As FoxNews.com reported yesterday, "Nearly three dozen members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins finally received their White House moment Tuesday, 40 years after they made history by winning 17 games and losing none -- an undefeated NFL feat that still stands today." Although "at least three" invited players chose not to attend due to "political differences," according to FoxNews.com, the article closes with quotes from quarterback Bob Griese and offensive lineman Larry Little talking about what a great time was had by all who attended. But how did those "America lovers" at Fox Nation cover it? With a headline suggesting the entire team had snubbed President Obama. (H/T Christopher S.)
There's no mention that the vast majority of the team members attended and gone are the references to the good times that were had by them. Instead, we got this:
Of course, the lack of a WH invite from Nixon was understandable, considering 1) in January 1973 Nixon was still a little preoccupied with the little matter of Watergate, and 2) as I seem to recall, Nixon rooted for the Redskins that year, anyway . . .
As for some of the ‘72 Dolphins players not attending the event due to “political differences” with the President, my reaction is — meh. It isn’t the first time: former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was hailed as some sort of hero for skipping the event after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, claiming his thinking was more in line with Glenn Beck than with President Obama (which says more about Thomas than it does the President), and Micheal Jordan also refused to go to the WH after one of the Bulls’ titles because he wasn’t fond of George H. W. Bush, but wasn’t similarly hailed as a hero (I wonder why) . . .
I had been wondering if F&F would bring one of the 3 snubbers on for an interview and, sure enough, they did not disappoint. Kilmeade talked with former Dolphin, Bob Kuechenberg, asking him why he had a problem with Obama’s years in office. Kilmeade gave him an easy set up but Bob couldn’t name one single policy that he disagreed with – instead he just vaguely said that he doesn’t like the failed results of Obama’s “foreign relations to failed policies to just about everything he’s attempted. I think that great damage has been done to our country and, unfortunately, I fear that by 2016 that the damage may be irreparable.”
When asked he says tha he’s not a Republican but an Independent – but when asked by Kilmeade if he would have gone if invited by Bush or Clinton, he said he would have gone if invited by any other President that he remembered. (Hmm, interesting, as I know a whole slew of Independents who took great issue with Bush’s failed policies and the damage that his Presidency did to our country). He again went on to cite his vague opposition to Obama’s policies and slipped in the word “deliberate” (which I hear a lot from the far right who claim that Obama is deliberating making bad choices to harm our country so that he can turn the USA into a Muslim, commie, Nazi, fascist enclave where Obama hating conservatives – aka the “real Americans” – have their rights taken away from them). He stumbled a bit when he said he “didn’t want to be up there with people who, uh, were not, you know…I didn’t want to, I didn’t belong there.” People who were not what, Bob?, hmm? LOL!
Clearly Kilmeade wasn’t satisfied with the vagueness of his remarks so he took another shot at it and finally asked if “there’s something different about this administration?” Now THAT question got the real mindset of Bob to emerge. He brought up professors Cloward and Piven and even got a Sal Alinsky mention in. Oh yeah, looks like this Presidential snubber has been drinking the Glenn Beck kool-aid. Bwaaah!