Everyone, just about everyone, has been asked to opine about the soon approaching shutdown of Stephen Strasburg. On Sunday, the right-hander made likely his third-to-last start of the season for the Nationals — a dazzling six-inning, nine-strikeout performance in a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals — and then the highest official in the land was asked to consider the Strasburg situation.

In fact, President Obama may be the highest-ranking official to be asked and offer some thoughts, though incomplete, on the subject.