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Obama: Tough call on letting a son play football

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:02 p.m. HST, Jan 28, 2013

WASHINGTON >> 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.

"The NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies," Obama said. "You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded Sunday, "We have no higher priority than player health and safety at all levels of the game."

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loio wrote:
does he ever shut up? dude, do your job, stop spinning and lying and dodging and misrepresenting. do your frickin' job, and shut up about this and Final Four picks. do you job instead.
on January 27,2013 | 10:55AM
HD36 wrote:
Yea, we want to hear less from Obama, not more. Because the more we here from him, the less liberty we get.
on January 27,2013 | 01:55PM
hawaiikone wrote:
The "New Republic" is a perfect venue for him.
on January 27,2013 | 02:47PM
HOSSANA wrote:
WELL SAID!! except that he can't even do his !@#$ job right!!
on January 27,2013 | 03:09PM
Poplm wrote:
Keep your over legislating fingers off of football. Your need to try to transform everything American into a limp fail is becoming predictable.
on January 27,2013 | 10:59AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Well Barry you don't have a son; so please stay in your own parenting lane. Tried of you and Michelle telling other families how to "feed and read" to their keiki. Doing just fine without your opinion. Aloha.
on January 27,2013 | 01:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
On the other hand, Michelle looks like she could play left tackle.
on January 27,2013 | 01:17PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Well, she sure has the damm looks and hips for it...hell, she doesn't need hip pads so she will save the team money on that equipment....that's for sure!!
on January 27,2013 | 03:10PM
environmental_lady wrote:
I know the football fans will hate me for this, but I agree with Obama. Also, I wish UH would drop football as it losing big time on that sport ever since J. Jones left. That's just my opinion, that's all.
on January 27,2013 | 01:45PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You're right about one thing anyway.....
on January 27,2013 | 02:46PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Is there anyhting he doesn't want to voice his opinion upon?
on January 27,2013 | 03:06PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Once a "pantie," ALWAYS A "PANTY."
on January 27,2013 | 03:08PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And u r a panty worshipper.
on January 27,2013 | 04:00PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I wear my own panties unlike a sex deviant and transsexual like yourself.
on January 27,2013 | 06:39PM
SteveToo wrote:
Dudes gotta be in front of the camera every god dam day. Shut up and relax, have a cold beer.
on January 27,2013 | 04:41PM
puamamane wrote:
10th man on the bench at Punahou thinks he knows all about sports. Maybe it's better he speaks about football, it will take time away from him screwing up this country.
on January 27,2013 | 06:09PM
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