President Obama’s beloved White Sox didn’t make it to the World Series this year. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t celebrations at the White House when the Fall Classic concluded Wednesday night with the Red Sox winning the deciding Game Six over the St. Louis Cardinals. Perhaps the biggest fan with the biggest daily spotlight showed his Boston colors when Press Secretary Jay Carney donned a Red Sox cap to begin his daily press briefing.
“Take my picture,” he happily commanded. “What a great night!” In case you missed the import of the victory, he added, “What a great team! What a great win! What a lot of fun! What an amazing baseball player David Ortiz is!”
Somewhat reluctantly, he doffed the cap when he moved into serious questions of health care, foreign policy and budgets. And, true to the nature of the press corps, he even had to fend off a question challenging his loyalty to the Red Sox since he has previously talked about his love of the hometown Nationals. “I’ve got a National League team and an American League team,” he explained, noting that he grew up locally when there was no team in Washington. He adopted the Red Sox when his mother, brother and sister moved to Boston in the mid-80s. “Fell for the Red Sox right as they were breaking everybody’s heart in Boston in 1986… Was hooked by the pathos of the whole thing.” He parried the question about the Nats, saying he would “make that decision later” if the Nationals and the Red Sox ever face each other in the World Series.
And what about the president’s White Sox? No decision needed on them this year. They finished at 63-99, the third worst record in the Majors, 30 games out of first place in their division and miles behind the Red Sox.
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
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