The Washington Times - March 31, 2008, 08:58AM
Sen. Barack Obama
[Obama] and [Sen. Bob] Casey changed their dress shoes for bowling shoes — blue and white Velcro for Obama, size 13 1/2, and a more traditional red and blue (with Day-Glo green laces) for Casey. \ \ …\ \ Bowling first, Casey, taking what Obama had declared to be a practice roll, sent his ball off to the left gutter. “Uh oh! Uh oh!” Obama shouted. “He did that on purpose, so I won’t look bad.” But Obama had already told the afternoon gaggle that he’s not a good bowler, and your pooler has the sad duty to inform you that he was true to his word. He picked up a ball, held it reasonably confidently, approached the lane and … sent it off to the gutter on the right. “We’re just warming up,” he said.\ \ …\ \ At one point, Nick, an 8-year-old standing nearby, offered to give Obama some pointers. Instead, Obama let Nick roll one ball for him. (“Fist bump!” Obama ordered Nick afterwards.) Other kids started asking to play with them, and he invited them to join in. “We’re going to keep on going until we get a strike,” Obama said.\ \ …\ \ Most of Obama’s shots were more or less down the center of the lane, but he rolled them too slowly to knock down more than six or seven pins at a time. “You notice I’m getting better,” he said. At one point, he jokingly asked for a tip from a Secret Service agent. \ \ …\ \ Obama knocked down nine pins with one ball. “Almost!” he shouted. “I almost had it!”\ “Let me tell you something,” Obama said, turning to the crowd. “My economic plan is better than my bowling.” A man standing at the next lane over called out, “It has to be.” Laughing, Obama walked over and hugged him. Finally, in the seventh frame, Obama made a spare, cleaning up one pin left standing with his second ball. “Yes I can!” he started chanting, after a couple of admirers at a nearby lane started it. “Yes I can!” He and Casey changed out of their shoes. “Alright, I’m quitting now, that’s it, that’s it,” Obama said. He signed two bowling pins for the alley’s owners. \ — Mike Madden,\ — Sasha Issenberg, The Boston Globe\

Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times