January 05, 2011
The President's Priorities
President Obama needs a reality check, and he needs to reassess not only how he spends his time but what he does with it. Last week, on what seems to be his umpteenth vacation – he's in Hawaii again -- the President found time to call Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, to praise him for giving quarterback Michael Vick "a second chance."
According to Lurie, "He said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance.' He was . . . passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail," Lurie related. Oh, how touching.
First of all, Lurie, a shrewd businessman, didn't do Vick any favors. When he signed the quarterback two years ago Vick was one of the most vilified people on earth, and many other NFL owners refused to touch him, realizing that outraged fans might boycott the games. Lurie signed Vick on the cheap.
Why was Vick vilified? In case anyone has forgotten, according to testimony at his trial Vick's hobby was dog fighting, and those dogs that did not perform well were tortured, beaten, shot and even hung. He served three years in jail and came out saying all the right things and now that he's playing well again, he's in line for tens of millions of dollars.
But Michael Vick is still a sadistic pig. Before the season began, one of his trial defendants was murdered at his birthday party. This is Michael Vick's world. He belongs in jail, that's his element.
Why did he deserve a second chance, Mr. President? Did he give a second chance to the dozens of dogs whose carcasses were buried around the grounds of his palatial mansion? We suggest President Obama pick up the phone and call some of the hard working people he suckered into voting for him, promising hope and change. Instead, while wars rage on two fronts, the economy tanked, unemployment ballooned, Obamacare looms . . . the president worries about Michael Vick.
If Obama cares so much about "prisoners getting a fair second chance" after their release, Vick is an awfully strange choice for poster child for the cause, considering he was, at the time of his arrest, a sports world superhero with S100 million bucks to squander before he crashed and burned. Maybe the president should worry more about the poor people driven to crime because they lost their jobs during the Obama administration and not a pampered superstar who had the world handed to him because he throws a leather ball well.
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