Pols: End NFL lock out soon
September 25th, 2012
07:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Pols: End NFL lock out soon

(CNN) – Even the president is ready for the replacement refs to go.

On Twitter Tuesday, President Barack Obama wrote:

Anger at the replacement refs boiled over Monday after a controversial end zone call determined the fate of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Obama wasn't the only politician to weigh in.

Mitt Romney, the president's Republican challenger, told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, "I’d certainly like to see some experienced referees, with NFL experience, come back on to the NFL playing fields."

Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate and a congressman from Wisconsin, took it a step further, saying in Ohio, '"Give me a break. It is time to get the real refs."

"We need to get the strike over and get more experienced people in there," former President Bill Clinton told CNN's Piers Morgan Tuesday.

Perhaps the strangest response came from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who tweeted a message featuring Ellis the Elephant, the protagonist of his wife Callista's children’s' book.

Tuesday wasn't the first time Obama weighed in on the replacement officials, who are substituting for regular referees engaged in a labor lock-out. Last week the president asked a radio host in Ohio, "Is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?"

"I can't get involved with it, but I'm just expressing my point of view as a sports fan," Obama said of the labor dispute keeping NFL referees from officiating.

After delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Obama also discussed another football matter: the rollercoaster New York Jets.

Obama was departing the diplomats exit when he recognized UN security inspector Matthew Sullivan.

Obama asked Sullivan if he was still supporting the Jets. Sullivan said he told Obama, "I support the Jets, but am tired of hearing about [Tim] Tebow."

Obama recently questioned the two quarterback system the Jets employ, using both Tim Tebow, who joined the team this season, and Mark Sanchez, who has played for the Jets since 2009.

"I've got to tell you, I don't like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season," Obama told WNBS in Ohio. "If I were a Jets fan, I'd be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man and he's got just a great, winning attitude … but there's going to be a lot of tension in that situation."

CNN's Kevin Liptak, Richard Roth and Doug Carroll contributed to this report.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jake in Omaha

    I agree Mr. President the sooner the better.

    September 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The replacement refs are a lot like the Mittens/ Ayn Ryan ticket. They are trying, but are not very good.

    September 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. NOTADEMOCRAT

    And on the tteacher's strike in Obama's hometown that kept 400,000 children out of school.., crickets.

    September 25, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Louden Swain

    It's too bad the president doesn't invest some time into running our country properly. Instead he just wants to play celebrity.

    September 25, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. obama victim

    thank you President Kardashian

    September 25, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Norma Williams

    Noticed that the Willard of Oz hasn't put his $250 in this? Obviously one of America's most-beloved games must fall into the infamous 47%. It sure aint' cricket!

    September 25, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Lionel

    What a cool president. He is the real deal unlike Juan Percent / Lying Ryan. We need to get rid of these replacements.

    September 25, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Uri Nation

    I love it! The President stating "What happened in that game is perfect example of why both sides need to come together and resolve their differences". This comes from our country's leader who has failed in his current tenure to get Congress "to come together".

    September 25, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Shelley

    Really? There aren't more important things for him to focus on? Really?

    September 25, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. gt

    those other guys werent that much better.....they threw to many flags so they could get there mugs on tv....a when they blow calls when they get back the fans will be twice as mad..and seattle likes the refs.......

    September 25, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Obama Bin Laden

    Hey Obama, why don't you play some golf and take another vacation at the tax payers expense while our country is going down the tubes? Or you can just let a whole mess of illigal immigrants in our country and have us, the tax payers, paying for them to live, eat and have babies. Oh wait, you already do that... OBAMA = FAIL! Tweet that.

    September 25, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Rome burns while Obama lives in a make believe world.

    September 25, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. kevin

    Like Obama, 'the replacements need to go'......

    September 25, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. runymede

    But let get the economy back on track and soon.....these players aren't hurting for money.

    September 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. John NYC

    Heh heh. Obama's no fool. Wisconsin is a Swing State and Green Bay is...where? Washington State is solidly blue, so the Seahawks can pound sand.

    September 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. pkrbkr

    Bet Romney doesn't have a clue about the game last night......football is not his "thing"....only horse showmanship at the Olympics! Our President relates to the middle class and all thinking Americans! Obama/Biden 2012

    September 25, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Stephanie In NY

    What's with the headline? Doesn't CNN know the difference between a "Strike" and a "Lockout?"

    September 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Nsikan

    Oh, he has time for NFL; he has time for the view; he has time for UN etc etc. Whe is he meeting with the president of Isreal yada yada yada .......... The night Osama was killed, he was poking jokes on people. I do not know when it has become manatory that a US president must meet with and consent to any president anywhere. If the meeting is not strategically beneficial to Isreal, US and the region why should the US gov move forward with it. We are winding down from two wars and a war hawk from Isreal is drumming for more wars and everyone is perturbed that the president is respecting the office he holds and be the adult in the room. Isreal use to consult with God and their priests before going to war and sometimes the answer would be no, wait or go ahead. Why is Natanjahu in a hurry to go to war and carry US along? I thought Obama was US president not knowing he is Natanjahu's house boy!!!

    September 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. face

    maybe he should worry about presiding of the United States.

    September 25, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. shoos

    Shelley, he's a football fan. Is he not allowed to feel the same way as the rest of the fans? It's not like he's making it a platform concern. I think it's great! We all are agreeing on something. Nice to not talk about the economy for five minutes some times.

    September 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Expat American

    Romney and Ryan are the Republican Party scabs. The GOP has no one better to run in 2012; so Romney and Ryan, the opportunists jumped in the ring.

    September 25, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. DC Johnny

    It's so difficult to see through Obama's strategies. Just like with his oddly swing-state-friendly NCAA brackets, he now suddenly speaks up about NFL refs on the morning after swing-state Wisconsin endures a referee fiasco.

    And, while that picture was so wonderfully taken to try and show off the machismo of Obama, anyone who saw his opening day joke of a toss – which didn't make it halfway to the plate – knows this is just a pose of a man who can hardly be described as one.

    September 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. jmmjr49er

    So it is written...The One says lockout must end.

    Now, if we can just keep our country safe from Islamism and Islamists.

    September 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. michael oles

    please get involved with real issues like unemployment and this country going bankrupt. like some one said obama wants to be a celebrity president

    September 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. demwit

    Obama throws like a girl..

    September 25, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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