When he wasn’t taking a non-sponsored selfie with President Obama, Comcast SportsNet’s Tarik El-Bashir –formerly of The Post — caught up with Robert Griffin III at today’s White House Easter Egg Roll. The Redskins quarterback was asked to compare the difficulty of his own job to the president’s, and also shared his thoughts on DeSean Jackson, Jay Gruden’s offense and the Wizards.
On being at the White House:
“Yeah, it was a great experience,” said Griffin, who may have become the first guest to wear cleats inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “I got to go out there with Pierre [Garcon], [Ryan] Kerrigan and [Stephen] Bowen, and just get some quality time with my teammates out there in the city. This is our city, so when they asked me if I wanted to come, I said no doubt. This is our city; we have to represent it, and protect it and also give back to it, so it was a lot of fun.”
On meeting Michelle Obama:
“Yeah, we got a chance to meet the First Lady,” Griffin said. “A couple of us have already met Barack. He’s a great guy, everything you would think. Good talker, easy to talk to. We got to meet Michelle today. She’s actually taller than you would expect, but a very nice, beautiful woman. It was an honor.”
On whose job is tougher — Barack Obama’s or his?
“I mean, he’s got to control the whole world basically,” Griffin said. “So there’s a lot of things that come at the president that don’t come at me as a football player. And then there’s other things, like 350-pound linemen, that come at me that don’t come at the president. Each job is hard in its own right, but I’d like to think that being the president of the United States is a little bit harder than being a quarterback in the NFL.”
On new Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson:
“He’s as advertised,” Griffin said. “He’s a fast guy. He’s got a wide catch radius. He can catch things away from this body and he’s got great body control. He’s going to add a threat to us as an offense. When you can get a guy like that it opens up things for everybody else — Pierre, Jordan Reed, Alfred, Andre Roberts. You can go on and on for days with the amount of weapons that we have now. It’s really exciting. You feel like you get a chance to go back and actually attack matchups now.”
On how different the offense will be under Jay Gruden:
“We want to be a more efficient offense, not just stay on the field, but go score points,” Griffin said. “We had a great nucleus when coach got here, of guys, and he’s done a great job of adding guys to that puzzle. Sky’s the limit, but just like I told everybody else, we gotta go do it. It’s not really about talking about it. I can’t really tell you what the biggest difference is going to be. We gotta go show that, and I think we’ll be a more efficient offense that goes out and scores points.
On the Wizards:
“It was a great win,” Griffin said. “I’m good friends with John Wall, and Bradley Beal’s a guy that’s up and coming. It was good to see Nene back out there playing at a high level. So you know I am a supporter of the local teams and I feel like those teams support us as well. I’m excited to see what they can do in the playoffs. Getting that first road win I think was a lot of pressure off of them. They know they belong, and everybody in D.C. is behind them.”