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Video: Obama weighs in on NHL lockout

Oct 25, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

We’ve had United States Senators and Mayors of NHL cities call for an end to the lockout, and now we also have a statement from the guy at the top.

President Obama was asked about the NHL lockout during Wednesday’s appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Obama offered a brief, but direct response urging both sides to “figure this out.”

You can watch the clip below:

As an aside, Obama also spoke out against the NBA lockout on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno roughly a year ago. You can view that clip below too and remember that it wasn’t long ago that basketball went through its own labor battle that ended with an agreement and a shortened, but salvaged season. Looking back on that lockout can provide us with some context and hope.

  1. mustbechris - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    if gary bettman won’t listen to the owners who pay his bloated salary, then he certainly won’t listen to the president

    • id4joey - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      What has Bettman done to make you believe he is not listening to the owners?

  2. bcisleman - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I am a partisan of the President’s so I am biased, but I thought his answer was perfect both times. Both sides have plenty of money and should consider the fans who make it all possible first.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM


    What I really can’t believe today is that all of a sudden the polls say Romney is “neck & neck” with Obama ? Like come on you guys, you’ve got the “coolest” prez going since Bubba and you’re heading in the right direction man ! … don’t go and throw it all away now ! Look, the bottom line is that everyone is a little bit “left & right” or “red & blue” … you gotta be, otherwise you’re a freak ! So while Romney “likely” means well and all, now is not the time to change it up midstream when it’s heading in the right direction ! Nonetheless, I’ll bet “dollars to dimes” that Obama is only too aware of Bettman’s little “Von Schlieffen Plan” here and so he’s just speaking “accordingly” in the spirit of harmony. My own people have again reviewed that data and crunched the numbers and we’re still coming up with an “agreement date” being announced by the NHL sometime during the week of Nov 5 -10 “plus or minus 2 x days with a margin for error of < 3 percent". We'll see eh ? :)

    GO OBAMA !!


    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Well blomfield I never thought I’d say this but I agree with you… not on the lockout conspiracy but apparently on politics. I know ppl on here don’t care to hear my thoughts on the Presidential race but I don’t understand how Mitt Romney’s the authority on job creation when mass was 47th in job creation under his lead and his whole business career was built on buying struggling companies, firing the blue collar workers, sending the jobs to India or China, then running home with all the profits. The only jobs he created were upper level management in his own company. Oh and the Schleiffen plan was a complete failure and it resulted in both sides becoming entrenched (literally) against one another in WWI. We don’t want that type of strategy in the NHL meeting rooms.

    • taytay099 - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      I can only hope you’re right. This lockout is depressing and your thoughts on the lockout are one of the few positive things to read here.

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    “If I had a son he would look like Sidney, except not be such a b*tch”

  5. irokkit - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Great! This is what the NHL lockout is come to, a bunch of morons claiming political sides on a NBCSports blog. I guess it’s appropriate that I read this while sitting on the toilet first thing in the morning.
    Great thanks Gary!!!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      one moron*

  6. firemarshal1 - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM


    Your on the money. On everything.

    • taytay099 - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      I would have disagreed with you, but he called the Kings winning the Cup from the start of last season. I will never doubt him again.

  7. id4joey - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    danny boy, judging from your constant b ing about Sid it’s highly unlikely that your offspring would not b as you do. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  8. antkowiak666 - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Obama nailed it…..if they don’t get a deal done today,F!@# both the players and owners.i will not watch a shortened season.but i will be back for the 13/14 season.

  9. spizzjr - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    If Obama ends the lockout ill register to vote

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      You should already have registered to vote. It might already be past your state’s deadline. Failing to register is failing to take your duty as a citizen seriously, which is, just basically failing! Yes, you have the right to not register and not vote. You also have the right to jam a pencil in your eye. But smart people don’t fail to vote or stick pencils in their eyes.

      • comeonnowguys - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        If there was ever a bipartisan sentiment, this is it.

      • micklethepickle - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Leave him alone – voting for Business Party Candidate #1 or Business Party Candidate #2 doesn’t make you somehow better than someone who doesn’t. It just means you’re not participating in a seriously flawed electoral system that disallows any candidates not outright owned by big business any chance to win.

        I vote Green every 4 years (at least I know I’ll never vote for a war criminal!) but completely sympathize and support everyone’s right to sit out the match up between the Republicrats and Demiccans.

        Maybe we could ask PHT’s sponsors, Comcast/General Electric, why they don’t pay any attention to candidates that are FOR taxing the rich, stopping wars of aggression, creating fair wage jobs in the USA rather than slave-wage jobs in Asia, or a health care system that is on par with the rest of the industrialized world? Oh, right – because they’re the ones profiting off all those things I just listed…

  10. travishenryskid - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I have a feeling that the real reason Tim Thomas retired for this season was that he didn’t want to be involved in the union, which would be completely hypocritical of him to be part of. If this is the case, even though he’s a total wing nut, I would actually respect him for it.

    • bigblackzaranek - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      He believes in keeping jobs in America, yet he outsources his to a Finn…

  11. buffalomafia - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    The hockey season is doomed if no agreement is reached today right?

  12. xjokerz - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    The karma of Obama telling the NHL to ” figure it out ” is appalling

  13. irokkit - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Thank you Travis. Thomas is one heck of a lunatic. He is from Maine isn’t he? Whether he knew anything or not, I love him. He is his own man. Like it or not. And if that is/was his motive…I still o. His bandwagon…of course less the rhetorical political nonsense!!!!

    …ibieniid…ummm, you clearly under estimated the level of talent reading this. While many folk have, if nothing else interesting thoughts and curious speculations… The amount of political jargon and misplaced commentary on an NHL lockout is sufficed to say MORE THAN ONE!!!
    You ibieniid, have spoken far to soon.

  14. xaf605 - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    What a joke obummer telling the nhl to work it out coming from someone whos had almost 4 yrs to pass a budget and hasnt done anything but make america weak

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Actually, xaf, he has passed multiple budgets or the federal government would have shut down in 2010 and 2011. And despite being hindered by the Teabagger House of Representatives, whose members are pledged to oppose anything Obama might propose, he has also passed a health care bill, however flawed, as promised, and he got rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as promised (DADT wasted many millions of tax dollars every year and made us a weaker nation, Obama fixed it). But if you are one of the mentally challenged people who believe in “legitimate rape” or women having magic powers or that God wants some of them to be raped, well, go vote for Romney.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        Oh, damn near forgot, speaking of your absurd claim of making us weaker, President Obama also ordered and approved the mission that finally eliminated terrorist Osama bin Laden. Mission (Actually) Accomplished.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        I always find it intriguing when people down-thumb statements of fact, such as how Obama approved the mission that killed bin Laden. As Sen. Moynihan said, “You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own set of facts.” Or perhaps the disapproval was from among the, one might think, relatively small group of al-Qaeda hockey fans.

  15. jimw81 - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Somewhere in his bunker underground Tim Thomas turned off the TV when he saw Obama.

  16. xaf605 - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Quit drinking so much of the kool aid nothanks you are surely brain washed let me guess you only get your news from msnbc

  17. irokkit - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Forgive my rage please.


    Good lord people, have you all gone insane? Go log onto Fox News and discuss the plight of your economic digression there.

    Dear Oblah-blah:
    Napy head napy head, eyes like a frog. Bend over B^£€* I’m gonna F€#* you like a dog.

  18. xaf605 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    And by the way nothanks anyone would have given the order to kill osama obama bin laden but your prez u so much worship wouldnt give an order in libya and got some of are brave americans killed when they ask for help

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