In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
-Vin Scully, calling game 1, 1988 World Series
Its the annual Opening Day party at Taylor Chateau today, with barbecue, snacks, and MLB until we barf baseballs. Everyone is welcome, but I won't be around as much as usual because I also have a nasty cold.
Ozzie Smith, brilliant shortstop for the St Louis Cardinals, pushed for baseball's opening day to be a national holiday. I think that's a great idea, but I'd suggest at least one existing national holiday be done away with - perhaps fold some of those birthdays into a "Great Americans Day." Otherwise, its just another paid day off for government employees.
The hilarious thing is that the petition got more than 100,000 signatures and the White House Press Secretary responded.
While we are sympathetic to your pitch to make Opening Day a national holiday, it's a little outside our strike zone: creating permanent federal holidays is traditionally the purview of Congress. So, it's up to the men and women on Capitol Hill to decide whether to swing at this pitch.
Now, this is technically accurate, and a good response in one sense, but given how freely and easily the president is violating the separation of powers and using "executive orders" to create and modify law, this response is ridiculous for this administration.
Further, while the president cannot create national holidays under the US Constitution, he can work for it to take place, like President Obama has other laws he actually wanted to be passed.
Honestly I get the feeling that the president doesn't really like baseball, which is perfectly fine, but the press secretary acts like he's a huge fan of the White Sox. Just politics as usual.
In any case: go watch a game, the show starts today!