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This Is What A Thin-Skinned White House Looks Like–Even Richard Nixon Fared Better

March 29, 2017

The White House announced this week that Donald Trump will not throw out the first pitch of the season for the Nationals’ opening day. Over the years the track record of those who sit in the Oval Office throwing the first pitch have varied.  But with Trump looking for anyway to show a positive side it seems more than off to dismiss this opportunity.

But on the flip side since Trump has an approval rating well under 40% it was decided with his portly shape and highly controversial problems surrounding the White House he would not throw the pitch.  After all he did not want to be soundly booed–and he would have been heckled like crazy had he dared take the mound.

I took a moment to look back at presidents who were not overly loved and found that we need to go back to 1969 to find one who was tarnished but who still had the sporting fever.  The last president to throw out a first pitch in Washington in his first post-election spring was Richard Nixon — in 1969. That was 48 years ago!

President Richard Nixon throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Senators game

The lack of courage from this White House is amusing.  Even laughable.

Today I heard WH staff will not attend the annual Correspondents’ Dinner.  That is ridiculous! Donald Trump had previously announced that he would be skipping the event, making him the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan missed the dinner–but at least he had a good reason.  He was recovering from an assassination attempt.  Now Trump staffers are even scared to attend.  Good grief!

Even Nixon at the height of Watergate attended in 1973 and was able to laugh with others.

It is a privilege to be here at the White House correspondents dinner. I suppose I should say it is an executive privilege. [Laughter]

But I have followed, as you have, the press briefings by Mr. Ziegler. His job is difficult because he must serve two masters: He must serve the President of the United States, and he must serve the press. He must serve each with equal loyalty and devotion, and I believe that Ron Ziegler, with great poise, with great patience, with great courtesy has met that dual responsibility. He has been loyal to the President and loyal to the press, and I am glad to pay that tribute to him tonight.

I must say you have really worked him over, however. This morning he came into the office a little early, and I said, “What time is it, Ron?”

He said, “Could I put that on background?” [Laughter]

It is most regrettable that Trump and his inner team are acting so wimpy about a proud annual Washington tradition.

  1. March 30, 2017 11:22 AM

    With Teddy Ballgame at left (then the Senators manager).

  2. March 29, 2017 6:08 PM

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