Was he invited? Probably not. Does it matter? Not one bit. NME reports that Bill Murray gatecrashed a White House press briefing. He had the media in the palm of his hand but, instead of looking at the big issues facing the world, he wanted to talk Major League Baseball and namely his beloved Chicago Cubs.
Having made the World Series for the first time since the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Groundhog Day and Rushmore star was kitted out top to bottom in Cubs merchandise. All so he could get the conversation going about his hometown team and what they face in the Cleveland Indians this week.
President Murray Plays Along In DC
"Mr. President," begins one reporter, "Do you think the Cubs will win?" Murray responded in his most serious of tones as he echoed the commander in chief. "I'm very confident, Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we got too many sticks. And at home with our crowd, the weather, also you get a little bit of Autumn in Chicago, you don't get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die, you know? In Illinois they flourish."
CNN reportedly killed all the fun about the supposed "gatecrashing" when they explained that the actor was in D.C. to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from President Obama. That would explain a hell of a lot, but was it necessary?
Appearance Follows On From Random Bartending Gig
If it isn't the White House, it is at a bar down the road in New York City. Last month Bill Murray delighted a number of locals and the Internet at the same time by helping out at his son’s bar in New York across the weekend. Singing along to Rolling Stones tracks while serving up tequila shots to patrons, the actor was in his element.
His spontaneous nature has endeared him to all in sundry and it is fair to say the Cubs have a lot of goodwill heading into the World Series if Murray is on their team. And if his on screen performances are as exciting as his off screen shenanigans, it will be worth the price of admission!