ESPN reporter credits Obama with ending the NFL ref lockout

Unless this is atrociously bad satire from the Roger Simon school of failed humor, ESPN reporter John Clayton actually humiliated himself by giving President Obama props for inspiring the NFL to reach an agreement with the NFL Referees Association. No, really:

With President Obama expressing his disappointment with the replacement officiating and poor officiating being the lead story of network news coverage, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to act — and he did.

The president’s impressive feat? In a rare personal tweet, he made a truly gutsy call, writing, “NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon.”

Thank goodness for Obama’s brilliant community organizing skills. Why, it’s not as if the NFL was aware the country was united in trashing the replacement refs fiasco.

All hail our savior in chief. Get that man a Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Rashied Rushing

    Obama will take that credit along with any other credit whether it is due him or not. He will pass blame whether he deserves it or not. He is the antithesis of every principle of leadership I have ever read about in my life.

    • Corey Dennison

      He is malignant narcissism personified.

  • Bill

    I saw the sun come up in the East this morning. Guess I should thank BHO for this phenomenon.

    • Richard Jefferies

      Yes indeed. You must give praise to Obama (PBUH) for your daily bread.

      • Bill

        you would be speaking of the prophet Barack?

        • Richard Jefferies

          “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” ~ BHO

          • Bill

            yes but dead people cannot sue so …

        • Corey Dennison

          How dare you lower Barack Hussein Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm!) to a mere prophet!

          “There is no god but Barack (mmm mmm mmm!), and Chris Matthews is his prophet…”

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    …. I have no comment

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)


  • Botzilla

    Oh for F$$%^^ sake! Is there no end to this madness?

    • Kevin Krom

      Yes. January 20, 2013.

      • Kent Vig

        I’m afraid he’s gonna get re elected. The electoral college is in his favor at this point in the states that matter. I’m preparing to keep my head down and be well armed for the next 4 years

        • Kevin Krom

          Don’t believe the polls. They’re carefully crafted (overweighted Dem) lies to depress GOP turnout. The empirical evidence is damning to Obama — he’s not gaining ground in any group he lost in 2008 and he’s losing ground in groups he won in 2008.

          Or the short version: nobody who voted for McCain last time is voting Obama this time, but plenty of 2008 Obama voters are voting Romney or staying home this time.

          • Kent Vig

            I don’t believe the polls but I think there are to many voting people that want the nanny state now.

          • A Willful Boy

            Bring on the nanny state! I can survive the collapse… can they?

        • MrSnuggles2k2

          Keep your chin up and dont let them get you down, that is their game plan right now. They know this election is about turnout and demographics. They are not going to gain ground anywhere, they can only hope to depress republicans into thinking it is over. It aint over.

  • Richard Jefferies

    Its not even whether Obama takes credit for it, which he does, it’s that he has hordes of mindless minions who apologize for his every move. Either cheering his every syllable, or attributing to him feats of greatness where his impact was non existent. The Bin Laden raid is paramount in my mind. Though Carter does largely get lambasted for the failed Operation Eagle Claw, when he did nothing but give the go ahead. If it weren’t for the sympathetic press and his myrmidon celebrities in Hollywood, his polling numbers would be in the teens.

  • Joyce

    What do you expect?? John Clayton is a Seattleite.

    • MrSnuggles2k2

      Originally from Pennsylvania, but Clayton is usually very apolitical. IT looks like they took that part out too I don’t see it anymore.

  • TugboatPhil

    Former Ambassador Stevens is incredibly pleased that Obama finally found a problem he could handle.

    • Corey Dennison

      Sad, funny and true at the same time…

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  • Kevin Krom

    Look at it from the NFL’s perspective… with Obama’s reverse Midas touch regarding any business he gets mixed up with, even the merest hint that Obama would get involved could have risked the utter financial collapse of the NFL.

  • douchie

    Obama is responsible for the firing of the replacement refs?

    • Kevin Krom

      The NFL couldn’t have fired them on its own. I mean, think of all of the roads and bridges that went into that firing decision.

  • redheadgrl

    I guess commenting on football isn’t above Mr. Obama’s pay grade.

  • J. Cox

    Now if he would send 1 tweet saying he is disappointed with the job numbers and the huge deficit/debt,we would be solvent and happy go-lucky by 7 A.M. tomorrow.Thank goodness “The One” is on top of the issues.

  • marcellucci

    This is kinda scary…..
    The NFL totally caved in their negotiations…
    Just what, exactly, did Holder threaten Goodell with…(forget the tweet…)

    • Kevin Krom

      Actually, the NFL got a large part of what they were going for — a transition from a pension plan to 401(k) style plans and at least the start of a full-time roster of referees, who will be trained up and used to replace retiring refs.

      The overhaul may take a while, but in the end, I think the league gets what they really want. In the short term, they’re shoveling more raw $$$ at the refs to get over this embarrassment.

    • TocksNedlog

      They caved because of all the negative publicity about “The Call”. So, in a certain sense, one could say that Obama helped. Perhaps the next issue of Sports Illustrated will feature a photo of him with a halo of little footballs above his head.

      • Corey Dennison

        I get what you’re saying, but one could also say that you or I helped just as much and the statement would be just as credible.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Our father, who art in the White House, hallowed be thy name. I mean, am I right, or am I right, people?

  • MrSnuggles2k2

    It looks like they deleted that sentence, I cannot find it.

  • [email protected]

    Thank God. The Messiah has ended the NFL ref walk out Obama in the highest. I know let’s give him the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh yea that right he got that just for breathing… Let’s give him 1.5 billion dollars o US taxpayer money to live on… Oh yea we are already doing that. Well one good thing we finally found a huge, complex, tricky problem that his cult of personality and huge intellect is capable of solving. God knows he sucks at everything else.

  • rinodino

    The hate is strong with you conservatives, doesn’t matter who mentions Obama’s name, if it’s not done in a hateful way, you pounce on whatever someone has anything positive to say about the man…….. AND THAT’S THE REASON WHY YOU WILL LOSE THIS ELECTION, America doesn’t like when your message is full of hate; if you don’t have a positive message, you lose, simple as that.

    • TugboatPhil

      You taught us this technique during the Bush years.

      Alinsky works for us now, get used to it.

      What’s Obama’s positive message? “Hey, I’ve killed more terrorists than I have my own Ambassadors and Federal Agents!”

    • G.K.M.

      “America doesn’t like when your message is full of hate; if you don’t have a positive message”
      So, you’re perfectly fine with all the hate being thrown around by other political parties or are you just delusional to what your own side is doing?

    • orringtonmom (D)

      oops, excuse me, dave, but i think you should know that your hypocrisy is showing…

    • Kevin Krom

      I’m sorry… not quite sure where your comment comes into play here. Are you supporting the statement that Obama deserves the credit for ending the lockout?

    • ZoriahShepard

      How can you have nonissue with someone giving props to BHO got something he had nothing to do with? A tweet! That’s all he did!
      And what’s to positive about no jobs, astronomical gas prices, insurance premiums going they the roof, and the ongoing unshackling of the Middle East. Here’s a buck.💸 Go buy yourself a clue.

  • Rhonda Omberg

    Are you frigging kidding me???

  • OurLivesMatterToo

    ESPN is single-handedly trying to turn the NFL into one of those ‘no cheer’ leagues with all the whining about game injuries. Loved their headline over the weekend about getting rid of kickoffs. Bunch of idiots!