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Obama's flub in the MASN booth


You might never see a reporter flummox Barrack Obama as much as Rob Dibble does in this clip, when he asks the president to name his favorite White Sox player growing up. Obama's got nothing. Just nothing. If Dibble had been debating Obama instead of McCain, the Democrat wouldn't have carried Massachusetts.

And look, if that's the kind of deep-seated passion the guy has about the White Sox, maybe he could have left the hat in the dugout or something.

(Not to rub it in, but this was actual dialog from later in the broadcast.

"I just hope a lot of our fans don't go home from the ballpark today or turn off the television later and say same-old, same-old," Bob Carpenter said. "We sincerely believe that it's not the case. Maybe Jason Marquis changes the atmosphere on Wednesday."

"I know a lot of the Nationals players that have been here the last few years, even Ryan Zimmerman, they don't want to lose," Dibble added. "They're not going out there trying to play poorly."

That's the guy that just completely outwitted the president.)

(Via Sports By Brooks)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 12:18 AM ET
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Comments

Obama FAIL! good job Dibble.

Posted by: jansjay | April 6, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I noticed that when I was watching the game, as well. Obama tends not to directly answer political questions, either.

It seemed obvious that he was trying to dodge the question.

FAIL.

Posted by: blindskateluke | April 6, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Of course if he lies and pulls up an name to answer the question, someone would find a picture of him as a boy in an A's hat. So he shouldn't have said he was a "Southside kid," but we all know he grew up in Hawaii.

Posted by: Louise9 | April 6, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Only a politician could answer a question so simple like that. Jeez, what a phony

Posted by: JDP_ | April 6, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Comitskey?

Posted by: wjjw | April 6, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Niiiiiice.

Posted by: misschatter | April 6, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. He didn't flub it. I didn't have a favorite Nationals player when I was a kid either! They're my team now because I moved here and switched my loyalties. C'mon Dan. Now, he could have said his favorite Oakland A's player, just like I could tell you that my favorite player on the team *I* rooted for as a kid was Gary Carter.

Posted by: DCLiz | April 6, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Dan, could you look into why Phillies fans were able to buy tickets to our opening day back in January? If you search under "2010 phillies opening day bus trip", you will find there were dozens of buses getting sold out in January complete with tickets to opening day. Meanwhile, when tickets went on sale to Nats fans, they sold out in 7 minutes!

How could Stan Kasten sell out the park to the Phillies without even giving Washington fans a chance?

Here's one example:
http://www.philliesnation.com/archives/2010/01/opening-day-bus-trip-to-dc-on-sale-now/

Posted by: cassander | April 6, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

All of 'em!

"C'mon Dan. Now, he could have said his favorite Oakland A's player, just like I could tell you that my favorite player on the team *I* rooted for as a kid was Gary Carter."

Then that's what he should have said.

Nothing will ever beat John Kerry's favorite Red Sox player: Manny Ortez.

Posted by: Tank2 | April 6, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Dan, could you look into why Phillies fans were able to buy tickets to our opening day back in January? If you search under "2010 phillies opening day bus trip", you will find there were dozens of buses getting sold out in January complete with tickets to opening day. Meanwhile, when tickets went on sale to Nats fans, they sold out in 7 minutes!

Posted by: cassander | April 6, 2010 7:58 AM

I second this motion

Posted by: Kev29 | April 6, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Group ticket sales are available before individual seats so the Philly Tailgate company alone bought up over a thousand seats before they were available to
anyone but season ticket holders (and we all know how few of those are left). The question is why would Kasten allow this to happen. The game was going to be sold out so they didn't need to allow the Philly fans to suck up all the tickets before individual Nats fans got the chance.

I've been to a ton of Caps, Bullets/Wizards, Redskins, Nats, and even the United games over the past few decades where there were large numbers of opposing team's fans and I would say that that was by far the worst take-over of our home field in the history of DC sports.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks so much for bringing this up. When I saw that on TV, I was shocked at what a complete phony the president is. Actually, not shocked, just surprised he can be that unprepared. The man is a chronic phony and liar--without a teleprompter he is of little depth or intellegence. What a complete fraud. A little faith in the media has been restored by you running this and your bosses allowing it. Obama has no idea who plays for the White Sox, now or at any time.

Posted by: brad40 | April 6, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

He grew up in Hawaii.

Posted by: champt10 | April 6, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Carlton Fisk?

Posted by: CF11555 | April 6, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

the prez sure looked happy being cheered & shaking hands on and after being on the mound. He added nothing to the play by play team, though- a huge disruption in the game coverage!

Posted by: Hattrik | April 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

As pointed out before, will someone please tell me why the President would have been a White Sox fan growing up in Hawaii? This should have been a story about reason number 6,754 why Rob Dibble is a moron.

Posted by: bekessler | April 6, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I love the people defending BarryO. This ain't the politic page folks, let's just laugh at it for the simple flub it was. POTUS appears to be a bit of a sports phony. It's cool, a lot of guys pretend to like sports to fit into more conversations

Posted by: jpfterps | April 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank you jfpterps, who I might add, voted for the guy. If he can laugh at this and see that the president is a sports phony, you should too.

And comitskey park? Where is that? Must be the place where they send the crooked south side politicians when they go to jail?

As for Manny Ortez, yes, that one will always take the cake.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, you're trying to claim that Obama somehow was "flummoxed"? Seriously?!

He was asked which was his favorite Sox player GROWING UP. He gave a straightforward answer...he wasn't a Sox fan until he moved to Chicago AS AN ADULT. Just to make sure he was understood, he explained that he grew up in Hawaii, where he was an A's fan.

Talk about having nothin'. Steinberg should work on being embarrassed by writing this pap.

Posted by: zuzu2 | April 7, 2010 4:14 AM | Report abuse

Uh oh..Dibble had better lawyer up....and hire bodyguards. Remember what Obama and his little minions did when Joe the Plumber asked Obama a question..only to have Obaba make a total jackass out of himself with the answer?

Is thata Blackberry..or a mini-teleprompter that Obama carries around?

Posted by: BarneyThePeriwinkleDinosaur | April 7, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

He is as believable on any subject, be it small or huge, as Pete Rose was when he denied he ever bet on Baseball.

Obama is a liar. It's that simple. A sports reporter, not intending to do so, showed it more than a fawning press who would have given him an advance list of question, suggestions for answers, and websites for him to visit.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | April 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The man is a chronic phony and liar--without a teleprompter he is of little depth or intellegence.

Posted by: brad40

Then the Republicans must be even dimmer, because they were weeping, wailing, and gnashing their teeth when he took them on alone, in their house, and spanked them like they were his children.

Posted by: edwcorey | April 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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