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Obama's Bad Call — Encroaching on Michael Vick's Turf

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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.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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