White House spokesman asked for Obama’s opinion on ‘Redskins’


Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post.

One of my online-only pals has been saying for weeks that it was only a matter of time before Barack Obama chimed in on the Redskins name issue. I scoffed. Well, that still hasn’t happened, but Thursday might have set the stage. This exchange came during the press gaggle with Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, aboard Air Force One:

Question: One more, a little out of the box, since you went with it. A group of 10 Republicans [sic] are asking for the Redskins to change their name as to be less offensive to Native Americans. Does the President have any feeling on this?

MR. EARNEST: That’s a good question, and it is outside the box. I’ll give you credit for that. I haven’t had a chance to speak with him about it, so I don’t know if he has an opinion. (Laughter.)

Question: Go Ravens. (Laughter.)

So my next questions, of course, are which reporter asked about the Redskins name change, and which reporter said Go Ravens, and what happened to my old life, and how long until the U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution about this matter, and who are the six people you would most like to ask about the Redskins name question? (For me, Donald Trump, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe the Plumber, Dennis Kucinich, John Rocker, and the mayor of Tinton Falls, N.J.)

Also, someone I greatly respect e-mailed me this week, disapproving of my “laissez-faire/oh-let’s-watch-the-passing-media-carnival sensibility on the whole thing.” That actually describes my stance pretty well. Sorry, I guess.

(Via The Hill.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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