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Obama: Tough call on letting a son play football
yahoo/ap ^ | 1/27/13

Posted on 01/27/2013 7:25:41 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes.

"I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence," Obama tells The New Republic.

"In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much."

In an interview in the magazine's Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he worries more about college players than he does about those in the NFL.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: castrato; media; moron; sports
Congratulations, America. You have elected a wuss.

Not that every male has to play football...but that this clown is masquerading as a modern American man.

Also, how about that classy publication "New Republic" asking the clown about IF he had a son, would he let him play football?

How're those JOBS numbers, doin', folks? Gas prices? Food costs?

Nah, let's ask the clown about a game.

By the way--the "tough call" the clown talks about...he seems to have NO "tough call" qualms when it comes to wondering whether YOU should keep the money YOU earn, or whether YOU should be allowed to own a firearm of your choice. That isn't a "tough call" at all...his answer is an unequivocal, unapologetic "NO".

1 posted on 01/27/2013 7:25:49 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
Such a pansy.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:02 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Because there just isn’t enough male hair stylists, interior designers, florists, and drapery hangers.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:38 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

He wouldn’t let Treyvon play football?


4 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:56 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Physical toll of football isn’t squat compared to the physical toll of combat. Not to mention the psychological toll.

Why doesn’t someone ask him about sending his daughters into combat?


5 posted on 01/27/2013 7:31:42 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

There are boatloads of parents out there wondering if their sons should play football. The issue of repetitive concussions is real. It’s not an issue you should shoehorn into politics.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 7:33:55 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I agree, especially with so many meathead coaches.


7 posted on 01/27/2013 7:40:40 AM PST by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: SoFloFreeper

My parents let my brother play football. Went to all his games, took hike to other games, all that guy stuff. He must have taken a knock or two on the head too many, because he is the liberal of their children. I probably would not let a son of mine play, even though I love the game. Glad I don’t have to decide. There is just too much evidence of the brain damage.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 7:46:39 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Some of us who love the game”. Right. I’m sure this wanker doesn’t even know what a first down is. However, the move is under way to get rid of American football for soccer - the “beautiful game.”


10 posted on 01/27/2013 7:48:08 AM PST by Student0165
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To: Student0165

My son played competitive soccer through high school and college. There are just as many concussions and injuries on the soccer field with a lot less padding and protective gear. Soccer at the competitive level is a contact sport.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 7:53:02 AM PST by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: Mom MD

Your point is well taken. There is significant sports literature to show that the unsafest sports in descending order is Soccer, Basketball, then football. Football is well enough funded to explore safest equipment. Some of the problem is the coaches have no idea how to teach to tackle. One of the things I have heard that I kind of ilke — go back to leather only helmets. That will keep people from tacking with their head and playing appropriately “heads up”.


13 posted on 01/27/2013 7:57:09 AM PST by gas_dr (Trial lawyers AND POLITICIANS are Endangering Every Patient in America)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Wow! I thought Rush was off base when he said the Liberals would be attacking football as too dangerous.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 7:58:46 AM PST by Manta (Obama to issue executive order repealing laws of physics)
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To: Mom MD

Who said anything about Americans doing anything on a competitive level??


15 posted on 01/27/2013 8:00:19 AM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Student0165

“..I’m sure this wanker doesn’t even know what a first down is..”

To him, it is the first time he and Reggie got it on....


16 posted on 01/27/2013 8:03:07 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Wonder if Mr. Panty Waist is a fan of MMA?


17 posted on 01/27/2013 8:07:38 AM PST by WCH
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To: gas_dr

Exactly right — or no helmets and pads at all, like rugby. There would still be concussions but the impacts would be less intense and players would not launch themselves head first at another player.


18 posted on 01/27/2013 8:09:58 AM PST by oilwatcher
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To: SoFloFreeper

Would he let him be a Cheerleader?


19 posted on 01/27/2013 8:14:21 AM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: conservative cat

God you sound like a Pansy!


20 posted on 01/27/2013 8:15:26 AM PST by ohioman
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To: SoFloFreeper

Rush will have a field day with this.


21 posted on 01/27/2013 8:16:27 AM PST by kabar
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To: SoFloFreeper
I'm sure Bathhouse Barry just LOVES the way those tight nylon pants outline every curve and bulge of those big muscular brutes with their broad shoulders that could just take Barry in their arms and, well . . .

And I'll bet he almost fainted from lust when he saw how the center gives the ball to the QB.

22 posted on 01/27/2013 8:16:37 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The question should have been: Would you let your son be an ambassador in Benghazi?


23 posted on 01/27/2013 8:20:59 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: SoFloFreeper

More young people have been killed or maimed as a result of Obama’s drones than have been injured playing football. I am so tired of this jerk


24 posted on 01/27/2013 8:29:18 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And this is a story from Yahoo? I mean, I know they are in the tank, but really. Why not give the writer a day off?


25 posted on 01/27/2013 8:31:57 AM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Wow, He struggles more over football than abortion.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 8:36:32 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: GSWarrior

nobama is such a feckless pseudo-male. What a role model-—for metrosexuals and for effeminate male homos. If he had a son, his son would be a cross-dressing pansy, seeking some kind of (taxpayer-funded) weird reallocation surgery.


27 posted on 01/27/2013 8:37:32 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SoFloFreeper
President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes.

I guess this is an admission that the Wussy in Chief will ABSOLUTELY NOT permit his daughters to serve on the frontline in combat. "Let someone else do it... too big of a physical toll."

Barack speaks with a forked tongue.

28 posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: gas_dr

All 3 of my kids played 3 sports in high school. My son and daughter who played soccer, basketball lacrosse and softball are suffering the effects as adults. The son who played football is pain free.
My 11 year old grandson who has tried a variety of sports just got into football and we’re all amazed at how much he loves the sport. He has wonderful coaches and it’s joy to see his enthusiasm.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 8:54:10 AM PST by surrey
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To: ohioman

Well, I am a female. And my girls have done martial arts (i.e. I want them to know how to kill barehanded.) Football was safer before all the padding (as another poster has noted, like rugby. I am all for rugby!) The science is coming out pretty clear on the repeated concussions. I assure you, this daughter of a Vietnam vet, former Marine wife is no pansy. I am also, unlike the resident, against women in combat.


30 posted on 01/27/2013 8:57:32 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Student0165
However, the move is under way to get rid of American football for soccer - the “beautiful game.”

There are more head injuries in soccer than football.

31 posted on 01/27/2013 8:58:09 AM PST by Ditto
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To: SoFloFreeper
"If I had a son, he would look like-"


32 posted on 01/27/2013 9:01:01 AM PST by mikrofon (Ooooooh!)
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To: neodad
He wouldn’t let Treyvon play football?

The realization that "if Obama had a son" will always be tied to that in my mind was actually my only reason for searching for this thread, heh.

I was wondering if anyone else had thought of the same, and obviously people have (well, I'm quoting you, and there are other posts). I can't help wondering when "if I had a son" will come up next.

33 posted on 01/27/2013 9:23:02 AM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: SoFloFreeper

The most physical thing Barry has ever done is knock up Moochelle......And I am NOT sure he even did that!!!


34 posted on 01/27/2013 10:04:27 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: SoFloFreeper

So what if it is a little less exciting? We must fundamentally change the game!

So what if we are all a little less free? We must fundamentally change the country!

Ho hum, Marxism is as Marxism does. Dear leader must control all.


35 posted on 01/27/2013 10:33:50 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Student0165
Nobody in Europe ever knew soccer as “the beautiful game” before that absurd ad campaign that tried to push it on “Yanks”. Everyone knew it as “the foreign game”, even some in the country where it originated. (Rugby is still rugby though.)
36 posted on 01/27/2013 12:27:01 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Hardastarboard

Yes; he thought “long and hard” on such things. (What a choice of words.)


37 posted on 01/27/2013 12:37:12 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: SoFloFreeper

-— ove the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence, ——

The fix is in. Rush called it.

It’s part of the emasculation of men project.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 12:43:30 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: SoFloFreeper

If he inherited mom’s genes (not dad’s mom jeans) the kid would make a great lineman.

Dad wouldn’t let him play in the NFL since it is merit based and isn’t racially fair to white guys. And it discriminates against midgets and women.

But I’m sure he’ll change that for next year. The NFL must look like America. Just like obama’s cabinet and staff.


39 posted on 01/27/2013 3:31:06 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: rfreedom4u
Please! There's no equivalence between football and combat.

Letting your child play football in light of brain injuries is perhaps reckless. It's a game sometimes seen as the modern equivalent of Rome's games to keep the fat, dumb masses entertained.

Combat has real stakes. It's not a game. It's not to be entered into lightly. Women in combat is about adults choosing to pursue a professional military career on equal terms with their male counterparts on a risk/reward basis. You either respect them or you don't. You don't.

Worse you don't respect the importance of a parent in deciding whether an unnecessary risk is too high. Football will have to change to survive. I've seen too many freepers today comment a boy who isn't being beaten senseless for football is somehow less of a man. I look forward to the day that attitude is at best quaint and bizarre.

40 posted on 01/27/2013 4:28:59 PM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: newzjunkey

There’s no equivalence between football and combat.

As I have experienced BOTH I agree.

“career on equal terms with their male counterparts”

Women can try out for the NFL too.


41 posted on 01/27/2013 4:43:02 PM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: conservative cat

I thought you were male. However, I agree with you on women in combat. (It should never happen). What is sad is that the wimps in society will ruin football. My son got a scholarship and the sport means a lot to me. Soccer has more injuries anyway, which means they will outlaw everything. I wish we could just kill off the F’in liberals before they give birth to more ....


42 posted on 01/28/2013 10:45:25 AM PST by ohioman
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To: conservative cat

I thought you were male. However, I agree with you on women in combat. (It should never happen). What is sad is that the wimps in society will ruin football. My son got a scholarship and the sport means a lot to me. Soccer has more injuries anyway, which means they will outlaw everything. I wish we could just kill off the F’in liberals before they give birth to more ....


43 posted on 01/28/2013 10:45:53 AM PST by ohioman
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To: SoFloFreeper
President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play...

Because under current rules, it's not allowed to repeatedly slam your opponent's head into the ground.

44 posted on 02/07/2013 7:31:28 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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