Politics is not a game exactly, but there are rules. And when you break them you're running Politically Foul! Each week, we call the penalties, conversions and downs as we see them on the political playing field.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha paid a visit to the White House this week. After addressing a crowd on the South Lawn, Samantha caught her husband's backfield in motion -- with a tap on the backside. Can we call a foul on PDA? There must be a different playbook on the other side of the pond.
Arizona Senate candidate Wil Cardon released his first TV ad this week. A lifelong Arizonian, Cardon's ad featured a family scrapbook with a picture captioned 'Tuscon, 1959.' Foul! Illegal formation -- of letters. What Cardon meant was: T-U-C-S-O-N. If you want Arizona to draft you to its A-team, you better learn how to spell its second largest city.
President Obama made a stop at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, during a fundraising double header in Texas. Greeted by an enthusiastic audience, the crowd fell quiet when Obama said, "As a White Sox fan, I have fond memories of this facility."
Ouch! Unnecessary roughness, Mr. President. Memories of the White Sox sweeping the Astros in the 2005 World Series are not pleasant for everyone. Nothing like starting a fundraising event with a stinger!
Visiting Alabama this week, Mitt Romney threw a pass to teammate Randy Owens, lead singer of the band fittingly called Alabama. Romney stepped up, raised his voice and lobbed: "Sure would be good to hear him sing Sweet Home Alabama."
Ooh, Sorry Mitt. That was actually a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Despite the Presidential candidate's lyrical fumble, Owens was a good sport and played along, grabbing the microphone and belting out the Skynyrd lyrics as if they were his own.
Those are the politically plays we flagged this week. Tell us your best and worst moments and we'll survey the field again next week.
- President Obama