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Take him out to the ballpark: Obama Little League stop part of carefully planned photo op
Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2014 | David Nakamura

Posted on 05/20/2014 4:56:46 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners magazine, was preparing to coach his 11-year-old son Jack’s baseball team this week in Northwest Washington when two people he assumed were parents approached him on the field.

Instead, they were White House aides, and they had some surprising news: President Obama was on his way to the game and would arrive in 15 minutes.

“I said, ‘Really? He’s coming here?’ ” Wallis, 64, a pastor who has served on Obama’s faith council, recalled in an interview. He looked at his charges who were holding baseball bats and had not been screened by the Secret Service, and he assumed the president was stopping by on a whim.

“It seemed impromptu,” Wallis said.

In fact, Obama’s appearance Monday evening at the Friendship Park baseball diamond — during which he threw a pitch to a 10-year-old and took photos with the players — was a carefully planned photo op known in White House parlance as an OTR, or “off the record,” stop. Planned in secret, with no warning even to the press corps traveling in the presidential motorcade, the events are designed for Obama to engage in everyday activities with ordinary people, while subtly making a broader point about his political agenda — and usually drawing positive media coverage in the process.

Most commonly, Obama visits a deli or burger joint for a midday meal, as he did when he showed up at Shake Shack on Connecticut Avenue NW with Vice President Biden on Friday to have lunch with four construction workers and talk about investing in infrastructure.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: yearofaction

1 posted on 05/20/2014 4:56:46 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

He was heard yelling, “Touchdown!”


2 posted on 05/20/2014 4:59:02 PM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Second Amendment First

Jim Wallis is one of the entries in the new TV show: “Who Wants to be The False Prophet?”


3 posted on 05/20/2014 4:59:39 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: ryan71

Too funny!


4 posted on 05/20/2014 5:00:36 PM PDT by livius
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To: Second Amendment First
... the events are designed for Obama to engage in everyday activities with ordinary people ...

Where was Obama from 5PM - Midnight on September 11, 2012?

5 posted on 05/20/2014 5:00:57 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Wow! This was in the WP. We can see how Bumbling Bambi has burned out even his sincerest fans.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 5:02:19 PM PDT by livius
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So this kid’s team lost the game I presume?


7 posted on 05/20/2014 5:02:28 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: bicyclerepair

http://twitchy.com/2014/05/19/laughing-sooo-hard-obama-again-attempts-to-throw-baseball-as-mockery-heats-up-in-bullpen/


8 posted on 05/20/2014 5:08:15 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: Second Amendment First
carefully planned photo op known in White House parlance as an OTR, or “off the record,”...

Is Thursday's visit to Cooperstown NY in the same league?

9 posted on 05/20/2014 5:09:58 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Second Amendment First
Wallis, 64, a pastor who has served on Obama’s faith council

Just a coincidence, I'm sure. Happens all the time and I can trust everything they say.

10 posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Second Amendment First

Of course it was carefully planned, just like everything else Obummer does. Once in a blue moon, it works against him, but most of the time, the media just gushes at him.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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Is me or what this President throw like a girl I am a woman LOL!


12 posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:36 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Second Amendment First

A carefully planned photo opp that turned into a monumental screw up when everyone ridiculed him for throwing like a little girl.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 5:16:56 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Second Amendment First

Putin is laughing his @ss off and probably just decided to take another bite out of Ukraine after watching this.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 5:20:21 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Second Amendment First

Jim Wallis, a Progressive white version of Jeremiah Wright.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 5:21:23 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives (communists) lie because their expectations and promises never match reality.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Obama went to a little league baseball game. I guess he really does love America.
16 posted on 05/20/2014 5:23:31 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, if the intent was to remind everyone that he throws like a limp-wristed fop, mission accomplished.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: Second Amendment First

His handler kept checking a note that he would stuff in his pocket and take it out, look at it and stuff it in the pocket again. Bam waited until it was half way up and snatched it away. It read: Feed the idiot at 6pm.


18 posted on 05/20/2014 5:51:49 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ryan71

LOL’s


19 posted on 05/20/2014 5:53:22 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: servo1969

I hear Austin Powers saying:

“You throw like a girl...honestly...who does that?”


20 posted on 05/20/2014 5:57:39 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Second Amendment First

the events are designed for Obama to engage in everyday activities with ordinary people, while subtly making a broader point about his political agenda — and usually drawing positive media coverage in the process.

Right, Stalin did the same thing...

Meaningless Propaganda.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 5:57:44 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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I guess they are targeting little league for destruction just like boy scouts. This will piss me off as my kids are in LL.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:25:10 PM PDT by bigtoona
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To: Second Amendment First

I would have gathered the kids and left immediately

I would never expose my children to such people


23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:34 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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