Photo of the day

DMZ · July 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

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– from the White House photostream

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97 Responses to “Photo of the day”

  1. Big Bob on July 15th, 2009 1:12 pm

    Wow amazing!

  2. pumpkinhead on July 15th, 2009 1:16 pm

    That didn’t last long…

  3. RoninX on July 15th, 2009 1:19 pm

    Booo! What happen to the photo? Did USSM readers crash the WH flickr page? ;)

  4. vj on July 15th, 2009 1:29 pm

    What was it, Obama signing a Baseball for Ichiro! ?

  5. Fritz on July 15th, 2009 1:39 pm

    I can’t embed it, but I’m guessing this was the picture at this link.

  6. acc13 on July 15th, 2009 1:41 pm

    I think it’s here

  7. Axtell on July 15th, 2009 1:41 pm
  8. Slurve on July 15th, 2009 1:54 pm

    Ichrio looks so shy hehehehe.

  9. mkd on July 15th, 2009 1:57 pm

    Did anyone watch this business live? My brother says Ichiro hammed up some giddy-as-a-schoolgirl face for the camera and did a little hop dance when Obama approached.

  10. juneau_fan on July 15th, 2009 7:16 pm

    I may just have had a religious experience. My two great figures of admiration, interacting. It’s like some crazy fantasy mash-up.

    That’s the first time I’ve seen someone throwing out a first pitch using a windup. (Not counting actual athletes.) That was crazy. And it still barely made it there.

  11. DMZ on July 15th, 2009 7:23 pm

    Is that a giant alligator-skin man purse in his locker?

  12. diderot on July 15th, 2009 7:28 pm

    The two coolest men in the universe?

  13. shortbus on July 15th, 2009 7:29 pm

    This YouTube clip has a couple seconds of their meeting at the 0:23 second mark.

  14. Milo on July 15th, 2009 7:34 pm

    Great!

    Right click…save as…

    New screensaver time.

    Bring on the second half, this is fun!

  15. Sports on a Schtick on July 15th, 2009 7:49 pm

    MLB.com

    But the real treat was for the players, even the ones who aren’t American.

    Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki of Japan got an autographed ball from the president, who told fellow AL All-Star Curtis Granderson that he’s a big Ichiro fan.

    “My idea, when I saw him, was to say, ‘What’s up?’ to him,” Ichiro said through interpreter Ken Barron. “But I got nervous. You know, he has that kind of aura about him. So I got nervous and I didn’t say that to him. I was a little disappointed about that.

    “But I realized after seeing him today that presidents wear jeans, too. So my hope is that our skipper, [Don] Wakamatsu, was watching that and we can wear jeans on our flights as well.”

  16. sbaron on July 15th, 2009 8:01 pm

    The single most amazing picture ever. Thanks Schtick for that quote, and shortbus for the youtube link.

  17. juneau_fan on July 15th, 2009 8:12 pm

    So I got nervous and I didn’t say that to him. I was a little disappointed about that.

    Okay, that explains Ichiro’s expression. It looks as though he’s just going, He..he..he…signmyball?

    “But I realized after seeing him today that presidents wear jeans, too. So my hope is that our skipper, [Don] Wakamatsu, was watching that and we can wear jeans on our flights as well.”

    I really doubt the Japanese Prime Minister has ever been seen in jeans, so I can imagine Ichiro’s surprise.

    And what’s worse? One of Ichiro’s The Cars, circa 1983 suits, or a pair of his acid-washed jeans? Choices, choices for Wakamatsu.

  18. BillyJive on July 15th, 2009 8:38 pm

    A-Rod sure looks old in that pic!

    Go M’s!!

  19. nickwest1976 on July 15th, 2009 8:42 pm

    There are so many people that really don’t understand how special Ichiro is and how lucky we are to have him in Seattle. Visiting Sisler’s grave, photo with the President. This man is plain and simple a legend.

    He’s one of the greatest hitters in MLB history and he will hopefully be a lifetime Mariner. There is no way the M’s should EVER entertain trading this man.

  20. NBarnes on July 15th, 2009 8:46 pm

    BillyJive: Yeah, that was my first response, too.

    . o O (Is that… A-Rod? No, wait….)

    I love baseball and I love politics and now I know which I love more.

  21. Sumo Picnic on July 15th, 2009 9:39 pm

    If you liked the photo, you’ll love this video. No need to understand Japanese.

    I don’t even think Ichiro knew he was capable of this giddiness.

  22. Sumo Picnic on July 15th, 2009 9:42 pm

    And as for what he was saying, Ichiro told reporters that he had planned to casually say “What’s up?” However, once face-to-face with Obama, Ichiro got nervous and was unable to say anything more than, “It’s an honor to meet you, sir.”

    He also said that he’s not used to such formalities, and that this was the first time that he called somebody “sir.” Apparently, the players had been told they couldn’t get autographs from Obama, but Ichiro got one because the President offered him one.

  23. kenshabby on July 15th, 2009 9:51 pm

    (picture a blonde Austrian woman saying it:)

    “As giddy as a schoolboy.”

    Now, what would Obama have Ichiro sign? Not sure what the presidential equivalent of a baseball is. A huge version of the pen used to sign bills into law? Maybe a model of Air Force One.

  24. don52656 on July 15th, 2009 10:01 pm

    I also heard on the radio that during his trip to St. Louis, Ichiro visited the gravesite of George Sisler and brought flowers to the grave as a gesture of respect.

    I really like Ichiro.

  25. Evan on July 15th, 2009 10:40 pm

    I really doubt the Japanese Prime Minister has ever been seen in jeans, so I can imagine Ichiro’s surprise.

    Actually, former japanese Prime Minister Junicihiro Koizumi wore jeans a lot, but he’s not exactly indicative of the position.

    Emperor Akihito has actually been up here for the last week or so – he certainly doesn’t wear jeans.

  26. joser on July 15th, 2009 10:42 pm

    Ichiro looks six years old in that video. Six years old, meeting his idol. Which clearly must be some kind of optical illusion, because in this video Obama says “He’s an impressive guy.”

    If Ichiro is the Superman of Cool, Obama must be his kryptonite.

  27. gwangung on July 15th, 2009 10:45 pm

    Apparently, the players had been told they couldn’t get autographs from Obama, but Ichiro got one because the President offered him one.

    Aw, man….doesn’t that just demonstrate Ichiro’s Ultimate Coolness?

  28. joser on July 15th, 2009 10:50 pm

    I really doubt the Japanese Prime Minister has ever been seen in jeans, so I can imagine Ichiro’s surprise.

    Well, I don’t know about the Prime Minister (I’m pretty sure former PM and well-known Elvis fan Junichiro Koizumi has been seen in jeans) but I can tell you Emperor Akihito doesn’t wear jeans in public (at least he didn’t when I saw him on his visit to Victoria last weekend).

  29. wabbles on July 15th, 2009 10:53 pm

    Two men. Both only one name each. Ichiro. Obama. Very cool.

  30. Mike Honcho on July 15th, 2009 11:06 pm

    I’m sorry – I really miss the reason why this is a big deal. Professional athletes pictured with sitting Presidents isn’t exactly a rare occurrence…

  31. DMZ on July 15th, 2009 11:17 pm

    Yayyy, we almost made it to 30 comments without someone shitting on the thread. Good job, Mike Honcho! You’ve managed to be sour about a picture of Ichiro!

    Let us know how you did it so that we can apply such finely-honed skills to family gatherings, birthday parties, and bar mitzvahs and wherever people are happy.

  32. coasty141 on July 15th, 2009 11:33 pm

    Ichiro is a cool dude. Between meeting the president and visiting Sislers grave it was a pretty good trip to St Louis

  33. thegroovewrangler on July 15th, 2009 11:35 pm

    I’m sorry – I really miss the reason why this is a big deal. Professional athletes pictured with sitting Presidents isn’t exactly a rare occurrence…

    Quick – post twenty links to photos of Mariners with world leaders.

  34. Blue Mtn Sea on July 15th, 2009 11:40 pm

    Just to add to the discussion…
    Ichiro said in Sumo Picnic’s video [translation] “it absolutely was not the type of atmosphere in which one would say “what’s up?”

  35. coasty141 on July 15th, 2009 11:45 pm

    “Quick – post twenty links to photos of Mariners with world leaders”

    Easy. The Mariner Moose still counts as world leader, right?

  36. section331 on July 15th, 2009 11:51 pm

    Love it!

    mkd; I saw it live, he looked like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning, it was great.
    I like this New and Improved Ichiro with Grinning Action.

  37. ClaytonMiles on July 15th, 2009 11:51 pm

    I’ll bet anything Ichiro would say this All Star moment topped his 2007 MVP.
    And it is now officially okay to borrow Obama’s signature phrase for the 2009 Mariners: Yes we can!

  38. Breadbaker on July 15th, 2009 11:52 pm

    Okay, here’s my goal. I want to get a print of this and I want to get it signed by both of them. This may take awhile, but it would be about as cool a souvenir as I can think of.

  39. Adam B. on July 16th, 2009 12:01 am

    Hey, one of those guys I recently voted for! ;)
    This is a great pic no matter your politics.

  40. lemonverbena on July 16th, 2009 12:03 am

    That is a couple of heavy dudes.

  41. Blue Mtn Sea on July 16th, 2009 12:04 am

    I feel that Ichiro has a deep interest in American culture. He listens to hip hop music, wears Oakleys, seems truly honored to meet the president… I think he has a deep appreciation and interest in his American experience and the people who are his fans.

    By the way, I deal with alot of Japanese and being shy when it comes to speaking English is very common.

  42. juneau_fan on July 16th, 2009 12:16 am

    That mlb.com interview with Obama was actually very interesting!

    Soft muscles indeed. Obviously at some point, Ichiro recovered from his giddiness and returned to Zen mode. But that may be a tip for Obama. Keep the muscles soft, flexible, but strong.

  43. Axtell on July 16th, 2009 12:31 am

    Hopefully that was Mike Honcho’s last post here. If you honestly can’t grasp the magnitude of why this was a big deal, then you shouldn’t be here. Good job, trying to rain on the parade.

  44. 95Ms on July 16th, 2009 12:53 am

    Sweet!! Thanks for posting the pic (and the other links by others too)!! That made my day. Let’s get the unofficial second half off to a good start tomorrow now fellas.

  45. heyoka on July 16th, 2009 1:39 am

    “Now, Ichiro, in all seriousness, I need your guidance on matters of the economy and foreign policy.”

  46. NLhamster on July 16th, 2009 3:45 am

    Who can save both baseball and America? Only the greatest superhero ever, IchirObama!!!!

  47. terry on July 16th, 2009 7:00 am

    Yayyy, we almost made it to 30 comments without someone shitting on the thread. Good job, Mike Honcho! You’ve managed to be sour about a picture of Ichiro!

    Personally, I think Ichiro looks very presidential. Maybe he should run for Congress. I’d cherish hearing his quotes during pressors….

  48. smb on July 16th, 2009 7:15 am

    Good picture to catch them both smiling. Once they started talking the dissolution of Japan’s parliament the smiles went away.

  49. fiftyone on July 16th, 2009 8:33 am

    it would be about as cool a souvenir as I can think of.

    Let us know, Breadbaker, if you ever reach that goal. That sounds like a perfect excuse to convince Derek and Dave to post the pic again a few months/years from now.

  50. Slippery Elmer on July 16th, 2009 8:34 am

    Razzle-dazzle…

  51. Gustafson on July 16th, 2009 8:41 am

    Hopefully that was Mike Honcho’s last post here. If you honestly can’t grasp the magnitude of why this was a big deal, then you shouldn’t be here. Good job, trying to rain on the parade.

    Seriously? Honcho should have done what I (and any other non Obama supporters did) – not post anything on this thread. Not my parade to rain on. But I’m not sure it’s worthy of hoping the guy never posts again. Come on.

    And personally, I may not care for his politics, but it’s cool to see a Mariner with the sitting Prez. I definitely agree with the mods on that.

  52. msb on July 16th, 2009 8:45 am

    Is that a giant alligator-skin man purse in his locker?

    I believe it would be a “tote” …

  53. joser on July 16th, 2009 9:19 am

    Okay, here’s my goal. I want to get a print of this and I want to get it signed by both of them. This may take awhile, but it would be about as cool a souvenir as I can think of.

    That’s an awesome idea. If you have a Flickr (or Yahoo) account (and you live in the US) you can order a print right from that page on Flickr (there’s a link right above the photo).

    And then 50 odd years from now, we can watch (via neural implants or retinal displays or whatever) you or your children discover that signed picture is worth $10,000 on “Antiques Roadshow.” (Unofortunately, thanks to inflation, $10,000 then is about the price of one bleacher ticket at Safeco. Creaky, venerable, sixty-year-old Safeco. Which of course hasn’t been called Safeco for years since the naming rights were sold, like virtually everything else, to various buyers in India and China. It’s now Yunnan Lucky Farmers’ Collective Bank Field.)

  54. Craig on July 16th, 2009 9:27 am

    I bet Ichiro was not impressed with Obama’s decision to wear mom jeans.

  55. msb on July 16th, 2009 9:33 am

    Speaking of fine Mariners photos, Larry Stone gives us Felix and Jeremy

  56. joser on July 16th, 2009 9:33 am

    Is that a giant alligator-skin man purse in his locker?

    I believe that’s where he keeps the tormented souls of opposing pitchers.

    Or maybe it’s a disguised cooler for a six-pack of South Pacific Lager.

  57. joser on July 16th, 2009 9:36 am

    I bet Ichiro was not impressed with Obama’s decision to wear mom jeans.

    I wasn’t either. But then I realized they were probably bullet-proof. It’s hard to get a slim, form-fitting silhouette in denim-coated kevlar.

  58. Axtell on July 16th, 2009 10:00 am

    Gustaf-I don’t care about the politics of the situation, for any Mariner to be recognized by the President of the US and to have him go out of his way to search him out and give him an autograph, and the obvious glee in which Ichiro obviously displayed in his interaction, when he goes out of his way to hide any and all emotion should have been a delight for any mariner fan.

  59. terry on July 16th, 2009 10:29 am

    To me the most controversial part of the picture posted above centers on the pen the President’s left hand.

    Is the President trying to get Ichiro’s autograph or is Ichiro trying to get the President’s?

  60. Craig on July 16th, 2009 10:32 am

    Obama is left-handed. He’s signing the ball for Ichiro.

  61. scott19 on July 16th, 2009 10:37 am

    Awesome pic!

    Of course, my dad said afterward, “Can you imagine how much money that baseball will be worth someday?!” :)

  62. Paul B on July 16th, 2009 10:41 am

    I’m pretty sure that my two favorite Mariners of all time are Edgar and Ichiro.

    You can have Junior, Randy, and even Buhner or Moyer. If I got to go out to dinner with the Mariner of my choice, I’d pick Ichiro or Edgar.

  63. payday0023 on July 16th, 2009 10:49 am

    Ichiro for President!!

  64. Lauren, token chick on July 16th, 2009 10:56 am

    It’s true, no matter what your politics you cannot support Obama’s liking for mom jeans. C’mon, man. You’re supposed to be COOL.

  65. Typical Idiot Fan on July 16th, 2009 10:57 am

    Here we see a photo of one of the most powerful men in the world, an inspirational leader to millions, and a great leader and Barak Obama.

  66. joser on July 16th, 2009 11:02 am

    Speaking of fine Mariners photos, Larry Stone gives us Felix and Jeremy

    That’s a great picture. “Dad, dude, where are we going!? Mr. McDreamy Sideburns is at the plate!”

    There are also some good quotes in that article from players who have batted against Felix

    I think this year, when we faced him, he wasn’t just trying to throw the ball by you. He was pitching a little. Using his sinker a little more, not just trying to throw the ball by you up in the zone. His sinkers were good, he was mixing it up. He’s growing as a pitcher. Everyone learns.

    Actually, from reading his entire quote, Adrian Gonzalez comes across as a very thoughtful, insightful guy. I bet there’s a coaching career for him after his playing days if he wants one.

    Also in that link (and keeping this on topic): more on Ichiro’s custom shoes. (“Not silver. Platinum.”)

  67. kenshabby on July 16th, 2009 12:03 pm

    Is that a giant alligator-skin man purse in his locker?

    Hip Japanese guys are totally secure in their metrosexuality. Ichiro has turned a woman’s designer purse into a manly tote.

  68. msb on July 16th, 2009 12:41 pm

    Shannon Drayer needs to investigate.

  69. SoulofaCitizen on July 16th, 2009 12:49 pm

    Very cool. I’d cringe were it Bush, but Ichiro with Obama…can’t get any better

  70. SoulofaCitizen on July 16th, 2009 12:51 pm

    There’s also an interesting kinship in that both Obama and Ichiro are preternaturally calm, while excelling at what they do. Nothing wrong with more emotional styles, but they definitely share that character trait.

  71. MKT on July 16th, 2009 12:55 pm

    This photo may be destined to become the second most classic prez-celebrity photo of all time (nothing can top the Richard Nixon/Elvis Presley pic, still a best-selling souvenir at the Richard Nixon Library).
    http://tinyurl.com/kp7948

  72. Gustafson on July 16th, 2009 1:41 pm

    Very cool. I’d cringe were it Bush, but Ichiro with Obama…can’t get any better

    I think that is the most honest comment of the thread. Let’s face it – the amount you think this is cool is pretty much dictated by the amount you like the President. Let’s not pretend everyone would feel it were just as cool that Ichiro is in a photo with the Prez if you didn’t like the Prez.

  73. Lauren, token chick on July 16th, 2009 1:52 pm

    I think you’re right, Gustafson. Well, it still might be cool if you were neutral about the President, but not if you actively disliked him (as I did Bush).

    Actually, I would have thought more highly of Bush if he had ever sought Ichiro out to give him his autograph… :>

  74. CCW on July 16th, 2009 1:53 pm

    I think the picture dovetails nicely with the Bavasi:Zduriencik as Bush:Obama analogy that many have made (though not here, that I know of).

  75. joser on July 16th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Let’s face it – the amount you think this is cool is pretty much dictated by the amount you like the President. Let’s not pretend everyone would feel it were just as cool that Ichiro is in a photo with the Prez if you didn’t like the Prez.

    While that’s mostly true, I think you can (and I do) appreciate it from another angle: here are two guys who crossed a lot of obstacles and overcame a lot of doubts to be the first men from their respective backgrounds to succeed at the highest level in their chosen fields in the US. No matter what you think of Obama, he is the first black president; no matter what you think of Ichiro, he is the first Japanese position player (and hits leader, and MVP, and….) And neither one of them would’ve gotten the opportunity half a century ago. This isn’t just a picture of two men; it’s a picture of America overcoming its past and living up to its ideals. The obstacles and achievements may not be exactly comparable, but the ghosts of Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente are standing in that picture too.

  76. joser on July 16th, 2009 2:07 pm

    You could toss Tiger Woods in there to round it out. Maybe Eminem also ;)

  77. DMZ on July 16th, 2009 2:14 pm

    Let’s not pretend everyone would feel it were just as cool that Ichiro is in a photo with the Prez if you didn’t like the Prez.

    Oh god. Well, I look forward to closing comments on this post shortly. Thanks.

  78. georgmi on July 16th, 2009 2:15 pm

    appreciate it from another angle:

    I hadn’t thought of it that way. You’re right; that adds a whole ‘nother level of cool. Thanks for pointing it out.

  79. Lauren, token chick on July 16th, 2009 2:19 pm

    Yeah, good point, joser. And DMZ, while Gustafson might have opened up the gate for a bunch of crap, I think his case is well-stated and polite.

  80. DMZ on July 16th, 2009 2:21 pm

    Sure. It’s that in that comment it’s now taken a definitive turn towards politics and people’s opinion of Obama, which is pretty much death to threads.

  81. Gustafson on July 16th, 2009 2:36 pm

    Sure. It’s that in that comment it’s now taken a definitive turn towards politics and people’s opinion of Obama, which is pretty much death to threads.

    I don’t think my comment caused people to give their opinion on Obama. Below is the 10th comment on the thread:

    I may just have had a religious experience. My two great figures of admiration, interacting. It’s like some crazy fantasy mash-up.

    But I digress. I apologize if I offended anyone.

  82. Jeff Nye on July 16th, 2009 2:39 pm

    Honestly, for me (although I’m a big Obama fan) the coolness is mostly in Ichiro’s reaction to interacting with the office of the President, not so much the person who currently holds the office.

    Yes, I’d like it less if it were a picture of him with Bush, but only marginally. Ichiro’s reaction is what makes it, for me.

  83. 95Ms on July 16th, 2009 2:51 pm

    Maybe Obama also interviewed him for the next supreme court opening? That’d be a perfect post-baseball career for !chi!ro! (Not that I want his post-baseball to ever become reality.) Ichiro forever! I want to see him get up to .400 this year. It could happen, maybe, what, a 1% chance? Higher?

    It’s good to see Cone testifying at the Sotomayor hearings – nice. So, we can have the judge who saved baseball and the player who saved baseball coolness (and the all-time hits leader) both on the same court. It’s only appropriate you know.

  84. Paul B on July 16th, 2009 3:09 pm

    More Ichiro, from Stone’s interview with him at the All Star Game:

    Asked to weigh in on the raging debate over whether the Mariners should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, Ichiro said, “This is something for fans to talk about, and fans to enjoy. It’s not our jobs as players to throw our opinion to get in the way of their enjoyment.”

    Another example of why we like Ichiro!

  85. JMB on July 16th, 2009 3:11 pm

    What an amusing thread.

    Had this happened four years ago, the picture either wouldn’t have been posted in the first place, would have been posted with a snide comment, or would have a comment thread full of snide comments.

    Instead, comments like “If you honestly can’t grasp the magnitude of why this was a big deal, then you shouldn’t be here” are praised while the likes of “Let’s not pretend everyone would feel it were just as cool that Ichiro is in a photo with the Prez if you didn’t like the Prez” get ridiculed.

  86. Lauren, token chick on July 16th, 2009 3:16 pm

    Actually, JMB, no one ridiculed Gustafson at all. Everyone (well except DMZ, who was overcome by paranoia) offered a serious and sincere response.

    Not sure what you’re reading in your head.

  87. Typical Idiot Fan on July 16th, 2009 3:58 pm

    Sure. It’s that in that comment it’s now taken a definitive turn towards politics and people’s opinion of Obama, which is pretty much death to threads.

    Yep. I’m already finding myself having to bite my tongue too hard. Let’s not go anywhere near that and just say the photo is pretty damn awesome.

  88. kevin p on July 16th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Ahh looking for a high res image for my desktop! Awesomeness!!

  89. joser on July 16th, 2009 5:26 pm

    Ahh looking for a high res image for my desktop!

    Ask and ye shall receive. (And if you complain that’s not high enough res, I want your screen. You can see every grey hair on both their heads, not to mention the scales on Ichiro’s manpurse.)

    You know, I’d like that nameplate from his locker, autographed of course.

  90. Mike Honcho on July 16th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Yayyy, we almost made it to 30 comments without someone shitting on the thread. Good job, Mike Honcho! You’ve managed to be sour about a picture of Ichiro!

    Let us know how you did it so that we can apply such finely-honed skills to family gatherings, birthday parties, and bar mitzvahs and wherever people are happy.

    Oh puhleeeze! You are kidding, right? Again – athletes are often photographed with the President. The fact that it is Ichiro doing so makes it a bit more fun, but the giddiness displayed by some is a bit bizarre.

    Ichiro met the President. That’s great. Good for him. Presumably, 65 other players did as well. Good for them.

  91. DMZ on July 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Vwoooosh!

  92. dw on July 17th, 2009 12:12 am

    Don’t any of you remember when Dubya asked to meet Edgar?

    Not that this isn’t an awesome picture and is my desktop background.

  93. kayjay on July 17th, 2009 5:29 am

    I am visting NYC-stumbled on Obama motorcade last night. The aura of power of the office is heady stuff-no matter one’s politics. Joser was spot on. I just want to say New Yorkers are shockingly dismissive of the greatness that is Ichiro. New Yorkers simutaneously know and don’t know baseball, like idiot savants. I will be happy to board the plane home.
    Breadbaker: good luck. Unless you are in photo getting pres. Autograph is hard. Try working our Senators and your congressman-Adam Smith headed WA state Obama campaign I think. Or try Gary Locke. Art History geek here loves this photo, but Elvis/Nixon was all time best. Still-Wow!

  94. Lauren, token chick on July 17th, 2009 10:21 am

    Ha, dw, I don’t think I ever noticed that story! And now, as an anti-Bushite, I have to say… that’s pretty dang cool. :>

  95. scott19 on July 17th, 2009 1:07 pm

    While that’s mostly true, I think you can (and I do) appreciate it from another angle: here are two guys who crossed a lot of obstacles and overcame a lot of doubts to be the first men from their respective backgrounds to succeed at the highest level in their chosen fields in the US. No matter what you think of Obama, he is the first black president; no matter what you think of Ichiro, he is the first Japanese position player (and hits leader, and MVP, and….) And neither one of them would’ve gotten the opportunity half a century ago. This isn’t just a picture of two men; it’s a picture of America overcoming its past and living up to its ideals. The obstacles and achievements may not be exactly comparable, but the ghosts of Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente are standing in that picture too.

    Bang-on post there, Joser…and you’re right. That moment in time Tuesday night spoke volumes. :)

  96. kevin p on July 17th, 2009 8:38 pm

    thanks!!

  97. Blue Mtn Sea on July 18th, 2009 4:28 am

    And neither one of them would’ve gotten the opportunity half a century ago.

    This guy hit the nail on the head!

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