Obama phones Eagles owner to congratulate him on Michael Vick for some reason

posted at 7:28 pm on December 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

Hey, every man deserves a second chance. Especially, I guess, if that man happens to be an MVP-caliber quarterback capable of generating untold millions in revenue for his franchise. On that note, my congratulations to America’s professional boxing associations for giving Mike Tyson a second chance after that rape conviction, and to every record company ever for retaining multiplatinum bands whose members have been busted for drugs. Truly, behavior this selfless deserves a personal phone call from the president of the United States.

Remember, kids: It’s never too late to straighten yourself out, if you happen to be fantastically talented.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was surprised to hear the president’s voice on the phone. Barack Obama had two things to discuss with Lurie: the redemption of Michael Vick and the alternative-energy plans Lurie unveiled this fall for Lincoln Financial Field. I talked about the Vick story on NBC last night.

“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,” Lurie told me. “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was … passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears. He really follows it. He knew how Michael was doing. It was really interesting to hear.”

Lurie’s an Obama donor, natch; follow the link up top if you care even remotely about their new green stadium. Meanwhile, here’s the obligatory statement from White House spokesman Bill Burton to reassure the nation that, no, The One does not approve of dogs being forced to tear each other to pieces for the amusement of social deviants:

Here’s Burton’s statement:

The President did place a call to Mr. Lurie to discuss plans for the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field, during which they spoke about that and other issues. He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but, as he’s said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.

Exit question: Was there really no celebrity with a more sympathetic offense for Obama to make an example of? How many athletes and entertainers have cleaned up after victimless crimes involving drugs?


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I agree, though I don’t agree with what I seem to be seeing a lot which is that Vick should be forgiven because he had an awesome year. … Forgiving him because he happens to be able to throw a ball around well isn’t happening here.

jarodea on December 28, 2010 at 2:25 AM

Who said that? That would be preposterous.
There are tens of thousands of ex-cons out there who have really changed, who don’t want to commit any more crimes, but who can’t find work. (Yes, I know it’s their fault) Maybe the President doing this will encourage a few employers to take a chance on ex-cons, so they can get off welfare.
Vick paid his dues & seems to be a changed man. If his mentor Tony Dungy believes in him, so do I.

itsnotaboutme on December 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Vick paid his dues & seems to be a changed man. If his mentor Tony Dungy believes in him, so do I.

itsnotaboutme on December 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Eh, he still hangs around with the same people. My whole problem is that 2 years in jail wasn’t enough.

An average joe would have served 8 years or more, Vick got off easy with it because of who/what he is.

Justice isn’t blind, she sees the color green very well.

MadDogF on December 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM

So, I guess we know where Bo is getting shipped off to when Jug-ears is done using him as a prop.

Extrafishy on December 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM

If this was an honest attempt by Obama to shine a spotlight on the plight of incarcerated Americans, who tend not to generate much public sympathy, then it would be admirable. But somehow I get the impression this is just a one-off.

Our obsession with “law and order” has resulted in the U.S. having the highest rate of incarceration in the world. North Korea and Cuba don’t lock up their citizens as efficiently as we do. I certainly wouldn’t object to Obama using his bully pulpit to try and make us re-think the wisdom of locking ‘em up and throwing away the key.

Hell, even Pat Robertson seems teachable on this point.

Enrique on December 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Of course “the Prez” has time to think, worry, and involve himself with the likes of Michael Vick. I’ve all but STOPPED watching the NFL and all their pregame crap. It’s gotten way out of control and for “the Prez” to take time from his life to worry about a “man” who used, killed and spent time in jail all shows why. He’s just a dog killer!!! Way to go Mr. Prez…

mmcnamer1 on December 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Hey, every man deserves a second chance. Especially, I guess, if that man happens to be an MVP-caliber quarterback capable of generating untold millions in revenue for his franchise.

He deserves a second chance even if he wasnt those things. I’m a dog lover, and I despise what Vick did. However I love people more and Vick paid his debt. Why cant he go and sin no more? Jesus said there is only one unforgivable sin and what Vick did was not it.

abcurtis on December 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail.

LIFE isnt a level playing field for anybody, you bloody eedjit.

abcurtis on December 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Utterly disgusting. Just when I think this guy can’t possibly sink lower, he somehow manages… calling to congratulate a guy who chose to look the other way in order to make some cash.

I honestly don’t understand why people will forgive any disgusting behavior in the name of sports. Michael Vick might have done his time in prison, but that’s only because the time he was sentenced to was waaaayyy less than what he truly deserved. Anyone who could ENJOY the cries of a wounded animal doesn’t deserve to walk around in polite society. Time-served? ….whatever. That doesn’t mean decent people have to voluntarily interact with him.

Murf76 on December 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Next Obama will call the NHL and thank them for allowing blacks to play….

jcrue on December 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM

And the Midas touch continues as Vick gags against the Mighty Viqueens…

2ipa on December 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Just how sick must a person be to breed and train animals just to have them fight to the death while he bets money on the winner? How sick and evil must that person be to then take that poor tortured creature out to the back forty, look directly into its eyes, place a gun to its head and blow its brains out? Just how sick does that person have to be to do this over and over again and think that it is perfectly all right? Vick is that kind of evil and someday when his playing days are over and the media lights fade from view he will do it again. Why? To quote Dirty Harry when he was asked by the Mayor why he thought the serial killer Scorpio would kill again Harry answered, “Why? Because he likes it.” And so does Michael Vick.

Luka on December 29, 2010 at 4:35 AM

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