July 16th, 2009
01:08 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC beats White House on the softball diamond

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama may have been a winner as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of this year's MLB All Star Game in St. Louis on Tuesday, but members of the White House staff fell short on the softball diamond Wednesday night in Washington, losing a heart-breaker to the Democratic National Committee. The final score of the slugfest: 18-17.

Obama for America Deputy Director Jeremy Bird celebrated his 31st birthday by hitting a three-run home run and making a game-saving diving catch as the DNC staved off a late-game White House rally to win the battle in extra innings.

OFA Special Projects Director Mark Beatty pitched a complete game for the DNC team despite walking with a limp after a sliding into home plate on a bang-bang play. "Not since (60s-70s era New York Knick star) Willis Reed has there been anything as inspirational as Beatty's performance," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton hit a home run for his squad, but Sevugan dismissed the hit as a fluke. "I think any neutral observer would score it a four-base error," he said.

"We're going to try for a rematch in August where we will not lose," a White House aide said.

Earlier: GOP scores a victory over Democrats on the softball diamond


Filed under: DNC • White House
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That looks like it was pretty close game. Let's have the DNC up against the RNC

    July 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. TCM

    wow...I was on the edge of my seat awaiting the outcome of this game! Whew! It's good to know that our elected officials are out on the sandlot playing games and the masses are fretting over the damaging tax implications their planning to place upon us....

    July 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Zero.

    When the chips are down, they blaim the messenger but, it was CNN who brought the program to Elect Obama. Now you all go down shute together. Billions Trillions of megabites bite the dust together. Long may you stay there.

    July 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Ho hum - important in e-tabloid business such as CNN has become, but falls short as being "political" for a ticker slot.

    July 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    What fun! Watch the rethug attacks...............can't wait to see how they turn this fun a lighthearted story into a horror show.

    July 16, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Roger

    Great job CNN!! Now this is some really hard hitting journalism.

    July 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Susie

    I thought Obama looked fery nice in his new Geans

    July 16, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Sujith

    .....and this is newsworthy?

    July 16, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Greg

    I would refrain from describing President Obama's first pitch as that of a "winner." Did you see that lollipop???

    July 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Bob in Pa

    Well, if they play anything like Obama throws the ball...

    July 16, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Dan in B-more, hon.

    Dumbest...news story...ever.

    July 16, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. yuri

    Sounds like a tug of war between Blue Dog Dems and Slum dog Dems.

    July 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Chavis, MO

    I really think someone should tell the president that he can't just be for one team. He has to wear a neutral jacket for all teams. He represents everyone now. Yes, we know he prefers the Sox, but he's got to be more presidential. He has to wear a different hat now. There are too many fans out there, and it's disrespectful to come on someone else's field, while wearing another teams' hat and jacket.

    Love you Mr. President, but tone it down. You don't live in Chicago any more, but the White House.

    July 16, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. FEMALES FOR FEMALES

    What a croc. our tax dollars at work. It just goes to show you what the American people are doing to themselves. While the nation suffers as a whole our legislators, take vacations on tax dollars, have immoral sex, drinking parties, you name it, and now softball games when no bills are being passed,but yet our soldiers keep trooping right along in Iraq and Afghanistan without baths, MRES to eat, the ground to sleep on. No alcohol beverages because a drink may cost them their lives, No such thing as sex and not only that half the time their pay is fouled up. Way to go government. YOU PEOPLE ARE WINNERS. YOU BABY BOOMING HIPPIES. ALL THE WHILE THE MEDIA APPLAUDS THEM.

    July 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Linda from Minnesota

    Must be a slow news day. I'm an ardent Obama supporter but geez, report on something newsworthy, please.

    July 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |