The president continued on with his tradition of injecting his personal pettiness into his political decisions this week when he decided to cancel a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champion team the Philadelphia Eagles. The cancellation was the latest example of the president’s anger with the NFL because of the choices of some players in recent seasons to take a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to the plight of African Americans.
Ironically, no Eagles players even took a knee during the anthem at any point during the 2017 season, but that didn’t stop the administration from cancelling the ceremony and replacing it with a nationalist spectacle anyway. He was offended at the prospect of a small number of Eagles players even coming to the White House in the first place. It’s not as though many players could be expected to be excited to visit with the president who called those sticking up for African American rights “sons of bitches” who should be fired, no matter whether they themselves had taken a knee or not.
In the face of the debacle, former Eagles player Cris Carter offered an alternative option for what the players could do to honor their Super Bowl win.
‘President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue.’
The Obamas, since having left the White House last year, have kept up a residence in Washington, D.C., and while living there, they have kept up an intermittent presence in the public eye. Barack and Michelle have made a string of media appearances, and it was actually recently revealed by Netflix that they had signed on to produce various types of film content for the streaming service.
While Carter’s comment could be taken as in jest, it’s certainly true that the Obamas maintain a high level of popularity through all of that. Barack Obama’s time in the White House marked a period when someone occupied the Oval Office whose attitude allowed for there to be actual substantive policy discussions instead of endlessly getting bogged down in wondering when the commander-in-chief would have his next meltdown.
The current president’s latest NFL related meltdown comes after a string of others stretching all the way back to last year when, as mentioned, he asserted at a rally in Alabama that the “sons of bitches” who peacefully demonstrate during the anthem should be fired.
Despite the president’s anger, the First Amendment remains in place, and in theory those in the United States should be free to peacefully protest however they see fit. Trump, however, seems intent on elevating the status of the national anthem above that of the First Amendment.
Going forward, the NFL has instituted a policy meant to keep players from taking a knee during the anthem in what’s no doubt an effort to keep the league away from the controversy surrounding the anthem protests going forward. How that policy may or may not backfire on the league remains to be seen.
For now, no Eagles players will be at the White House on Tuesday, and the suggestion from former player Cris Carter is one of a few at this point for what they could do instead. They’ve also gotten invitations from Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey.
Check out Twitter’s response to Carter’s suggestion below.
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