- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcoming the world champion Chicago Cubs to the White House, President Obama joked Monday that the team’s general manager should take on the beleaguered Democratic National Committee as his next reclamation project.

Chicago GM Theo Epstein has a record of turning teams such as the Cubs into winners, and the DNC is looking for a new leader after a year in which Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election and its records were stolen by Russian hackers.

“Theo, as you know, his job is to quench droughts,” Mr. Obama said at a White House ceremony. “I’ve talked to him about being DNC chair … but he’s wisely decided to stick to baseball.”

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in November, their first World Series championship since 1908.

In his last official White House ceremony, Mr. Obama noted on Martin Luther King Day that “sports has the power to bring us together even when we’re divided.”

“There is a line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here,” Mr. Obama said. “Sports has a way sometimes of changing hearts in a way that politics or business hasn’t.”

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