bill-swift - September 27, 2012
While this is football season, it also happens to be another much more important season--an election one. Whether it is more important most folks would consider up for discussion, but since it does involve the people that are going to decide what direction the country takes over the next four years the persons involved do warrant some attention.
Bill Clinton proved back in his day how important it is to the success of a campaign for the candidate to establish himself as just another average Joe (remember the saxophone scene on TheArsenio Hall Show?). Since then candidates have taken every chance they can to try to draw a connection to the American people.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both took advantage of that opportunity on Tuesday in the wake of the controversy surrounding the end of the Monday Night Football game between the Packers and Seahawks.
President Obama tweeted:
NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon. -bo
In an interview last week he made the following comment:
"But one thing I got to say, though, is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?" Obama asked WTAM's Bill Willis (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). "I can't get involved with it, but I'm just expressing my point of view as a sports fan."
In an unusual moment of bipartisanship, Republican Candidate Mitt Romney actually agreed with the President:
''I sure would like to see some experienced referees, with NFL experience, come back on to the NFL playing fields.''
What do you know?! Maybe these guys actually can get along and work towards the mutual goal of improving the nation by any means necessary. It was nice to see the two presidential candidates expressing an opinion on something that matters to the vast majority of Americans without trying to turn it into something political.
Leave that to Romney's vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan:
''It reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can't get it right, it's time to get out. I half think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office. ... They're trying to pick the winners and losers, and they don't even do that very well.''
Way to ruin a nice moment Paul; for a moment I almost found myself relating to the Republican candidate (not anymore). Just for that, I'm voting democrat in November.
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