It wouldn’t be a day at the Obama White House without the obligatory sports related event, but today President Obama spiced up the event by inserting himself again into the argument over college football playoffs.
While the president welcomed the Florida Gators football team into the White House to congratulate them on their BCS national championship win, he stepped right back into the controversy in college football and continued to push for a change of rules to the Bowl Game Series playoff system, despite opposition from university presidents and NCAA executives.
“I don't want to stir up controversy. You guys are the national champions -- I'm not backing off the fact we need a playoff system. But I have every confidence that you guys could have beat anybody else. And so we'll see how that plays itself out.”
The BCS –- the Bowl Championship Series –- gives the two top teams ranked highest in the BCS a spot to compete in a "national championship game" –- not a formal playoff.
Last November, Mr. Obama told 60 Minutes that he supported an eight-school playoffs for college football.
The team standing behind Obama in the East Room today went from smiling to – well to not smiling - when Obama made his pitch for the playoff reform.
“I noticed they got all quiet after that,” Obama joked, “But you know, I'm one of those politicians -- I don't just tell you what you want to hear, I tell you what you need to hear.”
-- Sunlen Miller