President Obama became the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, according to Paul Hagan of MLB.com. The President has been promoting international tourism and jobs and made a stop at the Hall of Fame as part of that initiative. It’s also the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame.
“I love baseball. America loves baseball. It continues to be our national pastime,” Obama said. “And for any baseball fan out there, you’ve got to make a trip here. But as much as I’d like to talk baseball all day — and with Chicago legend Andre Dawson, The Hawk, here today it’s hard not to want to talk baseball all day long — I’m actually here to talk about jobs.”
Aside from his speech, President Obama was able to tour the Hall of Fame, though admittedly not as long as he would have liked to spent there. He joked that he came to “check the place out” before Frank Thomas gets inducted this summer.
Obama is known to be a Chicago White Sox fan, so he had the opportunity to see some of the memorabilia from their 2005 World Series Championship. He also had the opportunity to hold the cleats worn by Shoeless Joe Jackson, who is best known from the White Sox’ 1919 Black Sox scandal.
He also took the opportunity to use the great Yogi Berra quote, “It’s just déjà vu all over again.” Politics aside, anyone who can quote Yogi Berra gets some points in my book.