December 28, 2010

Obama to Bo: Drop Dead

Sometimes, life hands you a news story that would have seemed a bit ridiculous even in the hallowed pages of The Onion.

And so it was last night, when we encountered this article in Politico, which we reproduce in full because, well, because it makes Barack Obama calling the Cambridge, Mass. police "stupid" seem downright politically smart by comparison:


By Karin Tanabe

Everyone deserves a second chance was President Barack Obama’s message when he called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie last week to congratulate him and the team for giving quarterback Michael Vick a take two.

NBC’s Peter King reported the call during “Football Night in America” on Sunday.

“I talked to Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Eagles this week, and he said he was surprised to pick up the phone one day and Barack Obama calls him to praise the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Vick and giving him a second chance,” King said from NBC’s Rockefeller Plaza studios. “Lurie told me that the president was passionate about the fact that it’s rarely a level playing field for prisoners once they leave jail. And he said the message was, what the Eagles had done with Vick was important for society,” said King.

A spokesman for the Eagles confirmed to POLITICO that King’s statement was accurate.

King later tweeted, “Yes, Obama called Eagle owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the Eagles for giving Vick a chance. Said too many prisoners never get fair 2d chance.”

Vick signed on as the Eagles quarterback following an 21-month stint in prison and two months in home confinement after being convicted of running a dog-fighting ring in Virginia.

While some are praising Obama for reaching out and making a statement about the stigma former prisoners often face, others argue that Obama’s call came more than a year too late, since Vick was picked up by the Eagles in August 2009. Now that Vick is playing well and enjoying a resurgence in popularity, the timing of the call could be deemed safe.

Obama may have had nothing but love for the Eagles last week, but Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell felt differently on Sunday when he told FOX 29 News that he was fuming over the postponement of the Eagles-Vikings game due to snow. "I think it is a joke," said the governor of the NFL’s decision to cancel. "This is no way, shape or form a blizzard!"

FOX 29 reported that “In the end, more than 12 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia with wind gusts over 40 miles per hour.” The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

Update: The Huffington Post reported on Monday that it connected with White House spokesman Bill Burton about Obama's phone call, and Burton issued the following statement:

"The President did place a call to Mr. Lurie to discuss plans for the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field, during which they spoke about that and other issues. He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but, as he's said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again."

Really? We mean, look, we're all for reformed criminals being allowed to return to society, but somehow we think the average guy who gets convicted of the sick shit Michael Vick was convicted of won't be in line for a multi-million-dollar contract. So, this is kind of insane.

Reading this latest insanity from the White House, we can't help but wonder what First Dog Bo must think. And, come to think of it, it's pretty damn stupid politically. Last time we checked, there were a lot more dog lovers out there who vote than convicted felons.

Some weeks ago, when Rush Limbaugh called the president a "jackass," it became a minor kerfuffle, something that one doesn't say about the Commander in Chief. We're starting to really agree with Limbaugh.

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