Athletic Apologies: Love Means Always Having to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

By Katie Paine You know it's a big deal when an admission of guilt on the part of a baseball player makes it into the first presidential press conference of a new administration. But when a Washington Post reporter asked newly elected President Obama what he thought of Yankee Alex Rodriguez's (aka A-Rod or A-Roid) admission to taking steroids, you could hear the gasps as far away as northern New Hampshire. Was it really worth a question at the first presidential news conference? And, if so, why hadn't anyone asked for the president's response to another equally famous athlete's confession--that of Michael Phelps? Is it due to the fundamental differences in perception (marijuana = fun; steroids = cheating)?

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