Shot down

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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