The sports metaphors were flying faster than Justin Verlander’s pitches as reporters gleefully covered the Turkish outrage over a bizarre photo of President Obama grasping a baseball bat while speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
The White House had no clear explanation for why the President felt the need to hold the bat, autographed by the great Hank Aaron, during a conversation with a foreign leader, and moreover, while being photographed.
According to the New York Daily News:
In the shot, the president looks relaxed and contemplative. But some Turkish leaders didn’t seem to think so.
"The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country," Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People's Party (CHP) party, said in a statement.
Another CHP leader, party vice president Umut Oran, called the picture "an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens” in Parliament, Reuters reports.
It’s exactly the opposite message the Obama team was hoping to convey.
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