President Obama today joked that he would not take a question from a Green Bay Packers fan, pointing to perhaps the deepest rivalry of all between him and Mitt Romney’s vice presidential choice, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan: Football.
From the pool report describing Obama’s appearance at Cascade High School in Iowa:
Obama said he would take questions from anyone in the room, except the guy in a Green Bay Packers shirt. “I generally don’t interact with Packers fans, except when I’m in Wisconsin.”
Obama is a huge fan of the Chicago Bears, arch-rivals of the Packers. Ryan is devoted to the Packers, as is another Wisconsin native and leading Obama antagonist, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
This is about much more than the White House.
While he was joking, President Obama might want to be careful. Sensitivity toward the cherished Packers runs high in Wisconsin, and some in the The Badger State, a critical battleground which Obama still hopes to win, may not be amused.
Meanwhile, Obama Tuesday said that the rivalry between the Bears and the Packers impressed him more than some of the conflict he sees in Washington, according to the Associated Press.
“I have to say that the difference is that Bears and Packers, they actually are good at what they do,” Obama said. “Folks in Congress sometimes don’t get things done. I would say that I am more impressed with the Bears-Packers rivalry than I am with some of the stuff that goes on in Washington because a lot of times that stuff is not on the level.”