Obama jokes about Tim Howard as defense secretary
July 4th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
6 years 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.

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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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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. ED1

    He would be much better fit for your job no talent needed never mind he has to much talent for the job you are trying to do sorry.

    July 5, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Joker In Chief.............well Obama the joke is on you

    July 5, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Danny K

    Uh oh. Don't let The Speaker see this. More fodder for his lawsuit LOL.

    July 5, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. freedom

    Obama is the joke. And it's not funny. America is at stake. Don't use the popularity of the World Cup and the exemplary skills of America's goalie to boost your own popularity – there is no comparison.

    July 5, 2014 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. vikingwoman

    I'm glad this president goes about his life & enjoys it enough to crack jokes...which will be fodder for haters on the right! It's amazing to me that the right has managed to create the type of climate that stymies the insight & effort of this type of populist leader! We are even divided about increase in minimum wage, something that should have happened on the last presidents watch! Now people are spreading the faux news that increase in wage is Bad for Americans! I repeat what I'v been told: a living wage is bad for the economy, hence bad for the populous! Who in their right minds...yeah, I see my own error!!

    July 6, 2014 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  6. @RI_Roger

    Why is it the President's staff gives him regular updates on WH website posting but not what's happening in the country and the world? If he and his administration paid more attention to the economy and jobs rather than sports and Hollywood, we'd all be better off.

    July 6, 2014 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. Gunderson

    Those Cold Hard Facts hard to ignore eh, Pain. You keep trying to Re-Arrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic. The Emperor has no clothes. From Lural and Hardy: This another fine mess you've got me in Ollie. Just think 2 more years in the Wilderness. Until then more Mass Confusion in Mudville.

    July 6, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Law suit on what? Insane of GOP trash.

    July 6, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The JOKE of the day, the DUFUS daughter of dick Cheney on fox DOPE channel commenting on keeping milkei as prime minister of Iraq , she wants to keep him. I suggest you and your IDIOT father go over their and confront issis and tell them YZoUR opinion AND SEE HOW LONG you and your cieborg father live , maybe we can rid the country of the DISGRACEFUL CHENEY FAMILY once and for all, they caused the whole problem and try to blame Obama for their SCREW UP with malki!!!!

    July 6, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    And people like you are what is putting it at stake. Certainly not Obama but posters like you with your own little brand of fascism.

    July 6, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Gunderson

    Well, now,
    It appears Obama doesn't get the News because his handlers don't inform him! No wonder the country is in worse shape than ever. So far everything is a disaster from the Obama Administration. Old Gunderson don't make the news, just report the news. Big Speculation. Republicans take Senate in November, hold House, Elect President in 2016. Further more, probably at least a 12 year run with Republicans in charge. Remember, old Gunderson don't make the News, just report the news. You have good retirement plan? Now time to get started.

    July 6, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. worst president since ww2

    Halfrican hussein obozo. Need I say more

    July 6, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Tommy G

    Tim Howard would never join the incompetent Obama administration. Why would he want to tarnish his good reputation?

    July 6, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Obama is the joke. And it's not funny. America is at stake. Don't use the popularity of the World Cup and the exemplary skills of America's goalie to boost your own popularity – there is no comparison.


    I'm still laughing from the WMD , GW Bush Joke , That was hilarious !

    July 6, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Cam

    Obama is no longer a laughing matter; he's ruining the country.

    July 6, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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