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Obama salutes Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Visit White House

BY JIM KUHNHENN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama can appreciate a team overcoming long odds.

Welcoming the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House on Wednesday, Obama took note that some football analysts hadn't seen Seattle as a top-tier team. A die-hard fan of his hometown Chicago Bears, Obama nevertheless said he felt a certain kinship with the overachieving Seahawks.

"As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog," the president joked.

The Seahawks clinched their first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise in February by beating the Denver Broncos 43-8.

The distinction for the team and by extension for the NFL came a day after a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit of turning a blind eye to the use of painkillers by teams that later led to serious complications.

Obama has expressed misgivings about the violence of the sport, saying in an interview with the New Yorker published early this year that if he had a son he would not let him play pro football. Next week, Obama will hold a White House meeting on concussions and sports safety at the White House that will include young athletes, professional athletes, parents, coaches and health experts.

In a nod to that controversy, Obama took note of Seahawks owner Paul Allen's charitable foundation that has donated millions of dollars to research traumatic brain injuries. "Obviously this is a concern of the NFL, but is also a concern of our troops," Obama said.

Obama singled out the team's outspoken cornerback, Richard Sherman, for being a role model to young people. Sherman was born in Compton, California, once a center of gang activity and a city that suffered from severely underperforming schools. Sherman however was a standout student who attended Stanford University on a scholarship.

"If he seems a little brash, it's because you've got to have attitude sometimes if you are going to overcome some of this adversity," Obama said.

He also recognized Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who many scouts believed would be too small to succeed in the NFL only to set a record for most wins in two first seasons by any quarterback.

"He also became only the second African-American quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl," Obama said. "And the best part about it is nobody commented on it, which tells you the progress that we've made, although we've got more progress to make."

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wbearl May 21 2014 at 9:53 PM

At a boy Barrack, bring race into the story. I didn't care what race Wilson was, he was a good Quarter Back, but now I guess every time he screws up I have to remember he is Black.

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jamesdynajim May 21 2014 at 11:38 PM

even with america circling the drain under this "FAILED PRESIDENCY"...our CON MAN IN CHIEF" can always pull out the fake phony SH_T EATING grin for the cameras!...i hate this a(s0(s)hole obama more every day!!

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ooc5477 jamesdynajim May 22 2014 at 9:16 AM

Correction: The President is not the con man--THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE!!!
It's very simple, and as I am guessing, jamesdynajim is an intelligent person, and if so, then you must know that you CANNOT blame every ill that this country is suffering on ONE person--namely the President!! You have the Congress, the Supreme Court, all sorts of committees, the Military, Wall Street, wealthy Americans, OPEC nations, the Weather (say whaaaaat!!?), the list goes on and on! But to say that one person--the President--is the cause of Americans problems is a case of random finger pointing. And you forgot to point your finger in one important direction--AT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES--YOU AND ME INCLUDED!!

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gamay9 ooc5477 May 22 2014 at 9:34 AM

ooc5477: You are dead on! The people who got Obama into the WH are far left-wing, white, bleeding heart liberals.

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wklingensmith ooc5477 May 22 2014 at 11:45 AM

Well that ought to take a lot of pressure off of Bush then wouldn't you agree?

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ualfriend jamesdynajim May 22 2014 at 11:58 AM

Did you just come from your Klan Meeting?

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hotrimer May 22 2014 at 12:22 AM

This racist President will be out in 2 years.. and it couldnt come soon enough

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gamay9 hotrimer May 22 2014 at 9:42 AM

hotrimer: I live in what was a 'lily white' city when I moved here twenty years ago from Chicago. Now, blacks are moving in like lake flies; and, they don't work. The few who do are females. Some are coming out of our local prison and not going back to where they came from. They settle here and just hang out. The crime rate hasn't gone up YET! But, if and when it does, we are going to see a white revolution...and, most whites here own guns; they are hunters.

Obama proves his racism by constantly bringing up the 'African-American' experience. Whatever happened to the 'Irish-American' or 'German-American, etc, etc, etc...experience?

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jyc925 May 21 2014 at 10:32 PM

This is the only thing this Community Organizer can do. Then again who can believe his lies. I would Not be Proud to be in the presence of this Community Orgainzer. He is a nothing , but a loser and it is no big deal for anyone to get any compliment from this liar. He is such a disgrace to our country that I don't think anyone gives a DA* what he has to say. He should be focused on our VA, Irs, Benghazi and his miserable Obama Care that is a total disater no matter how much he lies about it. We all know better that it is a disaster, but he doesn't know how to handle it especially since he never has even ran a candy store and it shows. He can't leave the WH soon enough !! God Bless America and it's people !!

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ualfriend jyc925 May 22 2014 at 12:00 PM

If you want to see a looser look in the mirror

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cabinsmoke ualfriend May 22 2014 at 1:17 PM

If you want to see how to correctly spell "loser" look in the dictionary. Or ask an 8 year-old.

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jmccomb38 ualfriend May 22 2014 at 2:09 PM

cabinlsmoke just "smoked" you

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ddiribbons May 21 2014 at 11:08 PM

Hey, Hussien Obama, why don't you fess up to all your scandals, stop spending, stop increasing the national debt, stop increasing taxes, stop spending millions on your vacations while millions are unemployed, and send all the illegal aliens back to Mexico. Oh, I forgot. You can't because you are a community organizer and have no clue as to how to run a country.

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sinincarnateii ddiribbons May 22 2014 at 8:59 AM

You're just saying that because he's Black. OH wait.. that's the excuse everytime ANYONE has an issue with the Liar In Chief

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ualfriend ddiribbons May 22 2014 at 12:01 PM

why don't you repubs stop your lieing

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Pinchas May 22 2014 at 12:37 AM

Unbelieveable! The economy is collapsing. Our boys are getting killed in Afghanistan. Veterans are dying in VA hospitals. The IRS scandal grows. The Benghazi disgrace is being investigated. But what does he have time for? Unbelieveable......

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d.carns Pinchas May 22 2014 at 12:56 AM

What do you expect from a worthless cull. OBAMA????

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b515 May 21 2014 at 11:43 PM

It is good that Obama took time out from being outraged. Hopefully, after the photo op someone reminded him to be outraged again.

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ddiribbons May 21 2014 at 11:02 PM

Why doesn't AOL report on what Obama is going to eat for breakfast in the morning or what color his toothbrush is..?

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mmwwil ddiribbons May 21 2014 at 11:34 PM

This is about history, not Obama, wake up.

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Walt mmwwil May 22 2014 at 12:14 PM

HOW CAN PEOLE THAT ARE PERMANATELY DAMAGED, WAKE UP, THEY LIVE IN HATE AND STUPIDITY. ALL THEY KNOW IS CRITISIZE, AND HATE, APPARENTLY THERE WERE MORE CHILDREN DAMAGED IN BIRTH THAN REPORTED, TODAY THEY ARE CALLED THE RIGHT WING.

GO HAWKS.

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wynn12 May 22 2014 at 12:16 AM

President Fraud just found out through the News Media that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Now hes been told to pose for a photo op, just before he goes to a Press meeting to address the VET scandle.. where he's been told to act mad. and so on and so on.. etc.! What will the teleprompter command tomorrow?

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patriot1too May 22 2014 at 5:22 AM

That obama mess is the worst president in Americas history. He has lowered the bar on so much in America. The military, marriage, race relations, jobs going to communist china, family values etc. Truly a trojan horse president inserted to lower every normal standard in America. He is so busy doing pr stunts with some rap noise maker or sports team that he has not done his job as president. He is shameless.

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