Skip to comments.Obama Refers To Himself As "The Gipper" In Farewell To Gibbs
Posted on 02/11/2011 5:39:41 PM PST by Red Badger
President Obama recounts an anecdote about the 2004 Democratic National Convention at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' final press briefing:"The most challenging problem was what tie to wear. And this went up to the very last minute I mean, 10 minutes before we were about to go on stage we were still having an argument about ties. I had bought five, six ties. And Michelle didn't like any of them, Axelrod didn't like a couple of them -- him being one of the best dressed men in the world. So we really valued his opinion."And then somebody -- I don't remember who it was -- turned and said, 'You know what? What about Gibbs' tie? What about Gibbs' tie? That might look good.' And, frankly, Robert didn't want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that's the tie that I wore at the national convention."
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Seeing him pretending to golf all the time, I think he should refer to himself as “the duffer”.
“Sometime, when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to get out there and give it all they’ve got. And, win just one for the Zipper.”
Oh trust me I Had some better names for him but I would have probably been banned for saying em. I absolutely am disgusted by this Marxist, Hugo Chavez wannabe. Whenever I See his face I change the channel I can’t stand the sight of him. When he calls himself the Gipper, he is NOT showing respect for Reagan, he is mocking him, he is making fun of him by doing so
Everything is a act for this idiot.
I think we need to do what Egypt just did...and really WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER!
According to Answerbag this is the origin for the term, "One for the Gipper"
The Gipper was George Gipp who played on the 1916 - 1920 Notre Dame football teams under Coach Knute Rockne. Gipp, pronounced with a hard G, had never played any sports until he met Rockne, then quickly, almost miraculously, and in his freshman year, he became the greatest player Notre Dame had ever had or would have for many years, most reporters considered him the greatest college player of his time and predicted a fantastic future.
He could do it all and do it better than anyone else, he could run, pass, punt, and kick . He blocked better than a lineman, tackled harder than a linebacker, rush faster than a defensive guard, intercept like a corner back. He was a superb clutch player and an inspiration and motivator to the whole team, he urged mediocre players to greatness.
The Gipper made Rockne and Rockne made the Gipper legends of their time and ours.
Then the Gipper contracted strep throat which developed into pneumonia and was in the hospital for weeks, he was visited regularly by Rockne , the last time on the evening of December 13, 1920 - just hours before he died at the age of 25.
Fast forward to 1928. Notre Dame and Rockne are already Football Legends, but their end may be at hand, due to injuries, they are having a disastrous season, the worst in Rockne's career, 4 wins 2 losses against mediocre teams and top ranked Army, Carnegie Tech and Southern California still to play. It's accepted that this is Rockne's last year, there are rumblings that football should be de-emphasized at Notre Dame, maybe even phased out! The Fighting Irish don't stand a chance against Army, Rockne gives a pre-game pep talk to the team in the locker room.
All that is "fact" as reported in contemporary records, now we enter a realm of legend. Rockne tells them about the Gipper,none of the players had known him but they knew who and what he was,they knew Rockne had been at Gipp's bedside.
Rockne repeats the Gipp's "last words," only he knows what they were, no one else was there, ""I've got to go, Rock," the Gipper told Rockne, "It's all right. I'm not afraid. Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper.
I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it, and I'll be happy." ...the room is silent there's not a dry eye in the team.
"The day before he died George Gipp asked me to wait until the situation seemed hopeless - then ask a Notre Dame team to go out and beat Army for him. This is the day, and you are the team". The doors are almost torn off the hinges as the Irish rush towards the field. The mediocre Irish hold Mighty Army to a scoreless tie for 3 quarters.
Then Army scores, 6-0, Army. Halfback Jack Chevigny leads the Irish downfield yard by yard and finally ties the game on a one yard plunge. He picks himself up and yells," That's one for the Gipper!"
Later in the game Chevigny leaves the game with injuries, replaced by reserve Butch Neimiec, there are more injuries, third string Johnny O'Brien, a skinny hurdler for the track team, goes in at left end. Fourth quarter, the Irish have hobbled their way to Army's 32, Neimiec takes a handoff and brushes a defenders fingers with a slow loopy pass. The ball wobbles high over O'Brien's up stretched hands, he jumps and somehow gets a hand on it at the 10 stumbles and trips between two tacklers and falls into the end zone.
"That's one for the Gipper too!
Fast forward to 1940, Rockne is a genuine legend and American hero, the Greatest Coach of All Time and probably Time to Come, but the Times to Come look bleak, Hollywood releases an inspiring movie "Knut Rockne, All American" with Pat O'Brien as Rockne and Ronald Reagan as George Gipp. The movie condenses time, the actors can't win because the Gipp has just died, not only was he the best player, they are each miserable at his passing, as a team they have no hope against Mighty Army without his fighting spirit. O'Brien gives his stirring speech at half time after the Irish have received a severe mauling, there's not a dry eye in the theater.
The sound track segues from the music of doom to the chorus of salvation. The team is filled with the spirit of the holy Gipper and soundly trounces Army. The Gipper smiles down benignly, the phrase passes into general use just in time for WW2, then becomes a cliche overshadowed by more stirring slogans. Hollywood hacks over dramatized the true story worse than I did, but Reagan gave what some critics feel was his best performance. Another, and last, fast forward
The late 1970's , Reagan has finally given up acting ( well if his melodramatic role as the Gipp was his best) and became a professional politician. He uses the phrase in his campaign for US President.He is elected in 1980 and continues to use the phrase during his two terms. Going so far as to urge the Marines invading Granada to win it for the Gipper. Read more:
Larry said that BHO has taken one for the gipper more than once.
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Reagan's greatest role was as Drake McHugh in 1941's "King's Row". It was supposed to be a Bob Cummings movie, but Reagan stole it right out from under him.
The Loon wouldn’t qualify as Reagan’s toe cheese.
Mr. President, I knew the Gipper.
The Gipper was a friend of mine.
Mr. President, you’re no Gipper.
Let the words turn to ashes in his mouth.
Hmmmm, wasn't Reagan shot?
You said, “It is best to ignore it and move on.”
Yes, I agree. And, yes I heard him say it and felt “offended”. Perhaps he read the line in the book he was reading. Or, we could take it as a compliment.