Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers
Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
May 19th, 2014
06:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers

(CNN) - Talk about a little pre-game motivation.

President Barack Obama made a surprise stop Monday at a Little League baseball field in D.C. to greet players before their game.

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"Oh my God, it's the President!" one player said, according to pool reports.

Obama was on his way to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event when he stopped by to greet Della Carney, daughter of spokesman Jay Carney, and her teammates.

"Had to bring your dad to the game or he was going to be late," Obama said as he approached the group, according to the report.

The President threw out a pitch and took pictures with the kids.

Obama travels on Thursday to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rocky Green

    Once again our President shows his compassion and human side. You are a great father, leader, and diplomat. God Bless Our First Family and God Bless America.

    May 19, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    cool .really

    May 19, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Pk duster

    Nice going mr prez he cares about people

    May 19, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. DaveinIL

    Maybe after the Hall of Fame visit he'll have a chance to show us how upset he is about the VA veteran deaths.

    May 19, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    That is a nice side benefit of the job where people are in awe when you show up. I hope that the team won.

    May 19, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Just

    He broke away from the campaigning for a minute.

    May 19, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. DH

    Obama is so kool. And he saved our country.

    Why are the Repubs trying to ruin our country?

    May 19, 2014 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. smith1

    nice little story, kids have a good story to tell, lets see how long before the trolls make it a political issue.

    May 19, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. J

    Can we send obama packing .or at lease stop paying him .look what he's doing everyday.

    May 20, 2014 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  10. Thomas

    Baseball is Americas game !

    Law Office of Sara Kropf plays to win !

    May 20, 2014 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  11. Don Parker

    The golf course must have been closed

    May 20, 2014 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  12. Steve

    He throws like a girl.

    May 20, 2014 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Saw this on TV this morning. The kids were elated to have our President at the games.
    To the haters, yes, the man does take time out for a little R&R.

    May 20, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  14. king

    i know the first thing tea partners will say, is the reason why they hate Obama so much is because of his socialist policies. WHAT!!! the so called obamacare is a conservative idea, i wonder what they would have called the dems idea of single payer.

    May 20, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    That was cute. You're a good guy and a class act Mr. President.

    Bring on the hate.....

    May 20, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    We need Education–not mucho, mucho.muscle.

    May 20, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  17. george

    Wow, destroying the country is not enough, he now is destroying our youth. Pull up your big girl panties Mr. President and do what is right instead of causing problems and then moving on to the next item.

    May 20, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |