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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He’s paving the way for Wesley Snipes to take over Tim Geithner’s job?

malclave on December 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM

This should go over well.

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM

vick, who the hell is vick for that matter who is obama

david kumbera on December 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears.

and them Cubs too…don’t forgets them Cubs…

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

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?

Based on Burton’s statement it sounds a lot more like the call was about green energy and Vick came up in conversation, instead of the other way around. But one way is going to stir up more outrage than the other way. And what do you know? That’s exactly the way it’s being presented!

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Whatever.

SHARPTOOTH on December 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Wonder how ‘Bo’ feels about this?

garry on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Deval Patrick made criminal records reform a priority issue to help minorities get jobs.

Yeah, I went there. No one wants to talk about race, but its the truth. They are “victims” of the system, not criminals. I have no doubt that Obama thinks like Deval

swamp_yankee on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

“A SHOUT OUT”?
==================

canopfor on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Can he name any of his fave Bears players??? Kinda like all of those Chi Sox he luvs so much….

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

If I were a defensive lineman who sacked Vick, I’d follow up my knocking him to the ground by farting in his face.

radjah shelduck on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I am sure this news will bring delight and comfort to the family of Agent Brian Terry during this holiday season…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

President Obama was just thanking the Eagles for taking someone out of the unemployment line. He did promise a pivot to job creation at his last presser, remember?

thuljunior on December 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears Nitally Lions.

sleepy-beans on December 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Hey POTUS! Where do them Bears play at? C’mon, what’s it called?

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Remember when Bill Clinton called the Head of the US Figure skating and congratulated them on Tonya Harding?

I sure don’t.

portlandon on December 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Obama is just an opportunist a-hole. If Philly hadn’t clinched the NFC east there would have been to phone call.
Why wasn’t this call made back in September?

Rocks on December 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is just stupid enough to believe that Obama just did him and his team a favor.
AH, hahahaha!

james23 on December 27, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Obama… They Talk about Me Like a Dog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvCcI8RqUKE

canopfor on December 27, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Michael Vick deserves to be MVP. He’s having a better year than Tom Brady when you add in rushing statistics.

Go RBNY on December 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

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.”

So, who are his favorite players, Lurie? C’mon ask him, he’ll hit it outta the park….

As for him not being able to name any ChiSox players from when he was growing up, while it’s funny to hear him gag on the question, he does say he was an A’s fan at the time. No shortage of greats there — Catfish, Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Rollie Fingers, and of course Reggie — but alas, they didn’t ask him to name any. Can you imagine if they had and he blanked on a team that threepeated in the early 70s? Baseball cred gone instantly, and forever.

Football, up next.

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

OJ is eagerly awaiting his pardon.

brak on December 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Forgiveness is divine, but so is sincerity. Something Obama knows nothing about. This was purely political, and a self interest on Obamas part was involved. Just my opinion, but I bet I’m right.

Obama doesn’t do a d@mn thing, unless it’s going to help himself out.

capejasmine on December 27, 2010 at 7:42 PM

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Damn…you beat me to it!! :)

Dopenstrange on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

The man is a dope.

Mason on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Michael Vick deserves to be MVP. He’s having a better year than Tom Brady when you add in rushing statistics.

Go RBNY on December 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Barack Obama should CLEARLY be MVP. There is absolutely NOTHING proving decisively that he might not earn it at some undetermined point in the future.

Oops, sorry. Had a flashback to the Heisman Trophy campaign, post-Nobel Prize.

malclave on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Outrage? Yeah, you’re not exaggerating whatsoever.

Esthier on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Obama is just an opportunist a-hole. If Philly hadn’t clinched the NFC east there would have been to phone call.
Why wasn’t this call made back in September?

Rocks on December 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I think that might be because of the alternative energy stuff they’re doing to the Linc, which I believe was just announced pretty recently.

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

How many athletes and entertainers have cleaned up after victimless crimes involving drugs?

Daryl Strawberry?
If 1989 was a disappointment, 1990 would be different. In January Strawberry was arrested after a domestic violence complaint by his wife. Strawberry spent a short time in an alcohol rehabilitation center and admitted that he had a problem with alcohol, though he told no one at the center about his drug use. I

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/darryl-strawberry#ixzz19MY7IFXD

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Outrage? Yeah, you’re not exaggerating whatsoever.

Esthier on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Read the comments in the headlines thread. I don’t think I am.

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM

and them Cubs too…don’t forgets them Cubs…

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Obama loves the White Sux. He loved going to old Cominisky Park. He just can’t remember the names of any White Sux players when he loved going.

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Damn…you beat me to it!! :)

Dopenstrange on December 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

it’s those catlike reflexes I learnt from watching them ChiSox that I cannot name, or them Cubs that I’m a fan of too….//

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

“I’d like to work on job creation but I have to make a call to Lindsey Lohan.”

-PBHO

Bishop on December 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

You can always tell a mans character by his heros.

Tommy_G on December 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Was there really no celebrity with a more sympathetic offense for Obama to make an example of?

A bigger celebrity than a high visiblility black quarterback in effin’ Philly, yo; especially one that makes decent game decisions as well as exhibit athletic excellence? I don’t think so AllahP.

Vick shouldn’t be in the NFL at all, the Igglez were simply desperate enough to touch he who had become an untouchable by other NFL teams; they displayed their customary team character…

And really, think about the marketing angle. The city of “brutha”-ly love has had a black quarterback at the Igglez helm for nearly the last 20 years. To switch now, and suffer a losing season doing so, would not only be a disaster, but I guarantee would somehow be RAAAAAAAACIST! to boot; at least among the denizens of South Philly…

What really stinks? Is that this helps go a long way toward normalizing bad behavior in professional sports, a process that the NBA has made monumental strides in for years.

Not only should Vick be out, so too should Rothlisberger and Brady, and many others who’ve done things that would land normal folks below the jail.

I’ve got an exit question for you AllahP. How long until The Won places a congratulatory call to…Pete Rose? Or until he leans on Cooperstown to do Rose a solid by allowing him in. I mean, it’s not like he committed a crime-crime, like rape-rape, or heading a RICO operation, eh?

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Could it be because Vick is a black QB?

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

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?

Thiscwas supposed to be a Christmas weekend feel-good story centered around the Eagles-Vikings game being televised by NBC. Micheal Vick was going to be featured, the Eagles were going to clinch the NFC East (which the Giants losing to the Packers still took care of), and it was all going to tie into Obama’s holiday message of forgiveness and salvation……
…..until someone at the White House or NBC forgot to check the weather forecast, and notice that 1-2 feet of snow was barreling down on the City of Brotherly Love. Once the game was cancelled, Obama’s message was just out there without a big Vick performance/Philly win to hang it on, leaving the statement to stand on it’s own. Oohps. (I suppose it is possible that the deal was Lurie was to be the one to release this, but the Eagles’ owner didn’t grasp that without a Sunday night game to play the “Look! A squirrel!” part in this scenario, Obama’s remark was going ot be the focus of the night. Which may mean Jeffrey gets his phone calls answered slower in the future as penalty for accidentally hanging the president out to dry).

jon1979 on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

“I’d like to work on job creation but I have to make a call to Lindsey Lohan.”

-PBHO

Bishop on December 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

yeah, she’s meetin’ me at this par-tay down the hall that I’m missin’ out on. Hey Bill, you cool? CYA..

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

They treat me like a dog.
/Obama

Hey, watch me beat this dog.
/Vick

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Meanwhile 1st. Lt. Michael Behenna is confined to 15 years at Fort Leavenworth on a reduced sentence from 25 years for murdering a known Al-Queda member.

fourdeucer on December 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I’ve got an exit question for you AllahP. How long until The Won places a congratulatory call to…Pete Rose? Or until he leans on Cooperstown to do Rose a solid by allowing him in. I mean, it’s not like he committed a crime-crime, like rape-rape, or heading a RICO operation, eh?

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Don’t you realize that Rose “acted stupidly” (e.g. he’s a honky)?

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

OJ is eagerly awaiting his pardon.

brak on December 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

That won’t come until January 20, 2013. Or for those in prison counting down 735 days.

Tommy_G on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

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?

One would have to assume that the call was about Vick and not Obama which we know wasn’t the case.

darwin-t on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

not many cities can claim to have both threw batteries at Santa and has a QB who would bet to see who wouldb in a fight between Rudolph and Blitzen.

lorien1973 on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

PR need a tissue?

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

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.

Just so long as that person is pertinent to Obama’s interests.

amerpundit on December 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Seems Josh Hamilton would be more deserving. He and Obama’s failings at least are similar.

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

“Dog” congratulates dog abuser.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

As a sports fan, I’m seriously troubled by the fact that the POTUS is apparently enough of a sports obsessive that he feels the need to randomly call up owners to comment on their management of their franchises.

Bush was an owner and he never did this. Clinton was famously a Razorbacks fanatic and didn’t do anything like this.

The last president who did anything like this was…Nixon:

It is true that the former President often telephoned our home during our seven years in Washington. He called before games, and after games, offering congratulations and condolences. On several occasions, he invited my father to White House dinners, and on many occasions my father declined the invitations. My father demanded 110 percent focus from his team, and believed that he should exhibit the same focus off the field; what would his players think if they saw their coach partying it up at the White House? My father even declined Nixon’s request to hold a White House dinner in his honor. The President seemed to understand my father’s discipline and supreme devotion to the game — for these were the very things that first united them in a friendship that would last long past their years in the nation’s capital.

Robert_Paulson on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Based on Burton’s statement it sounds a lot more like the call was about green energy and Vick came up in conversation, instead of the other way around. But one way is going to stir up more outrage than the other way. And what do you know? That’s exactly the way it’s being presented!

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Did you even read the post? Quote from Lurie: “The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael.”

Allahpundit on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Go RBNY on December 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Josh Freeman

lorien1973 on December 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Am i the only one who looks forward to the masses of dead birds on the field thanks to the wind turbines? Seems like a good way to show Americans the folly of wind power.

MFn G I M P on December 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Quote from Lurie: “The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael.”

Allahpundit on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

nice backhand.

+

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

This seems even more odd when one reflects on the Gates-Crowley affair?

How often does a president use his bully pulpit to pass judgement on petty criminal matters.

What’s next? Is he going to chime in on behalf of O.J.?

swamp_yankee on December 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Am i the only one who looks forward to the masses of dead birds on the field thanks to the wind turbines? Seems like a good way to show Americans the folly of wind power.

MFn G I M P on December 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM

No, liberal dreams and projects do not, I say again DO NOT, have secondary and unintended bad outcomes. Liberals love birds, birds know that, and there is NO WAY that they would die as a result of projects by people that love them so much./

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Obama to Philadelphia Eagles:
December 27, 2010

Thanks for hiring Michael Vick
President Obama praised the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for giving Michael Vick a second chance, a media report says. For Michael Vick, the comments add to a charmed season.

Now, Vick has received indirect praise from President Obama. In his column on Sports Illustrated’s website Monday, Peter King reports that Mr. Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to thank the team for giving Vick a chance.
==============

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/1227/Obama-to-Philadelphia-Eagles-Thanks-for-hiring-Michael-Vick

canopfor on December 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Did you even read the post? Quote from Lurie: “The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael.”

Allahpundit on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Based on Burton’s statement it sounds a lot more like the call was about green energy and Vick came up in conversation, instead of the other way around. But one way is going to stir up more outrage than the other way. And what do you know? That’s exactly the way it’s being presented!

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

AP, I couldn’t agree with you more on this. This is odd behavior, signifying something. I know not what.

petefrt on December 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

How many athletes and entertainers have cleaned up after victimless crimes involving drugs?

I’m fairly impressed by Robert Downey Jr. He seems to have got his $hit together.

Vic was a thug before the dogfighting thing…give him time, he’ll be right back there….

BigWyo on December 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

RBNY sorry but Brady has more wins . Vick ain’t winning the MVP.

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 7:58 PM

If Vick was white, would Obama have made the call? The answer is obvious. And we can conclude from this that Obama is a racist, in that he makes decisions based upon race.

mydh12 on December 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Are your kneepads worn out yet?

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Don’t you realize that Rose “acted stupidly” (e.g. he’s a honky)?

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

You make a good point.

But, you know, I/m sure it’s because Rose doesn’t have any “green” energy boondoggles connivances panaceas initiatives to talk about.

Obama, Lurie, and Vick being good men all.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM

“The Virgina police and the Atlanta Falcons acted stupidly.”

- President Obama

swamp_yankee on December 27, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I’m fairly impressed by Robert Downey Jr. He seems to have got his $hit together.

Vic was a thug before the dogfighting thing…give him time, he’ll be right back there….

BigWyo on December 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I remember Robert Downey Jr. in “Less Than Zero” back in 1989(?) when he played a cokehead/burnout college kid. Loved the Bangles soundtrack but I thought that RDJr was showcasing the final 5 years of his life. I too am surprised that he pulled out of it and is scoring some hits lately (apparently not enough to gets a shout out from the POTUS).

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Says much when PR believes the WH SPOKESMAN over Lurie. Castro would love PR. Sheesh PR don’t worry you’ll get your scraps Idiot.

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Mike Tyson? Didn’t he eat some dude’s ear?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Could it be because Vick is a black QB?

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Bingo!

lukespapa on December 27, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Read about Josh Hamilton. Again seems he is much more worthy of such applause.

http://www.bullz-eye.com/stalter/2008/0404.htm

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM

and them Cubs too…don’t forgets them Cubs…

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

No, no, it’s the Yankees he likes.
No, wait a minute. That’s Hillary that likes the Yankees.
Or was it someone else….

Amendment X on December 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Read about Josh Hamilton. Again seems he is much more worthy of such applause.

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM

He wasn’t commending Vick. He was commending Lurie for signing Vick.

The reason he didn’t make that call to Texas was because they hadn’t announced a plan to make their stadium run on alternative energy, and he didn’t praise the Texas Rangers owner for hiring an ex-con because Hamilton is not an ex-con.

Proud Rino on December 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I wonder if Obama has phoned Mumia yet.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

C’mon Barry, let’s not make this about race—let’s give Charlie Manson a second chance.

Rovin on December 27, 2010 at 8:22 PM

he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.

Does a handful of months of incarceration and a temporary crimp on income wash away a dark souls enjoyment of torture killing a living creature?

Folks like Vick remind me of Jeff Dahlmer, some important wires crossed very badly somewhere along the line.

BL@KBIRD on December 27, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Wonder how ‘Bo’ feels about this?
garry on December 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Well BO feels great about this. On the other hand the other BO feels sick.

antisocial on December 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Early in my career I worked for MacGregor in Cincinnati when MacGregor was a major manufacturer of baseball gloves and football helmets. Virtually every member of the Big Red Machine except Bench used MacGregor gloves.

Rose was on his first marriage at the time and he had two girlfriends at MacGregor (one looked like a young Mary Tyler Moore and the other was a complete mess). Rose was a great baseball player, but he is an absolute jerk.

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Obama finally does something good, & still conservatives reflexively jump all over him for it.
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.
If we conservatives want to be credible, we have to pick our battles more carefully.

itsnotaboutme on December 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Obama is really an idiot when it comes to politics. Praising Vick is stupid. Not only does it aggravate fans of teams that a rivals to the Eagles, it also irks dog lovers, not a small demographic. It’s a waste of a President’s time and prestige for no gain.

LenSp1 on December 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM

itsnotaboutme on December 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I too put a lot of stock in Coach Dungee’s opinion, but this is an area where we disagree. It’s one thing to forgive Vick, as an individual, for his heinous perverted crimes as head of the dog-fighting ring. But it’s another altogether to reward him for spending a bit of time in jail; let alone wildly applaud and give him accolades. A standing O!, if you were.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM

It’s one thing to forgive Vick, as an individual, for his heinous perverted crimes as head of the dog-fighting ring. But it’s another altogether to reward him for spending a bit of time in jail; let alone wildly applaud and give him accolades.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Methinks you haven’t forgiven him.
No one is rewarding him for “spending a bit of time in jail”. He’s being rewarded for doing his job very well.

itsnotaboutme on December 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Read about Josh Hamilton. Again seems he is much more worthy of such applause.

http://www.bullz-eye.com/stalter/2008/0404.htm

CWforFreedom on December 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Great story! Thanks.

itsnotaboutme on December 27, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, John Hinkley, Jr., and Mark David Chapman have requested letters of support for their next parole board hearings.

slp on December 27, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, John Hinkley, Jr., and Mark David Chapman have requested letters of support for their next parole board hearings.

slp on December 27, 2010 at 9:46 PM

..sorry dude they’re white, Hopey don’t play dat.

Alden Pyle on December 27, 2010 at 9:54 PM

It’s simple.

PA is an important swing state.

Half of PA is also crazy Eagle fanatic-tastic. The other half? Steeler nation.

Obama’s trying to lock up the Eagle fan vote come 2012.

Good Lt on December 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

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.”

That’s nice and all, but is it too much to ask that Obama makes sure that his Director of National Intelligence, Clapper, follow & know what the terrorist are up to?!

TN Mom on December 27, 2010 at 10:08 PM

The other half? Steeler nation.

Obama’s trying to lock up the Eagle fan vote come 2012.

Good Lt on December 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

and the steelers gave him a jersey with a #1 on it…..sell out./

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 10:13 PM

As someone who grew up with a father that was a junkie and lived around junkies all through my formative years I take issue with your “victimless crime” comment. Seriously AP what are you thinking?

I don’t agree with you on many subjects but are you so blind and confused to think that doing drugs is a victimless crime? Saying that you should do some research on this issue before issuing such remarks implies that you have not done any research on this topic. Therefore, let me recommend that you do some research on this issue before issuing such remarks.

Mormon Doc on December 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM

You guys totally miss the point of Obama’s interest in Michael Vick. In Vick, Obama sees a kindred spirit…another Black man like himself who triumphed over the unfairness of Whitey.

Think Obama would have taken as big an interest if Vick were White?

You see, White people “bamboozle” and “hoodwink” Blacks, and they incarcerate them unfairly too. That’s the America Obama sees.

OxyCon on December 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM

It’s one thing to forgive Vick, as an individual, for his heinous perverted crimes as head of the dog-fighting ring. But it’s another altogether to reward him for spending a bit of time in jail; let alone wildly applaud and give him accolades. A standing O!, if you were.
RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Actually those are the same thing in this case. To pretend to “forgive” Michael Vick is the same thing as endorsing his behavior.

If someone gets in a bar fight, that could be a mistake. And forgiving it might possibly (under the right circumstances) be a gesture worthy of merit.

But there was no mistake made here. Michael Vick spent decades of his life torturing animals for fun and profit. He wasn’t even just a bystander; he was a ringleader – starting out in his own basement, and then expanding his operation. That wasn’t some kind of lapse. This is inarguably the kind of person Michael Vick IS – from the ground up.

It is the height of nonsense to imagine that “forgiveness” could be possible here. This is unconditional validation of Michael Vick’s actions.

logis on December 27, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Check out the picture… and the number of times it’s been shared on facebook…

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Obama-calls-Eagles-owner-to-congraulate-him-for-?urn=nfl-300632

ninjapirate on December 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Methinks you haven’t forgiven him.
No one is rewarding him for “spending a bit of time in jail”. He’s being rewarded for doing his job very well.

itsnotaboutme on December 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Thanks for deciding that I have neither forgiven nor have any compassion for Vick as a person; judge not, lest ye be judged and all…

And, why isn’t Rose in Cooperstown? Vick’s reward is reinstatement to the NFL at all; not only because of his conviction but for his parole violation of abusing CDS. Professional atheletes must be held to the same standard as the rest of us.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

logis on December 27, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Good points.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Obama just alienated the PETA vote.

MikeknaJ on December 28, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Vick had a history of trouble with his boys from the hood before the dog fighting thing blew up. There was the watch an employee stole from airport security. And there had been rumors for some time about the dog fighting.
Also anyone remember the infamous Mexico jerseys?

Deanna on December 28, 2010 at 12:06 AM

And, why isn’t Rose in Cooperstown? Vick’s reward is reinstatement to the NFL at all; not only because of his conviction but for his parole violation of abusing CDS. Professional atheletes must be held to the same standard as the rest of us.

RocketmanBob on December 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Baseball and football are completely different sports with different rules and different governing bodies. Rose has zero relevance to Vick.

But that aside, the violations are much different. Rose’s actions struck at the integrity of the game itself. Vick’s were outside of the game.

It is the height of nonsense to imagine that “forgiveness” could be possible here. This is unconditional validation of Michael Vick’s actions.

logis on December 27, 2010 at 10:50 PM

There is always the possibility of forgiveness. And forgiveness and grace do not validate the sin.

We all need grace. We all need forgiveness and a second chance. As the Apostle Paul said, this is a trustworthy saying: Jesus came to forgive sinners, of whom I am the worst.

MikeknaJ on December 28, 2010 at 12:06 AM

There is always the possibility of forgiveness. And forgiveness and grace do not validate the sin.

We all need grace. We all need forgiveness and a second chance. As the Apostle Paul said, this is a trustworthy saying: Jesus came to forgive sinners, of whom I am the worst.

MikeknaJ on December 28, 2010 at 12:06 AM

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. As I see it there are two reasons to forgive him. First just because everyone should be forgiven, which I respect but personally I leave that kind of forgiveness to God. Second if he spent a day every week volunteering at an animal shelter and donated a lot to them, which is my standard (he might have, I pay little attention to sports in general and athetes particularly). 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

So if the football player was white would Obama have made the call? Seems like Obama is aiming at primarily one demographic voting group here…no, not football fans or dog lovers.

albill on December 28, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Vick reportedly wants to keep a dog now as a pet. IMV, that would be like letting a pedophile adopt young children.

petefrt on December 28, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears.

Notice how he always only brings up his Chicago roots when the situation calls for it. Otherwise, he could care less about what happens in Illinois these days.

pilamaye on December 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM

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