One day last week a friend of mine told me “President Obama is a good basketball player” to which my eyes rolled back in my head. Later that day I tuned in to hear Glenn Beck give his own assessment of the President’s athletic ability. Trust me; the Olympic Committee is not looking for him.
Beck and company discussed all of the awkward film footage of the POTUS attempting to hold up his flimsy reputation as a jock. They jokingly described Obama’s bowling abilities, describing it as “like the Special Olympics or something.” They also discussed the president’s golf swing, calling it “awful, gawky, and ugly,” adding that the man can’t throw a baseball, football, or apparently play basketball that well either. In Beck’s opinion, all of this would be fine if the media weren’t continually trying to make him an “athletic all-star”.
To better illustrate the point, Beck and his co-hosts donned Minnie Mouse ears with pink bows, before riding little girl bicycles.
“[Obama] looks so good, though, when he’s riding a bike,” Beck said. ” I can see why the media hasn’t really mocked him for that.”
All in all, Beck surmised that the president isn’t very good at any sport they have seen him try other than being “a good basketball player.”
I respectfully beg to differ with both my friend and with Mr. Beck on the subject of basketball. He isn’t good at basketball, either, nor bowling, baseball or golf. So in addition to Beck’s commentary, I did some research on YouTube and found an embarrassing amount of footage of President Obama and his “athletic ability”. Based on the videos I watched, here is my personal breakdown of Obama’s sports skills (or lack thereof):
Bowling: Obama scored more gutter balls than a little girl who had never played before. It was so bad I had to look away; I was embarrassed for him and I was watching from the privacy of my home. He needed lane bumpers.
Basketball: After watching several clips of Obama in action with a hoop, he is far from impressive. He needs to fly his bag of balls with him on vacation. Our president needs to practice.
Baseball: Oh my goodness, have you seen Obama throw a baseball?
On October 30, 2001 at Yankee Stadium President Bush strolled out of the dugout, in simple slacks and a golf shirt. He walked straight to the mound with the thunderous roar of applause. He turned and nodded with acknowledgement to the crowd and catcher. Then he raised his arm back… and threw out the first pitch. It soared over the plate as a perfect strike at 60 ft. 6 inches. He is in such great shape he was able to throw this ball while wearing the bulk of a bulletproof vest. His pitch left the audience with a roar of applause, then a proud loud chant of USA USA! USA! USA! Have you ever seen this man’s reflexes? Dubya can duck a shoe without missing a beat, like a spring chicken.
In stark comparison on April 5, 2010 it was President Obama’s turn to walk out on the mound for the Nationals Game. Obama was dressed in a baseball jacket, matching hat and glove. He warmed up his shoulder while he hammed up for the cameras, and then threw out the first pitch. His ball didn’t come anywhere near the plate or catcher. It was tossed way left of the batter and several feet too high. This crowd was awkward with a response of boos and silence.
Watch this YouTube video of the comparison of your favorite and mine, President George W. Bush with President Barack H. Obama:
Golf: To be fair, President Obama considers golf his sport. Let us go there, shall we?
Any kind of exercise is good for all of us. Pumping the circulatory system and working muscles supplies oxygen for the brain and the chemical reaction of endorphins reduces stress. But Presidential rounds of golf during a time when our country is at war has always been considered controversial because for one thing, it takes about five hours plus the added motorcade travel to and from the golf course. It is very time consuming.
George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining why he did it in a 2008 interview with POLITICO: “I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal…I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”
Altogether, President Bush played 24 rounds of golf during the first 2 years of his presidency, but stopped six months into the war in Iraq.
Since taking office, President Obama has played the following amount of golf games:
2013: 22 as of July 27, 2013
With this many golf scores under his belt, it is not encouraging that the general consensus of his swing is that “he sucks.”
In closing it appears that our President is just in the wrong field altogether. He is a deceptive bully as Commander-in-Chief and the type of athlete who would be chosen last for any team. But I don’t want my anger towards President Obama and his socialism tactics and acceptance of infanticide to inhibit my writing from being balanced. After all, everyone has good qualities, even President Barack H. Obama.
He might not be the greatest athlete, but I’ll give him this much: President Obama can sing like a bird. So the next time he is behind a microphone and wants to distract from his scandalous, fraudulent and immoral behavior he ought to try opening his mouth and singing a tune instead of talking.
It sure couldn’t hurt.