President Obama disputes call by NFL referee – yes, really

Because the man clearly has no more pressing ways to spend his time, President Barack Obama is making no bones about how upset he is with the performance of the officiating squad of an NFL wildcard game.

Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens basically mugs Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew during Sunday’s wild card game in Dallas. (Photo: ESPN)

In an interview with the Detroit News on Tuesday, Obama said he would have been “pretty aggravated” if he’d been a Detroit Lions fan during Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas.

On a crucial play in the fourth quarter with the Lions leading 20-17, the Cowboys were flagged for pass interference on a third down play. The penalty would have given the Lions a first down, keeping the drive alive and potentially enabling them to pad the lead beyond a field goal.

But the penalty was rescinded without explanation, putting Detroit in a fourth and 1 situation, forcing them to punt. The Cowboys eventually won the game 24-20.

To the Detroit News, Obama said he couldn’t “remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty. The call is announced and then reversed without explanation. I haven’t seen that before. So I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happened, but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I’d be pretty aggravated.”

It was one of the very rare times in his presidency that Obama has been correct. The interference was egregious – anybody watching the game knew it, and any look at the instant replay showed Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens was all over Detroit’s Brandon Pettigrew during the play.

The initial penalty call was the right one, and the fact that the refs never explained why the rules were suddenly thrown out the window made things worse.

But it’s a passing strange criticism coming from a president who’s spent virtually his entire presidency calling audibles around laws passed by Congress, delaying Obamcare’s numerous deadlines, for instance, unilaterally rewriting them, as with the IRS and Obamacare subsidies, or simply ignoring them altogether, like the illegal immigration executive action.

Obama and his abettors Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have spent six years fudging far more important rules than the NFL’s pass-interference criteria.

Playing by the rules is one glass house this president shouldn’t be throwing stones at.

Besides, and seriously, doesn’t he have more important things to think about?


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