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Obama’s full comments hint at a willingness to get involved

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We posted earlier this afternoon an item regarding President Obama’s desire that the NFL avoid a lockout, based only on a limited, one-line Associated Press report.

Here are his full comments on the matter, given in response to a question from the media about the situation.

(The mere fact that the White House press corps is asking Obama about a possible lockout proves our point from this morning regarding the attention/scrutiny that will flow from a work stoppage.)

“You’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to a billion dollars.  You’ve got players who are making millions of dollars,” Obama said, per CNN.com.  “People are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making mortgage [payments]. . . .  The two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening. . . .

“[F]or an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way.”

Amen to that.

But does this mean that Obama doesn’t care to get involved?  When Obama says that the two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening, the message could be that if they can’t work it out, the President of the United States will intervene.

Again, whatever it takes.

And now ladies and gentleman, the Sands Hotel proudly presents the star of our show, direct from the bar, Dean Martin!

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  1. neverend1 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    I’ve been saying it here for a couple of weeks now. A lockout will greatly effect the economy (That and the NBA) to very dangerous levels. It may trigger a huge recession

    The owners are morons, they have no idea what they may possibly due to this country. They have no idea…

  2. finfanbernie says: Mar 3, 2011 2:42 PM

    Why isnt anyone talking about the players sharing their indoresments with the owners since they want to share the owners profits with them? Just saying!

  3. bigbaldpapahawk says: Mar 3, 2011 2:44 PM

    Because President Obama has obviously taken a break from working on unemployment and our economy he has plenty of time to get involved.

  4. coutre says: Mar 3, 2011 2:44 PM

    He’s a union lover. He will ruin everything for the owners.

  5. clayjayhawk says: Mar 3, 2011 2:44 PM

    obama loves the packers

  6. superfbfan says: Mar 3, 2011 2:47 PM

    Hardly a peep about Libya and rising gas prices…but he’ll comment on the NFL!!…c’mon man!! This prez is seriously MIA….

  7. stinkfingers says: Mar 3, 2011 2:48 PM

    Obama stickin his nose where it doesnt belong?? Who would have thought?

  8. 90ragtop says: Mar 3, 2011 2:49 PM

    “…the message could be that if they can’t work it out, the President of the United States will intervene.”

    ***************

    Dear God, PLEASE spare us from the damage that this nitwit could inflict…

  9. waitingguilty says: Mar 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    The President getting involved?

    What could go wrong with that?!?

  10. noqrtrgvn says: Mar 3, 2011 2:53 PM

    Keep that “post turtle” away from the NFL

  11. blancanieve00 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    This needs to get resolved asap

  12. psousa1 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    So when he said he was not going to get involved that is when you ran with the headline “his willingness to get involved”

  13. chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 2:55 PM

    Hey Obama, back to your real job sir.

  14. stinkfingers says: Mar 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    Wrecking the country beyond repair isnt enough? He wants to ruin the NFL too…. Thanks Prez.

  15. frankvzappa says: Mar 3, 2011 2:57 PM

    considering what he has done to the country, god help us all if he gets involved in this too

  16. noqrtrgvn says: Mar 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    You’re driving along a country road and see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post. You know he doesn’t belong there, and he knows he doesn’t belong there. And for the life of you, you can’t figure out what idiot put him there. Thats a “post turtle”.

  17. radzil says: Mar 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    coutre says:
    Mar 3, 2011 2:44 PM
    He’s a union lover. He will ruin everything for the owners.

    —————————–
    Oh no! Not the poor owners! This stupid country…

  18. patssmelllikepoo says: Mar 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    Obama,

    Lets please worry about the people with no money that don’t have any jobs first. Billionaires fighting with millionaires should be, I don’t know, somewhere below whats happening in the Middle East, fixing unemployment and underemployment, and those wonderful awards we have have to give to those gifted R & B singers. If this guy goes anywhere near these negotiations it is possible we may not see NFL football in years!

  19. thelonious says: Mar 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    Good God Almighty, the last thing in the world this situation needs is the Federal Government getting involved, especially Obama. Since most of what the government touches turns to horse manure, allow it to get involved in this process would be catastrophic.

    Yes, it’s two groups of rich people trying to figure it out, but them them figure it out. The amount of money involved in this is enough on its own to motivate them to get something done, sooner or later.

    One long look at the economy should be enough to convince people to keep the Feds away from this forever.

  20. brownsfn says: Mar 3, 2011 3:03 PM

    Typical…don’t worry about the millions of people losing there jobs each and every month…worry more about the millionaires losing theres….idiot…

  21. lucky5927 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:03 PM

    O’Bama may go into that meeting saying “Yes We Can”, but he’ll leave that meeting saying “Guess We Can’t”.

  22. steeelfann says: Mar 3, 2011 3:04 PM

    How presidential of him……..course he is beholden to the Dems to take care of unions.

    First of all, he has no authority to be involved.

    Second of all, don’t we real important issues in this country, ya know, not money disputes between rich athletes and rich owners who have a collective bargaining process? China is ready to own us due to our politicians and their spending, oil is going nuts, jobs are horrible, Iran is getting nukes, Islam and the Middle East is going nuts, inflation is hitting us, and he is checking into this. Unreal.

    Obama, suggestion: Get back to trying to right this sinking ship of a country. Did you even listen to the Black Eyed Peas at halftime of the big game?

  23. paulnoga says: Mar 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    Politicians should never suggewst anything. the never will actually take a stand.

  24. 8man says: Mar 3, 2011 3:06 PM

    Even I, and, dare I say, everyone else in this forum, has more important things to do than worry about this situation.

  25. zaggs says: Mar 3, 2011 3:06 PM

    Last I checked this was De Smith’s plan all along. Also once again Barry has a hard time with the facts. A team might be worth close to a billion dollars, but even the ones owned by 1 person, that doesn’t make that person worth 1 billion. Stadiums go into this along with ticket prices, value of the players, etc.

  26. vetdana says: Mar 3, 2011 3:07 PM

    If this goes to a lockout and into the regular season….You can bet that the Federal Gov.is going to consider intervention….Why ? The economic affects of an NFL work stoppage is Huge and touches hundreds of thousands of people,many of whom rely totally on the work of the NFL, to provide their main source of income, not to mention millions of dollars of taxpayers money.Stadium workers,ticket sales,concessions,restaurants,bars,security,janitors,groundspeople,apparel manuf.,teams sales and business offices,accountants,licensing,advertising in ancillary business,team owned radio ant tv stations,sports talk hosts. Who hv I left out ?

  27. dvnelson72 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:11 PM

    If everyone who pays net taxes forms a union, can we expect collective bargaining rights with the IRS?

  28. oldhamletman says: Mar 3, 2011 3:13 PM

    its interesting hes been briefed on total revenue etc…..

    I hope he doesnt get involved… cause then the NFL will be proven to be a bunch of children….

  29. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 3:16 PM

    Enough with the spin stories already.

    You already ran a story today implying Leinart was “ripping” the Cardinals, whereas you proceeded to write you had no idea what he actually said.

  30. supashug says: Mar 3, 2011 3:17 PM

    Middle East

    please focus

  31. beepa11 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    Wow…this guy has time on his hands! Isn’t he the “leader” of the free world? Ya think he’d be looking at some real meaningful issues… Sports?! Playoffs?!… Playoffs?! …Playoffs

  32. nanananaboobo says: Mar 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    This is the Issue Obama wants to lead on…LOL..Whatever it takes to get this show on the road is all I care about, Im not taking sides with the Union or the Owners. Im on the side of the Game, and not just Sundays…everything from FA to the Draft to Mini-camps to training camps and preseason and Fantasy thru the Pro Bowl…I love it all!!

  33. MFalz says: Mar 3, 2011 3:19 PM

    perhaps after he’s done, he will hint at a willingness to end this 11 year old war. just sayin…..

  34. p4ever says: Mar 3, 2011 3:21 PM

    Obama cleared stated his unwillingness to get involved. He clearly stated he had more important issues to care for. MF is just reaching…

  35. connielichvar says: Mar 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    Really??? Seriously???? You have got to be kidding?????
    He has NOTHING better to do with his time than THIS?
    I want my vote back!!!

  36. pftisahalftruth says: Mar 3, 2011 3:24 PM

    I hope to god he stays out of it before he ruins this too!

  37. BC says: Mar 3, 2011 3:26 PM

    We’re in two ill-advised wars, unemployment is 9.5%, half of the Middle East is in flames, and out national debt is $1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
    And he’s worried about FOOTBALL???
    (Political comment omitted)
    Please focus on the country, Mr. President.

  38. p4ever says: Mar 3, 2011 3:26 PM

    Those commenting here should first check the false information they’re being fed. To the question “Are you willing to get involved?”, Obama replied “I have more important things to do”.

  39. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 3:30 PM

    Where’s the birth certificate?!

  40. sjfootballnj32 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:35 PM

    Obama could get a deal done.

    Look at how he got college football to go to a playoff system and eliminate the BCS bowl games.

  41. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 3, 2011 3:35 PM

    This guy is a LOSER on all fronts

  42. yooperpkr says: Mar 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    Who cares how it gets done, get it done!

  43. dexterismyhero says: Mar 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    Like to hear what the players would say when he pushes his health care reform on them!!!!!

  44. bucbearpig says: Mar 3, 2011 3:39 PM

    Dumb. Not the president. Most of you. He was asked a question and said he shouldn’t need to get involved. Furthermore, if he did get involved it wouldn’t be to save the billionares, it would be to keep the economy pumping. This deal impacts thousands of jobs for slightly above minimum wage/part time workers along with retail shops & so much more. I get that many of you are republicans or Obama haters, but don’t hate just to hate. Go watch Fox News. No reason for it in this situation. I can see you saying Obama didn’t do this…or that…but come on, he answered a question (pretty well). Someday you’ll realize the presidents limited power makes him hardly able to do anything within a 4 year term.

  45. chc4 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    If the Feds get involved both players and owners are sure to go bankrupt by 2012!!!

  46. drew2k2 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:46 PM

    “”I’ve been saying it here for a couple of weeks now. A lockout will greatly effect the economy (That and the NBA) to very dangerous levels. It may trigger a huge recession

    The owners are morons, they have no idea what they may possibly due to this country. They have no idea…””

    bro, you have no idea. nfl will not trigger a huge recession lol

  47. baddegg says: Mar 3, 2011 3:52 PM

    Wait, does this mean Gilbert Gottfried will not be getting involved?

  48. kc4life7 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:53 PM

    Obama stickin his nose where it doesnt belong?? Who would have thought?

    _________________________________

    Really? Obama shouldn’t care? You don’t think that the NFL has a huge impact on our economy, specifically local economies around stadiums? The lengths people go to criticize Obama are unbelievable.

  49. albinorhino77 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:53 PM

    wow obama needs to focus on being a better president, not getting involved in the NFL or commenting every time kanye west says something.

  50. halftermguv says: Mar 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    Obviously Bush-Cheney would be masterful in handling the CBA negotiations.

    Let’s see, AWOL George would be persuaded by TMZ that the CFL is a threat and invade Canada.

    Dick “high treason” Cheney would leak all confidential material to the press and await a pardon from Goodell.

  51. Canyonero says: Mar 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    If he pulls this off, he may win the NFL Man of the Year trophy!

  52. kegpack says: Mar 3, 2011 3:57 PM

    Obama was more worried about where Lebron was going to play than the potential war on the Korean penninsula. Now instead of focusing on Libya, and after being a diplomacy no-show in regards to the Egypt crisis, he has the nads to get involved with the NFL CBA talks??? Really???

    Obama is the worst president of my time and I’m 34. His priorities are completely backwards. His foreign policy is virtually non-existent, and hes just plain lazy. I just hope we can survive another year with this guy at the wheel, because he aint doing 2 terms.

  53. richm2256 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:58 PM

    Speaking as a moron who actually voted for this clown, I would very much prefer that Obama stick to the job I hired him to do:

    -Get unemployment to a managable level
    -Get control of government spending
    -Work on the budget deficit
    -Do something about this crushing national debt
    -Work on the balance of trade

    Oh, and get our troops back where they belong, while keeping the country as safe as possible.

    Last time I checked, none of those things have been accomplished, so as much as I love football, Barry, stay the hell out of this. You don’t have the time, or the authority, and you’ll probably just f-it up like you have everything else you’ve tried.

    God, if the Republicans can give us just a half-decent choice to support ……….

  54. trajanthe1st says: Mar 3, 2011 4:00 PM

    This is typical of Obama. He loves to get involved in everything but what he was elected to do. The guy spends as much time as possible avoiding difficult decisions.

    2012 will be interesting for two reasons. We can get rid of this guy or the Mayan prophecy will come true. We will be put out of our misery either way.

  55. realitypolice says: Mar 3, 2011 4:12 PM

    There is absolutely no way whatsoever that anyone thinking impartially could read into Obama’s comments a willingness to get involved.

    In fact, his words would indicate the exact opposite.

    I am no Obama fan, and it pains me to defend him, but I think his comments here are perfect. The two parties SHOULD be able to work it out without him intervening.

    Besides, what could he do? Threaten them? With what? Is it against the law to have a labor dispute? Is national security at risk if there is no NFL season next year?

    Anyone who thinks 1) that the federal government should intervene or 2) that a lost football season would actually have a “devastating” impact on the economy, needs a reality check, and a sense of perspective.

    The numbers being thrown around as possibly being “lost” if there is no season may sound like alot, but until you get into the hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars, you aren’t causing more than a minor ripple in the overall economic picture of the US.

  56. sc2115 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    Typical…don’t worry about the millions of people losing there jobs each and every month…worry more about the millionaires losing theres….idiot…

    Actually jobless claims are at a 3 year low. And NFL lockout would also increase the unemployed because lots of people, not just players, would be thrown out of work.

  57. flyindutchman says: Mar 3, 2011 4:21 PM

    Wow did any of you political Einstein’s
    Even read the story. Unless I’m missing something
    The man was asked a question and gave a one paragraph answer. What makes you think this is taking up much of his time.

  58. Chris Guest says: Mar 3, 2011 4:21 PM

    For all those claiming that the NFL has a big economic impact I’d just point you to the argument that entertainment dollars are fungible.

    That means if you don’t spend money sitting in a bar on Sunday afternoon watching the NFL or purchasing DirecTV, you will spend the money in some other fashion. Maybe play an extra round of golf or go take a long weekend somewhere. They’ll go somewhere and not into savings.

    Will it be an economic impact, sure. Will it be recession level, no. Will other things appear to take up the slack…absolutely.

    The country seemed to survive in prior strikes and it will do so here.

  59. marty2019 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:22 PM

    I think Obama’s too busy dealing with the disasters Bush left on his desk, namely the financial meltdown and two wars. He’s got enough problems to deal with already.

  60. jpmelon says: Mar 3, 2011 4:23 PM

    He also said, “I’ve got more important things to do”….this makes his potential involvement hardly likely.

  61. sc2115 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:23 PM

    One long look at the economy should be enough to convince people to keep the Feds away from this forever.

    It was Wall Street which tanked the economy. It was the Feds that saved things by bailing them out.

  62. sportsinhd says: Mar 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    The “Obama Bashing” in this thread is quite amusing. As pointed out at the beginning of this thread, a lock-out by the owners could be devastating for our economy. I doubt the President gets involved, but if he did send in a few folks from his administration, it would be because he’s worried about the guy who owns the corner bar or sells the merchandise.

    No NFL is not going to be the end of any big businesses, but it could really effect the smaller mom and pop enterprises around the stadiums.

  63. dexterismyhero says: Mar 3, 2011 4:31 PM

    There wouldn’t be as much Bling sold if there is a lockout, but other tahn that we’ll be fine.

  64. alltimeballa says: Mar 3, 2011 4:36 PM

    I know that many of the people who post here are republican or maybe just an Obama hater but, beyond the running, passing,takling and kicking, football is also BIG business. Football has a way of making us forget that because of the product on the field. We cannot forget that in order for that product to operate as it has for years, there are thousands of people making it happen that don’t sit in a cushy box or wear a uniform. There are vendors whose living will also be affected by the decisions of these billionaires. No matter what you think about the POTUS, he has always been for the average guy/girl. I am also certain that if any of us could do something to push this process forward, we would do that and it would be merely so that we can WATCH the GAME! ITS BIGGER THAT THAT PEOPLE!!

  65. mswravens says: Mar 3, 2011 4:37 PM

    I can’t believe how incredibly STUPID most of the posters on this site are…the guy was asked a question. He answered the question. Did he stop working on every other aspect of his job – every other issue that’s obviously chapping everyone’s behind – to answer a question? No! Did he say he was getting involved? No!

    Settle down you ignoramuses and wait until the man removes himself from other pressing worries to deal with this before unleashing your ignorant critiques.

    I can assure you he spends more time than any of you dealing with the world’s troubles…and this country’s…as he should.

    I didn’t even vote for the guy, but c’mon…wake up people!!!

  66. latrobe21 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:38 PM

    What an embarrassment of a president. He has no clue how to run the country, but now wants to dictate to the NFL?

  67. islandjag says: Mar 3, 2011 4:43 PM

    It’s not a willingness. Its a friendship.

    De Maurice Smith worked for Obama’s White House transition team and headed one of its departments. The two are friends.

    Why he doesn’t want to get involved is that most of the owners are Democrats and have, but may not contribute to his election campaign.

    Just another layer to the fight between the cheats and the liars; the stinking rich and the filthy rich.

  68. realitypolice says: Mar 3, 2011 4:48 PM

    sportsinhd says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:24 PM
    The “Obama Bashing” in this thread is quite amusing. As pointed out at the beginning of this thread, a lock-out by the owners could be devastating for our economy. I doubt the President gets involved, but if he did send in a few folks from his administration, it would be because he’s worried about the guy who owns the corner bar or sells the merchandise.

    No NFL is not going to be the end of any big businesses, but it could really effect the smaller mom and pop enterprises around the stadiums.
    ===================

    Do you really think there alot of “mom and pop enterprises” in the shadow of stadiums that generate their entire operating income from 8 Sundays a year?

    And if this were true, which it isn’t, would their business going down really be “devastating to the economy”?

    I think a few people on here need to get a little perspective on the size of the American economy and the NFL’s impact on it.

    And, I’ll ask again what I asked in my last post:

    What exactly would the administration do about it?

  69. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 4:50 PM

    kegpack says:
    Mar 3, 2011 3:57 PM

    Obama is the worst president of my time and I’m 34.

    ——

    You could be 234 and he’d still be the worst president of your time.

  70. txhc says: Mar 3, 2011 4:51 PM

    “supashug says:
    Mar 3, 2011 3:17 PM
    Middle East

    please focus”

    Screw that. Get them out of there. That is an unwinnable war and we are just wasting resources and bodies. Fence it off, let them all kill each other and God can sort them out. We’ve got more important problems here at home as far as I’m concerned.

  71. realitypolice says: Mar 3, 2011 4:53 PM

    sc2115 says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    Actually jobless claims are at a 3 year low. And NFL lockout would also increase the unemployed because lots of people, not just players, would be thrown out of work.
    ===============================

    Jobless claim numbers only cover new applications for unemployment. It doesn’t cover people who are already on unemployment, people whose benefits have run out, or people who have just given up looking and gone on welfare or taken poor paying, under the table jobs.

    And of course, employment numbers are inflated by temporary workers working on “stimulus” projects, which do the exact opposite of stimulating the economy, who will be right back out on the streets when those projects end.

    Seriously dude.

  72. Canyonero says: Mar 3, 2011 5:04 PM

    Hey marty2019, when Obama was a senator he VOTED FOR the budgets you’re complaining about. So did Sen. Hillary and Sen. Biden.

    When it’s convenient, they flip the script and complain about the “awful mess” they have to clean up.

    What constantly amazes me is how many people fall for that!! Please, educate yourself, or stop voting.

  73. bcraze says: Mar 3, 2011 5:09 PM

    Why doesn’t he just pass a law requiring all Americans to purchase tickets to NFL games? This would mean more revenue for the owners, which would trickle down to the players. Sounds like a win-win for the owners and players to me…

  74. realitypolice says: Mar 3, 2011 5:18 PM

    mswravens says:

    I can assure you he spends more time than any of you dealing with the world’s troubles…and this country’s…as he should.
    ===========================

    Wow, that hurts.

    Here I am, a business consultant in New Jersey, spending every spare minute I have dealing with “the world’s troubles” and you have the gall and audacity to come on this web site and tell the world that the President of the United States spends more time on that than I do??

    How dare you, Sir !?!?!?!?

  75. pkrlvr says: Mar 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    Obama is the worst president of my time and I’m 34.

    ——

    You could be 234 and he’d still be the worst president of your time.
    ________________________________-

    Why, cause he’s black? GWB was soooo much worse. You really don’t understand things, do you?

  76. realfootballfan says: Mar 3, 2011 7:25 PM

    Our President is a great man. he makes you proud to be from this great country.

  77. realfootballfan says: Mar 3, 2011 7:35 PM

    bucbearpig,

    Don’t you know hatred for him is paramount to this country’s success in these people’s minds; yet it won’t change his continued popularity and movement into a second term where he can hopefully do more for our country.

    He’s a great person who’s working as hard as he can for the future of this country and hopefully, the few clear thinking government officials (there are very few) can come forward to help him over the next 6 years.

  78. mswravens says: Mar 3, 2011 9:48 PM

    @realitypolice – your sarcasm would be well taken if the majority of people posting this thread weren’t acting like idiots & operating as if the man has diverted himself from his job to deal with the NFL labor negotiations.

    @tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason – I do question anyone who would suggest that Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter!

  79. Deb says: Mar 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    mswravens says:

    I can’t believe how incredibly STUPID most of the posters on this site are…
    ————————————————-

    Seriously? Unfortunately, anything posted about the President inspires Americans to behave like rabid dogs instead of respectful citizens. It shouldn’t matter whether or not they support him or his policies. People should be able to discuss issues and our leaders in a civil way. But civilized discourse on matters of state has gone the way of black-and-white television.

    Never fear, though. You have at least one moderator on PFT who holds firmly to a 19th-century sensibility, so I doubt you’ll see this post. I’ve copied your use of “stupid,” and that’s not ladylike. He censors about 50 percent of my posts as inappropriate, including anything exhibiting a Southern dialect or sentences that begin with “baby,” “sweetheart,” or “darlin’.” Apparently the female Southern dialect is considered confrontational to uber-young northern boys who aren’t, a-hem, fully developed. I can’t think of any other reason they’d be so easily threatened. Didn’t you say your wife is a judge? Oh dear heavens, she surely wouldn’t be allowed to post here unless the network provided the moderators pee pads for their chairs.

    If this post shows up … it means the night moderators got all the cojones in the network family ;)

  80. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 4, 2011 11:39 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Mar 3, 2011 5:28 PM
    Obama is the worst president of my time and I’m 34.

    ——

    You could be 234 and he’d still be the worst president of your time.
    ________________________________-

    Why, cause he’s black? GWB was soooo much worse. You really don’t understand things, do you?

    —————————

    That’s right. Any criticism of this terrible president is only because of racism. It has nothing to do with his policies, each of which weakens our once-great nation. Thank you for raising the level of political discourse on this post. I’m glad there’s someone out there who really understands things.

  81. Deb says: Mar 4, 2011 12:42 PM

    @tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason …

    You’re simply parroting an opposition line regarding Obama’s policies. But that’s beside the point.

    Instead of vulgar and provocative comments about Obama or countering slams about Bush, we should be discussing how a strike might affect the economy and how the power of our highest office can be used to avert it.

    Both Republican and Democratic administrations have intervened in labor issues in the past. This shouldn’t be a partisan squabble.

  82. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 4, 2011 3:52 PM

    Deb -

    If somebody throws me a softball, I’m going to hit it out of the park. The PFT comments are for entertainment purposes only, not for thoughtful discussion about the role of government in labor disputes.

  83. Deb says: Mar 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    @tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason …

    Now that is an interesting perspective since I’ve repeatedly been told that PFT readers want only serious and thoughtful discussion with absolutely no smacktalk whatsoever and that PFT readers find any kind of personal bickering–or as you say–a “hit out of the park” extremely distasteful. Therefore, all such comments must be censored for the common good.

    Thus they’ve blocked comments from me containing such provocative lines as “Sweetheart, can you read?” and “You can get off the planet anytime you like, pal.” (I’m still waiting for a reasonable explanation as to why they allowed “Then get off the planet, dumbass.” It seems odd that they’d find “pal” more provocative than “dumbass.” But then I can’t will myself to think with a censor’s sensibilities.) It is interesting, however, that despite this conviction by the moderators, Mike continues to post on political topics that naturally incite bickering.

    Personally, I believe people come to football blogs for both thoughtful discussion and entertaining smack talk. So I’m cool with whatever you post unless it crosses an extreme obscenity line. However, I do wish people would toss a little football in with their politics.

  84. lebronsinsecurity says: Mar 5, 2011 3:47 PM

    The comments on here are so asinine that it’s actually laughable.. Maybe the old saying “college isn’t for everyone” still rings true today.. That’s what makes this country great though, you can stubbornly argue you opinions even when you know your factual information is skewed by your personal opinion, but it’s your personal opinion so that’s what somehow makes it true.. It’s like Wall Street is still some invisible figure in this country…

  85. yahmule says: Mar 8, 2011 9:06 PM

    It’s basically a one party system in this country now. Gore and GWB proved that when they banded together to keep Nader out of the debates for the 2000 election. About the only difference between the parties now is the Democrats pretend to act embarrassed when they’re screwing the average citizen and the Republicans high five each other while they’re doing it.

    Voting for any individual and expecting them to change anything for the better is, at this point, the definition of insanity. The only thing that will ever effect change in this country is mass demonstrations, but we’re all too mesmerized by our cell phones and social networks.

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