Obama team sweeps news media into Cubs-Sox rivalry

I just think it is kind of funny.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Obama team sweeps news media into Cubs-Sox rivalry
By John McCormick, November 25, 2008

There’s always a media pecking order at a presidential news conference, but on Monday, aides to President-elect Barack Obama introduced a new twist to the seating chart.

Reporters were assigned seats in one of two sections, one to Obama’s left, designated the “Cubs” section, and the other to his right, designated “White Sox.” Team assignments appeared to be arbitrary.

Obama is a die-hard White Sox fan, but when it came time to take questions, he didn’t favor reporters on that side. Instead, his seemingly random selections were pre-determined by aides.

Still, the seating chart didn’t sit well with some reporters who have their own Chicago baseball roots. Here’s the take from Steve Thomma, a reporter for the McClatchy Newspapers chain who filed a report as a member of the press pool following Obama on Monday.

“In a crime against nature, your pooler—a genuine White Sox fan, a man who attended his first twi-night doubleheader at the Old Comiskey in 1963, who sat behind third base for the 50th anniversary All-Star Game there in ’83, who knew Bill Veeck and the wonders of Disco Demolition night, who saw the great Ozzie [Guillen] play before he managed—has been assigned a seat in the Cubs section.”

Who knows what seating chart they could come up with next—Hyde Park versus Lincoln Park? Deep-dish versus thin-crust?


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