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White House Catching Heat Over Baseball Bat Photo

August 7, 2012 by  

White House Catching Heat Over Baseball Bat Photo
This photo has been called “an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens.”

Lawmakers in Turkey are taking a swing at President Barack Obama after the White House released a photo of him holding a bat during a conversation with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The White House found the dispute serious enough to warrant the issuing of a statement about the controversy.

The conversation between Obama and Erdogan took place on Monday. Shortly after the exchange, the White House released a photo of Obama holding a baseball bat while talking on the phone. It contained the caption, “President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey in the Oval Office, July 30, 2012.”

Umut Oran, vice president of the Republican People’s Party, said the photo was “an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens.”

Questions have arisen over a possible hidden meaning in the photo.

The White House released this statement:

We released the photo with only one purpose in mind, to highlight the President’s continuing close relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan and draw attention to the important conversation they had about the worsening situation in Syria. The President values his friendship and close partnership with Prime Minister Erdogan on a range of important issues on which the United States cooperates with Turkey.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Harold Olsen

    I wouldn’t accept ANY apology from Obama. He doesn’t really give a damn if he insults people. He has got to be one of the most insinsere people in the world!

    • Robert Smith

      And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


      • IreneK

        I’m hardly an Obama defender, but this really seems like a tempest in a teacup.

      • FreedomFighter

        Its a white bat. Wonder what that means?

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

        • RichE

          White means it’s a virgin.

      • Art

        Unless your using it on your aide


        I HEAR YA, “Art!”



    • Ted Crawford

      You might want to direct that question to Barney Frank, Harry Reid or David Axelrod, however, you will have to be careful of the timing or the reply will be muffeled !


        I HEAR YA, “Ted Crawford!” David Axelrod WOULD BEAT THE OTHERS TO THE “CHOW-DOWN!”

    • eddie47d

      Immaterial and an extremely non issue. No “hidden message” unless the conspiracy nuts will be out today … OPPS I see one now!. It’s fairly hard to physically assault someone on a phone but I guess some of you have wild imaginations along with the news media. Now you all better be careful when one of your friends is holding a cane he must be out to beat you. Be especially careful if your wife is holding a frying pan and back up very slowly and then run. LOL!!!

      • Ted Crawford

        What you, seemingly, have failed to notice here Eddie, is the fact that it’s the people of Turkey, not any Tea Partier, that have taken exception to this! Of course we are aware that facts tend to confuse most Progressives !

      • skippy

        So, Eddy…..are YOU saying that the Turks have ‘a wild imagination’????

      • eddie47d

        Why would the Turks be offended when they couldn’t possible see what Obama was holding. Apparently there is someone within the White House setting Obama up and showing this picture to the world. You can read into it anything you want to and apparently the trolls are doing a mighty fine job.

        • RichE

          Setting Obama up? Yeah, I bet that’s it. Watch out; Tea-Party, Neocons, and Romney the black man with a baseball bat is going to telephone you.

      • duif100

        Are there still Bush left overs in the Whitehouse?

    • art

      Now, now now….don’t be so hard on our fine prezident because he is really feeling the heat now. He was told that he is going to be replaced with by a gentleman from Uganda related to a Mr. Amin….

    • michiganminuteman

      I love that Chris!LOL

  • R.Marcel Comtois

    obama has no good reason for holding a baseball bat there…….just plain stupid to carry a bat to a situation like that……….who knows, he might be trying to send a message to “the baseball world” fans and players a subliminal message to vote for him ’cause he obviously knew his picture was being taken…..or, when he loses this round he’ll be looking at ESPN for a job predicting game outcomes…….

    • Kinetic1

      “obama has no good reason for holding a baseball bat there”
      What reason does he need? How about the bat was sitting on the desk or leaning against the desk and in the middle of the conversation he just picked it up. Would it be any different if he had picked up a pencil and tapped it on the desk? What if he had picked up a baseball and started tossing it up? Sometimes we fiddle with things while we’re on the phone. I use a headset so that I can walk around and keep busy. Sitting on the phone can be boring, so why not pick up a bat?

      • JUKEBOX

        He was probably thinking about some of his gay friends, and this was just a phallic thing.

      • Kinetic1

        I can not believe how childish some of you are.




  • dan

    Sounds like the Turks are trolling for a reason to be offended….i’m surprised to see him in a suit and in the office instead of in his sweats in the upstairs residence watching the Olympics
    (that’s what inside sources SAY he does…while sister Valerie Jarret runs things)

  • Mr. NunUr Bzneiss

    What do you expect form a community organizer who thinks it’s a good idea to photograph himself while talking on the phone to anybody first off? Second why post who you were talking too! It would have better to just have captioned the photo “Here’s the potus talking world problems” Third, you never mention the bat nor who you were talking to! It’s called plausiable deniability! The village idiot is in the house folks!

  • bigtomcat

    This must be a Chicago mob thing. Baseball bat diplomacy, ala Scarface! Don’t turn your back on Obama or, at the very least, let your guard down at dinner while he’s ‘splainin’ how loyality works, especially while Barry’s holding a Louisville Slugger!

  • Joey Biden

    Why should this be a surprise. Barry Hussien has offended and insulted millions of people.

    • michiganminuteman

      So you mean he is an equal offender? I like it. He should get some bumper stickers made up and Eric Holder could go out in parking lots and put them on union members cars!

  • AK Tom

    If he swings a bat like he pitches that doesn’t pose much of a threat.

    • bigtomcat

      I would say that Obama throws like a girl, but I’ve seen how tough lesbian softball players are, and how they use a bat…well, on the field at least…and they are much more manly than Barry is! If Obama starts wearing plaid shirts and work boots, I’ll start to worry.

    • michiganminuteman

      but is oblama a pitcher or a catcher ;~)




  • the big easy

    This picture is just another image to tell you that this is ‘the chicago way’.

  • RichE

    I think it’d make a good political cartoon, Obama’s staff trying to figure out which photo to use.

  • Desmond McGlynn

    If he was a Republican, the media would have their Republican Lynching of the Week opportunity.

    • RichE

      Ahhhhhh, the Republicans are so picked on, so misunderstood. Bless your heart.

  • R.Marcel Comtois

    Regarding apologies : They don’t mean anything any more…….People say and do what they mean and apologize later for their actions without thinking twice about it…… need to apologize, the harm is already done……..If someone was true they would not have said it or done it in the first place………..In rare cases do I believe apologizers

  • dcjdavis

    I would more have expected him to be holding longingly to the handle of a golf club.

  • momo

    Maybe he’s going to stick the bat up his a$$, naw his head would be in the way.

  • NC

    I play solitaire on the computer sometimes when on the phone– generally during a boring call. Letting someone take his picture was rather poor judgement. Bet that staffer gets fired, pronto. Baseball is barely known in Turkey.

  • George Vieto

    Maybe the President to be Batman in the next movie. Called The Dark Knight Leaves The White House.

  • PaulG.

    Some really good posts above. I hate obongo, but any country named Turkey ought to relax a little. But they should follow obongo around with a sign that says TURKEY!

  • http://personallibertydigest deb

    I would not be looking for the insult in the picture, I would be looking in the past of the person on the phone for a blackmail ploy. Hypothetical, somewhere in the past of this person someone may have been bludgeoned with a bat and no one know by who and the information was stored to control that person and perhaps he was not playing ball (pun accident) and needed to be brought back in line. Hypothetical maybe like sandusky he was caught in the act at a baseball field and this is a threat to release that information if etcetera. Anyway I would look in the past as to the significance of baseball to Erdagan. Then again customs are different and if you do to burp it could be an insult. Who posed him with a bat during that particular phone call and why?????????

  • swampfox

    Al-capone and Obama have MUCH in common!
    Obamass is a mixture of capone,Hitler,mossaleni,Pol-pot,adi-amin,mao,Stalin,bugsy Malone,bozo the clown,himmler,and that useless fat pogue goring,Castro.
    did I miss someone?
    What a ubber-moron!
    C’Mon november!!!!

    • Rick

      Swampfox, you are no longer allowed to call anyone a moron here until you learn how to spell Mussolini or Idi Amin. Oh shoot, I gave you the clue now didn’t I. Also, what is with all the dashes between the first and last names? Pull yourself out of the swamp and go back to elementary school and learn some grammar.

  • Jack

    It has to be very offensive to the Turks or they would not have said anything about the bat. I am amazed it wasn’t a golf club.,since he spends most of his time on the golf course instead of trying to create more jobs,but I forgot he and the rest iof the Dumbcrats want everyone under Government control. Steny Hoyer said the more people on food stamps the better for the economy.

  • Rick

    What???? Oh, I get it now, he should have been holding a turkey. Am I wrong? This was a joke article, right? Pretty funny stuff. Good enough for an SNL skit.


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