It’s less than 100 days from the start of the NFL season, but there’s already been a void left. Fans of the Manning brothers will either have to resign themselves to hanging on Eli’s performance or sate themselves on Papa John’s commercials.
However, even though he’s retired from playing, Peyton Manning still had one last duty as the starting quarterback of the Super Bowl-winning 2015 Denver Broncos. That was to visit the White House and bask in the photo op with President Obama.
However, the legendary quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos managed to go out in style. While at the White House, Manning decided to give some advice to the president which he would be well-advised to keep.
During his speech lionizing the retiring quarterback, the president related that Manning told him, “You should try it. Don’t overstay your welcome.”
“I have term limit. I have no choice,” Obama added.
Sadly, Obama was wrong — he overstayed his welcome somewhere in mid-February of 2009. Just think: He could have had all of the adulation and the “hope and change” rhetoric and quit while he was ahead, preserving his place as the nation’s most enigmatic chief executive.
Instead, he went and did… well, you know.
— NFL (@NFL) June 6, 2016
While it’s rare that Obama gets credit in these pages (for good reason), we do have to give him some respect for his introduction of Manning during the ceremony.
“And then there is this guy from the commercials,” Obama said. “It doesn’t matter whether you need insurance, pizza, a Buick. You basically can stock your whole household with stuff this guy is selling.”
I have to hand it to him: That’s a very funny joke. Granted, he didn’t write it, much like Obamacare. And like Obamacare, it’s a joke. Unlike Obamacare, it didn’t cost us all thousands of dollars.
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