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No Rep. Scalise, Obama Is Not Trying to Change the Name of the Redskins Instead of Dealing With ISIS

The GOP has made it clear that they do not approve of Obama’s handling of ISIS.

One Congressman, though, took his criticism of the commander-in-chief to an inane level this week when he declared that Obama was spending his time trying to change the local sports team’s name, rather than deal with the threat of terrorism to our nation.

“One person asked me about this foolishness where the president is trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins. And it is a sad state of affairs for our commander-in-chief that we know what President Obama’s plan is for the name of the Washington Redskins — he wants to change it, we know his plan — but we don’t know what his plan is to deal with a major threat to American national security,” Scalise said while on the radio with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins.

For the record, despite Rush Limbaugh’s and now Scalise’s assertions to the contrary, Obama does not actually have a ‘plan’ to make the Redskins take a new name.

As Politifact noted,  while “Obama’s comments, plus the letter to team owner Dan Snyder signed by 50 U.S. Democratic senators, did draw politics into the fracas” there is no evidence he is currently involved in the trademark dispute because the system doesn’t work that way.

Yet, the Louisiana Republican insisted Obama needed to get his act together, stop thinking about sports teams and act now.

“I think it’s just indicative of the lack of focus and priorities that this president’s had, that he won’t lay out that plan [on ISIS]  but we know what some of his other plans are that have nothing to do with the problems facing this country,” he continued.

Incidentally, Obama, while taking a bashing from the GOP,  has talked about ISIS and his in-the-works strategy.

Here is what Obama said on Thursday:

“We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard. But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.”

Yet, a carefully reasoned plan is not what Scalise had in mind. Joining with Michele Bachmann and other GOPers, he wants Obama to “take out” ISIS right now, no matter what the long-term consequences for the complicated region.

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