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President Obama: ‘If I was a Lions fan I’d be pretty aggravated’

Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens was not penalized on this pass intended for Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens was not penalized on this pass intended for Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew. TNS

Add President Obama to the list of people who can sympathize with the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit News asked Obama about the overturned penalty that seemed to help the Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 24-20 in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game.

Obama told the newspaper he couldn’t “remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty. The call is announced and then reversed without explanation. I haven’t seen that before — so I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happen — but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I’d be pretty aggravated.”

Obama, of course, is a Chicago Bears fan, so he went on to add that he wasn’t too torn up about the strange turn of events.

And, no, he wasn’t asked about Republican Gov. Chris Christie, the noted Cowboys fan.

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