Obama Bolsters Defense Creds as the Cubbies Search for Offense

Barack Obama went long to the opposite field this week and slid head first into John McCain territory. The presumed democratic nominee’s tour of the Middle East and Europe – which included one speech in Germany that had enough attendees to fill a 10-game Cubs home stand – proved to the world that the United States can elect a leader who includes both subjects and predicates in all of his sentences.

Obama’s plan of earning a complete game victory in Iraq without having to go into extra innings was bolstered by Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki’s declaration that all U.S. combat troops should withdraw from his nation within the next 16 months. Days later, Obama hit one over the imaginary wall in Berlin with an address that showed the world why he had many of us at hello.  If there were an all-star lineup for presidential rhetoric on the global stage, Obama (who is still playing out his rookie contract), already has joined JFK and Reagan in a potent 3-4-5 attack.

Meanwhile, on the North Side, there is more than one reason as of late to feel a bit blue. The Cubs once potent offense is hiding in an undisclosed location believed to be somewhere near Dick Cheney (a not-so-closeted Cubs fan in his own right ). On a recent road trip in Houston and Arizona, the Cubs average runs per game fell well short of Dennis Kucinich’s percentage of votes in the democratic primary. 

While the Cubs remain a game up on the White Hot Milwaukee Brewers in the NL central, a postseason berth no longer looks like a simple cake-walk.  Are we just in the dog days of a 162-game season or might the (still) Tribune-owned national league ballclub go the way of Thomas E. Dewey and again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Stay tuned!

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

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