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Obama, Romney Praise Redskins QB


President Barack Obama prepares to throw a football to personal aide Reggie Love in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 8, 2010.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The presidential election may be only two weeks away, but the talk around Washington on Sundays often surrounds rookie Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. And, before this Sunday’s game, both President Obama and Mitt Romney wished Griffin and the Redskins well, saying he was uniting the often-divided city.

“RG3 has really struck a chord with sports fans, uniting Democrats and Republicans,” Romney said on Fox.


Even Obama, an outspoken Chicago Bears fan, said Griffin “makes it look easy.”

“He’s a great young man and a heckuva lot of fun to watch,” Obama said. “I wish him all the luck in the world, except when he plays the Bears.”

Obama later said Griffin was “welcome at my house for a pickup game anytime.”


In an interview this week, a reporter tried to seize on Griffin’s popularity and see if he had plans to run for office. He laughed and said he was sticking to football for the time being.

“I've got a lot of other guys to be running away from,” said Griffin, 22. “No interest in politics for me right now. Maybe the 40-year-old or 45-year-old me will want to get into that. But for right now, I’m (going to) stick to football.”

The Redskins faced the New York Giants on Sunday.

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