We all remember George W. Bush stepping out to the Yankees mound to throw the opening pitch and console a broken nation not long after 9/11.
But I clearly remember being concerned that even on that solemn day, he was about to get booed — because this is what happens to politicians, especially at sporting events. In just the past few decades, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush were all booed.
In an amazing feat, Mayor Bill de Blasio got booed at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center last year. And recall how NYPD cops went even further, defiantly turning their backs on him at a eulogy for a fellow officer.
Jeering politicians is healthy and good. It’s cathartic, a way to vent frustrations and register disapproval in a normal, safe way. It’s a form of speech — and more speech is almost always better than less.