Obama's Bad Call — Encroaching on Michael Vick's Turf
The public threw a yellow flag when President Obama jumped off-sides by weighing in on the Michael Vick saga.
Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King said the president called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to commend the team for giving Michael Vick a second chance:
“I talked to Jeffrey Lurie the owner of the Eagles this week and he said he was surprised to pick up the phone one day and Barack Obama calls him to praise the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Vick and giving him a second chance,” King said. “Lurie told me that the President was passionate about the fact that it’s rarely a level playing field for prisoners once they leave jail. And he said the message was ‘what the Eagles had done with Vick was important for society.'”
Following the public outcry over “the call,” the White House is downplaying the incident by claiming the president wanted to congratulate Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on making Lincoln Financial Field a green energy facility — the stadium will be powered by wind turbines and solar panels and the discussion about Vick was a sidebar comment.
Obama’s weighing in on the rebirth of Michael Vick gives us a glimpse into his mindset regarding race. On race relations, it seems Obama can’t restrain himself. When his friend Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested in Cambridge MA, Obama was quick to jump to the conclusion that the police “acted stupidly” and now we have the president freelancing on Vicks’ rehabilitation.
The president’s views on race may also be affecting public policy. The Department of Justice is reluctant to tackle members of the New Black Panther Party over the voter intimidation case.
I find it troubling that Obama’s passion appears to be restricted to favoring blacks over sound judgment. If any of the above mentioned “victims” were white, I’m confident Obama would have remained silent.