Perhaps without realizing it, the White House brought a Presidential football fairy tale full circle today.
President Trump is well-known to prefer college football over the NFL. He dislikes the political stances and pandering of the corrupt National Football League and Roger Goodell, but loves service academies and showed up at the Army-Navy game in 2016.
But another famous Republican, Richard Nixon, went the opposite way during his time as President. Nixon criticized college football for not having a playoff, an objectively-chosen champion. The College Football Playoff exists now, but in the 1960s and 70s era the NFL and AFL had a monopoly on playoff games. College bowl games were exhibitions.
Unwisely, Nixon decided to do something about it.
Stepping into the void, the POTUS concocted a “national championship” White House award and went on to pick the winners himself!
Nixon chose to honor Texas over undefeated Penn State and a controversy erupted. Penn State coach Joe Paterno received a conciliatory call from the Oval Office in a futile effort to tamp down the outrage.
“Mr. President, you can shove it!” Paterno famously said.
Fast-forward to 2017, and our current President thinks the NFL isn’t the best brand of football anymore. That issue came to a head at Sarah Sanders’ White House press briefing on Tuesday.
After Sanders took time out to praise Alabama and Georgia for reaching the national championship, an angry NBC reporter tried to rebuke her for calling both southern states “Trump Country.”
See the clip of the exchange below. Careful if you’ve got anything fragile in your hands, she’s got a sharp tongue!
Sarah is rocking a pretty chill “punk” styled outfit as well: