By Henry Decker

WATCH: Obama Talks Football, Economy In Pre-Super Bowl Interview

February 4, 2013 7:34 am Category: Memo Pad 5 Comments A+ / A-

President Barack Obama previewed the upcoming budget fight, encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay members, and warned about player safety issues in football during a wide-ranging pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley Sunday.

During the interview, Obama began by reiterating his concerns over player safety in football. While the president noted that professional players “are grown men” who are aware of the health risks involved with the sport, he stressed that he is worried about head injuries victimizing Pop Warner, high school, and college players. Obama continued that although “those of us who like to see a big hit and enjoy the rock ‘em, sock ‘em elements of the game” may be frustrated by rule changes, “I want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to make the sport safer.”

The president went on to preview the next budget battle with congressional Republicans. “I don’t think the issue right now is raising rates,” he said, but “there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions.” Obama specifically hinted that he may target the “carried interest” loophole as a way to raise revenue.

“We just want to make sure that the whole system is fair, that it’s transparent, and that we’re reducing our deficit in a way that doesn’t hamper growth,” the president said.

Obama also gave a very direct answer when asked if the Boy Scouts of America should change its policy on gay members. “Yes,” the president said. “The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think nobody should be barred from that.”

Obama has given a pre-Super Bowl interview in every year of his presidency.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    What I don’t understand is why it is ok for certain groups to have the right to have their own organizations such as the Black Colleges & the Congressional Black Caucus, LaRaza, gay groups, but when the families of Boy Scouts that don’t believe in the gay lifestyle influencing their children, they have to include them. You see the hypocracy?

    • http://twitter.com/drjy2k jack murry

      I am a former neuropsychology drug researcher and have known for 40 years that
      there is no such thing as the “gay lifestyle”. Gay people are born that way for well understood congenital (NOT genetic) biochemical changes that occur during utero.
      It is not a choice, and, if I were religious, I would say they are God’s creation as much as straights and deserve to be treated with the same respect as everyone else.
      There is no risk that your straight son will be converted by his gay scout friend unless your son is already gay,in which case it is up to you to accept him as he is.

  • clarenceswinney

    VIJAY SINGH
    NBC Golf channel has made a career on it.
    They predict a Suspend on it.
    Wrong. Reprimand would be proper.
    He did nothing wrong intentionally.
    He took a material which included several substances one of which was illegal.
    He did not know it.
    He made a goof.
    Reprimand to assure no repeat.

  • jstsyn

    And on to more important things……….

  • onedonewong

    Of course he wants homo’s in the boy scouts he was ac/dc i college and see’s nothing wrong with it

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