Obama jokes about Tim Howard as defense secretary
July 4th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama jokes about Tim Howard as defense secretary

(CNN) – In his weekly address Friday, President Obama praised the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team for representing "America so well" in the World Cup, and gave a special mention to goalkeeper Tim Howard.

"I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense," he joked. "Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I promise to think about it."

Howard set a World Cup record with 16 saves in Team USA's unsuccessful match against Belgium on Tuesday. But the team's better-than-expected performance helped crown Howard as the country's new soccer hero.

10 surprising facts about Tim Howard

He's now the subject of two petitions on the White House website: One calls for Obama to appoint Howard of Secretary of Defense, while the other says Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington should be renamed to "Tim Howard National Airport."

Hagel, the sitting defense secretary, phoned the goalkeeper this week to "thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Hagel also invited the team to drop by the Pentagon next time they are in town.

"He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defense," Kirby said.


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  1. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Gary: "Republicans won't understand this joke. They don't have a sense of humor. "

    No, they understand, they just, as usual, choose to try to slam the President.

    The only real answer to the righties is to vote them all out on November 4, 2014.

    July 5, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. barryinlasvegas

    Anybody would be better than the idiot he has now.

    July 5, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Tony

    So, Republicans would complain about Obama joking. Obama was joking about an actual petition to the White House website. He did not make up the petition. CNN reported this week that Obama's poll numbers are in the dumper even though the economy is doing better, more people are getting hired, and no American soldier is getting killed in Iraq. Sometimes, you just can't win.

    July 5, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @don in albuquerque
    Funny, I just took it as the president making a joke. Very obviously a few others posting here have no sense of humor.
    -----------
    The average person takes it as a joke of course.
    But look at how the Tea Party folks behave when poked, taking recent voting defeats as an example.
    They smile one minute, then they are talking about conspiracy theory and violence.
    No humor is a bad sign.

    July 5, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh, Gunderson is homing in on the latest right-wing fetish, ignoring facts as he goes along. Hmmmm, wonder what the right-wing parrots on here will be spouting next? Pray to FOX gods of truth to find out. Always remember they made money off a dead girl by hacking into her voice mail. That's the moral compass of the right-wing media: whatever it takes to get our point across, no matter how immoral, is fine. Dead girl? Who cares?

    July 5, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. rosethornne

    What gray and tiny lives republicants must live. So humorless and hateful.

    July 5, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    -ria, the huge mess is created by your Bush two wars, and Reagan trickle down. Not Obama. Learn it. Yes, we need freeze on immigration now.

    July 5, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. brownbuttonglutton

    Just wait til you lose the senate in November. Veto proof majority. Roll back all silly anti 2nd amendment laws and require id to vote in all states. Maybe even impeach the liar in chief. You did this to yourselves with all your division and hate.

    July 5, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. nintex

    "Hey Mr. President, this is job that requires a solemn disposition. There is a lot national angst right now with the wars and economy. Perhaps if you could refrain from cracking jokes and hoofing it up on late night talk shows every chance you get, you could tackle some of our problems and show that you actually care".

    DId you really say "with the wars and economy?" What kind of a hole do you live in? Do you read newspapers? Are you alive? Do you have a brain? Are you living in the 21st century? Heeellloooo!

    July 5, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Thomas Ravenel – a reality TV star and former Republican state treasurer who was forced to resign from office after being indicted on federal drug charges – announced Friday that he would run as an independent candidate against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    It's about time we get a conservative politician who is already a convicted felon .

    Brought to you by " Americans for Politicians on Probation and Prosperity "APPP"

    July 5, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. jerome

    Ha ha, Tim Howard jokes about Obama as president.

    July 5, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Silence Do Good
    The latest and best conspiracy theory I have heard comes straight from the the "Outer Limits." A young woman told me yesterday that Obama Care contains language that will require all Americans having to be micro-chipped. Much like cats and dogs. I tried to hide my grin because she was dead serious and asked where she heard this, and of course, church. It is the Mark of the Beast. If you read any of the right wing posts here there is no doubt about how simple things have to be to inspire the conservative brain to absolute terror.

    July 5, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. barky

    I agree with Joan Rivers.

    July 5, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. worst president since ww2

    It's so funny all the excuses all the libtards in ny and la times got to make about hussein the African wacktard being voted worst president ever. Hehehahalollollol

    July 5, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. worst president since ww2

    Remember the obama voters think o.j. is innocent. Doesn't that really sum up obozos base

    July 5, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. worst president since ww2

    Hussein wrote in his book. In my fathers words. That he stands with the Muslims during the world's final war. But hey he didn't mean it he's really a American Christian. Wacky liberals

    July 5, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. worst president since ww2

    Any second now hussein obozo will put his two cents in about cop and African fight in fruitloop clooneyvill. Then all the obama Africans racist will burn down there own houses again.

    July 5, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Tony D

    Tony in Maine
    It never fails to amaze me – a weak tyrant? You can't have it both ways.
    --

    Of course Obama can be both a tyrant and weak at the same time. Domestically he is a tyrant when it comes our rights and our Constitution. He disregards laws, changes them, makes them up, circumvents our elected Senators and reps withe Executive Orders. He is certainly a leftist tyrant along the lines of Hugo Chavez domestically.

    Internationally, he is a weakling but that is because he believes the USA is evil and a bully around the world. He draws red lines, over and over and when they are crossed, he sticks his tail between his legs and does nothing. He leads from behind, way way behind. Our allies don't trust him or the USA anymore. He is as wweak a president internationally as we have EVER had.

    July 5, 2014 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    brownbuttonglutton
    I realize intelligence is not a required element to be a member of the GOTP, but you do realize as you say roll back all second amendment laws, and require voter ID's what will happen don't you? Of course you don't. Voter IDs links directly to voter suppression. Suppress the vote long and widely enough, and pretty soon only property owners can vote, and a little more from the SCROTUS and nobody will have a vote. Then just guess what will happen to your little pop guns. That is why intelligence is not a requirement of the GOTP but ignorance is.

    July 5, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Marcus (from...?)

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    @Tony in Maine: "It never fails to amaze me – a weak tyrant?"
    Yes, I also like the weak dictator thingy the righties like to spout. If President Obama were a dictator, his political enemies and their mouthpieces on fox would have been killed a long time ago.

    Anyone here ever read 'Joe Steele'?
    It's one of those 'Alternate History' stories written by Harry Trutledove (a short one in this case), and in it he imagines what would have happened if Stalin had emigrated to the USA and entered politicis.
    That's one of the best 'And if the USA were governed by a real tyrant?' stories I ever read because it does shows what a real deal tyrant would do if he/she ended up as POTUS.
    And then I read these comments calling the POTUS a tyrant (and a 'weak' one at that!)
    Honestly.
    Read a little about Stalin, or Ceaucescu, or Pinochet, or Franco or... any of the real stuff.
    And restart your thinking portion of your brains!

    July 5, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Chris..E.al

    IF 0bama would just take the bull by the horns as they say just 1 time and just fix something we need fixing and do it right and not half wrong or half right do it right ill say he 0bama did well and good ? I wished he would do a good job and complete a project well 1 time . Please . Until then it is what is . He 0bama gave order to kill B. L. thats all i can see he has did well for the U.S. maybe he will do well with the border ? ? ?

    July 5, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Marcus (from...?)

    'brownbuttonglutton
    Just wait til you lose the senate in November. Veto proof majority. Roll back all silly anti 2nd amendment laws and require id to vote in all states. Maybe even impeach the liar in chief. You did this to yourselves with all your division and hate.'

    HIS division and hate? HIS?
    Whatever makes you sleep at night fella.

    July 5, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. frznagn

    How about Tim Howard for President? I'm sure he'd do a better job.

    July 5, 2014 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Maddog

    Why is obama giving our tax money to all these unstable countries? Keep it here and fix our highways and feed our people that really need it.

    July 5, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Listen, these republican backers are totally brain-washed by Fox bogus tv channel, totally misrepresented. These thugs are bunch of color biased thugs in modern era. Yes, stock market and job data reflect strong growth. Yes, we need minimum wage hike, where are these pigs not to ask their congress and freeze immigration? Guts? Ask congress. No one cares color anymore. Learn.

    July 5, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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