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(Chicago Mayor) Daley caught off base when it comes to invites (Guillen vs. the White House)
Chicago Tribune ^ | February 11, 2006 | Mike Downey

Posted on 02/11/2006 9:41:41 AM PST by Chi-townChief

Richard M. Daley is as wrong as a man could be in knocking Ozzie Guillen for skipping the team's scheduled trip Monday to the White House.

The mayor should be ashamed of saying, "I don't care who you are. Maybe you think you're too important."

What a cheap shot after everything Guillen has done for this city.

I hope this isn't Daley's way of getting even for a joke Guillen recently made. On his test to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, one of the questions Ozzie had to answer was this: "Who is the mayor of Chicago?"

"Me!" he said.

Daley's dad once did a lot to put a man in the White House: John F. Kennedy. I do not think provoking Guillen is the way to put him there.

Somebody better explain a few things to the mayor about how "precious" this invitation is.

For example very few of the Florida Marlins' players went to the White House on Jan. 23, 2004. Juan Pierre, A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett were there, but a great many of their teammates were not. They had a schedule conflict, just as Guillen has now.

Guillen, however, did go. In fact, George W. Bush that day singled out the Marlins coach, congratulating him on accepting a new job "where you can bring a world championship to the South Side of Chicago."

Which he did.

So since he already has been there, why can't Guillen simply let Jerry Reinsdorf, Ken Williams and Sox players represent his team this time? The guy has a family obligation. Daley is a family man himself. He owes Guillen an apology.

Or will the mayor chastise World Series stars Bobby Jenks, Freddy Garcia, Tad Iguchi and Scott Podsednik next? None of them can make it to the White House either.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; chicago; whitesox; worldseries
Which is one way to look at it; the other, of course, would be like a German-American baseball star like Lou Gehrig running off to see Hitler (another 'progressive' leader at the time) with the World Series trophy in '36, '37, or '38 and then saying he was too busy to see old Frank Roosevelt in Washington.
1 posted on 02/11/2006 9:41:45 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
He went once and was going this time but the WH has rescheduled twice..people cant sit and wait
2 posted on 02/11/2006 9:46:11 AM PST by skaterboy (My candy cane is so yummy and delicious)
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To: Chi-townChief

The 2004 Red Sox came out in force for their White House visit. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Bush had a lot of supporters on the team but plenty of front office people were there despite their support for Lurch.

I don't care who you are, when you are invited to the White House, you go.


3 posted on 02/11/2006 9:48:36 AM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: Chi-townChief

Don't worry, Dusty will be there next year...


4 posted on 02/11/2006 9:51:54 AM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: misterrob

What I find more objectionable is how Ozzie grabbed to trophy and ran off to the waiting arms of lefty maniac Hugo Chavez before we even got to see it here in Chicago.


5 posted on 02/11/2006 9:51:58 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: RWR8189

LOL - somehow I don't think Dusty would even have made it with the '27 Yankees let alone the current north siders.


6 posted on 02/11/2006 9:53:55 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: misterrob
I don't care who you are, when you are invited to the White House, you go.

Why? Bush works for us, not the other way around.

One of my favorite sports memories was when Tiger Woods refused to let Clinton use him as a mascot in '97.

7 posted on 02/11/2006 9:57:21 AM PST by IRememberElian
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To: Chi-townChief

Whatever. Pot calling kettle black. Appropriate for the city of the now and forever Black Sox.


8 posted on 02/11/2006 9:58:37 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: IRememberElian
One of my favorite sports memories was when Tiger Woods refused to let Clinton use him as a mascot in '97.

Well, he's using him today.


PGA golfer Tiger Woods, right, gets applause from former President Bill Clinton at the opening of the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., Fridays, Feb. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

9 posted on 02/11/2006 10:02:20 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: tallhappy

Yuck!


10 posted on 02/11/2006 10:07:51 AM PST by IRememberElian
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To: RWR8189

Yeah? And how's Dusty gonna get the Yankees job?


11 posted on 02/11/2006 10:11:13 AM PST by kjo
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I imagine that Ron Gardenhire and the Minnesota Twins will have no problems showing up at the White House after they win the World Series this year.


12 posted on 02/11/2006 10:57:24 AM PST by KurtZ
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To: RWR8189

Bears - 1986

White Sox - 2005

Cubs - Not in Gods life time


13 posted on 02/11/2006 11:00:09 AM PST by Bookie1066
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To: RWR8189

"Don't worry, Dusty will be there next year..."


I haven't kept up with baseball news this offseason,when did Dusty leave the cubs?


14 posted on 02/11/2006 11:15:14 AM PST by Figment
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To: tallhappy
Seems it's the other way around. Woods is using x42i
15 posted on 02/11/2006 11:18:34 AM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: skaterboy
Daley said in the Chicago Sun-Times that he was "dissappointed" that Ozzie and others from the Sox organization did not make the trip. Not nearly as dissappointed as we Chicagoans were when we found out that $40 million dollars of our tax money ended up in the hands of Daley's friends, in exchange for no work in the Hired Truck Scandal. UNBEKNOWNST to daley, of course!

Maybe Ozzie realized his mistake with Chavez and did not want to appear on stage with Chicago's dictator.

16 posted on 02/11/2006 11:23:16 AM PST by bodzini
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To: bodzini

as a South side resident and proud White Sox fan Iam compelled to declare:

ozzie and his commie boy toy chavez can go and f' themselves


17 posted on 02/11/2006 11:50:34 AM PST by daku (Islam , a religion of peace ... Liar liar, France on fire)
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To: IRememberElian

It's a respect for the office of the President and also an acknowledgement for the fans.

I remember whan that idiot Mark Chmura of the Packers refused to go the White House due to his disdain for Clinton then turns around and gets busted at an underage party doing inappropriate stuff with minors.


18 posted on 02/11/2006 12:03:41 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: daku

Right on!


19 posted on 02/11/2006 1:17:16 PM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: tallhappy

They are the reigning World Champion White Sox


20 posted on 02/11/2006 3:16:44 PM PST by wrathof59
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To: Figment

Flub fans state: "In Dusty we Trusty"

Are they losers or what?


21 posted on 02/11/2006 3:19:32 PM PST by wrathof59
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To: Chi-townChief

Poll to freep:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/

Should Ozzie Guillen visit the White House?

37.2%
Yes (836 responses)

62.8%
No (1414 responses)

2250 total responses
(Poll results not scientific)


22 posted on 02/11/2006 3:54:46 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: tallhappy; IRememberElian

Man, that pic certainly could use some kind of BARF ALERT.


23 posted on 02/11/2006 5:19:35 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: tallhappy
Tiger Woods Learning Center? For children who don't read very good?

I wonder how they get the kids in that little building ;-)

24 posted on 02/11/2006 9:10:06 PM PST by struwwelpeter (sorry for the 'Zoolander' reference)
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