Obama, Romney unite...for RG3
October 21st, 2012
03:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama, Romney unite...for RG3

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who both advocate change in Washington, said they see one person doing just that: Robert Griffin III, best known as "RG3."

In a tribute that aired Sunday on Fox Sports, both presidential candidates, speaking in taped appearances, praised the new Washington Redskins star quarterback for having the unique ability of bringing the city together.

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"RG3 hasn't been in Washington very long, but he's already created change," Romney said in the video. "(He) has really struck a chord with sports fans, uniting Democrats and Republicans."

Romney wished him luck as he leads his team against the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLVI in February. The Redskins chose Griffin - the second overall pick in the draft - in April, months after the athlete won the Heisman Trophy while at Baylor University.

Since playing in the National Football League, Griffin has already hit a number of milestones, including an impressive 76-yard touchdown run in last Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Obama, a Chicago Bears fan, agreed that Griffin had a rare talent.

"It's tough to unite this city around anything. Believe me, I know. But RG3 makes it look easy," the president said. "He's a great young man, and a heck of a lot of fun to watch."

Obama concluded his remarks by extending an invitation.

"Robert, you're welcome at my house for a pickup game any time."

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Its funny. RGIII might go into politics after his NFL career. Dont be surprised. Romney and Obama pandering to a prospective politician.

    October 21, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Romney knows as much about football as he knows of telling the truth.

    October 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Kevin

    The difference between the Redskins and Congress is the Redskins work as a single unit to be the best. The offensive line does not stalemate and let the defense run right up to RG3 and sack him! They do not see a point deficit and say oh well lets keep doing things this way cause that's what we have always done, or wait for next years draft to actually do something productive riding someone else's success. They give 100% every year! TRY IT SOMETIME CONGRESS! DO SOMETHING!

    October 21, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. ya, thats newsworthy...


    October 21, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Joe

    Why's RG3's left arm pink?

    October 21, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. noteasilyswayed

    Easy to work with people that want you to win and wish you well; like the fans of a football team. Washington is a different animal with the partisan policies and unwillingness for either side to "give an inch". We need to get rid of most incumbents (yes, this includes your senators and representatives) and replace them with people who are willing to want the majority of American citizens to win; rather than just pandering to those who give you the most money.

    October 21, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. pimpson

    I don't think RG3 is going to be able to fly out to Chicago to visit you, Obama. Ask Cutler if he can drop by.

    October 21, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Independent

    Don't be suprised when Romney does his "truckload of women" spiel.

    October 22, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  9. questionlol

    He better take up Obama on his offer soon.

    October 22, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  10. Kipkoech magerer

    Can Romney and Obama aggree to support one

    October 22, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  11. Thomas

    Who dose he support ?

    October 22, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  12. Anne

    Finally, something that all parties can agree on.

    October 22, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. Get Real

    I wonder how many people in this country would ACTUALLY vote for RG3 instead of Obama or Romney?

    October 22, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  14. julie

    RG111 is the TROOF the whole TROOF and nothing BUT THE TROOF (TRUTH for those not cool).....he brings a breath of fresh air and high hopes for us redskins fans and a delight too watch play


    OMIT MIT THE TWIT 2012...............VOTE RICH LIVE POOR

    October 22, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Guest

    Give me a break! Both of you stay focused on politics. GIANTS won in the end anyway, thats all that matters with this story.

    October 22, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Romney knows nothing about football –but he knows all the owners.

    I hear Romney will flip-flop tonight (again) and be Mr. Nice Guy after being the bully for months. it will show in his face. Watch his eyes - he"s MEAN and a bully.

    October 22, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. Carl

    @Joe that's a joke, right?

    October 22, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. J


    October 22, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. stacey

    Wat is really sad about this is, if obama was playing football they would of had a field day saying ," it would of been unpresidential and he should be focusing on the debate", man it is really sad that some people would look at riches than common sense!

    October 22, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. greg

    NOBODY can change Washington. (Except the Cowboys.)

    October 22, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Pastor Evans

    Because he is a "TRUE" believer and follower of Jesus Christ, and you don't have to believe me, ask him!!!
    Praise the Lord!!!

    October 22, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Brian

    Romney is better for our economy. It's time to get off welfare/umemployment and get a job. Work hard, spend and save wisely. It's not the government's job to be responsible for you. Enough of Obama and mass government only becoming richer and more powerful at our expense.

    October 22, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Last night's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar

    What a non-story. Are you kidding me? He's a FOOTBALL player. A damned football player. Who lost yesterday btw.

    October 22, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Why's RG3's left arm pink?
    Cancer awareness month.

    As a transplanted New Yorker I am glad that the Giants won a hard-fought game against the Redskins yesterday, but I must admit to truly enjoying watching the magic that is RGIII on the field.
    No longer can other teams consider a game against the Washington "Deadskins" as a bye week! LOL!!

    October 22, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Thomas

    @GI Joe
    Romney knows nothing about football –but he knows all the owners.

    I hear Romney will flip-flop tonight (again) and be Mr. Nice Guy after being the bully for months. it will show in his face. Watch his eyes – he"s MEAN and a bully.

    - Do you think Romney's son Tagg will come out and punch the President for speaking the truth ?
    Romney will say anything and do anything to get power , he's so much like GW Bush.

    October 22, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |