Our post earlier today about the St. Louis Tea Party's plans to protest the All-Star Game and President Barack Obama
(who's throwing out the first pitch) has generated quite a bit of chatter
on this blog.
Now we're back to report some good news for people who don't have a beef (per se) with Obama but got plenty to gripe about other U.S. presidents. Major League Baseball today announced that all living U.S. presidents
(Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama) will appear in a special video to appear just before the start of the All-Star Game.
The presidents will be honoring 30 "All-Stars Among Us" -- men and women recognized by MLB and People
magazine for their acts of
giving and service to their communities.
MLB says its the first time that all living presidents have participated together in a sporting event. It's also the first time -- to our knowledge -- that the presidents have appeared together in a video since Saturday Night Live
's hilarious TV Funhouse cartoons
depicting the crime-fighting "X Presidents."
Check out MLB's press release on the presidential video, after the jump.
First Time All of the Living U.S. Presidents Will Participate in a Ceremony at a Sporting EventU.S. Presidents to Salute 30 People Being Celebrated for Their Outstanding Community Service & Advocating for All Americans to Volunteer
United States President Barack Obama along with former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will appear in an unprecedented video address as part of a special ceremony prior to the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on FOX, Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The video will mark the first time all of the living U.S. Presidents will participate in a ceremony at a sporting event. Following the video, President Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Presidential video address, which will run approximately seven minutes, will be part of a pre-game celebration honoring the 30 "All-Stars Among Us," men and women who are being recognized by Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine for their selfless acts of giving and service to their communities.
The 30 honorees, one representing each MLB Club, were selected by fans online at www.peopleallstars.com
as part of a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine, with nearly three quarters of a million votes cast.
"The importance of community service is personified by the 30 'All-Stars Among Us' and reinforced by the willingness of the five living Presidents to come together in support of this important theme during the Midsummer Classic," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "In addition to celebrating baseball's best on the field, Major League Baseball wants to shine a light on stars in the community whose work improves the lives of those who are less fortunate."
The "All-Stars Among Us" program is central to the 2009 MLB All-Star Game and its surrounding events which are dedicated to the recognition of the important role of community service and to charitable initiatives. The charity and community service initiatives, which are themed "Going Beyond," will be the most extensive in Major League Baseball All-Star history. Major League Baseball will raise and donate millions of dollars for numerous organizations.
In addition to talking about the importance of giving back to the community, each President will highlight the accomplishments of one of the "All-Stars Among Us," who will be saluted on the field by the Major League Baseball All-Stars and the fans at Busch Stadium.