Our President: Obama to Join Fox Broadcast Booth for All-Star Game


obama-baseballBarack Obama will be adding baseball broadcaster to his resume. The President will join Fox Sports announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver during Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Obama is expected to be in the booth sometime between the third and fifth inning. Obama is scheduled to throw out the first pitch Tuesday in St. Louis at Busch Stadium. He will be joined by former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter in a seven-minute video address to be aired during the pregame ceremony. The video will honor 30 Americans for service to their communities.Major League Baseball says the video will mark the first time all of the living U.S. presidents will participate in a ceremony at a sporting event. Following the video, Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The last sitting president to throw out a first pitch at the All-Star Game was Gerald Ford, in 1976. “We have asked [for Presidents to throw out the first pitch] on a couple of occasions, but I think this year it’s so appropriate given the scope of our pregame program,” says Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. “It is very consistent with what President Obama has done. I wrote to him and he immediately accepted.”

Fox Sports President Ed Goren says Obama’s presence will influence the setup of Fox’s production in St. Louis. “We went through this during the post-9/11 World Series at Yankee Stadium for Game 3 [where President Bush threw out the first pitch],” Goren says. “The Secret Service will lock down the facility leading up to the game. There may be some limitations of camera movement, and it certainly involves a lot more communication. But it’s not a big deal; it will be seamless to the viewer. And trust me, it’s well worth it.”

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  1. so? this is bad? his predecessor owned a baseball team and attended every game in the owners box before becoming president (george w. bush owned the texas rangers). whats the big deal? the all star game is players from all over the 50 states, he’s not allowed to go?

  2. He certainly is allowed to go, except very often when President Bush went places or did things they were criticized every where. He is always praised for it instead. That is the major difference.

  3. oh please. Bush took more vacations in one term than every other two term president combined. thats why he was criticized. he spent more days in his ranch and golf ing vacations than he did in the oval office./