What a difficult job it is to be president. Constantly taking vacations, constituents on your back trying to get answers and calling up Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to hand out a pat on the back. Obama wanted to tell Lurie how great it was that the Eagles gave Michael Vick a second chance. Well, Obama, you're about 16 months late on this one – or have you just been too busy jet-setting around on the taxpayer's dime to keep up with the news? Here's the thing – it's no longer news when the season's nearly over and Vick was picked up by the Eagles over a year ago.
Does this really deserve Obama's attention? What's next, a stint on "The Soup"? Maybe he should spend some time cutting his wife's expense account. Instead of waiting for her husband to start their Christmas vacation, Michelle demanded to leave for Hawaii early, costing tax payers over $60,000 on top of what her husband spent two days later. Her expenses were excessive and unnecessary seeing as how she could have carpooled with her husband. I guess that's her way of robbing the poor to give to herself. On top of that, it doesn't seem like a very "green" thing to do, taking multiple flights when one would suffice. But I'll leave this topic for another day.
Getting back to Obama's dunce of the week, I love football as much as the next cheesehead, but there's no need to make a federal case about it. Obama gushed on about how prisoners rarely get a fair shake after springing from the joint. Could that be because they're CRIMINALS? I don't want any bologna about how "people change"; that's not the point. If you commit a crime, especially something as shameful as dog fighting, be prepared to have that follow you around. My sympathy meter tends to descend when I'm talking about prisoners.
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I understand that Vick is a free man and has paid his debt to society, and yes, everyone deserves a second chance – but it's football … he's not a hero. Vick didn't come back to save lives; he came back to play a game and make millions of dollars. The Eagles are in the business of winning. They took a huge risk on an ex-con, and it's paying off like they hoped. What makes that important?
You're probably thinking, "Presidents have always taken the time to recognize athletes." Yes, that's true, but those presidents honored athletes when it was relevant, honoring champions and so forth. They didn't wait over one year to congratulate a team for hiring a convicted dog killer.
The way I see it is a) Obama is jumping on the bandwagon now that the Eagles are going to the playoffs. He can't risk rooting for losers. Besides, we know he's a fair-weather fan after he failed to name a single player on his "favorite" baseball team, the Chicago White Sox. A sports announcer and former pitcher for the Sox, Rob Dibble, asked the president a simple question, "Who was your favorite player growing up?" Obama couldn't name one. Pretty bad considering he has referred to himself in interviews as a "White Sox kid." And b) Obama is trying to clinch the No. 1 seed in the 2012 elections. He's hoping everyone will see how second chances are important and that hopefully we'll remember that come election season. Never mind the fact that Pennsylvania is a potential swing state. Well played, Obama, but you haven't fooled this Charger fan.
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I am all for second chances, but does our president really need to concern himself with such ridiculousness? Maybe if Vick had just been signed, but as I said earlier, Vick has been with the Eagles since last year! My dose of honesty: Either keep up or shut up. No one cares what you think about last year's "news" or prisoners and second chances. Maybe after reading their rap sheets you'd think differently. Here's a thought, why don't you give them their second chance? Hire them as the nanny or to work in your wife's garden. Either way, this whole subject is way out of your league. Stick to what you know, like socialism.