Could you hit a pitch thrown by President Obama?
Could you hit a pitch thrown by President Obama? President Barack Obama surprises members of the Northwest little league baseball teams at Friendship Park in Washington
Could you hit a pitch thrown by President Obama?
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Put down the juice box and lace up your sneakers. President Barack Obama is pinch-hitting for Little League.

The president paid a surprise visit to Washington's Friendship Park, where a handful of teams were warming up for the big game. Obama stepped onto the field in a tie but no jacket. He shook hands with the players and posed for photos with each team.

"What's going on people? How's it going?" the president said, before sidling up to a young girl whose arm was in a sling. "Hey, what happened? Were you sliding?"

Shocked parents reached for their smartphones to snap a quick photo. But not all of their kids were as impressed. Some held back, unsure of who Obama was, as their parents tried to lure them back onto the infield to join the president.

"Daddy, let's just play," said one young boy, pulling his father by the hand.

The "pitcher in chief" even got a chance to try out his arm. He tossed the ball from near the pitcher's mound to 10-year-old Danny Ringel, who plays for the Tigers.

The White House notes the visit comes before Obama is scheduled to travel to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, New York.

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  • VincentA1-Gar
    5/22/2014 - 12:53 p.m.

    i wonder why the kids where not surprised to meet the president

  • carter-Cla
    5/22/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    Obamas bad at pitching he throws like 10 mpg. Im a better pitcher tan Obama i throw 90mpg.Obama I will win my next game.

  • Julieg-Gra
    5/27/2014 - 11:55 a.m.

    I would like it if the president threw me a ball too.

  • Christianm1-Gra
    5/27/2014 - 11:57 a.m.

    I could hit a home run by him.Its easy for me

  • HarryLin
    6/10/2014 - 12:52 p.m.

    I dont know for shore but I could maybe. but how dos he pich?

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