President Barack Obama is in Ohio on a campaign tour, and yesterday he spoke to a Columbus radio station. It's a sports radio station. Again: a sports radio station landed a sitting president as a guest. Good luck living up to that, everyone else involved in sports radio whatsoever.
At any rate, the Penn State situation came up, and President Obama didn't shy from addressing it when asked. Here's video, courtesy of Dr. Saturday:
And here's how the President responded when asked whether "the punishment fit the crime":
"I think it does," Obama said. "I have been a big admirer of Penn State football. Obviously, Joe Paterno was a great football coach. But there are some things that are more important than sports, and making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports.
"And I think it was appropriate to send that message that we've just got bigger priorities here, and we're always looking after our kids and we have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that we're preventing predators from taking advantage of them."
Now, look. We're American, so we know how this works—and our Americans readers know too. Whenever any President chimes with his opinion in on any subject, regardless of its nature, it's going to get analyzed, over-analyzed, politicized, and processed beyond any semblance of meaning by the President's political opponents.
That's not a left-wing thing or a right-wing thing—and if you think it is, thanks, you're part of the problem, stop it.
But what Obama said was entirely apolitical. On that, at the very least, we should be able to agree. There's no reason to take political sides when it comes to protecting children, regardless of whether your favorite (or least favorite) football program plays a prominent role in that situation.
In general, what makes sport great is its inclusive nature for fans, and that inclusion is only possibly because sport is so far removed from politics. Or at least it ought to be, and it almost always is.
When the two meet, regardless of how good the intentions are, it causes a cacophonous din to spread out over the land, filling people's ears with static and screeching as they howl and flee for cover. It is the worst thing. It is a union that must never be allowed to prosper.
Sports and politics are the keymaster and gatekeeper from "Ghostbusters," and if they meet, a portal to hell opens and the world ends.
Have we mentioned how loathsome people are who mix sports and politics? They're the worst.
So please, take note of Obama's opinion on the Penn State mess, because he is a famous and important person. Appreciate the fact that he didn't turn it into a political point.
And if anyone tells you that they agree with him because they're a Democrat or that as a strong Republican they take umbrage with his stance on this sporting matter, please, encourage them to climb into a running wood chipper.
Let politics be politics, and let sports be sports.