“Nobody Bats One Thousand”

The New Yorker, July 28, 2014

The Political Scene: The Biden Agenda, by Evan Osnos

Page 50-51

“The tenor of the dispute between Biden and Gates has surprised some who know them.  When I asked Richard Haas, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about Gate’s assessment of Biden, Haas said, ‘Bob Gates is a close friend.  We worked together in government several times, but it’s one of the areas where I disagree with him.  Nobody bats a thousand, but I don’t know anyone who bats zero, either.  Joe’s had hits , and he’s had misses, just like the rest of us..”

The batting average in baseball is calculated by number of times at bat divided by hits at bat.  The best hitters might be in the 300 percent range, 3 hits for ten times at bat.



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