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Obama comments on NFL officiating fiasco an apt assessment of his presidency

posted at 6:40 pm on September 25, 2012 by

If you are a diehard football fan, you may be feeling elation if your team was one that was awarded with a win this past weekend by the hapless and helpless replacement officials. On the flip side of that equation, you are probably feeling rage.

Green Bay Packers fans are, and with good reason. The final ruling on their team’s game-ending play against the Seattle Seahawks was one of the worst, if not the worst, in football history. In a nutshell, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a desperation pass as the clock wound to zero. The pass was clearly picked off in the end zone by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings. The intended receiver, Golden Tate, interfered with the interception but was rewarded instead with a touchdown. Went transpired next, in case you missed it, is spelled out in this video.

One dedicated sports fan who didn’t miss it (although he didn’t watch the game) was President Barack Obama, Chicago sports booster extraordinaire. Here is what he told the DesMoines Register, “[We have to] get the permanent refs back. And I say this as a Bears fan, who obviously is never heartbroken when the Packers lose.”

I’m sure that Packers fan will rest easier tonight knowing that he is “never heartbroken” when their team lose, because it shows what an avid fan—what a “jock”—he is. Lord knows we don’t want some girly-man with pencil-thin wrists running the country, and so Obama must keep up appearances.

He demonstrated what a fan’s fan he was when he taunted Washington Nationals fans at a home game in 2010 by throwing out the first pitch of the season clad in a White Sox jacket. And he threw like a girl. He proved it again when he was asked by a commentator to name his favorite White Sox team and couldn’t name a player past or present.

He good-naturedly ribbed Boston fans when a beloved Red Sox player was traded to Chicago and received boos in return. And yet he persists, living the lie, maybe so that his daughters won’t ask their mother why Daddy is such a sissy.

At least his commentary on the replacement officials was instructive. He said he doesn’t blame them (which is interesting), then added:

They’ve been put in a tough situation. But the fact is this is a fast, tough game to control. And it doesn’t make sense to me for a league that’s been so successful not to want to put their very best out there.

What a perfect summary that is of his own failed presidency. In a tough game in 2008, the American people put in a hapless sub in as president. Mitt Romney has not yet demonstrated that he is the “very best out there,” but I’d take one the NFL replacement officials over Obama any day of the week.

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And yet he persists, living the lie, maybe so that his daughters won’t ask their mother why Daddy is such a sissy.

lol nice

WeekendAtBernankes on September 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM

but I’d take one the NFL replacement officials over Obama any day of the week

amen brother

cmsinaz on September 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Opretentious is not “never heartbroken” when the Packers lose bcuz he isn’t a Bears fan–like he isn’t a White Sox fan either. He can’t name players on either team. He’s just a dainty campy put-on pompous finicky fussy namby-pamby cream puff pansy fake phony pretender of a sports fan. He uses his phony fandom to make himself seem hipper and in-the-know. Except if he really was hip or in-the-know, he wouldn’t have to work so danged hard at either.

stukinIL4now on September 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM

He demonstrated what a fan’s fan he was

I don’t think it’s fair to criticize President Obama’s comments about football or baseball. He prefers to play basketball, so it stands to reason that he likes watching that sport as well.

So forget the Bears and the White Sox, and remember when he gave a hout-out to the Miami Heats.

oh, wait… that doesn’t help my argument, does it?

malclave on September 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

So forget the Bears and the White Sox, and remember when he gave a hout-out to the Miami Heats.

oh, wait… that doesn’t help my argument, does it?

malclave on September 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Given what a big deal Obama makes out of his March Madness brackets, I would guess that if he follows any sport at all, it’s college basketball. He probably doesn’t follow basketball at the pro level anywhere near to the extent he does at the college level.

Hey, that sounds like me with football, but in reverse. I follow pro football, and only look at college football occasionally to see who’s #1.

On a tangent, do you know how little the Lt. Governor of Illinois is required to do? Back when Pat Quinn–the current governor–was Lt. Governor, before the Blagojevich crimes went public, he used to call in to Chicago sports radio on a weekly basis, in the middle of the day, and discuss at length the finer points of the Cubs’ pitching rotation or the White Sox’s fielding. There’s a lot I can say about Governor Quinnochio, but at least he doesn’t fake being a sports fan to give himself street cred.

JimLennon on September 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM