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President Obama Called: He Said Michael Vick is Awesome

President Obama Called: He Said Michael Vick is Awesome

In a phone call to Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, President Obama expressed his appreciation over the decision to give Michael Vick a second chance.

“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,” Lurie told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was…passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.” 

The second part of the call was in regards to plans to switch to alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field.

According to Obama spokesman Bill Burton, “the president told owner Jeffrey Lurie that while he condemns the crimes Vick was convicted of, he believes people who have paid for their crimes should have the opportunity to contribute to society again.”

Personally, I don’t see how running around in spandex throwing a ball around contributes to society, but okay.

Would Obama have even mentioned Vick if the Eagles weren’t doing so well? And if he’s all for second chances, why didn’t he speak up when Vick was first reinstated?

More interestingly, few of the articles mentioned the cruelty and severity of the crimes Vick committed in running a dogfighting ring.

According to information released by the USDA under the Freedom of Information Act, informants told investigators that Vick and two others strangled low-performing dogs by hanging them from trees, drowning them in buckets of water — one person holding the hind legs, another person holding the dog’s head. They said Vick and two others also killed dogs with a shovel, shot them and in at least one case, slammed a dog to the ground until it was dead. Vick and co-defendants Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips “seemed to get an adrenaline high when killing the dogs,” an informant said.

Maybe President Obama needs to read some of the massive research about the incurability and rates of recidivism of sociopaths who exhibit their lack of conscience through cruelty to animals.

Also? Now Vick wants a dog!

In an interview with theGrio, he claims that he loves all animals and that it was outside influences that allowed him to participate in dog fighting.

“I hate to use our culture as an excuse, but it is what it is and that’s what happened and that’s the way I thought about it growing up,” he said. “This is just the way we were brought up.” 

If he hates using excuses so much, then maybe he should just stop and take some responsibility for his actions instead of whining and blaming circumstances. It wasn’t what it was, it’s what he let it be. He had a choice and he chose one of the lowest forms of cruelty over not even just compassion, but common sense. 

“I would love to get another dog in the future,” he said. “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”

Say no to Vick being a dog owner!

Sign Care2’s petition asking Michael Vick not to get another dog. 

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8:22AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Ann M. And don't we all know whose side of the tide
he is going to support before any one else!!!!!!!!!

His own of course. Obama's allegience is just a bit
lop side.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

9:51AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Obama signed a piece of paper to bring back horse slaughter in the USA...this is cruelty in the thousands & thousands.....Obama siding with a dog torturer does not surprise me in the least! The real Obama is a coward with no thought process of his own.....he flip flops with whatever way the tide is going!

7:08PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

SO full of SHIT!

10:05PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

I am flabbergasted to read that President Obama made those remarks about Vick. Vick is a most vile, disgusting person that has violated/tortured poor innocent defenseless animals repeatedly. TOTAL & COMPLETE SCUM. SHAME ON YOU OBAMA FOR SUPPORTING VICK.

11:27PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

I am SO sick of Obama cowtowing to the wealthy. Just because someone can throw a ball around does not make them a real human being, as Vick demonstrates so well. It's pathetic how televised sports are such a hugs part of US "culture."

Vick is evil scum and should have to suffer the same tortures he inflicted on those innocent canines.

2:09PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

HOW MANY MISTAKES DID HE MAKE. NONE.!!! ALL THE TIMES HE TORTURED AND MURDERED THESE DOGS, HE MEANT TO. AND HOW MANY MORE ANIMALS HAS HE MURDERED IN HIS LIFE WE NO NOTHING ABOUT. HE IS A SADISTIC, VILE, EVIL INHUMANE HUMAN. IF HE WERE POOR, AND NOT A NATIONALLY KNOWN SPORTS FIGURE, HE WOULD STILL BE IN PRISON VICK SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO OWN ANY ANIMAL!!!!.

3:52PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Second chance, fine - don't glorify him - if a pedophile does his time, should he have to continue to pay penance - some of you are saying no; however, would you put this person as a director of a child care center - would you hail him as awesome? Vick murdered, cut and dried. His murders were calculated, barbaric, and inhumane - he should not be revered, he should not be hailed as awesome, wonderful, or as a role model.

1:47PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Pétition signée pour 2

2:59PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

what a fool that president is and that Michael Vick well he is just an evil sadistic individual grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

12:03AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

THE MAN IS A PREDATOR, A LIAR, AND WOULD STILL BE FIGHTING AND MURDERING DOGS IF HE HADN'T BEEN CAUGHT. HE'S A DISGRACE. EVERYTHING HE SAYS AND DOES IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PUBLICITY. DON'T ANYONE FOR A MINUTE THINK THAT HAD HE WOULD HAVE STOPPED HAD HE NOT BEEN REPORTED. HE VIOLENTLY AND SADISTICALLY MURDERED BEINGS HE KNEW WERE SENTIENT AND COULD NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES. IT'S AN AFFRONT TO HUMANITY, AND AFTER THE HISTORICAL VIOLENCE AND LACK OF COMPASSION SHOWN TO HIS ANCESTORS IN THIS COUNTRY, AN INSULT TO HIS RACE.

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