Saints have yet to visit White House

The New Orleans Saints have gotten their Super Bowl rings.  But they’ve yet to make their traditional trip to the White House for a visit with the Commander-in-Chief.

Usually, the visit has occurred before late June.  Last year, the Steelers made the trip to D.C. in May.  The year before, the Giants stopped by in April.  After the Colts won Super Bowl XLI, the visit also occurred in April.  In 2006, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter adopted the Secret Service look, wearing his shades inside the White House on June 2.

So why haven’t the Saints gone yet this year?  The talk is that owner Tom Benson, a Republican, has resisted the trip due to his political leanings.  Apparently, coach Sean Payton has been pushing the issue, explaining that the team has to make the trip to see President Obama, who was rooting for the Saints when they upset the Colts in February.

We’re told that the visit tentatively has been scheduled for August, in conjunction with the team’s trip to New England for a preseason game against the Patriots.  Whether Benson attends remains to be seen; the current thinking is that he won’t.

107 responses to “Saints have yet to visit White House

  1. The only sport Obama cares about it Basketball. Maybe he can give up a few hours on the golf course to follow a bit of tradition….

  2. It’s because Presidebt Barry O’bambam is too busy blowing Tony Hayward.

  3. What a douche of an owner. How do you let your politics get in the way of an NFL tradition. Plenty of Saints players probably don’t like Obama either, and I’m sure there were Steelers player’s last year that didn’t like Obama. And I seem to remember Joey Porter hating George W. Bush. But they all went to the White House.
    Just get over it, and go. No matter what you think of the man, it is always an honor to meet the president of the United States. Whether it be Bush , Obama, Clinton, or even Jimmy Carter.
    Anyone who thinks that not liking Obama is a valid reason for not wanting to up hold this tradition, is way to controlled by their political views.

  4. Now they’re too arrogant to visit the White House? Political leanings?!
    Wow….I hope they win 2 games this season

  5. Of course you point out anything against Obama, but yet you always point out your politically leanings ALL THE TIME ON THIS SITE.
    And i’m sure you NEVER in your life got into any trouble since you are holy and pass judgement on players for their mistakes all the time. You even pass judgement because Tebow is an outspoken Christian.
    you suck florio

  6. typical childish republican behavior. Boy these guys have egos. Shouldn’t let Tom know Drew Brees is a presidential appointee he might get released.

  7. Look – I am a Republican who hates Obama, but he is the President. Give your players a thrill. Let the President of the US honor them.
    Actually, I am not sure Saints ownership is putting politics on this. More likely Obama has mismanaged this (like everything else) and floated this rumor to spin this his way.

  8. This sounds like a big headache. They need to get this done before the Kickoff game with the Minnesota Vicodins.

  9. that’s stupid. visiting the president of the united states following a championship is an honor no matter who the president is. there are no politics involved in getting recognition from the president. just because benson doesn’t want to doesn’t mean the players (or coaches) from the team who don’t want to, or that fans of the team don’t want to see it happen. this is really petty. what a clown. they wouldn’t even have a team in new orleans if tom benson had his way and moved them to san antonio. super bowl or not, this guy continues to be one of the worst owners in sports.

  10. So why haven’t the Saints gone yet this year? The talk is that owner Tom Benson, a Republican, has resisted the trip due to his political leanings.
    _____________________________
    Remember when Mark Chmura didnt go because he didnt want to meet with Bill Clinton. He didnt miss prom that year tho.

  11. Seeing that people who stand next to Obama mostly lose in their next contests (see: pretty much everyone he’s campaigned for in the last year or so), you can’t blame the Saints for not wanting to be associated with him.
    But seriously…seeing how much he’s bungled the oil spill situation and subsequently tried to kill the Louisiana economy via an ill-advised and poorly-thought-out offshore drilling moratorium, you again can’t blame the Saints’ brass for not wanting to be associated with him.

  12. That’s funny.. Here come the “Benson’s a racist” comments.. I bet they flood this one..

  13. Oh god, here we go…queue the neanderthals to display the full range of Obama derangement syndrome.

  14. I am not a big fan of Obama but going to the White House after a championship should be non-political. The way I see it, like him or not, he is the President and should be respected as such. Besides, Benson needs to realize that dissing the President is so 2008 and will be un-cool until at least 2012.

  15. what is “In 2006, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter and adopted the Secret Service look, wearing his shades inside the White House on June 2.”??
    Good god, proofread before posting. You are a lawyer.

  16. That is BS, it has nothing to do with the republican owner. Virtually every NFL leans republican. I read a few weeks ago that it had more to do with scheduling, particularaly with the health care issue and player schedules.
    Let’s not let the dust fly over non-issues.

  17. who cares? obama bin laden needs to worry about our high unemployment rate, BP oil spill, and universal healthcare. the fact the he would even think of hosting the super bowl champions with all these crises is crazy.

  18. The Saints are waiting for the reserve idiot Capt. “Cruch” Culp to give them the go ahead to go to the White House! He is still cleaning up oil slicked pelicans!

  19. Top ten most commented, here we come!
    Being a card carrying Republican, I don’t agree with Mr. Benson, if that is the real reason why the Saints were not going to the White House.
    Now if they were the New Orleans Teabaggers, that’s a different story!

  20. Aww, just go and do it.Everybody does it. He has nothing else on his schedule, apparently. He golfs like a mad man and has parties almost every night. He is bored, BORED! Go see him and get it out of the way. How many times are these poor, impoverished people gonna get to make a trip to the white house?

  21. Leave him back in N.O. with that goofy umbrella he used to twirl around, and just go. It’s tradition.

  22. crazy that sanchez has been to the white house before the team that actually won the big game,nothing beats james harrison’s dumb antics from 08,when he came out sayin he wouldnt go to the white house cause the pres wasnt a true steeler fan,,what a dummy

  23. Tea Bagging bastard Tom Benson to good to set aside political differences to follow tradition.
    Fitting he’s the top guy for a POS franchise.

  24. If you don’t want to visit the white house due to your political beliefs thats fine but don’t force your politics on the whole team. Schedule the trip for your team and then give a rational for not making the trip with them. Let your employee’s make up their own minds.

  25. I would think they would boycott the White House to protest the administrations handling of the Gulf oil spill.
    If I was a Saints fan and lived in Louisiana, I’d back a boycott.

  26. Perhaps the Marxist in chief should be visiting Louisiana instead, there’s a pretty big spill going on down there.

  27. # sdffa11 says: June 24, 2010 6:26 PM
    who cares? obama bin laden needs to worry about our high unemployment rate, BP oil spill, and universal healthcare. the fact the he would even think of hosting the super bowl champions with all these crises is crazy.
    you’re a tool. GOD FORBID he takes a day to congratulate the super bowl winners he supported publicly.

  28. Go see the damn president. I’m not that impressed with and didn’t vote for him but I’d be very honored to meet him none the less.

  29. Whether Benson attends remains to be seen; the current thinking is that he won’t.
    Yeah, and whose thinking is this? Not the blogger who wants to drum up comments and page views, is it?
    Barack Obama hates black people.
    I literally laughed out loud.

  30. Matt Walsh says:
    June 24, 2010 6:38 PM
    Perhaps the Marxist in chief should be visiting Louisiana instead, there’s a pretty big spill going on down there.
    ————————————————–
    Pretty sure he’s already been down there 6 or 7 times. Of course, you wouldn’t know that, being someone who most likely just spouts rhetoric and talking points, but has no clue about the nuts and bolts. It’s cute that you pretend to be all “edumacated”, though.
    Let me guess: You’re one of those folks who, in one breath, says the president should be ordering BP to do this or that, and with the next breath, saying he should never meddle with coprporations at all… am I close?

  31. Who but dumbasscrats would want to visit the current Commander-in-chief. Only total losers would want to be associated in any way with that
    treasonist-in-chief. Make a statement and stay away. If you do have to go, don’t bring your wallet.

  32. Obama is probably waiting until the oil stops flowing in the Gulf so he can make some wisecrack about kicking BPs ass. Photo ops to make political statements and winning over voters is a far higher priority than having the Saints visit – so timing is the key.

  33. Hey robert ethen, they’d let them in but the drug addict that you elected Senator left some cocaine on the bathroom sink. You are such an ignorant punk.

  34. why the hell would they visit? They suck and they know it. The Vikings gave the game away and the aints will always be the aints

  35. Pretty sure he’s already been down there 6 or 7 times. Of course, you wouldn’t know that, being someone who most likely just spouts rhetoric and talking points, but has no clue about the nuts and bolts. It’s cute that you pretend to be all “edumacated”, though.
    A simple Google search shows that as of June 14th, Obama has visited the area 4 times. So if you want to spout off about someone else being stupid, you could spend a few seconds to get your information correct.
    Rhetoric?? Isn’t that Barry’s middle name?

  36. “So why haven’t the Saints gone yet this year? The talk is that owner Tom Benson, a Republican, has resisted the trip due to his political leanings.”
    Really Florio, you have nothing better to do than to make up stories. “The talk….” Who is talking about this, you and Florio, Jr.?
    The Saints will go to the White House. Benson, may or may not go on the trip. He is getting kinda old and I am not sure if all owners go to these White House things anyway.
    If you have not yet noticed Obama is pretty busy right now with this oil spill deal and firing the General in command of the war effort in Afghanistan and all. Just saying….

  37. Pretty sure he’s already been down there 6 or 7 times. Of course, you wouldn’t know that, being someone who most likely just spouts rhetoric and talking points, but has no clue about the nuts and bolts. It’s cute that you pretend to be all “edumacated”, though.
    Let me guess: You’re one of those folks who, in one breath, says the president should be ordering BP to do this or that, and with the next breath, saying he should never meddle with coprporations at all… am I close?
    Maybe you meant he’s played golf 6 or 7 times since the spill. (yes I do know it was more then 7 times)

  38. I always figured Ain’ts fans as America Haters. Obama got $20 Billion for them right away, Alaska has to wait up to 20 years for money from Exxon.
    Republican’s sucking off oil execs, and Cheney’s energy policy got them into this mess. Figures Benson and Barton are on BP’s side.
    #### that team.

  39. Too bad the Cardinals didn’t win last year. They could all bring an illegal alien with them to the White House.

  40. Paulitik says:
    June 24, 2010 7:19 PM
    I always figured Ain’ts fans as America Haters. Obama got $20 Billion for them right away, Alaska has to wait up to 20 years for money from Exxon.
    Republican’s sucking off oil execs, and Cheney’s energy policy got them into this mess. Figures Benson and Barton are on BP’s side.
    #### that team.
    Do your research… its a trust fun that was set up. They don’t have this money already!

  41. Amazing that Minnesota fans would comment about other states politics. They’ve elected Ventura and Franken. Go pump some fake crowd noise into that stadium that you can’t sell out on Sundays with a population 3 1/2 times the size of New Orleans. While we’ve sold out every game for the last 5 seasons.

  42. …nor should they – why does visiting the antichrist legitimize their win or the ring…that’s what i said – stay home & to hell w/ the administration…

  43. although Obama did open up the drilling it is ridiculous to blame this on him. George Dubya’s jack a$$ vp made the decision for countries that drill off the U.S. coast do not have to have that part that would of never have let the spill happened. So the BP being to cheap to buy this $500,000 part is now costing them BILLIONS way to go Cheney!!!!

  44. Deb, those 4 photo ops Odumbo posed for did a lot of good.
    Let me guess, you’re on of the useful idiots who voted for the community organizer and keep blaming Bush for his woeful policy failures.
    Carry on clueless.

  45. Things that Obama should have fixed by now:
    1. The economy
    2. Jobless rate
    3. Immigration
    4. Bad education system
    5. Global Warming
    6. Oil Spill
    7. Lack of patriotism in America
    8. All problems with minorities
    9. The poor
    10. That unfortunate smell coming from LA
    All these problems are 100% Obama’s fault, and the way to get them fix is to insult every single thing he does. It is the only path to getting him to do what you want. If you happen to be in the house or senate than you should say no to 100% of the things he, or his democrat buddies, suggest. That is what is going to make this country great again. Insulting every thing the president does, and doing your best to make sure he doesn’t do anything at. Because right now he is, not doing anything, doing too much, and doing to little.

  46. Yea Benson, I wouldn’t put my politics aside either.
    I would just cheat MY TEAM, THE TEAM I OWN,
    because of MY politics.
    BRAVO !
    You can now take your rightful place at the head of the (|)hole line.

  47. @ _CROCKSTAR_
    BP has begun paying some claims, obviously not all, because the arbitrator was just appointed.
    If a Republican were in charge, we’d be footing this bill, statements from Boehner and Barton back that up.
    #### the Ain’ts.

  48. this class sucks says:
    June 24, 2010 9:07 PM
    Things that Obama should have fixed by now:
    1. The economy
    2. Jobless rate
    3. Immigration
    4. Bad education system
    5. Global Warming
    6. Oil Spill
    7. Lack of patriotism in America
    8. All problems with minorities
    9. The poor
    10. That unfortunate smell coming from LA
    All these problems are 100% Obama’s fault, and the way to get them fix is to insult every single thing he does. It is the only path to getting him to do what you want. If you happen to be in the house or senate than you should say no to 100% of the things he, or his democrat buddies, suggest. That is what is going to make this country great again. Insulting every thing the president does, and doing your best to make sure he doesn’t do anything at. Because right now he is, not doing anything, doing too much, and doing to little.
    You sir/child are an idiot 100% of what you listed were caused by his predecessor and he is doing he is darndest to reverse the dump he inherited.. To many ignorant folk out here its ridiculous. And if someone mentions he caused the oil spill then you should be a certified tool.. Yeah he caused the rig to explode.

  49. Everything Barry touches turns to crap. No wonder Benson doesn’t want them to go. They’ll start sucking again. Drew Bress will tear an ACL stepping in the door. Here comes approval ratings in the 20’s!

  50. yo doe…your boy is in over his purple-lipped head…as far as the Saints go…Hussein has shown his lack of care for the entire Gulf Coast ( to republican for him )…the Saints miss NOTHING by not going to the White House…it’s going to take weeks to fumigate that place after this tribe is booted out in 2 years

  51. These dumbasses rail against big government and yet support their home teams who play in stadiums financed by public funding, Can’t have it both ways, hypocrites,

  52. They need to stop all these idiotic White House press conferences for athletes…it’s been going on for decades and needs to end. The fact that Khloe Kardashian was able to shake hands of the President of this country because of wealth and TMZ is sickening.
    Everyone in the room is wealthy and successful, it’s simply idiotic glad handing.
    And Obama’s a duplicitous clown. Dont’ care what Bush did, Obama’s President and his contrived rheotirc, flip-flopping, and lack of focus and true vision is troubling…he’s killing small business opportunities and still props up big banks and nation building exercises.
    During times of war all this celebrity/wealthy congratulating should cease.. Bush at least gave up golf. This guy’s a TMZ president. Hillary would have been the better choice for the Dems.. This clown gets a pass even when half his staff is under idictment in the Blago trial….

  53. Damn man Republicans are little babies when everything they want huh? What happened to it being unpatriotic to criticize a President?
    **reply with pre-made talking points now**

  54. This is so much the retro-Florio. This is the kind of crap he would make up in the early years. Three steps forward, two steps back. You’ll get there sooner or later Florio, but it is obvious you still remember how to make shit up to grab some hits.

  55. @DB
    Obama did not open up drilling. he shut it down and a federal judge overturned his policy – TWICE!
    If I was from N.O. I wouldn’t go either, he tried to shut down the states #1 industry with no evidence that this ACCIDENT is a serious risk to happen again

  56. If true, this certainly paints Benson as an ass… and typical of Republicans these days, who seem to be filled with an all-or-nothing hatred of all things to the left of themselves. The extent to which Republicans these days can be civil and accepting of those on the other side of the aisle is the lowest I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. It’s appalling and shameful.
    Karma isn’t looking so good for the Saints this coming season.

  57. @chief
    I think he is speaking more to the fact that people were often called unpatriotic for insulting the government and now those same people are insulting the government. I don’t think he feels its unpatriotic to insult the government. I don’t.

  58. Btw, this is almost as foolish as James Harrison’s reasoning for skipping the White House visit the previous year. I said ALMOST.

  59. @patpatriotagain
    You are why republicans get pegged with the “stubborn, stupid, no-apologizing, never listen to sense, rednecks” reputation.

  60. Christian Taliban morons think they are better than everyone else and hate our way of life and try to force their christian taliban ways on us.
    fyi the blame obama thing isnt working. bush was a moron still is a moron, u cant change history.

  61. If true, then Benson shows no respect for the White House(his right) and in using the Saints to do so shows the lack of respect to the players and coaches (also his right)…Benson feels with the Super Bowl he has some politcal capital built up and is spending some(or all) of it now…Funny how Gov. Bobby(less Fed gov’t)Jindal goes from we got oil all over the place where’s my government?, to we got government all over the place where’s my oil?

  62. Too embarassed to show up after the super bowl trophy was given to the katerina victim team. The whole football waorld knew the fix was in with both NFCCG and SB.

  63. Is there anyone in LA who would pay a social call to Obama right now? It doesn’t have to do with politics, it has to do with the spill. If they saw Obama, most people in LA would throw some oil at him.

  64. Obama has done almost everything in his power to destroy their home town after this oil spill mess. I’d not want to shake his hand either.

  65. Conservatives back George W. Bush.
    Liberals back Barack H. Obama.
    I can hardly wait for 2012, when that freakin’ meteor slams into the planet and all this crap ends.

  66. Perhaps it ain’t Tom Benson whose preventing the trip to DC, maybe they haven’t been invited. Do you really know why it hasn’t happened?
    Everyone loves to blame Benson right away. Maybe Obama knows Benson is a right winger, and is dissing him. He has shown the ability to be bitter and arrogant like that.

  67. # doe22us says: June 24, 2010 9:46 PM
    You sir/child are an idiot 100% of what you listed were caused by his predecessor and he is doing he is darndest to reverse the dump he inherited.. To many ignorant folk out here its ridiculous. And if someone mentions he caused the oil spill then you should be a certified tool.. Yeah he caused the rig to explode.
    ——————————————————
    Do your homework boss because you obviously haven’t.

  68. ICEWALKER says: June 25, 2010 6:13 AM
    Conservatives back George W. Bush.
    Liberals back Barack H. Obama.
    ——————————————————
    Everyone Backs: Shuxion

  69. i love even politics can ruin football!!!!!!
    WHEN YOU PEOPLE GONNA REALIZE MONEY DOESNT SOLVE PROBLEMS, G W BUSH WAS A DEMOCRAT AND SPENT MORE MONEY THAN ANY PRESIDENT BUT WASNT AFRAID OF MAKING A DECISION EVEN IF WE DIDNT AGREE WITH IT.
    OBOMA IS A SOCIALIST AND A PROGRESSIVE!!!! SCARED TO MAKE A DECISION THAT MAY HURT HOW HIS EXTREMIST MUSLIM BUDDIES MAY FEEL AND HOW IT WILL EFFECT HIS NEXT ELECTION!!! ALWAYS CAMPAIGNING NOT RUNNING THE COUNTRY!!!
    ANYONE WHO LETS A MUSLIM TEMPLE OR WHATEVER ITS CALLED ON GROUND ZERO DOESNT DESERVE TO BE PRESIDENT!
    HE DIDNT CAUSE THE OIL SPILL BUT DIDNT ALLOW THE DUTCH AND BRITISH TO COME HELP WITH SKIMMERS TO CLEAN IT UP ON DAY 3!!!! (WHICH WOULD HAVE REMOVED 20K GALLONS A DAY) ON DAY 56 HE FINNALY MADE A DECISION, THAT DECISION WAS TO GET MAD AT THE COMPANY WHO CONTRIBUTED TO HIS CAMPAIGN. CUZ SPIKE LEE TOLD HIM TO GET MORE ANGRY.
    GUESS U KNOW IT ALLS DIDNT REALIZE BP WAS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO OBOMAS CAMPAIG!!!!!
    DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU TALK OR DONT TALK AT ALL!!!!!!!! GET THE FACTS

  70. Florio,
    Has the White House extended and invitation yet to the Saints? They have been sort of busy in Washington the last couple of months and maybe the person who sends out invitations to the White House to sports teams has been doing something else?

  71. No chance the Saints trek to “ObamaLand” with this moron sucking on Tony Hayward of BP and blocking efforts to stop the spill from hitting the marshland and putting moratoriums out that blocks 10’s of thousands of people from work.
    These fisherman, rig workers, and service companies that service the rigs want to work for their money and do not want hand outs….Obama isn’t doing everything he needs to do to assist in the help of blocking the oil from killing the oyster beds, marshs, etc…Typical BS from Washington….
    I bet if there was a rig that blew near some white sandy beach community in Massachusett’s…oh I don’t know…maybe….Hampton or the Cape…the Mother Fuc$ing response would be different!!
    Who Dat!

  72. folks, osamabama is screwing the gulf coast and especially louisiana. and the popularity facade in the polls is wearing out.
    help has been offered – lots of it. but he wont lift the jones act so foreigners could help. he wont even let americans donate equipment, effort, technology. yes there are ways to clean it up. he has the coast guard playing cop against AMERICANS. he wouldnt even send the epa’s science ship to the gulf to check it all out. he has no leadership skill or management experience. being a community organizer is just another version of “the chicago way”. thuggery.
    but a bunch of f@#$%^& fools had to have him in there. he wants crises. so he can pass more commie bills. hint: if they are thousands of pages and u cant read them before they get to a vote, he is hiding something. lots of somethings. u wont get a cleaner environment or more health care. but u will get to pay a lot more taxes to watch yer rights go up in smoke. assuming u pay taxes, that is. i bet most osamabama supporters around here dont pay squat in taxes.
    he wont even make bp totally shut down the well. anyone wonder why a lot of “not oil” is coming up? i bet bp did a lousy job of geological eval too… but stay tuned.
    bp has committed 829 of 851 offshore rig violations in the last 3 years. 97%. they were also the biggest corporate contributor to osamabama.
    they were also nominated by usg (read: osamabama) for an environmental award and would have probly gotten it, but it took public sunshine to force osamabama to pull the nomination.
    idiots think osamabama is anti-bankers and anti- big corporations. NO HE ISNT. he just make a stink in public then goes in the backseat of the limo with them.
    the democratic party IS the party of the big corporation, big gummint, constitution-erasing limo commie libs.
    if benson and/or the saints dont go to the not-so white house, more power to them. osamabama is trying to drive this country to hell using every cloward, piven and alinsky trick there is. remember that when yer student loan and welfare checks dry up.

  73. Take a deep breath everyone. Just because you read it here doesn’t mean there is an ounce of truth to it. Is anyone absolutely certain Benson is a Republican? He was very tight with former Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards.
    The Saints will not only visit the White House, they will give the President updates on the Gulf Coast oil cleanup effort.

  74. He’s not a real President thats why! No One on the Gulf Coast would visit him either, after his BS Response to the Oil Spill and Now his Moron-atorium that will take over 2,500 jobs away from Louisiana because of One Company (BP) Cutting Corners to save a buck? I think its the right move for Benson! Who Dat! If they do go, Im sure it will only be because they want to let Obama Spit Shine the Oil off the Lombardi! He’s a JOKE!

  75. I hope people realize I was trolling.
    I do not like Obama. I wont get into all the reasons why, but rest assured I do not like him. He is going to get re-elcted however. And a lot of people here are the reason why. If you think Obama is responsible for BP, or is a socialist, or a muslim, or born in Kenya than you are the reason he will get re-elected. No one like the extreme right. The extremist right has only won one election in modern history and they lost the next. Saying stupid things that make no sense (like Obama is a socialist and a muslim) turns people off of the conservative side. The conservative party can’t win with an extreme candidate against a moderate Obama. Obama isn’t extreme enough to try and fight him with that kind of fire. If you think Obama is a socialist, a muslim, born in Kenya, or anything else of that nature than you are the reason he is going to get re-elected. Obama is at his least popular right now, and he still has a 45% approval ratting. People who know history, and know politics know how insanely good that is to be sitting at 45% during a national crisis, 2 losing wars, an economic struggle, and (lets be honest) being black. Obama will not lose if the right keeps going further right. Take a step back, and stop saying ridiculous things. The sad part is, the people I am trying to reach, the ones calling Obama a socialist or a muslim or blaming him for the oil spill, are probably too stupid or ignorant to understand what I am saying. The people who actually get what I mean, and know that what I am saying is very valid and based on history, probably right, already knew this because they are well informed people. Liberals get this. Liberals get that all they have to do is not let Obama cheat on his wife, or pull a watergate and he will get re-elected. Judging by the poll numbers for the mid-term elections, it is already working.

  76. I know this comment is probably a couple of days old at this point, but someone pointed out that Mark Chmura didn’t go to the White House because he didn’t want to see Bill Clinton. However using that point is just stupid. Chmura didn’t go, but the rest of the team did. That’s an individual choice. If the team decides not to go, that’s fine too. But for the owner to make the decision that if he doesn’t want to go nobody gets to go is just plain outrageous. And besides, where else are you going to get a gift wrapped opportunity to have a photo op with the President of the United States and say “Mr. President, we need more help down there.”? What’s he going to say at a photo op, no? Its selfish, self centered, and the height of arrogance to not take these chances when they are given. For a team that is supposed to be about championing the fans of the Gulf South… its just a sad shame. But what should we expect from a guy who expects his players to pay full book price on cars from his own dealership?

  77. So i know no one is probably going to read this, but for those interested… the saints have planned to go to the white house as part of their preseason practice/game with the new england patriots. the idea is to make a business trip out of it, going to the white house first then practicing with the patriots the rest of the week. This leads to the preseason game we have with them. Good attempt to put a political spin on this though, well played… and btw to all the saints haters, keep on hatin, we know you’re scared…. in the famous words of Katt Williams
    “So what if they keep talking about you and hating on you. What do you think a “hater’s” job is…to hate. If you have someone hating on you right now you better think of how to get 5 more people hating by Christmas. You need haters to make you stronger… Without haters most people wouldn’t try to become better. Just tell them “***** you just hate me because you can’t be me…”

  78. After Obama has sat on his hands and held all gulf states hostage during this oil mess in order to push his cap & trade boondoggle, particularly Louisiana? I can’t blame them.

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