June 18th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama becomes fan-in-chief

The president rooted for the Chicago White Sox but also got to take in the Washington Nationals' newest pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, a 21-year-old with a wicked curveball.
The president rooted for the Chicago White Sox but also got to take in the Washington Nationals' newest pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, a 21-year-old with a wicked curveball.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama was surrounded by hordes of hot dog-eating, beer-drinking, loudly-cheering fans on Friday - at a baseball game.

The president made a surprise trip to Nationals Park in Washington to watch the team battle his hometown Chicago White Sox. Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama accompanied the president, along with brother-in-law Konrad Ng.

Watch: Obama and daughters take in Sox-Nationals game

Though it's unclear what treats the president will indulge in, he will be treated to something of a sports phenom: Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

The buzz over the pitcher has hit fever pitch as fans and baseball foes alike marvel at the 21-year-old Strasburg's ability to throw a baseball at 100+ miles-per-hour and confuse competitors with a wicked curveball.

The president's visit to Nationals park comes two days before Father's Day.


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  1. kimberly

    Oh HERE we go! cant WAIT to hear the right say he has NO RIGHT to go to a game on Friday night, he should be ONLY concerned with the oil spill. MORONS! I KNOW the comments are coming so I am ahead of it....LOVE the ignorant rantings of the angry bible tumping gun totin moron!

    June 18, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. thor

    So we have a president that spent 58 minutes in Ohio.caused many people to lose a day off without pay ,just so he could rush back to Washington to catch a baseball game.Way to go Mr.President !!!!

    June 18, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Horace Ramtahal

    Suddenly, a moment of clarity. Do the right thing and step aside. The betrayal is far from being insensitive; it is not as though you called someone a bad name, or used fowl language. You told the Gulf State Americans that you don't give a damn that their's, and America's way of life, have come to so much destruction. The main culprit is the careless and money grubbing oil companies. Mind you, those responsible for rubber stamping BP's drilling plan, including safety, clean up, ought to have similar consequences, and each of us, we bear some responsibility for this. We created the need, and many of us fail to curb our own consumption.

    June 18, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. dtclaw

    Too late for golf? Paul McCartney and Bono tied up?

    June 18, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. XWngLady

    CNN....the "(blank)-in-Chief" moniker for the President in your headlines gig is past getting old. Its downright stale now.....Please be more creative. Thank you.

    June 18, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. JES

    Send spend spend

    June 18, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Ben

    Can't wait to see how Foxs News spin this story! And as always the lame stream media will follow the lead of nuttyness off the cliff.

    June 18, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Frank Rizzo

    President Obama you the man, America and World Stand With You Sir.

    June 18, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Patty Patriot

    Louisiana drowning in oil but obama keeps on playing. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    June 18, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Game is tied 1-1 bottom of the 9th. Glad that the President was able to let his hair down for a little bit and enjoy the game.
    We all need to get away for even a few minutes. I don't care what position you hold.
    Right now he needs it more than ever!!

    June 18, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Lib Hunter

    Maybe he should try being the Commander and Chief sometime rather than just have it as an empty title. Just a thought.

    June 18, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Lib Hunter

    Has the oil stopped leaking yet? How about all the marshland and surrounding oceans in Louisiana and beyond? Has the oil been cleaned up? It must be since Obama has time for a baseball game. I guess after concerts, golf, fundraisers etc.. might as well add a ballgame to the list. Good Leader

    June 18, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    More like.....'Failure-in-Chief'

    June 18, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. one voice

    About time our hard working President takes a small break.

    June 18, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    guess that whole gulf oil thing is taken care of

    June 18, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    Good to see he spends time with his daughters.Sure the repos will find something to complaine about. You go mr president. Thanks for the 20 Billion from BP.

    June 18, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. ehwilson429

    what about the Gulf crisis?

    wasn't he supposed to send his satff to meet with the Gov of Arizona?

    free AF1 trip to Colubus OH and then free baseball.

    this guy should be indicted for dereliction of duty.
    where was his twin Garnny Pauline McCartney?

    June 18, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. GuyinVA

    The President of the United States went to a BASEBALL GAME?!?!? Stop the presses! Has this ever happened before? Do I dare resurrect the most overused word in history (thanks to the media in 2009)? Could this be... HISTORIC? On the way home, the president will walk across the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial. Just one more stop on the Road To Rushmore.

    June 18, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. If You Want Something Ruined Let a Democratic Community Organizer Run It

    Way to go Barry, on day 60 you visted Ohio for 53 minutes and now a ball game.

    The oil keeps gushing.

    June 18, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    Good for him- I'm sure the haters will bash him for taking some time for a ballgame with his daughters- but who cares? Their hatred will be there no matter what he does. Enjoy the day Mr. President! You deserve it!

    June 18, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    I'm glad he could take some time and spend with his kids. That's important but I do think the WINGNUTS like Hannity and Limbaugh will take issue with him taking a few hours extended vacation on a Friday afternoon when he had not finished with the work of the nation.

    June 18, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. OBAMA, THE TRUTH

    You mean his staff went with him when they all should have been working. Doesn't dummy know that the U.S. is in crisis. There is no time to take off must less party. I gues the next thing he'll be doing is throwing watermelon contests at the White House.

    June 18, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Hyag64

    I am ashamed to be from the same state as this guy. My jaw dropped to the floor when I heard his comment. I met this guy a few years ago and could have sworn he was genuine and was for the people he represented. What a disappointment! Woe unto the people of the Gulf Coast if his colleagues think like he does. No wonder we are in the shape we are in. Don't these people care about people's lives and livelihoods. But isn't if funny that "whatever is done in darkness, will eventually come to light." Mr. Republican man – I hope your pillow is as hard as nails at night. May you find tar pellets in your soup.
    Thanks for speaking!

    June 19, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  24. George of the jungle

    Oh God he should have been in the gulf or waging war against iraq or fighting the banks. I can hear the repos now. Saw a post that said vote American vote republican. Just shows you what idiots they are. Not white christian and a repo you must not be American. Remember this come November. Only way to change is to get rid of the repos.

    June 19, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. garth

    They guy who was going to fix the racial divide, unite Congress and bring Peace to the World has been reduced to a guy who likes to attend sporting events.

    My how quickly things can CHANGE.

    I can just see him now cheering on his beloved White Sox "Yes we can, yes we can". Followed by a glance at the program to see who's on his favorite team.

    June 19, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |