Today is Opening Day (a glorious day, by the way) but one person will be conspicuously absent from the festivities. President Bush will not attend any games, nor will he throw out the first pitch.
[WaPo] Except for when the world was at war, only two other presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Richard M. Nixon, missed Opening Day ceremonies two years in a row. And Wilson had suffered a stroke.
"Oh, yes, he was invited," said Bush spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore. She said the president, an avid baseball fan and former part owner of the Texas Rangers, would love to be there. But "it's not possible with his schedule. He's got various meetings during the day, a meeting earlier in the morning. . . . It just wasn't going to work out."
[...] With Bush's approval ratings stuck below 40 percent in recent polls, Lawrimore was asked whether the president feared he'd get booed. "No," she replied. "Certainly not."
Yeah, perish the thought. This has to be killing President Dress-up. He would love nothing more than to strap on his biggest cup, strut out to the mound and have all of his media lapdogs proclaim what a strapping, athletic man he is.
Avowed fan and former baseball owner, right? But he's a fucking pussy when it comes right down to it. He is afraid to face 40,000 non-hand-picked people, and that's all it really boils down to. He KNOWS he'd be booed, so he won't do it. Last year when his numbers were tumbling, Cheney faced the catcalls for him, this year they both have "scheduling conflicts."