President Bush, center, with Washington Nationals' president Stan Kasten, left, general manager, Jim Bowden and part owner, Mark Lerner, back row, at RFK Stadium Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The President and first lady departed for Camp David Friday morning, where Mr. Bush will celebrate his 61st birthday.
Mr. Bush said “thank you” to a shouted happy birthday as he walked to Marine One on the White House South Lawn.
Thursday evening, the President went to RFK Stadium where he watched about six innings of the Washington Nationals-Chicago Cubs game. He arrived in the first inning, sitting in a skybox with members of the Lerner family that owns the team, General Manager Jim Bowden and Team President Stan Kasten.
Pool reporters at the game say a foul ball hit by Nationals’ catcher Brian Schneider hit off the presidential skybox in the 2nd inning, but bounced back down to the seats below. No word what the health-conscious president actually ate in the box, but the group shared hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, nachos, chicken tenders, soda and water.
This was the fourth time Mr. Bush has attended a Nationals game since baseball returned to Washington in 2005. The Nationals lost 4-2, making the home team’s record 2-2 when the president is in attendance.
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk