Obama’s Little League visit so ‘This Town’

President Obama threw out the first pitch at a Little League game in Northwest Washington on Monday night. He surprised the young players on his way to a fundraiser. (Reuters)

 

On his way to a top-dollar fundraiser Monday night, President Obama dropped off Jay Carney at the press secretary’s daughter’s Little League game. The scene could have been stripped straight from the pages of “This Town.”

The teams playing were made up of sons and daughters of a Washington Who’s Who list. There was Carney’s daughter. And Jim Wallis’s (a member of Obama’s faith council) son. On one team was senior Obama adviser David Plouffe’s son. NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory’s son and daughter are teammates with Carney’s kid.

With a Loop assist, our colleague David Nakamura has the full account, and writes:

Jim Wallis, a member of President Obama’s faith council, has a rule when he coaches the Tigers in the Northwest Washington Little League’s 10- to 12-year-old division: No talking politics with the influential Washington parents whose kids dot the rosters.

But he made an exception Monday evening when the leader of the free world showed up unexpectedly at Friendship Park in Northwest as the team was warming up. “Obama smiled and said, ‘Wallis! What are you doing here?’ ” Wallis recalled Tuesday.

In an interview, Carney professed that it was pure coincidence that Obama turned up where his daughter was playing. In Carney’s telling, the White House travel advance team had selected the field earlier in the week and he didn’t find out until staffers disclosed it in a planning meeting Monday morning. Carney said he didn’t even tell his wife, television journalist Claire Shipman, who was attending the game with their son, for fear of compromising the security around the secret presidential visit.

Only in this town.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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