At the 54th annual Congressional Baseball Game Thursday in Washington, D.C., President Obama made a surprise visit and was warmly received by Democrats sitting in the stands.
— USA TODAY Washington (@USATWashington) June 12, 2015
The president came to make a last chance pitch for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The Associated Press explains the atmosphere in the stands during the president’s visit as he was chatting up members of Congress:
Fans in the stands behind the Democratic dugout chanted ‘Four More Years, Four More Years’ while spectators seated on the Republican side chanted ‘TPA, TPA’ — a reference to the Trade Promotion Authority that Obama is seeking from Congress.
Of course, the 22nd Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits Obama from running for a third term.
While TPA, which would give the president “fast-track” authority on trade agreements, technically passed the House Friday, an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which gives aid to workers displaced by trade agreements, failed to clear the lower chamber. TAA’s passage is required for TPA to reach the president’s desk. A second vote on TAA could happen Tuesday.
As for the game, the Democrats came out victorious over the Republicans 5-2 at Nationals Park, marking their seventh straight victory. The game benefited local D.C. charities, including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
Obama brought his home brewed beer for the victors and tweeted a photo of himself with the Nationals’ mascots.
I challenged them to a race. pic.twitter.com/FpEUTnYgoD
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 12, 2015
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