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What? There’s a big football game this weekend?

June 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama strikes the Heisman pose after accepting a football from quarterback Tim Jefferson, left, during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation to the United States Air Force Academy football team in the East Room of the White House, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Barack Obama striking a “Heisman” pose while holding Earl Campbell’s Heisman trophy during a tour of the University of Texas in Austin, Feb 2008

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First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


211 Responses to “What? There’s a big football game this weekend?”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love those hands….

  2. 17 carolmaewy
    February 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    The puppy bowl!

  3. 18 utaustinliberal
    February 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Oh…..snap! Look at Pres. Obama at UT Austin. Wooooohooooooooooo! He’s a longhorn at heart. Hook ‘Em!

  4. 19 carolmaewy
    February 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats hopefruit! Who is your pick for the Super Bowl? Are having a party or going to one? First one I saw was the Jets meeting the Colts. Joe Namath looked good in panty hose! 🏈 Good luck to those who have a favorite team in the game.

  5. 23 desertflower
    February 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t care who wins the game…no one I root for is playing…let’s just hope for a good game….and no concussions…..

    And this: http://www.latimes.com/features/image/alltherage/la-ar-lancome-jason-wu-cosmetics-20130201,0,3733063.story

    Jason Wu X Lancome: Fresh off his repeat performance as inaugural ball gown designer in chief, Jason Wu has struck a deal with the Lancome cosmetics brand to collaborate on a line of makeup. Friday morning’s announcement by Lancome Paris provided little information about the limited-edition Jason Wu for Lancome collection — except that it is slated to hit stores in September 2013.

    May not be able to afford his beautiful gowns, but makeup might be in order:)

    • 24 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Lancôme is great make-up. ;)

    • 32 anniebella
      February 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      This is why that old freaking looking designer Lagerfeld were putting down the First Lady’s bangs, because he knew that any designer this First Lady choose to wear bring big business to that designer. And the First Lady have used her great style sense and refuse to wear any designs of Lagerfeld. More power to you Jason Wu.

    • 33 daisydem
      February 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Yes, I failed to tell everyone that on the night of the Inauguration when it was revealed that Dr. Jill Biden, our beautiful Second Lady, was wearing Vera Wang, that I too sported Vera Wang that evening. Well actually, it was Simply Vera: the line of Vera Wang for Kohl’s and it was some very soft, simple but very nice black pj’s/loungewear my daughter gave me for Christmas! I too added a burst of color as our First Lady is inclined frequently to do by donning the very purple, also very soft (infused with aloe) cuddle socks my son-in-law gave me. I think it is great when the top designers of the day come up with a line of more affordable clothes/makeup, etc. for us.

    • 36 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Sorry, DF! I do care who wins the game. 49ers all the way!

      • 37 taiping1
        February 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Yes: as a Bay Area resident, I agree. Go 49ers. Sportswriters discount Bay Area teams (eg Giants): disdain for blue CA? Despite the ignorance of Culliver I support the 49ers.

  6. 38 prettyfoot58
    February 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Yanno there is something about PBOs hands that gives me pause!…

    smilin

  7. 43 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    He is just a tantrum or two away from stroking out…

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      wow! excellent takedown of mcpain – and even with respect

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Alycee, the Salon writer presented McCain’s irrational anger and ability to hold a lifetime grudge as a negative, but not really as the sickness it really is. At the hearing, McCain could not separate Hagel from the president, even though Hagel was a long time friend and colleague. McCain’s questioning was so filled with vitriol and out-of-proportion anger, he lost all sense of how ridiculous he was looking. He let his rage control him as he’s done many times before. He would have been the worst kind of president–letting his own grudges and uncontrolled anger override his judgment. And like everyone else with a sickness this deep, he has no awareness of his own flaws.

      • 47 HZ
        February 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Jackie G., “He would have been a worst kind of president-letting his own grudges and uncontrolled anger override his judgment. And like everyone else with a sickness this deep, he has no awareness of his own flaws.”

        So grateful he did not make it as our 44th President. I like our steady, even temper, no mood swings President of these United States. POB 44th. Thank you Lord.HZ

  8. February 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I like both teams, but I like San Fran a little bit more…..GO NINERS! :cool:

    • 49 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Way to go PJ! Yes, “GO NINERS!” Ready to make it to the football record books by winning 6 Super Bowls, tying the Steelers.

  9. 50 kasai
    February 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    GO Niners!!!! is right…:-):-)

  10. 67 isonprize
    February 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I LOVE MY ATHLETIC PRESIDENT!

  11. 68 Claire
    February 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    A Ravens fan living in Redskins territory… GO RAVENS!

  12. February 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Woah, waaaaaaaay closer than the snow poll!!!

  13. February 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

  14. February 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Wow – that’s a pretty intense message. And true. I watched the clip from the emergency room doctor who treated the Newtown injured, who tearfully begged the state assbly to do something real in response to the tragedy. While the audience applauded, the assembly panel sat on their hands.

      • 73 carolmaewy
        February 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        That really moved me too. Can you imagine what they saw? And the parents. I wish w leepew would have to be a first responder to a gun carnage or at least look at crime scene photos. Make the NRA do clean-up detail after the next gun death.

  15. 74 dotster3
    February 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Where Da Bears at? Oh—-not playing? This isn’t 1985?

    Well then, I don’t really care. I would then usually pick the Democratic city, but since both are……..who has the cutest QB? I don’t even know that important information. If I had to choose, I guess I’d go with the Ravens because…..Martin O’Malley.

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      “Where Da Bears at? Oh—-not playing? This isn’t 1985?”

      :lol: Poor Dotster!

    • 76 daisydem
      February 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I think the big news about this Super Bowl is that the two teams are coached by brothers. I don’t know the details, or their names even, but this is what my son tells me. I don’t have a fave team playing either, and if the teams are coached by brothers, then I am rooting for them both. It is kind of like when Serena and Venus Williams play each other. If you like them, how do you choose?

      • 77 Claire
        February 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        They are brothers. They played against one another last year on Thanksgiving. I am a Ravens fan so I support them. If I didn’t favor one team I would pick the Ravens anyway.

        I don’t like how Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers basically mocked and disagreed with President Obama’s comments about how he would have to think long and hard about having a son play in the NFL because of the injuries. Jim said he disagreed and that he’d let his toddler son play right now if he could. I think the POTUS made a great deal of sense. I can’t imagine any parent not considering the possibility of life altering injuries when making a decision about their own child.

        • 78 nathkatun7
          February 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

          Claire, I didn’t know what Jim Harbaugh said in response to President Obama’s comments. Remember this though, Jim Harbaugh is not the one playing the game tomorrow.

          • 79 Claire
            February 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

            Yeah, I just thought Jim was so dismissive of the POTUS comments. He had the room of reporters laughing and I found it disrespectful of the POTUS. I don’t think he deserves to go to the WH to meet the President Obama if his team wins. Well, at least I prefer not to see him there with the POTUS.

        • 80 daisydem
          February 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

          I can’t believe as a coach, he would say those things either. There was a big article in Sports Illustrated recently about wives of pro-football players and how they deal with the injuries their husbands have incurred especially head injury/trauma and the long lasting effects. I understand there is current discussions being held as to how to make the game safer – improved helmets, etc. I so agree with what President Obama said and he said this because he was asked.

        • 81 carolmaewy
          February 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

          I wouldn’t let my soon play until 7th grade. That was about 17 years ago. I didn’t want some Dad who may or may not have known anything about the game teaching him. He was in soccer, baseball, basketball so he was a little busy. ;)

      • 82 nathkatun7
        February 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        For me I am choosing the players who also happen to represent the great state of California. But I do understand your dilemma. By the way, both brothers are really good coaches who care a great deal about their players.

    • 88 taiping1
      February 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      But pick 49ers for Barbara Boxer and Nancy Smash!

      • 89 HZ
        February 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        Yes, taping1,these are are beautiful smashing ladies. Yes for our Sen. and next Speaker who will get her gavel back. Winners!!!HZ

  16. 92 desertflower
    February 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/02/1529501/catholic-leaders-obamacare-rule/

    Obama Administration’s New Birth Control Rules Already Gaining Support Among Catholic Leaders

  17. February 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Dont know why the youtube video is not showing up please pass along. Thanks!

      • 95 carolmaewy
        February 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Thank you. There is also the Budweiser Klysdale ad. I love those beautiful horses. Had the pleasure of seeing them in a Fourth of July parade in Cody, WY. There is also supposed to be an add featuring WY Cowboys roping or something in a commercial. WY is so backward now. I don’t know why I brought that up. Do not get me started on our idiot bleeps.

    • 96 Vicki
      February 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Powerful ad.

      Tim Dickinson’s piece in Rolling Stone makes the case that NRA is about profit and only profit.
      Dickinson says that sporting gun sales and target shooting are much less popular than they had been so now the gun industry is desperate to keep money flowing.
      If we don’t stop them, what next? Grenades and rocket launchers in every gargage?

      • 97 HZ
        February 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Just received my copy of Rolling Stone, and the article that Vicki mentioned is powerful reading. Pg. 43″The NRA vs. America.” By Tim Dickinson. Great writer. A must read for We The People called on to act.

        I just hope that we will not display a discouraging attitude towards this issue. They, (the money greeders) thought they would take the WH with their millions and even billions, BUT , We the people came together with our hard working force and stopped them. And this I do believe, with all of my heart; that will hard work, focus, and much goodness surrounding POB and our VPOTUS , we can do this.

        I just keep crying out during my praying/meditation times for wisdom, stamina to stand firm, no matter what, and courage to stand with POB to help in any way that we all can. We must do this for those precious children whose bodies were torn in pieces at Sandyhook. But not just Sandyhook, but in all places where any human life is taken away by this gun violence culture that we are in at this time.

        Evil over good has to prevail, I pray.HZ

  18. February 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Brennan confirmation hearing Thursday…

    • 99 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks jovie for the info.

      • 100 HZ
        February 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        Thanks jovie. I pray he is confirmed as well. We have so much to make sure we are busy at work sending our collective words of encouragement, emails, texts, phone calls to Congress.

        Again, thanks for these reminders and all the work that you do jovie. I hope you are doing fine as well.HZ

  19. 106 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  20. February 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Hopefruit, congrats on #1.

    Well deserved.

    You’re always so gracious when you logon, equaly welcoming to lurkers and TOD family alike.

    Here’s a ROFL from the Tory rag Daily Mail. (I take a quick peek at their site because their photos can’t be beat, and they’re never in the annoying “slide show” format.)

    If some GOPer actually said this, they’re dumber than I thought.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272551/Ann-Romney-run-Senate-Massachusetts-Republicans-urging-Mitts-wife-make-bid-higher-office.html

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Warning: Don’t read Daily Mail comments, more hate-filled racist bile than you’ll ever read anywhere. It’s a disgusting hate-rag.

      • February 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        Agree 100% about the commenters at the Daily Mail.

        Also, I don’t believe anything on their site unless it has the byline “AP.”

        Apart from the BBC and the Guardian, British news “journalism” leaves a lot to be desired. British papers try to out-sensationalize each other with fabricated stories.

        But did you see the headline? That Massachusetts GOP are urging Ann Romney to run for John Kerry’s Senate seat.

        Has to be a fabricated article. #NoTermMitt and “You People” Ann are happy in La Jolla, NH, Utah, etc.

      • 114 anniebella
        February 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        I know about the Daily Mail comments, that’s why I do my best not to go there.

  21. February 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Speaking for my home town of Detroit…

    • 116 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Reminds me of post just before this one. Pres. Obama showed the film of his birth at WHCD. Had to explain to Fox it was a joke. ;)

  22. February 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  23. February 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I won’t be watching but voting for the east coast!

  24. February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Ravens pulling ahead, close to becoming the Official TOD Team for Super Bowl XLVII ™

  25. February 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  26. 135 99ts
    February 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    GM (in my world) everyone

    Still catching up – wtg hopefruit

    The skeet shooting is an epic fail by the media and THIS is why

    U.S. stocks rallied Friday, with the Dow closing above 14,000 for the fist time since October 2007, as investors welcomed a batch of strong economic data.
    The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 149 points, or 1.1%, to hit 14,009.8, its highest closing level since Oct. 12, 2007. The Dow is now less than 200 points from its all-time high of 14,198.10.
    The S&P 500 rose 1% and is also at its highest level since 2007 — about 4% away from its record high. The Nasdaq gained 1.2%.
    …..

    Friday’s strong advance followed reports on the job market, the manufacturing sector, construction spending and consumer sentiment, which all pointed to a healthy economic recovery.

    http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/01/investing/stocks-markets/index.html

    JUST to highlight that last sentence cause I don’t know how to bold

    FRIDAY’S STRONG ADVANCE FOLLOWED REPORTS ON THE JOB MARKET, THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, CONSTRUCTION SPENDING AND CONSUMER SENTIMENT WHICH ALL POINTED TO A HEALTHY ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

    The media and the GOP can’t handle the President getting it right!!!!!!!!!

  27. February 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I don’t care what anyone says, everytime I see the last picture of him quarterbacking I laugh hysterically. Stick with basketball President O.

  28. 146 Bill R.
    February 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  29. 147 desertflower
    February 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks Political Carnival :) Damn well cried my eyes out!

    • 148 desertflower
      February 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      You get to name this adorable baby, too!

    • 149 anniebella
      February 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      The video about the Clydesdale horse is a nice video, I like that one.. The one about Kate Upton looks like porn, I rather not watch that one.

    • 150 Lynn
      February 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks for the memories, desertflower!! That takes me back to the old days when I was still helpin’ to birth babies! The last time was 110 pounds of thoroughbred filly named Rose.

  30. 151 desertflower
    February 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You can see the other Kate Upton commercial that was too hot for tv here :) I never felt that way about a sandwich, I have to say….

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/02/02/video-2013-superbowl-ad-time-name-the-clydesdale-and-well-um-wow-whew-its-hottt-in-here/

  31. 153 desertflower
    February 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    It’s a start! http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022301120 “You Might be a Republican” List

  32. February 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Scott Pelley just said the interview will be LIVE at 4:30 tomorrow…….he also had a graphic and picture up with that info.

    • February 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      BTW, I have a difficult time rooting for the Ravens. That’s the team that Art Modell took out of Cleveland in the middle of the night. We were living outside Cleveland………Browns fans then and still Browns fans. I have NO connection to the 49ers so my wish is that it’s a good game.

      • 163 Nena20409
        February 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        :!:, :shocks: is that where Lebron got the idea to ditch Cleveland and went South?

        No disrespect to those who gt hurt while Lebron has a Ring on one of his fingers…..:)

        OK, I am not as innocent as I am trying to be.

      • 164 daisydem
        February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

        I understand …. my son had to tell me who the Ravens were. When the teams leave cities, especially when they have been there a long time, and become something else, I find it hard to maintain or develop team loyalty.

      • 165 Claire
        February 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        I am pretty sure that Irsay left with the Baltimore Colts in the middle of the night and took them to Indy. Modell announced prior to the end of the 1995 season that he was moving the Browns to Baltimore. Recall the fans were so attached to the team that they tore out stadium seats at the Browns last game in Cleveland.

  33. February 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Pete Souza follows Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Julia Roberts on Twitter. Hippy. :-)

  34. 170 peppylepew
    February 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I am not a tweeter. Can someone tweet Erin Burnett asking her to apologize to POTUS for being disrespectful by insinuating that he was lying about the shooting. She made me so mad when I saw the clip. Ask Jessica yelling asking the questions at the briefing.

  35. 174 Nena20409
    February 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Because of Montana and Jerry Rice and the New QB, I like 49ers. However, I would like Ray Lewis to go out with another ring.

    But, but Jim H. was humiliated after Jim Mc stooped playing. Ditka was cruel, crude and wickedly hard on him. So, I am for 49ers so Jim can say to Ditka, here is my middle finger. :) Too childish? Hmm? :cool:

    • February 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Dwight Clarke. That was a great era. I saw Joe Montana downtown a few weeks ago and let me just say, Joe Montana is looking very good. He was a great quarterback and he’s still got it going on.

      Anyway, football is a weird thing but I want my home team to win.

  36. February 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Wowie:

  37. February 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    • 182 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I’m still young enough to appreciate that picture. That is all I will say for now.

      • 183 nathkatun7
        February 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        This is a picture that should be shared with all young people. It conveys the message: Going to the Library is not only cool, but It might also prepare you to be one of the most powerful people in the world.

  38. 187 Pamela
    February 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    CHIPSTICKS! check this out.. Hang on: http://www.uniquelydublin.ie Saw it on my cousins FB page, couldn’t capture the URL, so posted the website.

  39. 189 kasai
    February 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  40. 190 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    REMINDER: Betty & Coretta at 8:00 pm on Lifetime.

  41. 191 kasai
    February 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Chips…I know I am in Cali….but why does twitter Date say: Feb 3 ?? Am I a Day late again?

  42. 199 99ts
    February 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Speaking of guns – as we were – I don’t believe there should ever be a sport associated with guns. They are designed to kill and I have never understood any type of “sporting” use. Never will. I think shooting should be removed from the Olympics.

    Those who engage in mass murder do not seem able to distinguish between shooting targets and shooting people – there appears to be no reason why the Sandy Hook shooter decided to use children as his targets – but he had been to shooting ranges to practice his sport of choice.

    • 200 carolyn
      February 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      If I had my druthers, guns would be banned totally….and I know other people who feel that way. However, we know that’s not going to happen. But anyone who calls himself/herself pro-life and is not for the assault weapon ban, does not understand life.
      In fact, maybe we could add that to the list: “You might be a Republican if you call yourself pro-life but are against the assault weapon ban.”

  43. February 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  44. February 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    We need a new Chat Away post, but I’m all out of ideas for the pic …. come on you people, suggestions please.

  45. 207 amk for obama
    February 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  46. February 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    maybe thiis pic.twitter.com/d0267Kob or since the whitehouse is getting a new oval office here is the last time it had rennovations http://t.co/mNNGdn8I best I can come up w/ of top of my head.

  47. 209 amk for obama
    February 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm


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