I have taken great pride in the fact that I share an affinity for the Chicago White Sox with POTUS. Â In fact, I have written about President Barack Obama’s conspicuous love for the Good Guys on numerous occasions. Â So it is with a slight twinge of disappointment that I bring you the video below, found at HomerDerby.com. Â
The disappointing part is right around the 0:30 mark.
- This is simply an error that a White Sox fan cannot and should not make. Â The White Sox spent 81 years at the original Comiskey Park, and even U.S. Cellular Field was originally called Comiskey Park. Â The name “Comiskey” is synonymous with Chicago White Sox baseball, from the infamy of the Black Sox Scandal all the way up through today. President Obama’s error is made more egregious by the fact that he actually lived in Chicago, which should have provided ample opportunities over the years for him to hone the proper pronunciation of Comiskey Park.Â
- Remember President Obama: the Cubs play at a “field”, the White Sox play at a “park.”
- The error is assuaged, in my mind, by the fact that he at least attempted to invoke the Comiskey Park name when referring to the White Sox stadium. Â Even though the new Comiskey Park has officially been named U.S. Cellular Field since 2003, most White Sox fans that I talk to still refer to the White Sox home park as Comiskey…and that’s how it should be. Â So President Obama gets some bonus points there that help to counteract his error.
I was a little disappointing in President Obama’s somewhat condescending description of White Sox fans who hate the Cubs and actively root against them, mainly because I fall firmly in this category. Â I guess he has to toe the line somewhat and not totally ostracize the larger of the two fan bases in his home city. Â Again though, he makes up for it later in the interview by subtlely getting in a few digs anyway. Â
I know that deep in his heart of hearts Obama hates the Cubs. Â (He even discussed dissolving them as a franchise in this “interview.”) How could he not? Â He’s a winner. Â If Obama was a Cubs fans, he would have found a way to bartman the election at the last minute and John McCain would be president.
He just needs to work on his pronunciation and throwing ability a little bit.