I love a mystery as well as the next person, but the American Thinker is leaving me feeling shortchanged. Cat Corben puzzled over a gap in Obama's schedule when he ditched the press pool, and came back with this:
Obama Attends Non-Existent Soccer Game?
Reading the story about President
Obamabreaking tradition and ditching the presidential press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right? Not so. It is rather disturbing when you dissect it.
Let's skip to the dissection:
Seems simple enough. But the story has several problems. The first one is a biggie in that there were no scheduled soccer games for Sidwell Friends April 10, as evidenced here.
Sidwell Friends, the Obama girls school? Who cares?!? Schools are not the only venue for soccer, and are not even the most common for pre-high schoolers. Youth soccer, town soccer, and travel soccer are where it's at. I can quickly find the Washington Area Girls Soccer League and I am sure there are more.
Let's press on:
The second [problem] is that the area reported that the game was played at appears to be one of high crime, as documented here and here. Additionally, this is a picture of the field via Google Maps, where Obama went to watch the game.
Another problem is that when the press pool got close to the reported location, they were told that Obama was leaving and to turn around. The press pool complied, but why? Wouldn't they have wanted a photo of him, even leaving the event, to formally document his whereabouts? What's also suspect is the very casual, nothing-to-see-here tone of the Time article.
Something is most definitely wrong. The President of the United States venturing out to a soccer game that didn't exist in a high-crime area.
I am far from convinced that no game existed since the site in question does host youth soccer games.
And let me go a bit further - the WAGS have no games scheduled for Sat, April 10 at Fort Reno Park. However (and I hate to vex the Secret Service with this, but if I can figure it out, so can others), in another rec league I won't name, two Girls Under 12 teams played at 9AM at Fort Reno Park. (My guess - the schedule will be taken off the web shortly, and don't even ask me for a copy.)
Since Malia Obama turned 11 last July, she might well be playing in an Under 12 league this spring.
OK, fun's fun, but Obama was probably at a soccer game.
A PREEMPTIVE PLEA FOR MERCY: Please, Secret Service guys - I did you a favor. Blame the press pool reporting.
TRUST BUT VERIFY (OR NOT): I am not going to play Twenty Questions so trust me or Google for yourself - I did find the league and the Girls Under 12 schedule with team names (but not rosters) and all the games for the rest of the spring. Paparazzi, stalkers and terrorists will have to take it from here.
@RoseDanna Actually a CBS colleague happened to be at the soccer game on his own & saw the Obamas there.