When your team doesn't make the Super Bowl, you can at least hope for a good game to watch. The Packers and Steelers delivered, with the game coming down to the Steelers losing after failing to convert a 4th down inside the final minute. It was especially important this year that at least the game was entertaining.
By now I'm sure you have seen that pop artist Christina Aguilera pooched the lyrics to the National Anthem. As a veteran, I didn't even catch it because I was already so steamed about something else I saw in the program.
The pre-game show featured the typical appearance by the President, presumably to give his predictions and some typical things about why America is great, right? Not even close. Obama used the final few minutes of his segment to utter some rhetoric about a good match up and how he would host a Super Bowl party at the White House.
The President purposely used the time in front of the largest anticipated television audience of the year so that he could defended his statement that he will ignore a federal judge's ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional and he will continue to implement it regardless. In less blunt words, he told America that the judicial authority established by our constitution does not apply to his administration.
Other topics discussed were his take on the uproar in Egypt, and his response to the notion that the Wall Street Journal portrayed him as "an extreme leftist attempting to redistribute wealth", in which he insisted that his administration lowered taxes vice raising them.
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Finally, he offered his unique prospective that "those who hate him don't know him." Truly intriguing considering that Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie, who "knows" him, now can't find his Hawaiian long form birth documents.
I found it extremely ironic as well, that after Obama's segment ended, the Declaration of Independence was recited by representatives of the NFL, which includes the following key excerpt as recited by Charles Woodson and Donald Driver:
"...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Maybe I'm the only one that picked up on that, although I hope not. I thought it was very patriotic of Fox to remind the American People of the powers given to them by the document that their president just tap danced on with muddy boots in front of most of the nation.
People are going to have mixed opinions about the mingling of sports and politics. Sure, it's embarrassing that a pop star fumbles a few lyrics of the national anthem, however in my eyes this doesn't hold a candle to an elected official relaying a deviant, unprecedented defiance of the constitution of the United States to the largest annual television audience in the country, under the premise of a Super Bowl Pre-Game Show.
I agree the president goes on every year, but no president has ever defied a judicial mandate like this and said screw you, I'm going to do it anyway. That part was said by his administration prior to the Superbowl, and he got up there and backed it up.
Defying the oath of office to uphold the constitution is well above a debate between political viewpoints and is newsworthy on any front.