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Old 10-06-2013, 02:08 AM  
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Obama Flaps His Lips About Redskins Name...

President Barack Obama says if he was owner of Washington Redskins he’d think about changing team nickname


The issue of the Washington Redskins' nickname is a hot-button topic, in a city that loves to debate hot-button issues.

President Barack Obama has some serious things to worry about, like the government being shut down. But the Associated Press, during an exclusive interview, squeezed in a queston to Obama about the Redskins' nickname and the idea that it is offensive and should be changed. And Obama gave an interesting answer:

"(P)eople get pretty attached to team names, mascots," Obama told the Associated Press. "I don't think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense. I've got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team – even if it had a storied history – that was offending a sizeable group of people, I'd think about changing it.

"But I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team, and rightly so – even though they've been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think – all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is among the other powerful people who has said that it might be time to think about changing the Redskins' team name.

Many people in Washington are attached to the Redskins name and the history behind it. It's a bit surprising during this time of more important political turmoil in Washington that Obama would offer a potentially unpopular opinion on another controversial issue.

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UPDATE: On Saturday evening the Redskins released a statement from Lanny Davis, attorney for the team, on Obama's comments:

“As a supporter of President Obama, I am sure the President is not aware that in the highly respected independent Annenberg Institute poll (taken in 2004) with a national sample of Native Americans, 9 out of 10 Native Americans said they were not bothered by the name the ‘Washington Redskins.’ The President made these comments to the Associated Press, but he was apparently unaware that an April 2013 AP poll showed that 8 out of 10 of all Americans in a national sample don't think the Washington Redskins’ name should be changed.

"The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama's hometown), the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group. The name ‘Washington Redskins’ is 80 years old - its history and legacy and tradition. The Redskins’ fans sing 'Hail to the Redskins' every Sunday as an expression of honor, not disparagement."


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Old 10-06-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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If a truly comprehensive effort was made to get a consensus on what the modern Native nations think... i bet this offensive NFL names thing would die quickly.

Thanks for having the time to speak on this, Obama.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Why the f*** would you take the time to talk about something like this now?
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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Thanks for having the time to speak on this, Obama.
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Why the f*** would you take the time to talk about something like this now?
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But the Associated Press, during an exclusive interview, squeezed in a queston to Obama about the Redskins' nickname and the idea that it is offensive and should be changed. And Obama gave an interesting answer:
Blame the reporter for thinking this is important. And blame Obama for giving a stupid answer.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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He said two paragraphs in response to a question. Are you people ****ing mental or something?
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
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I'm part Native American and don't feel like it's offensive, but rather the opposite. So what group do I fit in Mr. President?
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As Rick Reilly's column last month stated, Indians don't care. So we white people will have to care for them.
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And yet it's a group of Native Americans that are bringing the petition to revoke the Redskins' trademark at this very moment. That should be determined within a few months, and then it may takes years to implement. Aside from that, or people abandoning the team en masse because of the name, I don't see any way in the world that Daniel 'Napoleon' Snyder is going to change the name, ever. He's got way too much invested in it.

And yeah, numerically the numbers of people who care are pretty low, but the same was once said of just about every facet of civil rights. Native Americans have been s*** on worse than any other minority in this country which, as you can imagine, is a pretty high bar to set - but they have a relatively low population, and the general public doesn't seem to mind saying and doing a lot of things to Native Americans that they wouldn't dream of with other races or nationalities (hello, Chief Wahoo). So it may or may not happen, who knows. Either way, it's a long way off.

As for the President, he's allowed to have his opinions. He's also allowed to have interests that don't necessarily have widespread political ramifications, like Clinton did with the UK-IRA peace negotiations. He's also allowed to pander for sympathy. He may be doing all three here.
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