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President Obama supports Emmert’s sanctions against PSU

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Never one to shy away from talking sports when prompted, President Barack Obama has an official stance on the punishments handed down to Penn State by another president (Mark Emmert).

He’s in favor of Emmert’s decision. And only 11 days after the fact.

“I have been a big admirer of Penn State football, obviously Joe Paterno was a great football coach. But there are some things that are just more important than sports, and making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports.

“And I think it was appropriate to send that message that we have bigger priorities here and we’ve got to make sure that we are always looking after our kids, and we have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that we’re preventing predators from taking advantage of them.”

Hey, have to boost approval ratings before election season somehow, right? Punishing Penn State was the popular choice by the American public.

Now, Mr. President, about our economy…

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  1. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 4, 2012 11:22 AM

    Leading from behind.

  2. dcroz says: Aug 4, 2012 11:28 AM

    Dear Leader,

    Being President does not mean you have to chime in on everything that takes place in this country. The NCAA has already acted, so you do not have to. Now, get back to the job you were elected for, and stop trying to distract from the terrible performance you and Congress have done.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: Aug 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    Well, guess I will now have to say I actually agreed with Obama ONCE.
    Also would like to know, what about the economy???????

  4. gripless says: Aug 4, 2012 11:38 AM

    This guy talks more about sports than the disasters impacting our country.

    Get this clown out of office so he has time to pick all the brackets he wants and provide input in other areas he knows nothing about.

    Take a trip to Chicago Mr. President and stop the violence in your alleged home town before drifting out of your back yard.

  5. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 11:38 AM

    He’s a good president.

  6. kozbee says: Aug 4, 2012 11:46 AM

    Good president naw,he just reads what those put on paper to make him look smart.If he was in college and trying to play he would get booted for being like forest gump.

  7. cowboy88 says: Aug 4, 2012 11:47 AM

    I wish we could sanction Obama for pretending to be a President.

  8. woebegong says: Aug 4, 2012 11:51 AM

    Now, can we get him to do his real job. That would be an endorsement worth something.

  9. tommy57 says: Aug 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    I suspect the 11 day delay is the time required to conduct a poll on how he should comment. PA is a swing state that he’ll need in November, so I think we can assume most of PA voters support the NCAA actions.

  10. geo1113 says: Aug 4, 2012 12:05 PM

    I didn’t and won’t support Obama. However, I have no problem with this. Obama was asked a question and he gave an answer. Too often, people on these message board get all over a coach or a player for making comments saying why doesn’t he just STFU. But these guys do interviews and are asked questions and give answer. If they didn’t, people would jump all over them for not answering questions.

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 4, 2012 12:10 PM

    So does this mean he won’t be posing for a picture with Jay Paterno and Franco Harris like he did four years ago?

  12. t16rich says: Aug 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    In one corner you have a man that can’t control the tailspin the economy has been in for a long time and in the other corner you have a Mormon who had his dead and anti religious father in law baptized. You chose America!!!!! The reigning failure of a president vs the creep of Utah. Should be a classic election that leaves America even deeper in the hole that it’s leaders have created.

  13. bertenheim says: Aug 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    Doesn’t the “Leader of the Free World” have better things to worry about. Maybe in six months he’ll be able to devote alot more time to sports.

  14. overratedgators says: Aug 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    Geo: agree completely. Not everything is politics. Stop jumping on the guy simply for answering a question he was asked.

  15. iloveflorio says: Aug 4, 2012 1:08 PM

    Yes bigger priorities than sports!! Well said prez! Thats why the transfer rule was part of this. Cuz the sanctions were about sending a message that sports aren’t the priority!! Cuz transferring without penalty is more about the academics, that’s y these kids are transferring and y the other schools have coaches sleeping at penn st campus following kids walking outta classes waving scholarship offers in their faces, it’s all about sports not being the priority!! This is the biggest joke since oj getting acquitted!! Just say we r doing this cuz we don’t know what else to do and we had to do something. Saying this about changing sports first culture is making all of u sound like liars, America is not that dumb prez.

  16. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    Look at all you typical Southerners. What a damn shame. And to think some of you are actually college-educated. Even a sophomore in high school should know that the executive branch doesn’t control the economy and Congress not only consists of two houses, but two parties. Congress is in control of this country, not the executive branch. Everyone in the South is so quick to blame the uppity black guy. Y’all are transparent.

  17. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:12 PM

    Also, youcantmakemepickausername, was he supposed to know everything then? When nobody else even did? He was supposed to know that Jay Paterno’s dad was a sleaze? You’re not making any sense. But I guess that’s typical.

  18. cubsin2049 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    Anything for a vote….

  19. psunick says: Aug 4, 2012 1:23 PM

    Maybe so, cubs.

    But Pennsylvania has quite a few electoral votes up for grabs.

  20. cubsin2049 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:23 PM

    To Overrated Gators: Great answer! Now can you tell that to the gays and lesbians who are protesting Chik-Fil-A?

  21. raider2124 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    Hey mr president when will you STFU.

  22. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 4, 2012 1:27 PM

    Also, youcantmakemepickausername, was he supposed to know everything then? When nobody else even did? He was supposed to know that Jay Paterno’s dad was a sleaze? You’re not making any sense. But I guess that’s typical.

    Wow, someone took their “let’s be overly sensitive” (and not very bright) pills this morning!!

    My comment basically had to do with the fact that back in 2008 during Blue/White weekend, there was a rally for Obama at PSU attended by Jay, Michael Robinson and other former and current players that got Obama a lot of mileage in central PA (even tho, iirc, he lost the primary but won PA in the general). Four years later, I highly doubt you’ll be seeing such appearances.

    First off, i don’t blame him, and secondly, how you somehow interpreted my comment to be me saying that in April 2008 Obama should’ve said “I don’t know about this Penn State appearance. Three and a half years from now, they may have a pedophilia scandal” is beyond me.

    Got it now?


    Typical Southerner born and raised in Philadelphia (PA, not MS).

  23. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:28 PM


    Gay marriage is political.

    Now you know.

  24. raider2124 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:29 PM

    Centexhorn. Exactly. Obama had super majorities for two years. He signed off on everything. Yet you and your I’ll blame bush for the last two years of his presidency. Controlled br Reid and pelosi from nov 06. So who really is to blame for the economy….liberals

  25. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:31 PM

    So, youcantmakemepickausername, why point out that he posed for a picture with Jay Paterno and Franco Harris four years ago?

  26. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:36 PM


    And what happened as a result of Obama and the Democrat supermajority being elected? Only the country slowly being pulled out of recession and collapse being avoided.

    Bush isn’t to blame for the last two years. The obstructionist tea party-dominated House of Representatives is to blame for the last two years. What is the president supposed to do? They won’t even negotiate or compromise with him.

  27. cubsin2049 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    Dear centexhorn: The man gave his opinion and that’s it. Freedome of speech little man….If you don’t like it then don’t eat there. I have the feeling that once you pull away from the computer playing with your geek friends in your moms basement, then Hooters is where you likely end up anyway.

  28. centexhorn says: Aug 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    I think you misunderstand what freedom of speech means. It means you’re free to voice your opinion. It DOESN’T mean you’re free to not be criticized, shamed, or ostracized for that opinion. We’re just voicing our opinions, too. But I guess you don’t like it when we do it. Freedom for you but not us, huh?

  29. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    @centex, are you really this stupid? I’ll explain it slowly for you.

    In 2008, you had A) a former running back that was a star in college in Central PA and a star in the NFL in Western Pa and B) the son of a legendary coach in PA (and oh, by the way, a legendary coach that had publicly supported Republicans in the past) appearing on stage at events and fundraisers for Obama.

    Now, I don’t care one iota about who celebrities or public figures support politically but some people do and I’d be willing to bet that Obama at least in some small part benefitted from their support (Jay’s support is negligible, but like i said, it was symbolic because he was supporting a Democrat and his dad had publicly supported Republicans in the past).

    Fast forward four years and he (Obama) wouldn’t wanna be seen in the same zip code as them. It’s not Obama turning his back on them, it’s smart politically.

    I can’t believe i’m even wasting my time on this.

  30. dustonj2008 says: Aug 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    Like most things that are political, this is taken completely out of context. This quote was taken from an 8 minute phone interview that Obama did with a local sports radio station, 97.1 The Fan, in Columbus, OH while in town for something completely unrelated. For all of you that didn’t hear the interview please listen to it yourself online before making an uninformed statement. He only talked sports during the interview was asked a direct question about Penn State. I, for one, commend him for actually answering the question. Politics are very divisive subject for sure but please educate yourself before making ignorant comments.

  31. acieu says: Aug 4, 2012 1:53 PM


  32. latrobe21 says: Aug 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    centexhorn says

    Look at all you typical Southerners. What a damn shame. And to think some of you are actually college-educated. Even a sophomore in high school should know that the executive branch doesn’t control the economy and Congress not only consists of two houses, but two parties. Congress is in control of this country, not the executive branch. Everyone in the South is so quick to blame the uppity black guy. Y’all are transparent.
    I’m from the north and think this “uppity black guy” is a joke. Why are you trying to sterio-type southerners? Just say “Look at all you typical white folk . . .”

  33. woebegong says: Aug 4, 2012 3:17 PM

    That’s rather a broad statement about southern racism. There are just as many racist in the north, mid west and far west as there are in the south. I guess you can’t get over the civil war. Google hate crimes and see the percentage that are committed down south and other parts of the USA.

  34. raider2124 says: Aug 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    Centex. 5 trillion in debt under Obama. 9 trillion under Reid and pelosi. How do you compromise with failure. You can’t it will still be failure. 42 consectutive months of 8 + unemployment. Actual ue3 number is 15%. So again when you control the house,senate,presidency for over two years and this is the result of out of control spending by liberals. So you still refuse to blame obummer. Typical left wing Marxist ideolog

  35. ranksarot says: Aug 4, 2012 3:53 PM

    more like hey congress what about the economy. Obstructions clowns.

  36. stairwayto7 says: Aug 4, 2012 4:31 PM

    I guess you just lost over 1 milion vote Obuma!

  37. gfj7000 says: Aug 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    Obama is out-of-line. This time he is attempting to be a P.R. man for the NCAA (and the general public) to get votes for November) which thousands or many more have ‘dubbed’ the NCAA as making extremely bad ‘rush-to-judgment’ sanctions in view of them NOT using their own investigation team, but solely taking the homework done by the FREEH Report team. This FREEH team is still under investigation for the accuracy, validity, or inaccuracies of their report. So, YES, Mr. Obama should focus on his country’s MAJOR poverty problems – i.e. 15% unemployment, as the current 8+% numbers are severely understimated due to the millions whose unemployment benefits have ended due to a year or two being ‘maxed-out’ and have given up looking and are living with other family members in basements, or in homeless shelters and college students who have 3-4 weeks remaining for their temporary summer jobs.
    Also, he should focus more on the international political scene instead of Obama-care. That’s all for now, NCAA: go do your independent investigation and come back with an altered/ more realistic set of sanctions! DON’T DEPEND upon the FREEH REPORT! DON’T PENALIZE THE PLAYERS (they just want to play football) – they had nothing to do with the predator’s acts of destruction to our young children – whom we should always protect from these type of criminal acts! NCAA: go ahead and take away some scholarship money, go ahead and FINE the university HALF (not all) of the $60M and give it back to the football program. (Plenty of the extra $30M will be parceled out to the programs like Second Mile and many others. Continue build-up the program, and to hire ‘highly ethical’, character-wise coaches who would advocate high-morality, and a high education standard to shape them either for NFL positions, or a good-start in the business world. Instead of (4) years of non-participation in Bowl games – how about (2)? That seems fair enough to the fan-base (I don’t think you’ve levied (4) years of Bowl penalties on any university). That’s all for now – I’ve already said enough.

  38. larrybrown43 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:34 PM

    Just an FYI Ben, PA is a swing state this year so Obama is taking a risk to speak out. However, it’s nice for at least one of the candidates to have a straight forward response to a question.

  39. ddaughtry81 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:37 PM

    Let’s not blame the president for the economy. It is the peoples’ fault. Not his.

  40. dcroz says: Aug 4, 2012 7:51 PM

    For those saying Obama was just answering a question: yes, that he was. And the reason why he was asked is because everyone knows he cannot resist throwing in his two cents on every issue and every event that occurs, as if he is blessed with “presidential infallibility” like the pope. He can just say, “That’s not my area, I have other things to worry about, etc.” but instead he cannot resist the temptation to show everyone that he’s the smartest guy in the room. This guy takes his eye off the ball more times than a crosseyed right fielder.

    Oh, and centexhorn: Just come out and say it; you’re STILL steamed about Colt McCoy getting knocked out of the BCS National Championship Game in 2010. There was a Horns fan that called Finebaum this week still whining about it, and someone else called in saying that when he was in Texas recently and they found out he was from Alabama (the state, not the school) that they let loose with a barrage of “We’d have won if you hadn’t hurt McCoy!” Go to your local pharmacy and see if they have any ointment for your butthurt.

  41. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 4, 2012 7:53 PM

    Obama is against due process for PSU and George Zimmerman and for media sensationalism and headline facts an convictions. He is as well informed as any other dolt who believes what they see and hear from the media except of course when it is negative towards him. When that happens its GOP smear tactics

  42. eagles512 says: Aug 4, 2012 9:09 PM

    Centex has been studying his democratic talking points.

  43. mtheparrothead says: Aug 4, 2012 9:26 PM

    Let me be clear, penn state acted stupidly….

  44. tommy57 says: Aug 5, 2012 12:00 AM


    For even more clarity and accuracy, I’d suggest something like “Four individuals in leadership positions at Penn State acted breathtakingly stupid…”

  45. gibbskins9 says: Aug 5, 2012 7:43 AM

    He supports the Black Panthers too!!!! Maybe he should worry about the economy!!!!!! November can’t come fast enough

  46. kenny328usa says: Aug 5, 2012 12:58 PM

    I don’t like the job he’s done as president, but I do like the fact that he is openly a sports fan and gives his opinion. It shows his down to earth human side.

  47. florida727 says: Aug 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    centexhorn says:
    Aug 4, 2012 11:38 AM
    He’s a good president.

    Left out 2 words… “for nothing”. I’ll give you a hint: insert them right before the last word in your sentence. $4 billion further in debt EVERY DAY since he took office. Not to worry though; he’ll find a way to blame that on Bush too.

  48. omniusprime says: Aug 6, 2012 5:19 PM

    Good to see President Obama take a proper stand on the Pedophile State abuse of children. That rich brat Romney certainly won’t say anything, or else he’ll be for the penalties before he’s against them.

    Hey Ben Kercheval whine at the republicans for being too obstinate to do anything to help our economy!

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