Hail To The Chief? Redskins Owner Says ‘No’

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We reported over the weekend of President Obama’s remarks about a name change for the beloved Washington Redskins. This is the NFL team of our nation’s capital – led by Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III. Our opinion at Thoughtful Women was echoed by our executive editor – a devoted Washington Redskins fan – who took the position that 81 years tradition and pride should not be overlooked. 

Today, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, penned this note to the Redskins Nation. I hope the President reads this letter. Mr. Obama has been in Washington for five years now, but seemingly did not understand the rich pride and history of the team. Hail to the Redskins!!

To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization – our players, coaches and staff – are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for.  We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise.

That’s why I want to reach out to you – our fans – about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.”  While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on this issue.  As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe … and why I believe it.

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Obama Says Redskins Should Change Name

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President Barack Obama decided to offer his opinion on the controversial subject known by its name as the “Washington Redskins”.

For years since the team got its name, a handful of native Americans have picketed outside the stadium stating that the name is derogatory.

I have been a Washington Redskins fan since 1983, when I had a chance to meet Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm, Jeff Bostic, a.k.a. the “Hogs”.

I have never heard a single fan ever express their disdain for the name. I own a 45 recording of “Hail to the Redskins” and still sing when the team scores.

Instead of butting in where his opinion doesn’t matter, shouldn’t the President focus on re-opening the government? Once again, his priorities seem focused on appeasing small interest groups rather than solving big picture problems.

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Obama’s Relationship Problem

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In the wake of the partial government shut-down, with the vivid reminder of closures of our national monuments, many people blame the President and Democrats who agree with him. Others blame the Republicans in Congress.

Neither side appears to have wavered much from their mantras, shown much independence, or demonstrate any ability to negotiate.

And that’s the problem.

Without strong leaders in Congress willing to negotiate to get things done on key policy issues, the mantra falls to the President. When the President and the Congress fail to agree, the government shuts down.

There are many complicated aspects to the Washington drama that involve the debt ceiling, the appropriations process, continuing resolutions, and lots of other hard to understand “process” issues that Congress must follow.

But beyond the weeds and sausage-making are simple approaches that impact American families and people who own small businesses. We negotiate with our business colleagues and families to reach civility, certainty, and common ground using common sense. Washington has lost track of these simple principles.

Relationships are critical in Washington. The lack of trust between the President and Congress is evident, and it’s frustrating to Americans watching.

It falls to the President to be the “adult” when it comes to negotiating on budget priorities in the wake of congressional bickering. He must act like he’s the head of the household when family members are squabbling in the Congress.

Instead, he’s thumbing his nose at Republicans and playing the blame game. He thinks that because the polls say that Congress shouldn’t shut down the government because of problems with Obamacare, he’s somehow “winning”.

The political gamesmanship continues with liberals calling U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a host of bad names and the Obama Administration saying that it doesn’t really matter when the shutdown ends.

U.S. Majority Leader Harry Reid jumped into the fray as well, calling Speaker Boehner a ‘coward’. Really?

Everyday Americans wonder why the Congress and the President are acting like school yard bullies who can’t get along. If they were in their kids’ play yard, they’d tell their kids to avoid these bullies. Now, everyone looks like a bully in Washington.

These real life, working families are becoming more frustrated by the day. They create jobs, pay the household bills, drive their kids to school, and like to hike in a scenic park on the weekend. If their weekend getaway is a national park, it may be closed. And that’s why they’re pissed.

Republicans are to blame as well. They must do a better job defining the debate beyond just Obamacare. There is a lack of a big picture understanding of what bloated government programs really cost.  The price tag has increased. We are now $17 trillion in debt. Who’s paying for this? Our kids will bear this burden.

As families struggle to find good jobs and an increasing number of baby boomers remain under-employed, there is more focus on family and personal budgeting.

Still, the Republicans’ message hasn’t penetrated. They need to talk beyond their base on the risks of Obamacare to Latinas who own small businesses and Asian moms who worry about the cost of their kids’ education. They need to build a greater awareness that the sweeping health care reform known as Obamacare is too risky of an investment to make right now.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said today that the Obamacare price tag started at $863 million but that the price tag has gone up. Rep. Peter Roskam said on CNBC that Obamacare would cost $1.9 trillion over 10 years. That’s a lot of dough to shell out for a program that is showing problems with implementation and enrollment its first week. The uncertainty of the price points and the way the law is structured is a problem that the Obama Administration ignores.

Americans watching the Washington drama will be weary of signing up for Obamacare because they lack trust in their government in the wake of bickering and shutdowns.

The last time the government was shut down was seventeen years ago. At that time, I worked on Capitol Hill. It was 1996, and it was the classic battle between President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Back then, Bob Dole was able to make a deal with Clinton and Gingrich and get things moving again. Yes, it was a Presidential election year; but in spite of the political posturing (remember Dole ran against Clinton), they got it done because they truly believed that the American people deserved a well-run government. Neither side got exactly what they wanted, but they were able to negotiate a deal.

A friend who was part of the Reagan Revolution said to me today:

“I never thought I’d say this – but I miss Bill Clinton”.

It wasn’t an endorsement of Hilary 2016, but a statement from a time when a Democrat President was willing to work with a Republican Congress to get things done.

The expectation was set years earlier by Republican President Ronald Reagan, U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill (a Democrat), and Howard Baker, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. I’ll never forget a picture that Tip O’Neill penned to Senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker. It read:

“We three, Americans first.”

These are two examples of divided government under two different Presidents. They understood that they needed to get along and get things done.

President Obama is the head of American government and needs to spend some time getting to know the people in Congress. He must extend a more welcoming hand, find common ground, and expend some of his political capital and work with – not against – his family in Congress. People expect that of our leader. To do anything less is childish and unbecoming of a head of state.


This commentary originally appeared at ThoughtfulWomen.org.


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Video: Obamacare “Creepy Uncle Sam” Ad Scares Liberals

Yesterday, this video was forwarded to me. It is quite startling.

As the Mom of a teenager, I have taken time to educate myself on the increasing costs of Obamacare on young people in their twenties. As a result, I was interested in what Generation Opportunity had to say.

The group started a few years ago and includes young folks from all over the United States. They hadn’t done anything cutting edge or remarkable enough to get noticed until yesterday, when Creepy Uncle Sam went viral.

Why did they opt to run this controversial video?

Corie Whalen, who is on staff with Generation Opportunity, took some time to discuss this with me today. She told me that the group has definitely become more relevant and that changes in leadership have helped the group spread their message that less government intervention is better than alternatives suggested by President Obama.

“We think that those who wrote the Obamacare law are using young people as ‘cash cows’. We were seeking an intellectually honest way to talk to them about the fact that they can opt out if they want to preserve their ability to make choices rather than having government choose their health care for them.”

They sure got our attention as well as the liberal media. Just yesterday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow trashed Generation Opportunity as a project of the Koch Brothers, saying that they were pushing the boundaries of creepiness and decency. Maddow says that such efforts are being funded to support Congressional Republican efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier today, the U.S. House voted to shut down the government to protect families from the costs of Obamacare. It won’t matter since the U.S. Senate intends to pass its own bill restoring government funding for day-to-day operations as well as Obamacare, but the vote in the lower House of Congress was a signal to working families that all may not be well.

It’s clear that liberals like Maddow, who believe Republicans in Congress are wasting their time found Creepy Uncle Sam effective. Like others in the liberal media, she over reacted.

In her blog yesterday, Maddow said “the right has pushed a morally bankrupt argument that seems ugly even by contemporary conservative standards.”

Maddow suggests that the ad reaches “a new level of stupidity” with the mantra that those who are conservative must be dumb.  Generation Opportunity’s Whalen had a different point of view –

“The liberals say this is being funded by the same people who want to put government into health care – conservatives who are pro-life.

It is dishonest of them to say that because our group wants government out of health care. We have people involved who are on all sides of the abortion issue. Liberals continue to use this issue to drive a wedge between women and it’s just plain wrong.

This is about young people making their own choices without having government interfere.”

If it sounds a little bit like the liberal chirping we heard during the Presidential cycle about the “War on Women”, you’ve guessed correctly.

Whalen went on to give a little background on the organization -

“Generation Opportunity was founded a few years ago. Our president, Evan Feinberg, ran for Congress in 2012. Many of our team have worked as community organizers in very grassroots capacities that favor solutions to problems and put young people in charge of their lives. We don’t like the idea of government telling us what to do.”

Whalen views Creepy Uncle Sam as a metaphor demonstrating the impact of the long arm of government standing in the way of you and your doctor, stating -

“I think most people who see the ad understand that this is about choices and government getting in the way.”

A companion website, called Opt-Out, talks about inequality, insecurity, and inconsistency for those young people who opt-in to Obamacare. The group has facts and cites works from the Wall Street Journal and other reliable sources to prove their points.

For example, fact sheets that can be found here suggest that premiums are slated to increase in most states by 169% for young people, aged 21 to 29.

“If an 18 year old male went into Obamacare today, he would be committed to a 17% excise tax over his lifetime. This is what President Obama and those on the left don’t want to talk about.”

What do you think? Is Creepy Uncle Sam a stunt? Will you share it with young people you know so they understand that they can “opt-out” of Obamacare and save money as a result?


This article originally appeared at ThoughtfulWomen.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

Huma Abedin: The Latest “Good Wife”

We’ve seen it all before in real political life. Hilary Clinton stands by her man after he has engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Huma Mahmood Abedin, now the latest victim, stands by her sexting-addicted husband Anthony Weiner.

It’s like a season of CBS’s epic drama, The Good WifeThe show examines the twists and turns of a political wife who stood by her husband after torrid affairs and a corruption scandal landed him in jail. The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is left to pick up the pieces for her family. She re-enters the workforce as a junior associate with a prominent Chicago law firm. Four seasons later, she’s granted partnership in the firm.

The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick remains by her husband’s side. Last season, her law firm defended husband Peter Florrick and his campaign as they dealt with charges of voter fraud after he is elected Governor of Illinois. Alicia defends him along with the senior partners. Its’s ironic under the circumstances. It’s why we keep watching.

This early interview with Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, paints the picture of the modern day political spouse -

A reporter asked why political women don’t tend to get caught in sex scandals. “Women do not have the time,” Margulies answered. “Dear Lord! Between the kids and the job and the cleaning and the cooking, we just don’t have the time!”

Margulies admits that she, too, tended to look askance at the political wives who stood by their wayward men — until she took the role. “[The part] gave tremendous respect for them — so quick to judge until I stood in Alicia’s shoes,” Margulies said. “It’s not like these are silly little women waiting for their husbands to come home. A lot of them have two degrees and are incredibly accomplished.” Read more here.

Enter Huma Abedin, wife of the Weiner (a.k.a. “Carlos Danger”). She shows a striking resemblance to The Good Wife.

Huma Abedin Huma Abedin: The Latest “Good Wife”

In the real life saga, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal in 2012, appears to be rebuilding trust in his marital relationship after the birth of the couple’s first child. After the bitterness, blame, denial, lying and cheating, Weiner decides to run for Mayor of New York; his fully supportive wife at his side. She is once again betrayed; her husband once again caught again “sexting” under the alias “Carlos Danger”.

More people are watching the Weiner-Abedin union now with greater scrutiny. What most people don’t know is this: The saga gets even juicier.

The man who asked America to define what the meaning of the word “is” is regarding sexual relationships presided over the Weiner-Abedin wedding as officiant. Weiner (a Jew) marries Abedin (a Muslim). And Bill Clinton officiates.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

If the true life episode with Weiner and Abedin wasn’t an episode of The Good Wife before, it is most likely going to play a role now.

The question on most women’s minds is this: “Why is Huma Abedin staying with Anthony Weiner?”

Surely, I don’t know, and nobody else seems to either.

If you’re a politico, you may think that she was drawn to his power. He was a New York Congressman in a safe district. The two had met through Democrat politics.

Abedin, 36, who got her start as an Intern in 1996 for then-First Lady Hilary Clinton, is a smart, beautiful woman who clearly caught the eye of Mrs. Clinton and Anthony Weiner. Hilary brought her to the U.S. State Department as her traveling chief of staff. This is one of the most important roles in the U.S. government.

Those who know Huma Abedin say that she is brilliant, calm, and a great public servant. U.S. Senator John McCain, the 2008 nominee for President, defended Abedin in 2012 against charges made by other Republicans including Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who alleged that she had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

McCain’s voice is important as he is the go-to guy on U.S. Senate on Foreign Affairs and a former Prisoner of War. U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and Scott Brown also defended Abedin. McCain called charges against Abedin “an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”

Ironically, it was CBS, the station the runs The Good Wife, who first reported McCain’s statement.

As a woman who has run for office and served in public service on the opposite side as an appointee of Reagan and Bush, I am sad for Huma Abedin. She clearly has talent and what appears to be a good public service record. While our politics could not be more different, I’m struggling with how I feel about her. Struggling because she’s going through hell right now.

Huma’s world is clearly much different than my own. She was born in Missouri and moved to Saudi Arabia as a small child. Her life experiences have shaped who she is, for good or for bad. Clearly, she is trying to make a difference; her philosophy tied to her strong loyalty to Hilary Clinton.

So, for Huma, a woman with these accomplishments, continuing the “Weiner for Mayor” campaign seems pretty silly under the circumstances. Even if she was trying to help Hilary win the Democrat nomination in 2016, neither of these women need this man in office, anywhere.

So that would leave only one reason that Huma Abedin stays with Anthony Weiner: Maybe she loves him.

What do you think?

Should Huma Abedin stay with Anthony Weiner?

Should Anthony Weiner drop out of the NYC Mayor’s Race?

Will Huma’s loyalty to Anthony be an impediment when Hilary runs for President?

No matter what happens, the good wives, Hilary and Huma, seem destined to stay together.


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This commentary originally appeared at ThoughtfulWomen.org and is reprinted here with permission.