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Guess who is a fan of Michael Vick? If you read the title, you already know the answer: President Barack Obama. Don't count conservative bow tie wearer Tucker Carlson as a Vick follower, though.
The Commander in Chief called Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, to praise the organization for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports. The compliment comes while Vick is in the midst of a Pro Bowl and potential MVP season for the Eagles, with 20 touchdown passes and 8 rushing touchdowns.
Naturally when Obama calls to thank the Eagles, that is going to be news. But some wonder about the timing coming now, instead of when the Eagles signed Vick. Could it be, dare we say, political? But forget that for a moment.
Naturally some people found Obama's comments offensive. Some argue that despite the fact that Vick has served his time, he is not worthy of being forgiven and that it is wrong for the president to praise him. They contend that when Obama calls the Eagles, and thanks the Eagles for signing Vick, it actually sends the wrong message. In fact, Tucker Carlson advocated for executing Vick while appearing on Fox News.
There is no question that Vick has come a long way. Now that he has completed his sentence, he volunteers for the Humane Society. He recently announced that he would like to own a dog, which raised some eyebrows, though it's worth noting that the Humane Society supports Vick's desire to be a dog owner.
The Eagles signed Vick after he spent 18 months in Ft. Leavenworth Penitentiary and two months of home confinement after being convicted of running a brutal dog fighting operation, that included the execution of animals.
Whether you forgive him or not, there is no denying that Vick's story is a remarkable professional turnaround.