WASHINGTON – A live microphone caught President Obama engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct during a visit to a Washington, D.C. food pantry yesterday.
After dodging a question about his recent comments that he would consider changing the Washington Redskins’ name if he were the team’s owner, Obama reportedly turned to a food pantry volunteer and asked, “Why don’t we change it to the Washington Crackers?”
Although barely audible, the volunteer appeared to ask the president whether or not he was joking. Obama then trailed off after briefly going out of the microphone’s range before he could be overheard adding, “We’ll see how much they like it.”
The president visited the food bank in support of furloughed workers who have been volunteering during the government shutdown.
Obama has largely avoided commenting on America’s racial tensions during his presidency, which made his remarks all the more surprising.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney attempted to bury the story in a press briefing by claiming that the president’s comments were taken out of context.
“The president was merely asking the food pantry staff if they were serving crackers with soup that day. His comments in no way alluded to a racial slur.”