Washington, D.C. is a magnet for the best and the brightest. Millions find opportunity and leave behind the communities they clearly find inferior. But those transplants have an odd relationship with the D.C. area. They never seem to put down roots even after decades, as they continue to self-identify with the places they rejected. It is not uncommon to find commuters appearing as tourists wearing the gear of the places they left behind; swearing allegiance to the towns they rejected.
President Obama can be added to that shameful list as he added insult to injury to the hundreds of thousands of working class government workers who love their hometown and their teams. An Associated Press interview dripping with disdain for DC residents described Obama as:
An avid sports fan who roots for the Chicago Bears, Obama said he doesn't think Washington football fans are purposely trying to offend American Indians. “I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so," he said.
The issue of team names is not a trivial one. Syracuse University chose the anti-Catholic pro-Northern Ireland occupation name Orangemen keeping the essential Orange allegiance when shortening their name recently. The Cleveland Indians seem unaware of the history of that slander against Native Americans. Bollywood anyone?
So it is troubling that the Commander in Chief chose this difficult time after the government shutdown and killing of Redskin fans at the Navy Yard to besmirch the community.