Baseball brings ’em together: all 5 U.S. presidents

July 7, 2009








It’s one thing they can agree on… baseball. 

Major League Baseball is bringing all five living U.S. presidents together at next week’s 80th All-Star Game.

President Barack Obama and his predecessors George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will appear in a 7-minute video presentation as part of the U.S. sports league’s all-star festivities on Tuesday in St. Louis. Baseball called it the first time all living U.S. presidents would participate in a ceremony at a sporting event.

The video address will be part of a pre-game ceremony honoring 30 men and women being recognized by MLB and People magazine for acts of giving and service to their communities. Each person represents one of the sport’s 30 teams.

President Obama will follow the video presentation by thorwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the game.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Bush hosted meeting at White House for all presidents after  Obama became president-elect)


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Five patriotic individuals who have sacrificed and would give everything for their country.
It is elevating and gratifying to see them sharing the same podium in spite of their differences.
Only in America!

Posted by Eusebio Cadogan | Report as abusive

It’s a testament to the American democracy that all 5 living Presidents can collaborate on certain things.

Posted by Jose’ | Report as abusive

please, no more obama! we have to watch and hear obama everyday…can’t there just be one event without obama?

Posted by mindy rodriguez | Report as abusive