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President Obama

Redskins Name is Offensive

... I'd Probably Change It

10/5/2013 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Congress might be shut down ... but President Barack Obama found time to dive into the debate over the Washington Redskins name -- telling a reporter he would "think about changing" the team name because it offends people.

The Prez was asked about the issues renewed controversy over the past few months ... and proclaimed nostalgia isn't a good enough reason to keep the name.

Saying if he were team owner ... there'd be serious discussion about changing it.

However, Barack doesn't think fans of the name are being racist -- they're just passionate for team history.

Obama joins a growing movement of people once again pushing for the change -- including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Name change or not ... the Redskins still suck this season.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Linda    

I find Obama offensive. We need to change that!

382 days ago
167.

rlemons    

Really! ? That's just ridiculous it's a name and it's been that way for a long time. I think there's more important things to worry about then this. I'm tired of all this needing to be politically correct ****.

382 days ago
168.

christy    

The Goverment shut down & this idiot is worried about the name of a football team!!

382 days ago
169.

Tammy Carson    

**** that non-american piece of ****.Keep the name it has never offended anyone

382 days ago
170.

Milo    

Bacon & Pancakesss

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382 days ago
171.

Pet peeves    

Just another low life living off the gub-ment handouts...

382 days ago
172.

Comanchegurl    

I found it really upsetting as a child. But then I realized that football players run smack dab into each other on purpose!!! You can't expect much from idiots.

382 days ago
173.

bart    

what is more offensive is that you are president of the USA Rest of the world is laughing at us..Thanks for your new healthcare ..My premium doubled u SOB

382 days ago
174.

Akilah    

How would you like it if you took in an adopted child but the kid eventually grew up to be strong enough to betray you, kill your family, inhabit your home, move in HIS family, then used you as a mascot for its entertainment? Of course its not offensive to those bigoted, ignorant people. But anyone with a spine and basic morals know it's foul and insensitive. No wonder other countries think so lowly of us.

382 days ago
175.

JennaKennedy    

Doesn't he have more important things to focus on? Maybe he oughta have a beer and shoot some hoops while our government is in shambles.....what a waste of time.

382 days ago
176.

here2opine    

I find Obama offensive. Will he change? Nope.

382 days ago
177.

karlew    

I have to laugh at a lot of these comments. I find it hilarious that so many people have bought into TMZ's such obviously inflammatory rhetoric. They say that Obama has joined a movement that are pushing the owner to change the name. Think about that. He was asked his opinion, he gave it and then furthered tempered his answer to acknowledge he understood why people wanted to keep the name as is. Where did he tell the owner to change the name? Where did he offer his endorsement to any kind of movement?
Funny how the media is able to lead some people around by their nose.

382 days ago
178.

DWTS lover    

and he doesn't have better things to be thinking about? FTLOG this moron needs to be run out of office.

382 days ago
179.

dyoung    

soooooo obama is a native american now? Their, and only their, opinions matter regarding this issue.

382 days ago
180.

wilwon    

Only good change Obama has made is his panties!

382 days ago
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