Obama calls Lurie about Vick, Eagles' energy plans and maybe even to cast his MVP vote?
sually, the President doesn’t call a pro sports team owner unless that team wins a championship.
President Obama made an exception recently.
Obama called Eagles owner Jeff Lurie to praise him for signing Michael Vick after he was released from prison and also for the Eagles’ recently unveiled plan to power Lincoln Financial Field with a variety of alternative energy programs.
“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,’’ Lurie told Peter King, who wrote of the conversation for SI.com. “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was ... passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.’
“He’s a real football fan. He loves his Bears. He really follows it. He knew how Michael was doing. It was really interesting to hear.”
Lurie said Obama also praised the Eagles for their plan to use wind turbines, solar panels and a not-yet-built biodiesel plant to generate power for the team’s stadium. The Eagles are the first major professional sports team to announce such a plan.
"It's good business for us, which is the point,'' Lurie told King. "We talked about policy and what he hopes can happen with alternative energy, and he raved about us being the first to put a plan like this in place.''
PS: He forgot to mention the nuclear reactor under the field!