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Photo || Obama Watches the World Cup. Or Does He?

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?

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38 Responses to Photo || Obama Watches the World Cup. Or Does He?

  1. I noticed the empty bowls as well. Most people who watch sports have a bowl of something to snack on. As I am practicng analyzing the picture, I noticed his finger on his chin. I cannot ever recall family, friends, etc watching a sport with the finger/chin look.
    As I am analying the picture more, I am noticing there are two empty seats with a glass on the table. I am now wondering who was told to get up, and get out, while the picture was being taken.

    • Good observation. And it is obvious that someone was sitting at the far end of the table drinking something out of a disposable polystyrene cup. Why would someone be sitting under the TV with their back to the screen as everyone else watches the World Cup?

    • It seems he moved from the table head to the pic position.
      I see the snacks, one looks like popcorn (yum, with butter…) so I go to; has moo pre approved af won snacks & meals?
      ….oh silly me, ‘do as I say, not as I do’.

      • That picture of the popcorn and him, have to be distributed to all the cafeteria’s. Along with the picture, a sign reading YOU will eat what I say, while I still enjoy things that you will not.

  2. Good sleuthing, Keith! No papers or anything on the table. Reminds me of last year in Hawaii when Pete Souza photographed Susan Rice giving the PDB to Obama at the dining room table of the rental home. The table was bare.
    Note there is no ashtray on the table. This was definitely a Souza quickie.

  3. Former soccer-hater here. Love Coulter but that is far from funny, more like pathetic. She should stick to what she knows and does well, roasting liberals.

    Why do those who do not like soccer feel the need to write essays proclaiming it will NEVER catch on? Who cares, no one follows a sport because of its relative popularity. Why write about that which they know nothing about, obviously do not understand, and allegedly do not care about?

    • Thanks Ed. I’m a soccer fan, played since high school in the seventies. Only those that don’t understand the game feel compelled to trash it. I like sports. Baseball is a good game to watch if you understand all of the subtle nuances that are in play during the game. Otherwise it’s a snoozer. The skill of those that play in the World Cup is amazing. The control of the ball, shaping passes, understanding the movement on the field, etc. are only appreciated by those that have tried. Haters, stay home and keep your mouth shut or your computer off.

    • Perfect comment Ed. Her piece is terrible and I lost a lot of respect for her from that piece. I found her political comments at times refreshing, but I will now find it more difficult. I love soccer with a passion and it does not make me any less American or conservative. Coulter did a disservice writing that piece.

      • Only in soccer you can “tie and advance”…something I’m sure Obama and his liberal ilk would wholeheartedly support with their “everybody wins / nobody loses” mentality.

        As Greg Gutfeld said yesterday, “It should be called ‘the rest of the world’ cup.”

        • Let me help you out. As of today half the teams have been eliminated. By the end of the tournament 31 of 32 will have been eliminated. From where I sit that doesn’t look like “everybody wins/nobody loses”.

  4. Great observations Keith…almost like Where’s Waldo.

    Ann Coulter has a habit of putting in her two cents too often. Soccer is a great game, much akin to a pitchers duel in baseball, or a defensive battle in football. The ebb and flow of the game builds as the clock ticks down. As for physicality, football and hockey players wear helmets and armor. Soccer players go forth unprotected, so Ann needs to shush up a bit, or tune in to a few crucial matches to get the proper perspective.

    My son was at the USA v Germany match yesterday. He said the conditions were horrendous in and out of the stadium, torrential rain. And the USA gave up too many opps. Imagine men on 2nd and 3rd, no outs, and you don’t get a run in…something like that.

    Well, bring on Belgium next Tuesday\

    ps..Please Mister President, don’t fake it, you insult us all

  5. Valerie Jarrett to Obama: “OK, Barry, now listen carefully to my instructions. Lean back a bit in your chair. Yes, that’s good. Now put your right hand up to your chin and turn your head toward the television screen. Look up at the screen. Yes, that’s it. Now look as though you were interested in the game. Show a little more interest. A little more. Yes. that’s it. Hold that pose.”

    Valerie Jarrett to nearby staff: “Cue the photographers! OK, he’s ready, let them in!”

  6. Whoa! ValJar is looking quite the porker in that photo. In fact with that white physician’s coat she looks like a giant marshmellow. She must be packing on all those pounds by shoveling as much as she can of all that rich, gourmet taxpayer funded White House chow while Dictator Obama is still sleezing around the White House until his reign of terror is up.

  7. I wonder if this insistence that America loves soccer is a multi-cultural agenda thingy — the rest of the world (that counts) is mad about soccer (so it goes), so suddenly multicultural America has gotten in line.

    I enjoyed playing soccer, but who wants to watch it?

  8. Respectfully – I have to disagree . . . I think the president did watch the entire game . . . otherwise he would have been expected to do some work.

  9. He seems to be never out of the company of Jarrett; what hold she must have over both Obamas. What does she know, that makes her so indispensable?