NFLNFL Fans Booed President Obama's Tribute Video on 9/11, Hmmm
I would have loved to have watched some of the games but I couldn't see through all the irony.
The first Sunday of the NFL season is in the books and it was notable for a few reasons. One, my fantasy football hopes seem to have gone up in flames thanks to some misplaced trust that Dallas's offense would still be great without Tony Romo. Two, The Patriots beat the Cardinals without Tom Brady, which I assume made Roger Goodell shout in anger as he stroked a cat and presumably watched from his lair. (Located in a volcano shaped like a skull.) But the most notable thing in the league is the way Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem is spreading to other players and teams. We saw players on the Dolphins kneel. We saw many players from different teams raise a fist during the anthem.
It was powerful stuff, but of course not everybody liked it. No many continued to feel like the whole protest was a disrespectful display. So I'd imagine that when a video showing President Obama talking about 9/11 played at NFL stadiums people were respectful of him, right? I mean it's not like anyone could find fault with this:
"It's Sunday, and here in America that means it's time for football.
But on this day 15 years ago the world was shaken. Towers crumbled.
Thousands of our fellow Americans lost their lives. Our nation and the
whole world mourned as one. Yet as we saw in the days and weeks that
followed, and what has become even clearer in the years since is that
the legacy of September 11th is not one of terror and fear but of
resilience and hope. Because 9/11 didn't change us as a nation.
Instead it revealed who we are and who we have the capacity to be. The
bravery of our first responders. The example of those who lost loved
ones. The service of a new generation of heroes who signed up to wear
our uniform. That's who we are. That's who we've always been. A big
hearted people full of courage and optimism. And on this 15th
anniversary of a very dark day that's the light that America continues
to shine for the whole world to follow. God bless this country we
love. Enjoy the games."
Nothing boo-worthy there, but that didn't stop people.
Now, clearly not everybody booed, but those that did really make you think. I'm speculating here, but I feel it's a pretty safe assumption that a bunch of people who almost certainly talk about how Colin Kaepernick and company are disrespectful to our country, decided to boo the President's 9/11 address. Don't get me wrong. If they want to boo the President, that's their right. But to do so and also chastise players for kneeling during the anthem is such mind-boggling hypocrisy it makes my head hurt.