For Pete's Sake

Josh Earnest was tickled to inform Vin Scully he was chosen for Presidential Medal of Freedom

Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. The Associated Press

White House Josh Earnest Press Secretary Josh Earnest wears his love for the Royals on his sleeve.

Earnest is a Kansas City native who attended The Barstow School, and he often can be seen drinking from a Royals mug during meetings with the media. Like many baseball fans, he’s also an admirer of former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

That was evident on Wednesday when the Dodgers shared a video of Earnest informing Scully that he had been chosen to be a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient by President Obama. It was tough to tell who was happier about it. And you’ll note that Royals mug is on Earnest’s desk.

“Oh my gosh, no?” Scully said of being chosen. “Are you sure?”

Earnest’s response: “You’ve had a remarkable impact on the lives of generations of sports fans in this country.”

Watch the conversation here and try not to smile:

Others to be chosen for the honor this year include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Robert Redford, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen.

The awards will be presented at the White House on Nov. 22.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff