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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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Mykuh    

I think if anything the name of the team shows Indian pride. Your representing a team.... Teams want to be the best and known not to be messed with. GO REDSKINS!!!

291 days ago
122.

Thetruthhurts    

Still butthurt I see. You all sure have a lot to say behind the safety of your computer screens. At least if you're going to be racist have some courage behind it.

291 days ago
123.

blockboy970    

Then u got white ppl who no what's right but scared....your even worse an u will burn for eternity with the rest of them.

291 days ago
124.

Sips    

Our country is falling apart and this man is worried about the name of a football team!!!???

291 days ago
125.

Jeffsafe    

Who give a f-word what you'd do. You dont do anything so don't tell me what you'd do.

291 days ago
126.

intertextuality    

Mr. President better you deal with the economy, foreign policy, the IRS, getting along with the congress and senate, Obamacare and the debt ceiling and stay away from your opinions on private enterprise.
Please focus on important issues and try not deflect from these problems by changing the subject .

291 days ago
127.

Jan    

So he can have a serious discussion about something unimportant but cannot have both parties come and discuss the shutdown, the economy and lack of jobs. This man seriously has problems with what is important and is completely incompetent.

291 days ago
128.

Happy    

Moron, wish there was a way that this country could change it's presidents name. Obama shut up and keep you nose out of the sports arena.

291 days ago
129.

anonymous    

Of course the President is right, the Redskin name is offensive and should be changed. What is surprising is that a Jewish owner doesn't get what is and isn't offensive. Daniel Snyder is a clueless moron.

290 days ago
130.

Twilightstar    

Here we have our president (once again) sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. Mr. President, run the damn country. THAT is your job and you are not doing it. You and the Mrs. don't need to be on TV with talk show hosts or commenting on basketball, football and other matters that have nothing to do with running the country. When things get tough the president and the rest of the Washington DC bunch try to shift public's attention elsewhere. (Blah, blah, blah) Don't be fooled. Don't let him draw you in on the old standby controversies like gun control, abortion, gay marriage etc etc. And now he is yipping about the Washington Redskins, for God sake. Tell the president-- nope, not buyin' your phoney crap. Do your JOB and RUN the country.

290 days ago
131.

blockboy970    

As I told u fools this is bigger than a President or political party its like taking to a retarded 3year old smh..its bigger than u an me...its prophecy its good vs evil god vs the devil..I ain't worried bout nuthn..

290 days ago
132.

blockboy970    

Now get off Obama sack an take responsibility for what u an your ancestors have done to the world...this was screwed up wayyyy b4 Obama

290 days ago
133.

Liz    

The Washington Post is the only paper that is keeping this "controversy" going - they are always writing about it, and it is getting old. Dan Snyder will change the name when he has wrung every last penny out of it, and not a minute sooner.

290 days ago
134.

lcmb    

Liberals live to be offended.

290 days ago
135.

Don    

Who gives a rats ass what this worthless ****sucker thinks about ANYTHING?

290 days ago
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