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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    Why should he but you should not? Because you happen to disagree with his opinion?
    The simple fact of the matter is that Obama goes deliberately out of his way to "butt into" these kinds of issues every chance he gets. No other president has done so.

    He did so with the Trayvon Martin case, he did so with college basketball, and he's doing so now with these stupid comments on the Redskins. It's nothing less than blatant attention whoring.

    And, all this was during an interview with AP. Not exactly like he called a press conference to discuss it. He's a sports fan and he offered up his opinion, the same as anyone else.
    The Obama Administration is notorious for strictly controlling the media's access to the president. It would be incredibly naïve to think that he did not take the interview in the first place without at least some idea of what questions might come up.

    The entire story basically stinks to high heaven of being an artificially manufactured puff piece; nothing more, and nothing less.

    It is a distraction, basically meant to draw attention away from his failings as a president.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    A president without an opinion on issues is beneath the position.
    Whether or not a football team should change its name is not an "issue." It is a non-issue.

    There are simply bigger fish to fry.

    And again, you would be first in line to bitch if he had ducked a question in an interview.
    And again, it would be foolish to think that he didn't explicitly know that the question might've been coming, and plan accordingly.
    Last edited by Gathomas88; 10-08-13 at 11:16 AM.

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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    And again, you are being foolish if you think that he didn't explicitly know that the question might've been coming, and plan accordingly.
    He probably did know. If so, he planned on voicing his opinion. And then he voiced his opinion. What's the problem again?
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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by uncleray View Post
    A reporter poses the question regarding the football team and it's Mr. Obama who is butting in? Interesting. Although, "no comment" might have been a better answer.
    If he'd refused to answer, he'd have been attacked for being evasive, out of touch, for insulting Native Americans or insulting football fans. The whole point of the hack (I refuse to call such people journalists) asking the question was to generate a story from the answer and negative stories sell better than positive ones. Any answer he could have given would have been spun in to pretty much the same article - it was probably half-written before he was even asked.

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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    He probably did know. If so, he planned on voicing his opinion. And then he voiced his opinion. What's the problem again?
    So that would be "butting in." It's par for the course where his track record is concerned.

    I find it insulting that a POTUS would stop to talk about such things in the middle of a government shut down that he plays a role in perpetuating.

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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I am thinking we have enough problems facing this country so should the President butt in?
    No! The President should not have butted in. I always assumed the name flattered Indians as it represents the toughness, intestinal fortitude, and perseverance of a football team and compares it to Redskins or American Indians.

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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    If he'd refused to answer, he'd have been attacked for being evasive, out of touch, for insulting Native Americans or insulting football fans. The whole point of the hack (I refuse to call such people journalists) asking the question was to generate a story from the answer and negative stories sell better than positive ones. Any answer he could have given would have been spun in to pretty much the same article - it was probably half-written before he was even asked.
    I completely agree that he would have been criticized for "evading" the question, but it was a no-win situation for him, and sometimes leaders have to choose the best option when both options suck. He still would have done better to decline and remain above the fray.
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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Just as Yankee has been used as an ethnic slur
    At best, Yankee is a regional slur for people from New England. Not really any ethnicity per say - just white people from New England in its original context. Depending to where you go - Yankee can refer to an American, white American or people from New England. Last I heard, none of those were an ethnicity of any sort. Then again, the comparison is nonsense - as it's like comparing "cracker" and "nigger". Sure, if you want to play the semantics game, they're both slurs, but let's not kid ourselves into believing they carry the same weight with all people. Call a black guy a cracker, and you're not likely to get a response. Call him a nigger and see what happens.
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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    At best, Yankee is a regional slur for people from New England. Not really any ethnicity per say - just white people from New England in its original context. Depending to where you go - Yankee can refer to an American, white American or people from New England. Last I heard, none of those were an ethnicity of any sort. Then again, the comparison is nonsense - as it's like comparing "cracker" and "nigger". Sure, if you want to play the semantics game, they're both slurs, but let's not kid ourselves into believing they carry the same weight with all people. Call a black guy a cracker, and you're not likely to get a response. Call him a nigger and see what happens.
    It's absolutely been used as an ethnic slur, whether it's used in it's standard outside of the US function referring to American's in general or its internal to the US function where it's typically referring to northerners, specifically those within New England. It's aimed at a population subgroup with a shared cultural tradition.

    That said, I agree with you. The level of severity of the slurs of Yankee and Redskin are of a different levels. Know what else is of significantly different severities? The slurs of Redskin and Nigger. You're not finding predominantly black high schools in American proudly proclaiming themselves "The Niggers" as their schools name. You're not going to find a poll where 90% of the black population would have no problem with a team calling themselves "The Niggers". You're not going to find a state in the U.S. whose name in Bantu is "Black People".

    None of that changes the fact I was pointing out, which is that words can change their societal meaning over time. More than that, SOME people seem to act like a slur is a slur is a slur is a slur and try to compare Redskin to Nigger. In such case, then Yankee absolutely is just as comparable because a slur is a slur. However, if you're going to recognize that there are different severity in regard to the use and context of various slurs, then one can't directly compare Redskin to Nigger because it just doesn't relate.

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    Re: Should Obama butt in changing the name of the Washington Redskins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    It's absolutely been used as an ethnic slur
    What ethnicity is northerner?
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