So I guess you’re pretty high up on the intelligence network chain to know what has and has not been done to prevent attacks here. Please enlighten us.

I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the failure to secure existing borders. If any Joe Soap can wander in from Mexico then you’ve got a permanent problem right there. Any one of a billion plus Muslims can make their way into the US and cause havoc. Jihad doesn’t stop at the Rio Grande. If Bush won’t do anything to fill up the gap then his over there/over here rhetoric is dishonest and a distraction from the vulnerability his open borders globalist agenda represents.

aengus on March 31, 2008 at 1:11 AM

Or did you even notice you were talking about Failed attempts?

They failed over here, not over there.

aengus on March 31, 2008 at 1:13 AM

aengus on March 31, 2008 at 12:40 AM

And this is one of the areas where I disagree with President Bush and John McCain. You can’t make the case for fighting them over there if you’re letting them in over here.

Connie on March 31, 2008 at 1:15 AM

They FAILED! That doesn’t register with you?

R D on March 31, 2008 at 1:21 AM

Hey aengus, before this goes any further, I don’t like the open borders either. If they are here illegally, get them out and put them to the back of the line, before or after we build the fence. I want the fence.

R D on March 31, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Die hard George W. Bush supporters would be well advised to skip over this post.
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George W. Bush’s secret MySpace entry:

Hi. My name is United States President George Walker Bush. You can call me the Commander Guy if you want. Or you can just call me The Decider if you want. I am now in my second triumphant term after wining it by an even bigger landslide than I won my first marvelous term by.

I graduated from Yale in June 1968 in the top 99% of my class. Then I went into the Texas Air National Guard. I was a Top Gun and almost single handedly protected America from the Viet Cong. You didn’t see any Viet Cong in America, now did you? Well did you? See. See what I mean.

I am sure to go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of all time in U.S. history. Probably only after that guy what’s his name George something. Hey, I just thought of it, he had the same first name as me!

After binging peace and tranquility and democracy to the Muslims in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, I will now lead Republicans to a clean sweep in 2008 as all Republicans will run on my outstanding legacy. I don’t know how any of them will be able to lose that way. Just wait and see. One success will follow the other as everything I touch just seems to turn to gold.

I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of serving the American people by watching reruns of The Marx Brothers on TV. Don’t you just love those guys? I have learned so much from them and try to make all my cabinet level and department head selections based on their philosophy.

I would like to think that I am open minded, honest, trustworthy and polite except to those damn unpatriotic cut and runner surrender monkeys!!! What is wrong with them anyway? I just don’t get it. Can’t they understand how brilliant my strategy is? Fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. I know that is the opposite of my philosophy during Vietnam but hey, I like too keep the bad guys guessing! Pretty tricky huh? Kind of like that Niccolo Macaroni guy or that Sun Chop Suey guy. I must say that I am not too fond of that al-Maliki guy anymore, in fact I am thinking about what happened to that Ngo Dinh Diem guy in Vietnam. If al-Maliki doesn’t get with my program pretty damn fast and stop making me look bad! Know what I mean don’t you?

Who I’d like to meet:
…. Cool people who live close to Washington D.C. so that we can get together after work, kick back, and have a whole lot of fun while making more plans for more brilliant surges and nation building in Iraq, and maybe even in Iran, with my very best war time advisers Dick, John, Joe, Sean and Hugh.

MB4 on March 31, 2008 at 1:37 AM

I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of serving the American people by watching reruns of The Marx Brothers on TV. Don’t you just love those guys?

MB4 on March 31, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Good to know me and W have something in common. ;)

Kini on March 31, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Back in the Nats’ inaugural season in 2005, James Carvelle and Tim Russert went halvsies on a pair of front row box seats next to the Nats’ third base dugout. And at the game we saw there (about 20 rows up from the dugout) the crowd was populated mostly by government employees just off from work, and part of the permanent D.C. bureaucracy. Not many Bush fans to be seen back then, either.

Lots of those types bailed on their season tickets or regular attendance after a decent 2005 season, when Washington fell apart in 2006. But the chance to be at the first game in the new stadium no doubt brought all those same fair-weather fans back out to the ballpark, and if they had a chance to boo Bush, they were going to do it (I’m not sure if Carvell still has his season tickets near the dugout, but if you see a replay of the first pitch on TV Monday morning and hear some Cajun yelling “Judas!”, then James is probably in the ballpark).

jon1979 on March 31, 2008 at 1:46 AM

Glad he did it.

desertdweller on March 31, 2008 at 1:46 AM

I didn’t hear that much booing, but there was some to be sure. It just goes to show the lack of class that exists on the left. If I had been at a game with Bill Clinton throwing the first pitch, I wouldn’t have clapped, but I wouldn’t have booed either.

TheCulturalist on March 31, 2008 at 1:52 AM

I finally registered to vote in the last presidential election because I could not fathom John Kerry as POTUS.

I love my President!

Domino on March 31, 2008 at 2:07 AM

I love that man. I think it has something to do with the fact that liberals hate him so much. Liberals didn’t seem to mind McCain that much, and they hated Romney.

I think I can decide who all the best conservatives are by just seeing who liberals hate the most.

iamse7en on March 31, 2008 at 2:27 AM

First of all, for his age, (unless he was Nolan Ryan) that was a good pitch. Second, even though there was some booing, he kept a smile on, and ignored the classless people in the stadium. Good for him.

j_ehman on March 31, 2008 at 2:37 AM

I laughed my way through the boos. George just shrugged it all off. Good for him!

That having been said, as a DC-area native I’m used to having to like the same teams as a bunch of democraps. What can you do? Go Nats!!

fiatboomer on March 31, 2008 at 2:46 AM

I love President George W. Bush. Lord, please bless that man as he prepares to leave office. (And Sue, I agree with you – I think he has been treated horribly.)

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, folks.

capitalist piglet on March 31, 2008 at 2:58 AM

I think it took guts to go out there and I still support Bush. I saw a study at the Tarrance Group out on March 11th that said Bush’s favorability ratings were about 56%. Whether people are happy about high gas prices and the war in Iraq or not many do have respect for the man.

In fact when it came to individual policy decsisions such as drug prescription plan {63%} approved, Supreme Court Justice picks {&0%} approved, tax cuts {53%} approved and even the surge {52%} approved, the President garnered a majority. Which means that if the situation in Iraq continues to improve and the price of gas goes down his numbers might well improve.

As for the borders, where the hell were all these people who think we need to put land mines on 19,000 miles of border? I mean really, why blame this problem on Bush when he has done more to secure the borders than any other president has ever done? Now to the people who will not be satisfied until we are all inside a wall, a moat, and a wall guarded by sub machines guns it might not be good enough…but nothing ever will be, either.

For years, people did not treat presidents with disrepect when they went out and threw that pitch because it showed a lack of respect to the office. Now how would Obama fans like it if he won and a bunch of Republicans made sure they had tickets for the game and booed him when he came out? This kind of stupidity can work both ways.

Terrye on March 31, 2008 at 6:35 AM

That should be 70% approved of Supreme Court picks. That Tarrance Group report is available on pdf for anyone who is interested. I do not have the link handy but I saw it over at Power Line a few days ago.

Terrye on March 31, 2008 at 6:39 AM

The boo’s on that tape are in the forefront of many more cheers. After the President tosses that ball, the boo’s are gone. This is an interesting example of how President Bush gets a loud, negative lashing by a minority that is promoted as a majority, and still manages to walk of everyday and perform his job in a manner fitting a president. No wonder the people that can only yell “boo” hate him so much. He ignores them, and gets the job done anyway. With the waiting line of persons looking to take over his job, his kind are a fading breed.

Hening on March 31, 2008 at 7:49 AM

You stay classy, District of Crack.

Kid from Brooklyn on March 31, 2008 at 8:24 AM

ehhh you have to realize (one of the commenters said it) MD and North VA are liberal, DC is far left and IMO I think it was mixed. To be booed out of the building, you have to be Jessica Simpson or Santa Clause in Philly.

JVelez on March 31, 2008 at 8:27 AM

I’ve seen games all across the country and DC fans are by far the worst.

Petulant, whiney, little knowledge of the game, continually getting up during play to go get another bucket of Diet Pepsi, profane, unfriendly and rude.

I attend a lot of Nats games and used to root for the home team, even though they’re not my favorite.

No more – I have two favorite teams now – the Pittsburgh Pirates and whatever team is in town against the Nats. At least one of them will be a winner.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 8:32 AM

“Now how would Obama fans like it if he won and a bunch of Republicans made sure they had tickets for the game and booed him when he came out? This kind of stupidity can work both ways.”

That’s the kind of people THEY are. We don’t act like that.

Same reason I have my car vandalized when I put a sticker on that supports a Republican politician, while Democrats fill their bumper with stickers full of hate for this country and lies about the President and they stay on for years.

Democrat politicians are scum and the people who support them are sadly, little better.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 8:35 AM

NoDonkey,

As a Met fan, I had no trouble in Nats game (maybe we roll too deep), cant wait to go the the new park.

BTW, was that idiot Fenty there? that would be one politician I would boo…

JVelez on March 31, 2008 at 8:39 AM

JVelez – I’ve never actually encountered rude Nats fans so that was really the only team I still kind of rooted for.

Met some real jackasses at the Redskins-Steelers EXHIBITION game in 2005. They were full of talk since the Redskins won. I thought of them often after the Steelers won the Super Bowl that year.

Capital fans are very rude. Went to a lot of playoff games. Always good to see the Penguins whip them.

The District is generally a circus. Fenty is what he is, but he’s actually doing some things to shake up the public school establishment in DC, which is something that really needs to be done and it takes some courage on his part. Still, the District is forever a fiasco.

Mets? Bought time you got a new ballpark, good luck on the upcoming season. I’m hoping my Pirates stay out of the cellar, that’s the best I can hope for since ’92.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

NoDonky,

Yeah, Mets/Giants fan living in Northern VA is a pain. Redskins fans in the stadium are morons (majority, not all) I really dont like Fenty but you are correct with the school situation….

JVelez on March 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

I don’t care what party you belong to or what you think of a particular president, at events like that you should remain respectful of the office. Their behavior was low class.

srhoades on March 31, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Half the country couldn’t read when Lincoln was president.

Sue on March 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Well that’s more than can read now!

fossten on March 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Poise and grace. The man always exhibits both.
I too love my President and will be sorry to see his strong leadership gone. God help us all if one of the wimps gets elected.

dustoffmom on March 31, 2008 at 9:26 AM

You can like him or not but the guy has balls.

roux on March 31, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I’m always surprised that lefties go to sporting events. Why do they like sports? Or do they go just because it’s “the place to be”? It embodies everything they hate: competition, physical superiority, strength, big money, the desire to win and be the best at something…?
None of them ever played sports, did they? They really have no business at a baseball game – especially since it is such a deeply-rooted American sport. I don’t get it. Even here in the “State of Hockey” most die-hard hockey fans – and even Canadian players – are conservative.

foxforce91 on March 31, 2008 at 9:44 AM

The President did a great job last night, both on the mound and in the booth. Joe and Jon really wanted him to stay longer ~ you could tell they were enjoying his company and so did we. Booing a President is so low class, dang. It’s a baseball game and opening day tradition, cretins ~ not a political rally.

soldiers turn(ed) their
backs on…Bill Clinton

I’ll tell you, the thing that started it all was a picture of Bill Clinton getting off Marine One and some right wing bozo said it proved the Marines cared so little for him that they didn’t salute and turned their back to him as he exited the plane. It might have made some snarling conservatives happy to think so, but I tell you what ~ it pissed the H*LL out of the Marines when we saw it. major dad zipped off a ‘high heat’ reply to a liberal cousin who sent it around as proof that there was a military fascist conspiracy. Ignorant lies. The Snopes page on it is right here and the most important point from the Marines is included. It is a most grievous insult to the professionalism of the HMX Marines ( or ANY Marine for that matter) to infer that they would ever do less than their duty or ~ regardless of personal opinion ~ perform with anything LESS than the vaunted professionalism we are so very proud of and hold so very dear.

It’s also a sterling example of why people who blindly forward emails (just because they sound like something you’d want to be so) without verifying the material do ever so much more harm than good to whatever their cause.

tree hugging sister on March 31, 2008 at 9:45 AM

You stay classy, District of Crack.

Kid from Brooklyn on March 31, 2008 at 8:24 AM

BAHAHAHA!

As for the most important part of the clip: nice pitch. He went to the top of the mound, put a little gas on it, and delivered it high but over the plate. Nice.

Redhead Infidel on March 31, 2008 at 9:52 AM

“Yeah, Mets/Giants fan living in Northern VA is a pain.”

The great thing though is listening to sports radio here when the Redskins implode.

The entitlement mentality seeps through to sports.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 10:12 AM

I wouldn’t boo a sitting President, no matter who he was. It’s juvenile and anti-America. I’m sick of it.

Connie on March 30, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Amen and ditto.

This is why you’re conservative and not liberal. Maturity is the most basic ingredient that separates the two.

Booing is stupid and classless – particularly at such a non-political event.

Liberals can never separate out the politics and treat people like … people.

It’s yet another constant hypocrisy. It’s sad.

Professor Blather on March 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM

I’ve seen games all across the country and DC fans are by far the worst.

Petulant, whiney, little knowledge of the game, continually getting up during play to go get another bucket of Diet Pepsi, profane, unfriendly and rude.

I attend a lot of Nats games and used to root for the home team, even though they’re not my favorite.

No more – I have two favorite teams now – the Pittsburgh Pirates and whatever team is in town against the Nats. At least one of them will be a winner.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 8:32 AM

So you were born and raised in DC area? I was, and we’re awesome fans. The bad fans are the transients that move to my hometown, jump on some bandwagon then always jump off onto whatever team is winning at the time because their hometown didn’t have any sports team. Redskins fans stick by their team through thick and thin. If in fact DC is your hometown then you, yourself are an example of a bad fan if you’re so willing to switch teams. Not to be rude or petulant, just being honest with you.

foxforce91 on March 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

The President has an ARM, for sure. The best part of the video for me is watching how uncomfortable uber-liberal Peter Gammons looks.

The booing was classless. Heck, I even shook Billy Jeff’s hand once. NO jokes please. ;)

Malpaso on March 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, folks.

capitalist piglet on March 31, 2008 at 2:58 AM

Indeed. Whoever wins in November, I suspect a lot of people will be missing Dubya, sooner or later.

I laughed (through my tears) for days after Reagan passed away when polls should him at 70% approval ratings and ALL the pundits were saying glowing things – some of the same people that loathed him two decades ago.

When Dubya dies, it’ll be the same. People forget how much Reagan was hated.

I do love the Prez. I really do. I disagree with him sometimes, I’ve been disappointed at times … but I’ve never forgotten how I felt about him after 9/11 … or how proud I was to vote for him in 2004.

People can argue his presidency all they want, but he’s a good man. I will miss him.

And he does throw a pretty mean pitch.

Professor Blather on March 31, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Capital fans are very rude. Went to a lot of playoff games. Always good to see the Penguins whip them.

So…you attend playoff games in DC, root for the other team, and the DC fans are the bad ones? Sounds to me like you are trying to start something. You know, just because Caps fans will not root for your team (or believe that Sidney Crosby is “The Next One” when they have the best player in the league right now,) doesn’t make them bad fans; it makes them loyal fans.

foxforce91 on March 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I’d suggest leaving Philly off the schedule. They booed Santa Claus and and they throw batteries.

If you don’t respect the man, respect the office, for goodness sake. Americans take too many things for granted…most people really have no idea how great this country and how unusual it is in all of history.

Asher on March 31, 2008 at 10:37 AM

“So you were born and raised in DC area? I was, and we’re awesome fans.”

No, Pittsburgh.

I’ve been to Capitals game where some of the fans literally stood up and screamed “F-Pittsburgh” at the top of their lungs. Real classy stuff like that. With kids around.

And I know fans in the northeast corridor can be abusive. I’d go to a Steelers-Redskins game before I’d go to a Steelers-Eagles game.

But Redskin fans were being clowns during a meaningless exhibition game.

And the attitude that comes out is, “you left your dinky little town and came to work here, because it’s so great here and that’s because of us.”

No, I left my dinky little town and came to DC because DC has the federal government and the huge number of jobs that go along with it. It has NOTHING to do with the people who were born and raised here, it has to do with a decision made practically two centuries ago.

People in other towns at sporting events are basically friendly and will talk to other fans. DC it happens rarely, unless they want to taunt you.

I admit that even though I’ve lived here 10 years I made up my mind to never cheer for these teams, but now I’ve made the choice to go the other way and actively root against them. It does make things more interesting.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM

I was not fond of Mr. Clinton. But, I would never have booed him at any function. Respect the office!!! The left never got over the 2000 election, so get over it already. My candidate did not always win, but in the end he was my PRESIDENT. I have never seen this country so divided. This crap has to stop. I hope the winner in November wins by a large margin. Maybe than we can put this crap to sleep.

pueblo1032 on March 31, 2008 at 10:56 AM

No, Pittsburgh.

I thought so.

People in other towns at sporting events are basically friendly and will talk to other fans. DC it happens rarely, unless they want to taunt you.

Yes, I remember once going to an Eagles game in Philly and not being able to cheer for the ‘Skins for fear of my life. Real friendly. I’ve also had Steelers fans (men)drunk and get in my face, (I’m a size 4 girl,) and scream that they’ve won more Superbowls than my team. I let it go and agreed as scenes from “The Accused” flashed through my head.

It has NOTHING to do with the people who were born and raised here, it has to do with a decision made practically two centuries ago.

And maybe that’s why people like me – who are actually from there – are a little more cautious about making freinds who aren’t from there. You all move to DC and put us down, put down our hometown, root loudly against our teams, because you have no interest in the people there, you’re just there for a job that got you out of your hometown where you might have to settle for something that doesn’t allow for retirement at 55 and 60% of your highest income for the rest of your life.
I agree that booing the president while he is there at the game is classless. I would never do that. Political views have no place at sporting events, and it is an honor that the leader of the free world would throw out a baseball at a home opener, (not to mention his connection to the sport) and that should be respected. There are a lot of classless people at any sporting event. But DC fans are the way they are because of the opinions about them expressed by you. We are a tight-knit and small group surrounded by transients who come there to hate and root against everything that we love and support. Your attitude typifies the people who come to live there, hence making us that much more enthusiastic about our teams and our town.

foxforce91 on March 31, 2008 at 11:07 AM

I have to admit that I was there on the Capitol Lawn when the Democrats walked out of Congress to protest the vote for Clinton’s impeachment and that I booed them quite lustily as they waddled down the Capitol steps. Also told them to keep walking and take their silly little march straight into the Potomac.

I think in retrospect though, that this was appropriate. It was a blatantly political act and I wanted to send them a message the only way I know how. Since they really don’t read e-mails and take phone calls.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 11:07 AM

“you’re just there for a job that got you out of your hometown where you might have to settle for something that doesn’t allow for retirement at 55 and 60% of your highest income for the rest of your life.”

Well, I left my hometown to join the military and that took me all over the world. This is a thriving IT center which is the industry I work in, I’m not a GS. I have my own business. But it’s a thriving IT center because of the proximity to DC, from way back when AOL was huge.

All I can say about the sports scene here is that your fans started it. I have never acted inappropriately at a sporting event and every time I go to see the teams I’ve been rooting for since I was a kid, I get a bunch of unwarranted guff from DC fans.

Rooting for our teams is the way we maintain our links to where we grew up and the affinity we have for our hometowns and our family and friends who still live there.

If it wasn’t for transient workers and the federal government, DC would be trying to keep up with Richmond, VA.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM

NoDonkey, I’m not trying to say that outsiders aren’t welcome (you’re not an outsider at this point, anyway,)- especially those, like yourself, who have served the country and bring something good and needed politically to the DC area – I’m just trying to explain why maybe fans of DC teams are enthusiastic, if not have a rabid devotion at times. I went to school with a lot of kids who – because their parents were in the military and moved around a lot – were very obnoxious about whatever their team favorite was, (it seemed there were a lot of Cowboys fans.) It mostly starts there. And I recall as a child hearing Howard Cosell rip my Skins and not give them the respect they deserved. That kind of thing makes you insanely devoted to your teams. And I think sometimes people who move there from elsewhere meet so many like themselves, that they forget that there are actually people who are from there, who love their hometown. I’m sorry for the jerks that give you more than a fun amount of jabbing when you wear your Penguins jersey to a Caps game, etc etc (surely you can see where you would get a ration there, can’t you?! “The Next One” vs. Alexander the Great? jk) Btw: I was at a Caps game and they showed a photoshopped picture of Ovie with Hillary Clinton, (it was a “vote for the All Star game players” thing,)and everyone in the house booed, including myself. That was different, though, since she wasn’t actually there.

foxforce91 on March 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I think sports fans as a whole are getting more and more coarse, so I don’t think it’s limited to DC. I wouldn’t think of bringing my children to ANY major league sporting event until they’re 18 at this point, except for perhaps baseball. Sports stadiums are basically saloons full of borderline outlaws where you pay $7 for a beer and are often subjected drunken screaming.

So I understand that. But it’s hard to disregard the experience of bring given unfair guff at an opposing stadium/arena. RFK was the one place where that didn’t happen, so it upsets me that the season ticket holders at Nats Park (because that crowd was mostly season ticket holders), would boo the President.

That being said, I do like the DC area very much and am proud to live near our nation’s Capital (I live in Arlington, right next to the cemetery). But I always notice how much friendlier and more open people are when I go home to Pittsburgh, it’s unfortunate that this area can’t be that way but perhaps it goes with the territory of being a major metropolis. It’s a double-edged sword.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

No Donkey —

As a ex-D.C.er, I can tell you the Washington area has some of the worst examples of “front-runneritis” in the world, probably stemming from the carryover idea in politics that if you’re not first, you’re nothing.

The regular, hard-core Nats fans aren’t bad — I was at RFK for a Pittsburgh game last year, and the fans there were there for the game, not to be seen. That wasn’t the case when I was there back in ’05, when the return of baseball to Washington was a hot, trendy ticket. Then you’d see lots of lawyer/accountant/staff aide/general federal employee or lobbyist types coming in suits right from work to see the game — or to be seen by others who they wanted to be seen by (the crowd was suburban, upper middle class and very white for a game being played at 22nd and East Capitol streets).

Washington stayed in the pennate race almost the entire season, but in 2006, when the Expos’ past fire sales of talent finally caught up with the team, those trendies vanished from RFK in a hurry.

Christening the new stadium Sunday night was one of those “be seen” events, so naturally they were going to show up, and naturally those same people were going to boo. And they’ll continue to hang out as long as Zimmerman keeps hitting walkoff homers in the bottom of the ninth. But if the Nats fall back again, they’ll dump baseball by June and opt for their beachfront rental cabins on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

jon1979 on March 31, 2008 at 2:12 PM

I would never boo the president either. I recently attended a sendoff for the National Guard here in Ohio and Gov. Strickland was there. Even though I’m not a fan of the guy, I stood up and applauded him as I would anyone else.

Liberals would boo their mother if she was a conservative. These people have BDS and will never ever get over the fact that they lost the election to someone like President Bush.

I believe President Bush is a good man who will be remembered as a great president. I personally don’t agree with him on everything but I will never forget the way he responded in the days after 9/11.

Erockk on March 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Christening the new stadium Sunday night was one of those “be seen” events, so naturally they were going to show up, and naturally those same people were going to boo.

That could be – the seats behind the plate were likely taken up by high priced attorneys in the corporate boxes and we all know how much lawyers hate Republicans.

And a good many lawyers are complete jackasses, so maybe that explains it.

I wonder what they would do if they actually had a chance to meet the President one on one? It’s easy to boo someone in a crowd. I was at a DC fundraiser event at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, had a few cocktails and who should appear than my own appallingly worthless Congressman, Jim Moran?

I thought I could stand here and tell him exactly what I felt about him, but I was having a good time and didn’t want to spoil it by looking like an idiot in front of everyone, so I introduced myself and shook his hand just for the fun of it. I don’t regret being gracious, it’s not as if berating the guy publicly would have changed anything he does.

NoDonkey on March 31, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Well, since the District of Columbia voted 90% for Kerry (I was in the minority), I wouldn’t think it odd that there were some unhappy voters in the crowd.

Jonn Lilyea on March 31, 2008 at 6:41 PM

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