WASHINGTON — Comedian, actor, director and noted Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray met with President Obama Friday at the White House — and made a surprise visit to the James S. Brady briefing room to show off his Cubs blue.
"I feel very confident that (Dodgers ace) Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we got too many sticks," Murray said from the White House podium, presumably channeling an impersonation of either Obama or Cubs Manager Joe Maddon.
Obama later confirmed that he met with the star of Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. "He was wearing a Cubs jacket — which for a White Sox fan is a little troubling," Obama quipped.
While neither Obama nor the White House would give an official explanation for the meeting, Murray will be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
It also just so happens that Sunday is also the seventh game of the National League Championship Series (*if necessary) between the Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the winner going to the World Series in a historic clash of baseball's most long-suffering teams. The Cubs lead the league series, 3-2.
The Chicago Tribune looked into where Murray's allegiances would lie if he had such a scheduling conflict, and learned that there has been "no discussion about special provisions for Cubs playoffs game watching or monitoring during Mark Twain."
Comedian Bill Murray visits the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House Friday. (Photo: SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images)