Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, his playbook for visits from the major sports champions who deign to visit him is pretty well established.
Trump can be counted on to offer generic compliments, mispronounce a few names, do whatever he can to associate himself with the winners, and ramble — coherently or not — about topics entirely unrelated to athletics. On Tuesday, when the St. Louis Blues rolled into town, the 45th president absolutely played the hits.
First off, here’s what the president himself posted: a cookie cutter photo and a 25-minute video of his remarks that technically you can watch if you have no respect for your own time:
The @StLouisBlues amazing comeback reminds us to never give up – and never lose faith. When you work hard, support each other, believe in yourself, and give it everything you’ve got, victory is always within reach! #STLBlues pic.twitter.com/QeF54kqUak— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019
The assembled media did the yeoman’s work of picking out the particularly bizarre moments, of which there were certainly a few. For instance, the Blues — a team comprised largely of Canadians — probably felt a little uncomfortable standing alongside him as he went after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Things get a bit awkward as Trump criticizes Pelosi and whines about impeachment in front of St. Louis Blues players pic.twitter.com/tRBAHhMbug— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2019
Trump also went well off course in a discussion of the stock market, that ultimately ended in a weird swipe at NHL player agents for some reason.
Donald Trump and the Blues. After mispronouncing Berube, Trump is talking about Turkey, the stock market and selling agricultural products to China. pic.twitter.com/1tTf1Ffr9u— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 15, 2019
During White House event with the St. Louis Blues, Trump disses sports agents: "Those agents, right? They sit in bed, they weigh 350 pounds, and they complain, 'you're not playing very well today, c'mon.'" pic.twitter.com/GECGxTOMbF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2019
Perhaps the hero of the event was goaltender Jordan Binnington, who gave the president — who is notorious for his extremely awkward and forceful handshakes — a taste of his own medicine.
I see you, Jordan Binnginton doing the Trump handshake. (Also he was funny on the mic.) pic.twitter.com/pWFjvVxoHD— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 15, 2019
Ultimately the event was nothing out of the ordinary. There were a few bizarre comments, minor missteps, and the odd laugh. It was precisely what you’d expect an invitation from this White House to result in. The most confusing part of the proceedings was why a team made up of Canadians and northern Europeans would feel the need to be there at all.
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