Obama flip-flopping on Phillies?

The Phillies celebrate their series-clinching victory over the Dodgers.

What to do when you're a presidential candidate and both teams in the World Series are from crucial battleground states? Straddle, baby, straddle.

A little while ago in Tampa, Obama said the following, according to a helpful transcript provided by the folks at the Republican National Committee, clearly hoping to foment trouble: “I’ve said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox Fan showing love to the Rays. And the Rays showing some love back – you know we are on to something right here."

But last weekend, Obama proclaimed his love for the Phillies when he was in town. "I am a White Sox fan, but since the White Sox are out of it, I'll root for the Phillies now," he said. (Campaign manager David Plouffe, a Wilmington native, is a huge Fightin's Phan.)

To be fair, Obama might not be flip-flopping, according to a close parsing of his statements. He said he was "showing love" to the Rays, not, repeat not rooting for them.

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