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Tuck, Obama talk lockout

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When we arrived in New York on Wednesday night for the draft, the first thing I noticed was the presence of a lot more police officers than usual.  Soon, we learned the reason for the beefed-up security — President Obama was in town, possibly to inspect Donald Trump’s birth certificate.

An Associated Press report emerging from the President’s dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria pointed out that the Commander-in-Chief visited with the Emperor of Revis Island.

But there’s more to the story.  According to the New York Post, two other NFL players attended the dinner:  Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck and Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka.

Tuck said that, during his discussion with Obama, the lockout came up.

“We kept it very generic,” Tuck said.  “He talked about how he’s a big football fan and how hopefully he’ll get the opportunity to come to our game down in Washington for 9/11.  And he just wanted to reiterate that the fans, and him being a fan, they’re all behind us in hoping that we don’t miss any games.  And he said, in a joking manner, ‘If I can do anything to help, let me know.’”

So was he really joking?

“Well, he kind of smirked,” Tuck said. “I say that, but I’m sure he wasn’t necessarily all joking.”

For now, the legislative and executive branches have stayed out of the NFL’s labor dispute.  Depending on how the judicial branch resolves the situation, other areas of the federal government could get involved.

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72 Responses to “Tuck, Obama talk lockout”
  1. hawkeye6 says: May 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    Please, Mr. President, this isn’t what you should focus on. Please focus on the 14 trillion dollar debt instead, and leave the NFL lockout to those who are involved with the NFL.

  2. christianholzman says: May 1, 2011 7:35 PM

    I think he’s screwed up enough in this country. Keep him away from the NFL!

  3. 52crabcakes says: May 1, 2011 7:41 PM

    Obama, please step away from the NFL!

  4. ironhawk says: May 1, 2011 7:41 PM

    People will say he should have better things to do, but he’s wrong. The NFL is a billion dollar business that employs thousands of people. It also helps make hundreds of other companies profitable, who also have thousands of employees. If the NFL collapses, it would hurt the economy, like wise the NFL being healthy, helps the economy. If a few days of mediation with the oval office or other help, will ensure a healthy NFL than it’s worth his time.

  5. reents says: May 1, 2011 7:43 PM

    Playing on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, is a reason not talked about much, that everything should be fixed.

    They can talk about missing the first 3 weeks and being okay, but maybe Baseball and Nascar are the only ones that want that.

  6. nceaglesfan says: May 1, 2011 7:44 PM

    Cool, I’m sure all branches of our federal gov’t have sufficient time to worry about the NFL labor dispute. Maybe focus on the National debt, no jobs, fuel prices, homeless, tornado survivors on and on. Why consume brain cells on my these clowns that can’t split their pie. Oh, I forgot. They have their nose up every other aspect of our lives…..

  7. themars211 says: May 1, 2011 7:47 PM

    here we go…PFT you guys really know how to bait these idiots on this site!!!! lmao

  8. sowcrates says: May 1, 2011 7:52 PM

    Mr. President, stay away from the NFL…

    Also, stay away from socializing, relaxing, eating, sleeping, your family…basically anything that keeps you a human being.

    Because NFL fans will crap on you for eating dinner with a couple of players while you were in town at the Waldorf across the street from the UN for the General Assembly.

    They’ll also believe that you’ll intervene on the NFL because they read that you smiled at Justin Tuck.

  9. narutofan10 says: May 1, 2011 7:53 PM

    “christianholzman says: May 1, 2011 7:35 PM

    I think he’s screwed up enough in this country. Keep him away from the NFL!”

    your ignorance is hilarious i am pretty sure it was bad for years it is not his fault you can’t fix everything in a short amount of time in fact he has helped a little more with or economy rather than George Bush who basically dragged further and further

  10. voxveritass says: May 1, 2011 8:01 PM

    You had to have a huge weekend for page views. Why on earth would you mobilize the republitard trolls?

  11. djaehne says: May 1, 2011 8:06 PM

    Probably going to bail out the players first, then
    the owners. Our taxes will only go up a tiny bit.

  12. brownsfn says: May 1, 2011 8:10 PM

    Of course this idiot has nothing else to worry about..like the 2 wars he’s got going on or the insane price of gas…lets worry about football…can’t wait till this guy gets voted out in November…he’s worried more about sports than the country…

  13. gdive says: May 1, 2011 8:14 PM

    christianholzman says:
    May 1, 2011 7:35 PM
    I think he’s screwed up enough in this country. Keep him away from the NFL!

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

    Weapons of Mass Destruction. War on Afghanistan. Why aren’t you blaming George W? He started this mess!

  14. vomitingliberals says: May 1, 2011 8:23 PM

    If Barry gets involved, he’ll immediately side with the union because he is a socialist liberal. Let the courts work out their due process, and lets hope for a return to negotiation and honest mediation down the line. If this President gets involved, the problem will never be resolved in a way that’s best for the long-term sustainability of the league. Barry has done enough damage to last this country the next several generations, please keep his hands off our beloved NFL!!!

  15. plundergrunge says: May 1, 2011 8:24 PM

    They can’t even legitimize a plan for the federal budget. The government itself almost experienced a lockout. Why should they bother with the NFL dispute? Now, I’m not an Obama hater, but seriously? Give me a break.

  16. mrbig077 says: May 1, 2011 8:27 PM

    Of course the players want to talk to Mr. Obama….now spending will certainly go up!

  17. pervyharvin says: May 1, 2011 8:33 PM

    No NFL for you Mr. President.

    As many of you may know, Jerry Jones has joined negotiation sessions to resolve the lockout.However…When Jerry got to his seat at the negotiating table, he was told that the seat wasn’t ready, but he could move to another room in the building where there was a TV for him to watch the negotiations. He was also offered complimentary tickets to the next negotiating session.

  18. Deb says: May 1, 2011 8:47 PM

    So, Mike, do the guys at PFT Control take bets on how many comments an Obama/lockout thread will generate?

  19. stupadassle says: May 1, 2011 8:49 PM

    What is he going mess up next? Maybe appoint a sports Czar? He’s done wonders for the American people. Hope and change is when you go to fill up your vehicle and you have some change left for something to eat. This guy is a joke. You know he is bad when Jimmy Carter is glad to see he got elected so we will forget what a horrible President that guy was. I am surprised he had time to talk. Wasn’t he playing golf or taping the Oprah show or some other important thing other than trying to lower unemployment or lower gas prices. I know somehow Bush is responsible for these high gas prices.

  20. ham1 says: May 1, 2011 8:49 PM

    Tuck Obama

  21. jwil444 says: May 1, 2011 8:52 PM

    guess you couldn’t block all the negative obama comments huh?

  22. nflpasux says: May 1, 2011 8:56 PM

    The guy is an experienced “community organizer”. He is about as qualified to “help” the NFL labor dispute than my pet lizard.

    Please stick to finding a way to not add more trillions to the deficit in your final 21 months in office, and keep your nose out of the NFL. Thanks.

  23. dvnelson72 says: May 1, 2011 8:57 PM

    he’s already involved. demaurice is one of his govt attorneys

  24. pargolf47 says: May 1, 2011 8:58 PM

    A conversation between Obama and Tuck about the Lockout?? Please!! What a waste of time!

  25. stupadassle says: May 1, 2011 9:03 PM

    Oh my. Hussein has a 26% approval rating and 24% of them have just posted here praising Barry! Are you kidding? These are the same people that believe that the WWF is real. Drink that cool-aide.

  26. thespeaker08 says: May 1, 2011 9:03 PM

    Dear Obama,

    How dare you partake in an American tradition! I am outraged!

    I swear if you show your grinning face during another thanksgiving or 4th of July, I will definitely grit by teeth in anger!

  27. ravenution says: May 1, 2011 9:13 PM

    Obama is doing a great job cleaning up the mess from the last president who is mentally retarded as are all of his consevative klan members.

  28. pkrlvr says: May 1, 2011 9:13 PM

    The ignorance in this thread is amazing! Folks, turn off fox news and get some real info! Bush screwed the country, started the wars, deregulated the banking industry and ran up the debt. Obama just inherited the mess, he didn’t cause it.

    I wonder if some of you even understand politics?

  29. peester15 says: May 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    Why didn’t Bush get asked about Basketball and Football as much as Obama? And does Warren Moon think it’s fair that Obama is getting some negative publicity?

  30. abninf says: May 1, 2011 9:19 PM

    Obama could use his community organizing skillz to send ACORN to Goodell’s office with signs, drums and costumes, and get dragged away by the police for a photo op.

  31. themars211 says: May 1, 2011 9:29 PM

    like always this funny……lmao!! You lunatics need to stop with the fox news and limbaugh bs and rhetoric. Think for yourselves instead of repeating and regurgitating talking points like some drones.

  32. kevincrathbun says: May 1, 2011 9:37 PM

    Just like he fixed the BCS….

  33. freedomispopular says: May 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    Neither Bush nor Obama are responsible for the mess we’re in right now, but rather the failed policies of the last few decades.

    That being said, I still think Obama should hold a beer summit at the White House for the owners and player execs. That’ll solve everything.

  34. burntorangehorn says: May 1, 2011 10:01 PM

    Of course PFT just throws chum in the water to bring out the morons. This thread is an obvious example.

  35. jvw1982 says: May 1, 2011 10:04 PM

    Keep up the Great work Mr President, I love how you are a sports fan just like us……when GW enjoyed his sports the Limbaugh and Hanity crowd thought that made him one of the guys you want a have a beer with or line…….nice to see how things change

    Don’t ever let you’re kids grow up to be teabaggers

  36. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 1, 2011 10:11 PM

    themars211 says:
    May 1, 2011 7:47 PM
    here we go…PFT you guys really know how to bait these idiots on this site!!!! lmao

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

    That includes you too it appears

  37. nyjetssuck says: May 1, 2011 10:18 PM

    Wish tucking Obama would get locked out!

  38. ruvelligwebuike says: May 1, 2011 10:31 PM

    Can a liberal ever come up with a defense better than “Bush’s fault” or an attack better than “Fox News, Rush Limbaugh?”

    Very few conservatives I know get their info from Fox News or Limbaugh. Very few. You folks should try some new material to justify this Presidency.

  39. descendency says: May 1, 2011 10:34 PM

    An executive order could fix this entire situation.

  40. coachstram says: May 1, 2011 10:35 PM

    @ narutofan10 ……..Stop. Just stop with the “blame Bush” garbage.

    Thats old news. You are another the few and fewer so eager to give this clown a free pass for driving our Country downward. Ask 20 moderates whether or not they would trade today for 4 years ago.

    I’d wager you would hear many that would make that deal.

    @PFT…….Please stop shoving Obama in our faces. The public is forced to see him, his policies and World Vision on a daily basis – cant we come here for some escape before he appoints another “czar” to oversee our beloved sport?

  41. bsizemore68 says: May 1, 2011 10:43 PM

    President Obama will be the next President, don’t like it, move to Mexico, or better move to Texas and live with W. Bill

  42. uberniner says: May 1, 2011 10:52 PM

    How about a beer summit for fans at Jerry’s stadium? You could pack in 100,000 (uhh, excuse me, 99,600), and everybody could have a big party… take our minds off of the 14 trillion dollar deficit. Oh, Barry would need to show up.

  43. hawkeye6 says: May 1, 2011 10:57 PM

    Well, since Usama’s dead now, Obama can take a break and check in on his Bears.

    On the news now, folks! UBL dead via U.S. airstrike. Body in possession of U.S. forces.

    U.S.A.
    U.S.A.

  44. ronithan23 says: May 1, 2011 10:59 PM

    The guy’s far from perfect but I love how the PFT troll masses erupt when his name is mentioned. It was Justin Tuck’s impression of an off-hand comment in a private conversation at a fund raiser. Hardly seems like something that should evoke strong reactions either way.

    Also, to the extent that you complain that he’s galavanting around the country raising money, note that this wouldn’t be an issue with public financing of campaigns. Seems disingenuous to complain about fund raising but vote for politicians who require that the President do this in order to run. That said, most of these readers are in the bag for the socialist policies of the owners, but tar the President as a socialist. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by continued hypocrisy.

  45. bubbabart says: May 1, 2011 11:01 PM

    The man that got Osama Bin Laden can probably do almost anything….GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Obama!!!!!!!!!

  46. dontouchmyjunk says: May 1, 2011 11:12 PM

    Barack Obama just killed Osama Bin Laden! Up yours, detractors! This is the president that finally got the bastard!

  47. Burritto says: May 1, 2011 11:15 PM

    Obama locked Osama Bin Laden’s life out!

    USA! USA! USA!

  48. sdboltaction says: May 1, 2011 11:15 PM

    I wonder what Tuck thinks about Bin Laden being blown up…? Hmmmmm…..

  49. nyjalleffingday says: May 1, 2011 11:22 PM

    I can imagine Obama kickin’ back with Justin Tuck, sippin’ on a whiskey with his feet up with the knowledge that halfway across the world, Osama’s miserable life was coming to a close.

    What a boss.

  50. coachstram says: May 1, 2011 11:30 PM

    yeah, if Obama wasn’t elected, Bin Laden would be alive right now……..grasp at straws much?

    May I remind you, Clinton had a clear kill shot at the guy, but passed.

    He gave us housing reform instead.

  51. jvw1982 says: May 1, 2011 11:42 PM

    Wow, I guess our President can eat dinner with Tuck and do his job all at the same time……imagine that

  52. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2011 11:44 PM

    OMG NO! This labor situation is already a mess. If this government gets more involved it will never get settled. We’ve already seen what happens when an Obama appointed liberal judge got involved.

  53. barnes28 says: May 2, 2011 12:01 AM

    Of course Obama takes the credit for getting bin laden. Seems like it came just in time to get his approval ratings back up

  54. vomitingliberals says: May 2, 2011 12:09 AM

    The ignorance in this thread is amazing! Folks, turn off fox news and get some real info! Bush screwed the country, started the wars, deregulated the banking industry and ran up the debt. Obama just inherited the mess, he didn’t cause it.

    I wonder if some of you even understand politics?
    ———————

    YOU need to do some homework along with all the ignorant folks who gave you a thumbs up…

    Obama got us into a war in Libya and is still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd are the reason the housing market and lending collapses took place, both are Democrats. Bush tried to warn them on at least 3 different times, look it up sometime. Bush did run up the debt, but Obama has since TRIPLED the debt!!! Obama inherited a mess, but has decidedly made that mess MUCH bigger than Bush ever dreamed of making it. Quit watching those alphabet channels, they are utterly worthless as it pertains to keeping one properly informed.

  55. vomitingliberals says: May 2, 2011 12:17 AM

    Only a fool would believe that King Barry had anything to do with catching Osama bin Laden! The search for bin Laden was never suspended by Bush, it has ALWAYS been ongoing and without end. The REAL credit goes to the United States Military & the CIA! All Barry has done is continue Bush’s policy of looking for bin Laden. But Barry will indeed play this up to his advantage because he knows that most people are politically naive, ESPECIALLY his own constituency! You libs will drink his chest pounding right down because you just don’t know any better. Happened in 08′ and will happen now as well. Fools…

  56. themars211 says: May 2, 2011 12:23 AM

    yup!!! I would be an idiot…….no dispute from me in regards to that….lol

  57. CKL says: May 2, 2011 12:42 AM

    I don’t see anything wrong with the POTUS having party/social type conversation about this topic. I didn’t see where anything he said in this post was inappropriate.

    I wouldn’t like it if the executive or legislative part of the federal govt. got involved with it though so I hope he was joking about that. It’s bad enough that it’s gotten to the point that the judicial branch of the govt. is already involved.

  58. king3319 says: May 2, 2011 12:43 AM

    To everyone who just congratulated our C.C. Thumbs up to you!!! To those who actually think he caused this mess our country is in…get educated!!!! Thank you Mr. President!!! I have close family in New York and a cousin who died wearing our countries uniform fighting to find this piece of garbage who got killed tonite. I will be eternally grateful to all those who have worked and fought to finally bring closure to all of us who have lost. As far as the lockout after everything that has happened tonight…I think we all can put this lockout crap on the back burner for a little while.

  59. hedleykow says: May 2, 2011 2:08 AM

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

  60. voxveritass says: May 2, 2011 2:53 AM

    vomitingliberals says:
    May 1, 2011 8:23 PM
    If Barry gets involved, he’ll immediately side with the union because he is a socialist liberal. Let the courts work out their due process, and lets hope for a return to negotiation and honest mediation down the line. If this President gets involved, the problem will never be resolved in a way that’s best for the long-term sustainability of the league. Barry has done enough damage to last this country the next several generations, please keep his hands off our beloved NFL!!!

    ____________________

    I’m still astounded at the job Obama has done turning things back around after Bush screwed them up so much. Republicans love to say he can’t blame Bush forever and that’s true. In all fairness no one has expected Jim Schwartz to win a Super Bowl after what he inherited from Matt Millen either.
    Just because a guy is on your ‘team’ doesn’t make him right.

  61. goawayeverybody says: May 2, 2011 3:43 AM

    I love the fact that all the Republicans’ heads are exploding across the country with the knowledge that a REAL President was able to kill Osama bin Laden but that their braindead moron/hero George Dumbya Bush couldn’t because he was too busy slashing services to the poor, getting back on the bottle, and hunting armadilloes in Texas.

    Oh and also, the Republicans will have nothing to say for the next 18 months. Obama will garner close to 400 electoral votes.

  62. goawayeverybody says: May 2, 2011 3:50 AM

    Btw, here’s a little lesson for the Republitards who come here and all say the same thing like the dittoheads that they are:

    1. There was no bank bailout. It was a bridge loan. It has been repaid. It was approved by George Bush and the repayment was handled under Obama. Deal with it.

    2. We had a large deficit before Obama entered office. We will have a large deficit for quite a while. I didn’t hear Republitards complaining when the deficit reached record levels under Bush.

    3. Deficits tend to swell during a prolonged recession. The reason for this is because there are less people making payroll and therefore a lot less taxes going to the federal government. This is just plain fact.

    4. Barack Obama did not start the War on Terror. That was started by your braindead hero, George W. Bush.

    5. Gas prices were also very high during the reign of your braindedad hero, George W. Bush.

    6. The supposed “socialist liberal” just killed Osama Bin Laden and WILL be reelected President in a landslide. Deal with it.

    That is all.

  63. siggy00 says: May 2, 2011 3:58 AM

    Bin Laden’s death puts pressure on a deal to get done. 10 years since 9/11. Big matchups in New York and Washington in week one, and now a lockout will squash it all? Bad PR move there NFL.

  64. stanklepoot says: May 2, 2011 4:37 AM

    ruvelligwebuike says: May 1, 2011 10:31 PM

    Can a liberal ever come up with a defense better than “Bush’s fault” or an attack better than “Fox News, Rush Limbaugh?”

    Very few conservatives I know get their info from Fox News or Limbaugh. Very few. You folks should try some new material to justify this Presidency.
    _____________________
    I don’t like to get involved in political arguments on sports boards, so I’ll make this short and sweet. When you take a look at Fox News ratings and then here people mindlessly repeat Fox News talking points, it’s hard to imagine they’re not Fox News viewers. Since it’s only my conservative friends that do so, it seems safe to say a certain segment of Republicans get their info from Fox News.

    More importantly, I don’t need to justify this Presidency any more than Republicans would need to justify the Reagan or Bush Presidencies. Each of them were elected to the position, and that’s all the justification anyone should ever need. Whether anyone likes it or not, that’s the process. Your candidate isn’t always going to win. If you really love this country and everything it represents, you show the same loyalty whether your candidate won or whether someone you can’t stand won.

  65. locutus says: May 2, 2011 5:14 AM

    Thank God for “Bush’s War” otherwise Obama would not have had the opportunity to gloat over something he had no control over…per usual, may I add.

    Also glad to see so many O-pologists even on NFL boards.

  66. locutus says: May 2, 2011 5:16 AM

    I guess that also answers why there are so many pro-union dolts on this site as well.

  67. MichaelEdits says: May 2, 2011 6:13 AM

    Osama got locked out

  68. joetoronto says: May 2, 2011 6:17 AM

    That’s it, keep chanting “USA, USA”. That’s what they want, get in the streets and dance.

    Never mind that “Tim Osman” was killed years ago.

  69. halo81 says: May 2, 2011 8:04 AM

    Uh oh, the black guy just killed Bin Laden and proved his was born in the United States within a week.

    White people better find something big to nail him on next.

    Turn on Faux News, they’ll help.

    Signed,

    A White, non-Democrat who just happened to stumble upon a brain at birth.

    I know, we’re rare.

  70. yzguy431 says: May 2, 2011 8:54 AM

    too funny. i had no idea that the nfl , and the usa were so intertwined.

  71. moochzilla says: May 2, 2011 9:22 AM

    I don’t think it’s fair to trash W for his lack of success in getting Bin Laden. That was a tough task, especially since it appears that our ‘allies’ in Pakistan were housing and protecting him in plain view. In luxury.

    99% of the time, I’d throw in my lot in piling on W’s bumbling War on Terror. But not today.

    I’m honestly happy that, like many of us, W has some degree of closure today now that this SOB is dead.

    But yes, it makes the calls of the birthers seem very, very small and silly in the grand scheme.

  72. Deb says: May 2, 2011 11:45 AM

    @vomitingliberals …

    Did you say Obama had nothing to do with killing Bin Laden because Bush never stopped searching for him? And W thought he was going to find him in Iraq? Uh-huh. Guess he was leading that Seal team, too? And he gave the kill order from Texas? Uh-huh. We’re still in Iraq and Afghanistan? And who put us there???? Weren’t the Fox News folks blathering constantly that we needed to go into Libya … until we actually went into Libya??? And about that deficit … didn’t some guy named, um, Clinton leave us in pretty good financial shape … until some guy named W came along? And W left handing the banks a lot of unsecured bailout money, compared with the secured loans Obama gave the auto companies that have paid off nicely. Yeah … you need to work on your fact-checking. But not here.

    Sweetie, you’ve been making those speeches for a while now and it’s time to stop. Spare us your political diatribes. You’ll find many sites devoted to politics if you look. This is a football blog.

    And since you’re “vomiting,” why don’t you go stick your head in a toilet? Thank you :)

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