President Obama calls for end to NFL ref lockout
(CNN) — Even the president is ready for the replacement refs to go. On Twitter Tuesday, September 25th President Barack Obama wrote: “NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon. –bo.”
Anger at the replacement refs boiled over Monday after a controversial end zone call determined the fate of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One Tuesday that Obama thought “there was a real problem with the call,” and said the president expressed frustration at the situation.
“What happened in that game is perfect example of why both sides need to come together and resolve their differences, so that the regular refs can get back on the field and we can start focusing on the game that so many of us love, rather than debating whether a game is won or lost because of a bad call,” Carney said.
It wasn’t the first time Obama weighed in on the replacement officials, who are substituting for regular referees engaged in a labor lock-out. Last week the president asked a radio host in Ohio, “Is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?”
“I can’t get involved with it, but I’m just expressing my point of view as a sports fan,” Obama said of the labor dispute keeping NFL referees from officiating.
“We need to get the strike over and get more experienced people in there,” Clinton told CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday.
“Give me a break. It is time to get the real refs,” Ryan said at a campaign event in Ohio.
After delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Obama also discussed another football matter: the rollercoaster New York Jets.
Obama was departing the diplomats exit when he recognized UN security inspector Matthew Sullivan.
Obama asked Sullivan if he was still supporting the Jets. Sullivan said he told Obama, “I support the Jets, but am tired of hearing about [Tim] Tebow.”
Obama recently questioned the two quarterback system the Jets employ, using both Tim Tebow, who joined the team this season, and Mark Sanchez, who has played for the Jets since 2009.
“I’ve got to tell you, I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama told WNBS in Ohio. “If I were a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man and he’s got just a great, winning attitude … but there’s going to be a lot of tension in that situation.”
CNN’s Richard Roth and Doug Carroll contributed to this report.