July 23rd, 2009
05:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama congratulates Chicago pitcher on perfect game

President Obama is a long-time White Sox fan.
President Obama is a long-time White Sox fan.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) – As commander-in-chief, President Obama gets regular urgent briefings on ongoing situations, from the continuing debate over health care reform to vital intelligence matters. Here on Thursday, he was getting staff updates on another developing story: the perfect game pitched by a hurler for his beloved Chicago White Sox.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that as the president was leaving Shaker Heights High School after a town hall meeting, he was quickly briefed on the fact that pitcher Mark Buehrle was carrying a perfect game into the ninth and final inning of a game back in Obama's hometown of Chicago.

Gibbs said that as the president's motorcade headed to the airport for a flight to Chicago, where he will be attending fundraisers Thursday night before a late return to the White House, he received an e-mail update from an aide that the perfect game had been completed.

"As a fan, it's extraordinary," Obama told Gibbs before Air Force One took off from Chicago, according to the press secretary. "When you're a White Sox fan - and I know the guy - it makes it even more fun."

Obama called Buehrle to congratulate him, pulling the pitcher out of a news conference, according to Gibbs, and told the pitcher it was "an extraordinary achievement."

The president also joked that perhaps his decision to sport a White Sox jacket as he tossed out the first pitch at baseball's All-Star game earlier this month had brought Buehrle a little bit of luck.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Stop the Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they Bribe

    In no time the Republicans will start critizing Obama for taking time off to call a baseball player.

    July 23, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Jon

    Maybe he can congratulate his old boss Mayor Daley on continuing to get away with corruption year after year.

    July 23, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they bribe

    You found us out!!!

    July 23, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Rick

    He can call anybody he likes–it's just not news.

    July 23, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    I'm sure the GOP will bash this move as well..baseball is only America's game if the Republicans say it is.

    July 23, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Bryen

    Umm. He received an email from an aide? I thought part of the compromise for his being able to continue to use email was that only an exclusive group of close NON-government friends and family have access to it.

    Guess this means when and if there's some scandal or controversy, all those personal emails including to his family will have to be subpoenaed. I thought this was exactly the situation they were trying to avoid.

    July 23, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Bobc

    And why not....the Dems critized Bush for golfing during war time, at least he quit doing that....

    July 23, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. RNC countdown in 5,4,3,2,1....

    Go Mr. President-

    The rest of the country will wake up when they realize we have a smart, pragmatic leader who CARES. Most of us are grateful...the rest of us? Well....

    Resting for the next campaign season!

    July 23, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Now THIS is REAL news! lol...seriously a good baseball game just takes all the worries away for the day.....and in this he DID do pretty remakable...CONGRATS to him from an average citizen that enjoys a good game.

    July 23, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    If you think about all he istrying to do for us it isnice to think that he gets to do a couple of fun things too.

    July 23, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. bill

    Guilty. Doesn't this socialist have more important things to do like take money from those that work hard and "share it" with those "less fortunate" (spelled L-A-Z-Y)?

    July 23, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Tatianna

    His supporters said he didnt have to and shouldnt take time phoning the Jackson family. So, yes, I criticize his base

    July 23, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. kenneth

    I am not a baseball fan I do not care for the game, but as a sports fan I was caught up,I might become a baseball fan yet because that was the greatest catch i ever seen.

    July 23, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. MSG E

    Look at the name of the DNC appointed blogger and his opening remark. How typically amateur of Rahl Emmanuel's minions.

    Even in the aftermath of 9/11 Liberals criticized President Bush for throwing a strike at Yankee stadeum. Yet your professional instigator who never held a job takes time off from race-baiting America to call a pitcher and that's cool.

    Why does Obama hate America so much? Why the race baiting?

    Why the softball, pre programmed questions of the quiescent liberal media?

    July 23, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Tatianna

    Perhaps 52 percent of the American electorate decision to sport an African American president as he tossed out hope and change rhetoric, has brought America bad luck

    July 23, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |