Politics

President Obama Throws First Pitch, Assesses the Damage

President Obama marked Opening Day for the Washington Nationals by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch as fans cheered him on.  Mr. Obama, dressed in a Nats jacket and khakis, put on a Chicago White Sox cap as he took the mound.

The President, who had been practicing with aide Reggie Love, was not happy with his throw, which he described as "high and outside."

Upon reviewing his pitch, Mr. Obama told Mid-Atlantic Sports Network that it was "heart-breaking" for him to have thrown strikes in practice only to release the ball too early when it counted.  "If I had a whole inning," the President lamented, "I'd clean up."

It wasn't the first time Mr. Obama was the honored guest at a baseball game.  In 2009 the southpaw threw out the first pitch at the All-Star game in St. Louis.  That wasn't a perfect throw either, but the President wasn't judged so much for his pitching skills as his fashion sense.

It was after that game that the Commander-in-Chief was accused of wearing "mom jeans" that didn't flatter his figure. The President may have learned his lesson after getting hit by the fashion police last season; he emerged in tailored khakis this year looking like a pro.

Monday marks the 100th anniversary of a tradition dating back to William Howard Taft, who threw out the first pitch in D.C. for the Washington Senators.

Members of the White House Press Corps traveling with the President were given commemorative pins to honor the historic event.

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