White House Spokesman Asked for Barack Obama’s Opinion on Redskins’ Name

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Earlier this week, 10 members of Congress wrote a letter to Dan Snyder, Roger Goodell and others urging them to change the name of Washington's professional football team, which I believe is called the "Redskins." Don't quote me on that, though.

Of course, the natural progression is to ask the leader of the free world for his opinion, which is what happened Thursday. Well, sort of.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest held a "press gaggle" (which sounds much more fun than a conference) and was asked for President Obama's thoughts on the matter:

Q. One more, a little out of the box, since you went with it. A group of 10 Republicans are asking for the Redskins to change their name as to be less offensive to Native Americans. Does the President have any feeling on this?

MR. EARNEST: That's a good question, and it is outside the box. I’ll give you credit for that. I haven’t had a chance to speak with him about it, so I don't know if he has an opinion. (Laughter.)

Q. Go Ravens. (Laughter.)

Q. He supports the Blackhawks.

Problem solved.

(Wipes hands, walks away from issue that is far from solved)

Really though, I've spent time sharing others' opinions on the subject without sharing my own. Honestly, I don't really have one. I see both sides of the argument, but don't really lean one way or the other. Not that any of you care, but I thought it was only fair to share my (lack of) viewpoint.

{H/T Dan Steinberg)

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