Chicago White Sox fan Obama draws boos
He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters - fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain.
Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that the Red Sox' Kevin Youkilis had been traded earlier in the day to the president's beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.
"I don't think the American people appreciate it when politicians suddenly pretend they're fans of another team just to curry favor," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. "This president is very serious about sports. He will not do that."
Obama, a supporter of the sports teams in his hometown Chicago, had goaded the Boston crowd with the news that Youkilis was heading west.
"I'm just saying. He had to change the color of his Sox," said Obama, drawing a swift reaction from the crowd.
Former presidents who share Obama's interest in sports.
George W. Bush
Obama's predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.
Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league's blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.
Clinton thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.