Obama comments on NFL officiating fiasco an apt assessment of his presidency
posted at 6:40 pm on September 25, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
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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