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Of Course: Obama Defends Kaepernick's Refusal to Stand For The National Anthem
Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2016 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 09/05/2016 9:53:15 AM PDT by Kaslin

Speaking at the G20 Summit in China Monday, President Obama weighed in on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem before games, saying the "young man" is simply exercising his constitutional rights. Obama also said Kaepernick's actions are hard for military members and those who have served to "get past."

"My understanding at least is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement," Obama said. "If nothing else what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about."

"As a general matter when it comes to the flag and the National Anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who've fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are," he continued.

Not once did Obama say Kaepernick's actions were disrespectful, but instead credited him for bringing attention to an issue and for being part of the process.

Obama: Kaepernick Utilizing Constitutional Right

Obama said he hasn't been "thinking about football much," so maybe he missed a Kaepernick's socks: pigs in police hats.

Here's Kaepernick wearing pig socks w/cop hats at practice-Offensive Linemen-how protective will you B in 2nite game pic.twitter.com/A8jvXyW19l— Drenamay (@drenamay1) September 1, 2016

The Santa Clara Police Union has threatened not to provide security services at future games and 49ers fans have been burning Kaepernick jerseys. 

NBC Bay Area obtained a letter, penned by union members, to the San Francisco 49ers stating that if the organization does not take action against Kaepernick, "it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities."

The Santa Clara Police Department is the lead police agency at Levi’s Stadium. During 49er games, around 70 officers volunteer to work and are paid as security personnel. Now it is unknown whether more than half of those officers will show up at the team's next game on Sept. 12.



TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bho; kaepernick; leo; nfl; police
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1 posted on 09/05/2016 9:53:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

What a POS, written by a POS.


2 posted on 09/05/2016 9:56:07 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Kaslin

This photo did come to mind. I guess others can also show their constituional rights and not go to any SF games. And, they could just leave off the national anthem and save a little money, and folks from trying to be stars.


3 posted on 09/05/2016 9:56:31 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Kaslin
The Santa Clara Police Union has threatened not to provide security services at future games and 49ers fans have been burning Kaepernick jerseys.

The SCPU can shove its threat up its ass.

The SCPU picks the pockets of police officers in the form of mandatory dues and uses the money to fund politicians who blame the very same police officers for being cold blooded murderers.

4 posted on 09/05/2016 10:00:20 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

He’s angry about his meetings with Xi and Putin in China, so he comes home to kick Americans, because he knows he can get away with it.


5 posted on 09/05/2016 10:02:10 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Kaslin

And Obama supports calling cops pigs.


6 posted on 09/05/2016 10:02:55 AM PDT by Vision (Best Radio Station Ever: www.MartiniInTheMorning.com)
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To: Kaslin

He has got a multimillion dollar contract with the Team he is being employed by to be a performer on game days. Part of the performance is to at least pretend that football is some type of patriotic event. This should have been nipped in the bud the first time that it happened. He should have been told that if he doesn’t uphold this part of his obligation that he will not be allowed to play and his contract will be cancelled. The leadership in the NFL is showing what a spineless bunch of little girls that they are when they are now being led by the nose by this black racist idiot... especially after dozens of police have been killed by people inspired by this nonsense.


7 posted on 09/05/2016 10:03:26 AM PDT by fireman15 (The USA will be toast if the Democrats are able to take the Presidency in 2016)
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To: fireman15

Watched him explain it on Fox. He did a wonderful job and it helps explain how he was able to get elected. We should listen not condemn.


8 posted on 09/05/2016 10:06:19 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: PGR88

.But payback will be very good come this November when he sees Americans kicking Obama back by electing one Donald J. Trump.


9 posted on 09/05/2016 10:07:16 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Are you for real? Obama only inserts himself into these matters if the “victim” is black. Where is his condemnation for crimes against whites? Why is his righteousness saved for those who don’t deserve it?


10 posted on 09/05/2016 10:11:03 AM PDT by Scarpetta
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Watched him explain it on Fox. He did a wonderful job and it helps explain how he was able to get elected. We should listen not condemn.

You forgot your sarcasm tag. There is no excuse for this spoiled idiot's behavior. We have got dozens of dead cops who were intentionally targeted, including four right where we live that I used to work with. This is deadly serious. Anyone who is taken in by platitudes written by Obama’s leftist advisers is off their rocker.

11 posted on 09/05/2016 10:15:16 AM PDT by fireman15 (The USA will be toast if the Democrats are able to take the Presidency in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

The wind shifts an ugly direction and he doesn’t side with the Americans.


12 posted on 09/05/2016 10:18:53 AM PDT by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: Kaslin

One of the smartest things the Army ever did was to make young Combat Arms Officers have the additional duty of Funeral Detail Officer.

When I was a Second Lieutenant, I was really fired up to have my Soldiers in combat.

My Sergeants (God bless them!) talked to me about that.

I also served as a Funeral Detail Officer.

One of the duties of a Funeral Detail Officer is to present the folded flag (The Colors) to the widow.

If you want to see a big old Soldier get his heart broke, just watch him present The Colors to a crying widow with a couple of quiet kids hanging on her.

Makes you value your Soldiers more.

It would be wise to remember that us Soldiers bury our friends under that flag.

And we never forget or forgive those who dishonor our dead.

It should be a requirement for Presidential candidates to attend a military funeral.


13 posted on 09/05/2016 10:22:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Great post. I had similar experiences leading those funeral details and being a Survivor Assistance Officer. Those duties really put things into perspective.


14 posted on 09/05/2016 10:27:13 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Vote Trump. Defeat the Clinton Crime Syndicate. Reset America.)
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To: Kaslin

Literally on the other side of the world, he knows about this and takes time to opine. Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservative grops, VA waitlists, three months in, hmm, sorry, doesn’t ring a bell.


15 posted on 09/05/2016 10:28:50 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: rovenstinez
< And, they could just leave off the national anthem and save a little money, and folks from trying to be stars.

And if they do, patriot / fans everywhere will refrain from going to professional sporting events, the industry will take a huge hit and will crumble. The homonazis will loved and replace the games with professional drag queen contests and will win. No the America hating a-holes need to be ostracized so much their owners will want to boot them.

16 posted on 09/05/2016 10:32:15 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

Pavlova despises Trump. What’s her solution to this America hating government?


17 posted on 09/05/2016 10:39:02 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Kaslin
As a 29 year (and still active duty) vet, I defend his right to sit. Its political speech and protected by the 1st amendment. I also defend my right to speak against his idiocy and think he's a spoiled baby...and turn off any channel hat has him on it.
18 posted on 09/05/2016 10:39:40 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Kaslin

How could I forget? The nation elects this guy TWICE anyway. Go figure.

Meanwhile, of course, Obama IS THE REASON Kaepernick is emboldened to Refuse to Stand For The National Anthem.


19 posted on 09/05/2016 10:44:42 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Kaslin

Alternative headline: Obama Picks Up Turd By Clean End


20 posted on 09/05/2016 10:45:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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