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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.

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TMS    

If I'm not mistaken, the Indians, the people who the Redskins were named after, gave their blessing to the name. Enough said. If other people are offended by that then that's their own problem and they need to just get over it.

386 days ago
17.

bjay    

Yea, and if he had a son he's look like a Redskin, but we'd call him All-inclusive Rainbow People

386 days ago
18.

taffy84    

His chin looks like a camel toe

386 days ago
19.

KicksandGiggles    

So TMZ and Harvey, I guess you are too incompetent or lazy to get some actual CELEB GOSSIP. So now you are going back and recycling this crap. You must have run out of boob shots or naked butt profiles. Seriously, do you actually call yourselves reporters?

386 days ago
20.

DrDeMarzo    

How ironic that TMZ has a story about a name change, and has changed the name of the FREAKING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! It's BARACK not BARRACK. Good god people, are you really that out of touch? Funny how you never misspell a Kardashian's name.

386 days ago
21.

samael    

In Canada the word is "first nation" - unfortunately people respect baseball more than ethnic slurrs..

386 days ago
22.

lee    

Why doesn't the big mouth pres try to work on fixing the mess he's made of our beautiful country and mind his own damn business.. What the F*** ! He's a JOKE!

386 days ago
23.

cmm10304    

no TMZ Sports sucks! My wife and I laugh at their reports, most are usually 2 days late and lack any legit substance.

386 days ago
24.

offtheproperty    

He would change it to the "jihadists."

386 days ago
25.

Hamptonsdude    

That's all this idiot has time for?

386 days ago
26.

Swins    

With all the shirt this idiot has created THAT is the question they ask? The AP is manned by fcuking idiots.

386 days ago
27.

mrs_r    

Aren't there other more important issues he should be working on?

386 days ago
28.

dog    

Seriously?

386 days ago
29.

Usagal    

Bushy did that.

386 days ago
30.

Jimmy Rustle    

Wonder what his thoughts are on The United Negro College Fund since we don't call black people 'negros' anymore

386 days ago
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