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?


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Bmore on October 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Prezzy Barrycades needs to get his laser like focus adjusted. It’s strayed off the target of pushing zerocare on the huddled masses, oh and making everyone feel some pain.

Kissmygrits on October 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Keep the name and change the logo to a potato. You know, the red skin potatoes. Changing all the names of cities or landmarks from any name that sounds Indian will give some new alphabet bureaucrat a job creating opportunity.

Kissmygrits on October 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Rick Reilly has an excellent rebuttal.

By the way, the state of Oklahoma will need to be renamed, too. It’s a Choctaw word meaning “red people”.

hawksruleva on October 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Keep the name and change the logo to a potato. You know, the red skin potatoes. Changing all the names of cities or landmarks from any name that sounds Indian will give some new alphabet bureaucrat a job creating opportunity.

Kissmygrits on October 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The Left won’t be happy until there is no trace of the American Indian anywhere in the United States. Once native Americans have been completely forgotten, they’ll finally be satisfied.

hawksruleva on October 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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

In response to the Chicago White Sox, how about the Jakarta Black Jox?

Steve Z on October 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

The Left won’t be happy until there is no trace of the American Indian anywhere in the United States. Once native Americans have been completely forgotten, they’ll finally be satisfied.

hawksruleva on October 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

So we’ll have to change the names of towns in New Jersey such as Hopatcong, Pohatcong, Lopatcong, and Musconetcong, which are not exactly British names.

As well as the states of Delaware and Connecticut, which are derived from names Native Americans used for their lands when questioned by the colonists.

In honor of our great President, there is already a town named Barryville, New York. Right across the Delaware River from Shohola, Pennsylvania, both of which are Native American names.

Steve Z on October 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Rush Limbaugh just said the new name: the Washington Thin-skins

TarheelBen on October 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

The Giants is offensive to those with gigantism.

The Browns should offend “people of color.” Now I know they were named for an owner, but the definition changes over time, so we are told.

The Packers name has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years and should be changed.

The Vikings is an insult to the proud Americans of Scandinavian descent.

The Forty Niners are an insult to those who despise capitalism and free enterprise.

The Chiefs are offensive to “native Americans”.

The Cowboys represent the people who actually killed the Indians, so they should have to change their name.

The Buccaneers are blood thirsty men with swords and cannons… not very PC.

I could go on, but you get my drift. And this is just the NFL. The Fighting Irish? Come on.

The Washington Redskins have always revered and honored the American Indian. More than 70 high schools use the Redskins name and most are located on reservations. The Redskin emblem is a proud and brave warrior. The few who view the Redskins and their mascot as offensive seem to find their own heritage as something to be ashamed of but no one group of people owns our shared history.

If we eliminated every word that someone found offensive, we would all be rendered mute.

fight like a girl on October 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Change it to the foreskins.

rubberneck on October 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

How about we change it to the ‘Intrusive Obamas’

RdLake on October 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Priorities…..

Obama is trying to CLOSE THE OCEAN, trying to CLOSE PARKS THE FEDS DON’T FUND, are kickinga 80/77yo couple out of their own home on Lake Mead, is signing legislation to set the date for ‘National Chess Week’ yet refuses to sign legislation funding the NIH so 200 kids with cancer can attend medical trials, and refuses to meet to talk with the GOP, but he is making time to sit down to talk about which NFL team whose name he would change if he was Emperor of the United States.

“Open the government back up or not…who cares – WE’RE / I’M winning!”

easyt65 on October 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

If we are going to pay the workers their back pay then why not get them back on the job now and pay them later!

rjoco1 on October 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Nice observation, thanks Walking Eagle.

(That’s Obama’s native American name….)

Let’s chime in on that nonsense as opposed to negotiating with the House GOP about ending the government shutdown you not only forced, but are actively trying to make it as painful as possible. Well, as painful as having only 17% of the federal government actually closed.

Athos on October 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

BREAKING:

WH orders all NFL teams to post their playbooks online; level playing field and all that.

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

“If I had a football team, it would look a lot like the Washington Redskins…”

Haiku Guy on October 7, 2013 at 4:49 AM

Washington Trayvons?

virgo on October 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The DC Comics…

JohnGalt23 on October 8, 2013 at 5:41 AM

But we’ll keep the Chicago BlackHawks, give me a brake.

mixplix on October 9, 2013 at 5:22 AM

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