I think this demonstrates two things. One, how the President has virtually no respect. I think that the comment was very disrespectful, but Obama seemed to like the attention. Two, the fact that we have to hesitate and wonder, was he really drunk? That shows what we think of our leader, and how we think he has disrespected the office.
Here’s more from The Hill:
At least one New England Patriots player thought that perhaps President Obama was intoxicated when he joked Thursday about the team’s “Deflategate” scandal.
“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said to audible groans during a ceremony for the Super Bowl champions on the South Lawn.
After the ceremony, Patriots tight end and noted party animal Rob Gronkowski was asked whether his visit to the White House this year involved any alcohol.
“We’re still wondering as an organization about that, right?” Gronkowski added, turning to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, according to both news outlets.
The Patriots’ championship bid this year was initially clouded by allegations a team employee had deflated nearly a dozen of the footballs for their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL has not released an official report detailing its investigation into the Jan. 18 game.
During his remarks honoring the team and various players, including star quarterback Tom Brady, who skipped the event, Obama also joked about “Gronkowski just being Gronkowski” and said he had told the player to “keep his shirt on.”
“He asked me what would happen if he took it off. I said Secret Service probably wouldn’t like it. He said, ‘What could they do to me?’ ” Obama joked.
The Patriots previously were honored at the White House when former President George W. Bush was in office after winning the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005.