Maybe it’s the preponderance of players from Cuba that prompted Barack Obama’s fancies to turn to thoughts of the American pastime. Or maybe it was the fact that he took in an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team even as Brussels was exploding in the latest round of terrorist attacks on innocent civilians.
Regardless of his motivation, after doing the “wave” with his communist buddy, Raul Castro, the president proclaimed that his secret weapon for degrading and destroying ISIS is … baseball.
No seriously, he said that.
Mind you, Obama has no designs on playing the game, although the limiting factor for him is not only his age:
Instead, attending baseball games, he explained, “is how we are going to defeat these terrorist groups”:
I mentioned at the baseball game yesterday, one of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the Boston marathon attack, because they taught America a lesson. They grieved, I was there for the memorial, we apprehended those who carried this out. But a few days later folks were out shopping. A few days later people were in that baseball stadium and, you know, singing the national anthem, and Big Papi was saying what he felt about Boston, Boston strong, and how a terrorist attack was not going to change the basic spirit of that city. [Emphasis added]
Out shopping? Isn’t that the suggestion he ripped George W. Bush for allegedly making after the 9/11 attacks?
There’s also this apropos of the timing of his remarks:
“We are very alert and call for caution,” [Belgian Prime Minister Charles] Michel said. “The potential targets remain the same; shopping centers and shopping streets and public transport.” [Emphasis added]
As for Obama’s decision to continue his afternoon of baseball after word of the attacks in Belgium reached him, he said this:
Cross-posted in slightly altered form from the Mental Recession