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Dunno about Old Abe; he seems to have been very much a man of the early 19th Century in that he doesn't seem to have had much interest in what we'd call "sports". If there had been a tradition of presidential pitch-throwing I think he'd have participated, but I don't see him going out of his way to INVENT that tradition.

That said, it does sort of make a good point about his successor, though. Lincoln may be one of the ablest men to occupy the office and Trump the least. But in just purely human terms Lincoln was a man with a broad interest in the world around him. He was what we'd call "well-rounded", and his intelligence was shaped by his vision; fully informed, flexible, and penetrating.

Trump is, if anything, "shrewd", a one-dimensional sort of intelligence primarily centered on some thing or things that materially benefit the individual - in Trump's case, parting other people from their money. He evidences little interest in the world, and even less in intangible things like literature, drama, philosophy, ideas, the "life of the mind", if you will. Part of this seems to have something to do with his immense, consuming narcissism, but another seems to relate to the base personality of the guy.

So I think that Lincoln, in retirement, might well have been curious to see what all this fuss over rounders was about. Maybe not to the extent of traveling all the way to Ohio to see a game, but surely to have prompted some of his local Springfield baseball fans to tell him about this new professional version of the sport.

Trump, as you pointed out, OWNED a professional sporting franchise and seems to have had zero interest in the thing other than as just another way to make money for Trump.

Somehow there just doesn't seem to be anything that doesn't manage to show an unpleasant side of this joker. He's said to have some sort of in-person charm, though, which makes me wonder. How the hell does someone with so few pleasant qualities manage to be some version of likeable in person?

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