Caption This: Obama Talking to World Leader While Holding a Bat in His Hand
You can talk softly and carry a big stick, or you can just carry a big stick. The White House still hasn’t revealed why President Obama was holding a baseball bat while speaking with Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan earlier this week. But the official White House photo doesn’t lie. That’s a baseball in Obama’s hand.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the photo on Tuesday and promised get some answers but so far nothing.
The photo is getting quite a bit of attention in overseas publications wondering about “hidden messages” or the “symbolic meaning” of the president holding the baseball bat.
The conversation with Turkey’s Prime Minister was presumably regarding Syria, Turkey’s neighbor. The situation in Syria has gotten progressively worse, and has devolved into what many are calling a civil war. And the relationship between Turkey and Syria has been tense ever since Syria downed a Turkish jet.
Today, Kofi Annan resigned as Syria’s peace envoy, presumably because he doesn’t see any hope for resolution any time soon.
The New York Times reports:
In a statement, Mr. Ban said Mr. Annan had informed him “of his intention not to renew his mandate” when it expires at the end of August.
Mr. Annan grew increasingly frustrated over his failure to achieve even a basic cease-fire in the conflict, which began as a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad 17 months ago and has been steadily sliding toward civil war.
But none of this explains why President Obama was holding a bat during his conversation. What was that about? Had Obama just returned from knockin’ a few around the ballpark? Or was the bat a tool to ease his frustration? If you had to caption this picture of Obama holding the bat, how would it read?
Anyway, maybe next time he can talk to Tea Party leaders while holding a bat in his hand. That might actually help.
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