The embarrassing NFL referee saga and the disputed call that gave Seattle a victory over Green Bay Monday night has reached the campaign for the White House with President Barack Obama deeming it “terrible” and saying it was time to get the regulars back on the job.
“I’ve been saying for months we’ve got to get our refs back,” Obama said as he returned to the White House from a United Nations appearance in New York.
The Seattle Seahawks won 14-12 over the Green Bay Packers after referees ruled a Seattle receiver caught the ball amid a pile of bodies in the end zone in the game’s last play. The NFL conceded Tuesday that referees should have called pass interference against Seattle, but still upheld the Seattle victory.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air force One that Obama watched the Monday night game and “thinks there was a real problem with that call.”
“He said that what happened in that game is why both sides need to come together, resolved their differences so the regular refs can get back on the field so we can focusing on a game that so many of us love rather than debating whether or not a game was won or lost because of a bad call,” Carney said.
Obama said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Des Moines Register that he doesn’t blame the replacement refs.
“They’ve been put in a tough situation,” the president said. “But the fact is this is a fast, tough game to control. And it doesn’t make sense to me for a league that’s been so successful not to want to put their very best out there.”