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Obama Suggests ‘Redskins’ Should Change Name

From the Associated Press:

Obama open to name change for Washington Redskins

By JULIE PACE | October 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he would "think about changing" the Washington Redskins’ name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word many consider offensive to Native Americans.

Maybe Obama would approve a change of the team to honor himself: the ‘Washington Red Lines.’ Or, maybe the ‘Washington Thin Skins.’

Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names such as the Redskins offend "a sizable group of people." He said that while fans get attached to the names, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.

Obama-Care offends "a sizeable group of people," so maybe we should do away with it?

"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 at the White House.

Are there any legitimate concerns about Obama-Care? Isn’t his attachment to Obama-Care currently stopping the government?

An avid sports fan who roots for his hometown Chicago Bears, Obama said he doesn’t think Washington football fans are purposely trying to offend American Indians…

Does Obama root for the Chicago Blackhawks? Did he invite them to the White House after they won the Stanley Cup?

But he appeared to come down on the side of those who have sharply criticized the football team’s name, noting that Indians "feel pretty strongly" about mascots and team names that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage

Then he launched into a tirade about the damn ‘Tea Baggers.’

"What a prudent and wise use of the bully pulpit," Suzan Shown Harjo, a plaintiff in that case, said in an interview Saturday…

This wasn’t sarcasm? With all the problems facing the nation at this moment, Obama is talking about the name of a football team?

Despite the controversy, an AP-GfK poll conducted in April showed that, nationally, "Redskins" still enjoys wide support. Nearly 4 in 5 Americans don’t think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren’t sure and 2 percent didn’t answer.

So the name doesn’t offend "a sizeable group of people," after all.

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."

That will never happen. The NFL will never allow a polarizing figure to own any part of an NFL Team. (Cf. Limbaugh, Rush.)

"I’d probably look at a basketball team before I looked at a football team," said Obama, who plays basketball in his spare time, has coached his daughter’s basketball team and is a fan of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. "I know more about basketball than I do about football."

Given what a lousy basketball player Obama is, that isn’t saying much.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Suggests ‘Redskins’ Should Change Name”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    What frivolous nonsense! The Omniscient,Omnipotent, Two for Twenty-Two (that’s 2 for 22) just has to weigh in on all of the pressing issues of our time. How could we ever manage without him? Very well.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Just change the mascot/logo to a potato!

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    What about the presidents favotite team the Chicago White Sox? Socks are made from cotton and cotton was picked by slaves, so it stands to reason that the White Sox must change their name.

    I think we should change his title to Former president and future INMATE Barack Hussien Obama.

    What a jackass……

  4. preparing4theworst says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he would “think about changing” the Washington Redskins’ name….Maybe he should think about butting out…just a thought.

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