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The Strange Reasoning of Mister Harrison

Under the heading of "Unclear on the Concept...."


James Harrison, the outstanding, but tempestuous all-pro linebacker for the Superbowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers has declared that he will not be joining his teammates when they go to the White House to be congratulated by President Barack Obama. This is not a political statement (and actually if it was, even if I disagreed with his reasoning, I’d at least respect his position) -- Harrison did the same thing when the Steelers won the 2006 Superbowl, refusing to visit with then-President George W. Bush.


That said, Harrison's stated reason for not going may be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard anyone say:


This is how I feel -- if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl. As far as I'm concerned, [Obama] would've invited Arizona if they had won.


Well, yes, James, in all probability President Obama would have invited the Arizona Cardinals to the White House if they had won the Superbowl.  That's how this works.  He’s not inviting you and your teammates because he wants to see the Steelers.  He’s President; picking up a spare ticket or two (or four) probably isn’t much of a problem for the guy.  This is about honoring you and your teammates for winning the game.  So go; don't go -- really I can't imagine why any of us should care.  But please, don't pretend that this is anything more or less than an attention-seeking ploy by a spoiled, immature prima donna.  And don't try to justify it by spouting spurious logic and pretending that your pride has been wounded.



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May. 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
President Obama can always tell him he's welcome at the White House any time...if he comes with a group of ten or more and makes an appointment preferably 6 months in advance and it is any day between Tuesday and Saturday that isn't a federal holiday.

However, if he wants the person who carries the most responsibility (and probably the most burdensome schedule) of anybody in the free world to be able to schedule in a handshake and photo op, then he better take this opportunity while he's got it. What a moron, lol.
May. 19th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
The whole thing really is quite stunning. Again, if this stemmed from a political dispute a point of personal principle, I'd feel differently. Even if I disagreed with him on whatever issue it was. But this.... [shakes head]
May. 19th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Uh....what kind of logic is that? Not that he doesn't want to go to the WH, but that they would have invited AZ if they had won? That's a completely illogical way to argue something. Although, no one said you had to be rational to play in the NFL...

Guessing he thinks he'll have enough stories to tell his grandkids that meeting Obama wouldn't even come up.
May. 19th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hedwig, yeah, I don't guess that logic was Harrison's college major....
May. 19th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
It sounds like typical Pittsburg Steeler arrogance. Either that or he has taken one too many hits to the head.
May. 19th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Mark, I think you're being unfair to the man. Couldn't he be concussed AND arrogant...? ;)
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