July 15, 2009
Sure Obama throwing out the first ball at the All Star Game meant something.
With underemployment hovering around 16.5%, Afghanistan getting bloodier by the day, special interests making swiss cheese out of major legislation and baseball being as much metaphor as America’s game, the question of what kind of stuff the new President has; if he can bring it; whether he can work out of a jam; etc. are all there in this All Star act.
Then, one thing to add. Remember this post, offering one of our last looks at Bush before he left office? What I’m concerned about, given the political oxygen Afghanistan is primed to consume, is that our fighting men and women not become wallpaper for Obama too.
(image: Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images. 2009 All-Star Game. Busch Stadium. July 14, 2009. St. Louis, Missouri)