Bush tried to avoid boos.

The AP reports:

bushbaseball4.jpg President Bush had enough to worry about – like not flubbing the first pitch in front of a crowd that might not exactly be his biggest fans anyway.

So before the game, when a couple of Atlanta Braves gave him a team jersey and suggested he wear it to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park, Bush laughed. Uh, no thanks, guys. Might as well put on a sign that says “Boo me.”

“I’m not going to give them any excuses,” Bush said of the 40,000-plus people gathered for the opening of Washington’s gleaming baseball stadium.

Unfortunately for Bush, the fact that he refused a Braves jersey wasn’t enough to erase the eight years of his presidency. Watch the boos here.