Anticipating this afternoon's press conference, President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE's transition team divided the seating for members of the media in the Hilton Chicago's ballroom into two sections mirroring the Windy City's two baseball teams.

On the north end of the ballroom is the "Cubs" section, while the south end is full of "White Sox" reporters. Chicago's fans are often geographically divided, with Cubs fan residing in the city's north and Sox fans hailing from the city's south side. Obama, whose Hyde Park neighborhood is south of downtown Chicago, is a dedicated follower of the White Sox, and is often known to sport a Sox cap.

"But in a crime against nature, your pooler--a genuine White Sox fan, a man who attended his first twi-night double header at the Old Comiskey in 1963, who sat behind third base for the 50th anniversary All Star Game there in '83, who knew Bill Veeck and the wonders of Disco Demolition night, who saw the great Ozzie play before he managed--has been assigned a seat in the Cubs section," wrote McClatchy's Steve Thomma, who reported the division of the press today.

-Michael O'Brien