Obama: Yeah, I’d think about changing the Redskins’ name if I owned the team
posted at 11:01 am on October 6, 2013 by Jazz Shaw
Having solved all other problems facing the nation and the world, the Man of the People turns his attention to the root cause of America’s ills.
President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.
Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names like the Redskins offend “a sizable group of people.” He said that while fans get attached to the nicknames, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he said in the interview, which was conducted Friday.
The One was at least generous enough to allow that “most” fans probably aren’t being deliberately racist or hateful toward Native Americans. They probably just don’t know any better. But since he’s not technically an owner of the team, it doesn’t really matter. Or he’s not an owner… yet.
Obama said he doesn’t have a direct stake in the Redskins debate since he’s not a team owner. But he hinted that might be part of his post-White House plans.
“Maybe after I leave the presidency,” he joked. “I think it would be a lot of fun.”
He added: “I’d probably look at a basketball team before I looked at a football team. I know more about basketball than I do about football.”
Well, that sounds like the closest thing to a done deal we could ask for. On the plus side, unlike the Federal Government, how much worse could the Redskins do under new ownership in the form of Obama? And then he could go ahead and rename them. So let’s give the prospective NFL Owner in Chief a hand. What should the new team name be?
Ed is starting us off with a suggestion of… The Barrycaders
Can you do better?