Either on the campaign trail or while in office, like Presidents before him, President Obama has used sports to buy political points and to show a side rarely seen, the sports fan in him.
He has already referenced a college football playoff and has made his picks for college basketball during March Madness. He is a consummate sports fan, inviting all types of athletes, olympic and non-olympic to the White House, throwing out the first pitch at baseball games and frequently mentioning his passion for the Chicago pro teams.
Obama has been a supporter of Soccer, most recently inviting the LA Galaxy to the White House to celebrate their 2011 MLS Cup title and he pushed hard to get the World Cup for the U.S. in 2022, though it didn't work out. Also, he has been known to attend his daughter's games.
With MLS 2012 season winding down, it's time for a sitting President to attend a game and do some kind of 'First Kick.' Obama would do well to attend a game while in full campaign mode, possibly the nationally televised Philly Union-D.C. United game on Sep. 20th in Philly. He should at least stay and sit through the first half.
He could generate a lot of good press with Soccer fans and maybe steal some votes for November's reelection campaign.
MLS can surely use the press if he were to attend. Even though Soccer's popularity is gaining on the other Big 4 and MLS is setting records with attendance, it could still use all facets of the mainstream media to broadcast that they are still open for business.
Obama likes to take pride in being the first President to do things; Clinton and W. Bush never attended an MLS game, here's a first opportunity for the current Prez.
Originally published in 2011; this is third slight change to the topic. Changes only include election updates, campaign updates and soccer calendar updates.