White House official photo
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has responded
to speculation about why U.S. President Barack Obama was photographed holding
onto a baseball bat as the two conducted a recent telephone conversation, daily
Radikal reported today.
"Of course, I can’t know what position Obama takes
or what he holds in hands while speaking with me," Erdoğan said. "Obama,
who I saw and spoke with in the Oval Office, is a respectful person, my friend
and [he] shows his respect."
Erdoğan also said he was not taking seriously the
speculation appearing in the media over the pose.
The photo was published on the White House official
website, with a caption reading: "President Barack Obama talks on the
phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey in the Oval Office,
July 30, 2012."
After being pressed by reporters about a possible hidden
meaning to the pose, White House representative Jay Carney said all he could
say was that the president was a baseball fan and an avid Chicago White Sox