U.S. President Barack Obama took time away from the debate over a partial government shutdown to play politically correct policeman for the National Football League.
Saying the Washington Redskins’ team name was offensive to “a sizable group of people,” Obama told the Associated Press if he owned the team he would “think about changing” it.
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” Obama said.
“I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here,” he added in a sop. “They love their team and rightly so.”
What’s offensive to a sizable group of people isn’t the Redskins’ team name – its the team’s piss-poor on-field performance. After winning the Super Bowl following the 1991 season, the Redskins have posted just three-ten win seasons. They’ve also had fourteen losing seasons in their last 21 years – and are off to a 1-3 start this year.
Also offensive? Politicians like Obama butting their noses in where they don’t belong …
Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder has vowed he will not change the team’s name – and polling shows that 80 percent of Americans support the team keeping its name.
Assuming Obama and the P.C. police are able to force the Redskins’ franchise to change its name – it wouldn’t be the first time a sports team in our nation’s capital has bowed to the pressure. In 1997 the Washington Bullets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) became the Washington Wizards – citing the District of Columbia’s high murder rate as one of the reasons for the name change.