It’s the new question buzzing round Washington – why on earth was President Barack Obama holding a baseball bat when he was on the phone to Turkey’s leader?
His spokesman won’t say, but an official picture released by the White House shows the president gripping the bat tightly with one hand, while he discusses the latest news out of Syria with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
White House press secretary Jay Carney promised an answer when asked about the shot on Tuesday — but so far nothing.
The English language Turkish Weekly wondered about any symbolism in the picture, but said all Carney would say is that Obama is an avid supporter of the Chicago White Sox.
Meanwhile, commenters on U.S. websites were having a field day. “Maybe he’s channeling Teddy Roosevelt now by speaking softly and carrying a bit stick,” said one on Sodahead.com. Another on CNN pondered whether he was ready to “hit anything that comes out of Mitt.”