Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, dodged a question at the Aug. 7 AFL-CIO debate about whether he would honor San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds at the White House should he be elected, reports Christina Bellantoni at her Washington Times blog “On the Democrats.”
“Well, first of all, he’s still got to hit one more, and it’s been taking a while,” Mr. Obama said. When Mr. Obama got the question around 7:30 p.m. Chicago time, Mr. Bonds — who has been under a cloud over steroid accusations — was tied with Hank Aaron for the home run record of 755. Mr. Obama praised Mr. Aaron as “what sports should be, and that is something that young people can look up to.”
“Barry Bonds has been a remarkable baseball player, and I honor his achievements,” the senator said. “But I hope that all of us are focused on making sure that sports is something that kids can look up to, not something that they start feeling cynical about.”
When pressed by moderator Keith Olbermann, Mr. Obama said: “Well, like I said, he hasn’t done it yet, so we’ll answer the question when it comes.”
Mr. Bonds hit the big 756 in San Francisco against the Washington Nationals just a few hours later.
Over to you, senator.