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Sports

On Second Thought

White House selfie painted a bad picture

The entire White House sports thing is a contrivance. Most of us get that. Our president opens up the Oval Office to receive a perennial parade of champions, not only because, sure, it’s the right thing to do, but most of all because it presents the Prez with a rare opportunity to connect with the entire electorate, be it blue, red, tea-colored, or a hue designated for party assignment.

In those moments, we’re all expected to summon some good will for the most powerful person in the free world, the guy who typically goes by commander in chief, who is ditching his serious daily duties ever so briefly in order to cavort and high-five and bust chops with America’s best and brightest (often a stretch) athletes.

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