Apparently they let in some White House press corps photographers in to snap a picture of President Obama watching the US-Germany World Cup match while he was traveling aboard Air Force One Thursday. The White House press shop didn’t want people to think the president isn’t an American exceptionalist.
I doubt he enjoyed it or watched for long. Obama’s a basketball and football type of guy. No one who loves basketball can possibly watch a sport where nobody scores.
I mean, who can stand it for long? In this country the only thing comparable is hockey, but at least we have blazing speed, brutal checks, and intermittent fights to entertain us while we wait for someone to put something in the net.
I played a little soccer in high school. I sucked. Never could understand why I couldn’t use my God-given opposable thumb.
Ann Coulter has a funny column out about why soccer will never really catch on in this country. It’s been the next big thing here for 40 years, since Pelé cashed out and came to play for the North American Soccer League, which soon became defunct.
From Coulter’s piece:
Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls — all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they’re standing alone at the plate. But there’s also individual glory in home runs, touchdowns and slam-dunks.
In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised . . .
Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level . . .
After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.
Anyway, here’s the photo of Obama pretending he’s into the match.
When I was a kid, I read a book that taught you how to analyze photos. Look at your photos closely, you can learn a lot from them.
Take a look at this one. You can tell Obama is in his current seat just temporarily because there’s nothing in front of him. He didn’t even bother to bring his coffee cup with him from the head of the table, where he would presumably sit.
He’s with ValJar, who for some reason is dressed like a physician. I’m sure she turned the TV right off after the photographers were shooed out.
Who can blame her?