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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Articles tagged: Barack Obama

Barack Obama photo mistakenly placed on World Cup souvenir mug instead of England’s Chris Smalling


With the World Cup being the world’s biggest sporting event, it’s only natural for companies to capitalize with souvenir merchandise. You name it, someone probably has it for sale with a flag of one of the 32 participating countries or picture of a player.

One company went the route of releasing a series of commemorative mugs with a photo of a member of England’s squad on each one. Unfortunately, the mug for defender Chris Smalling did not contain a picture of Chris Smalling. It, instead, featured President Barack Obama.

The mugs were sent to Wholesale Clearance UK, who had the unenviable task of unloading the items.

“They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by their boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning, said Wholesale Clearance managing director Karl Baxter via Daily Mail UK

“They immediately contacted us and 2,000 of the England items were dispatched to our warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and, indeed it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s.”

England has already been eliminated from the World Cup with one game remaining, Tuesday against Costa Rica. Hopefully, Smalling, who didn’t appear in either of England’s first two matches, gets some pitch time so he isn’t shut out of both the World Cup and a souvenir set.

Photo: Twitter/DailyMailUK

President Obama comments on Donald Sterling audio recording

Donald SterlingPresident Obama weighed in on the alleged comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audio recording after being asked about it Sunday in Malaysia.

Obama, who is on a diplomatic mission, was asked about the Sterling recording while holding a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. He responded by calling Sterling “ignorant.”

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said via CNN.

Obama also reportedly said Sterling’s alleged comments are an example of how “the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.

“That’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.”

While the NBA is taking a measured approach in addressing the situation — Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is investigating the authenticity and context of the recording — the President is coming right out and saying how he feels.

Though the league is giving Sterling due process in the matter, the public sentiment is pretty much unanimous in its feelings of anger and disgust towards the Clippers owner. President Obama’s comments are a reflection of this reaction.

No more White House selfies thanks to David Ortiz

When the Boston Red Sox visited the White House last week to be recognized for winning the World Series, David Ortiz took a selfie with president Barack Obama. At first, the gesture was seen as a harmless case of Big Papi being Big Papi. When it was later discovered that the selfie was part of a Samsung promotion, White House officials were not pleased.

According to the Washington Post, White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Obama was unaware of the photo’s connection to Samsung and that Ortiz’s stunt will perhaps “be the end to all selfies.”


Unfortunately, Pfeiffer meant the end of all selfies in the White House. He can’t put an end to selfies worldwide, which would have been fantastic for all of us.

“We’ve had conversations with Samsung about this and expressed our concerns,” Pfeiffer said. “We’ve left that conversation between the lawyers.”

Ortiz has not openly admitted that he was working with Samsung.

Photo: Twitter/David Ortiz

Barack Obama bracket reveals president likes Michigan State


President Barack Obama completed his official 2014 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday during a segment ESPN has so cleverly labeled “Barack-etology.” As usual, the president did not go with many shocking upsets or surprise Cinderella stories. He usually sticks to the chalk.

Obama did, however, pick two No. 4 seeds to reach the national championship game. He had No. 1 seeds Arizona and Florida reaching the Final Four but losing to No. 4 seeds Michigan State and Louisville. Unlike Del, Obama does not envision the Cardinals pulling off the repeat. He thinks Tom Izzo is a “great tournament coach” who will work magic with his now healthy Spartans team.

If you are one of those people who hates going with the consensus, you should avoid picking Louisville and Michigan State to reach the final game. Everyone loves the Spartans and Cardinals, presumably because it gives them a reason to predict “upsets” by picking a lower seed. Several ESPN experts picked Michigan State to cut down the nets as well.

Last year, Obama finished in the top 74 percent of ESPN brackets. He’s actually a big college basketball fan, so he seems to know what he’s talking about. You could do worse than taking the president’s advice, but I’d recommend going with your gut.

Irina Rodnina now claims racist photo of Obamas was a hack job

Irina-RodninaFormer Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina is an Olympic hero in her home country. Rodnina was one of the two people who were given the honor of lighting the Olympic torch in Sochi last Friday. In addition to being internationally known for her decorated figure skating career, Rodnina also made headlines back in September for tweeting a racist photo of the Obamas.

Rodnina was criticized at the time, but she defended herself by saying she was simply exhibiting her right to “freedom of speech.” For whatever reason, she decided to apologize on Monday and claim she was hacked.

Hacking is a horrible excuse to begin with, let alone using it five months later after basically refusing to apologize the first time around. If Rodnina was hacked, she undoubtedly would have said that from the start. Since Twitter hacking is pretty damn close to a mythical concept anyway, we know that’s not what happened. At least she finally apologized.

H/T Deadspin

Olympic torch lighter Irina Rodnina tweeted racist picture of Obamas months ago

Irina-RodninaFormer Russian Olympic figure skater Irina Rodnina lit the cauldron along with former Russian hockey goalie Vladislav Tretiak during the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch on Friday. Rodnina is one of the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, having won three straight gold medals from 1972 to 1980 in pairs skating.

Rodnina is beloved in Russia, but she found herself at the center of a racial controversy back in September when she tweeted the following photo of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama that was captured by The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe:


Rodnina deleted the photo, but she never apologized for posting it. Instead, she insisted there was nothing wrong with the photograph and that she was simply expressing herself freely. Michael McFaul, the US Ambassador to Russia, blasted Rodnina at the time for her “outrageous behavior that brings shame to her parliament and country.”

Everyone is entitled to their own personal beliefs, but you would like to think someone who is so important to their nation’s people would try not to perpetuate racism. The fact that Rodnina was given such a great honor at the Olympics shows that there are no hard feelings within her own nation.

H/T Deadspin

Mike Ditka: I should have run against Barack Obama in 2004 US Senate

Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka is one of the most famous players and coaches in NFL history. It’s tough to imagine what football would be like without Ditka. However, the Hall of Famer regrets not taking a little less time for football and more time for politics over the past 10 years.

Ditka is what you would call the opposite of a Barack Obama supporter. Not only that, but he believes he may have had a chance to stop him from getting into office. According to The Dickinson Press (via CNN.com), Ditka was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he admitted he wishes he had run opposite Obama to represent Illinois in the 2004 US Senate race.

“Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said of the decision. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”

Had Ditka run against Obama and won, there’s a good chance not enough people would have known who the current president was and he would not have been able to build a successful presidential campaign. And if you think Ditka’s insane for thinking a former football player and coach could have won a Senate race, you obviously don’t understand the way some Americans vote.

But we digress. Ditka did not run, which means we are still graced with his presence and insight every Sunday on ESPN’s pregame coverage. It wouldn’t be the same without him.