Aaron Rodgers was not messing around at practice Tuesday. The Packers quarterback came out sporting one of the best mustaches seen in the NFL since the 1970s and the internet reacted appropriately.
Speaking during a televised town hall meeting on CNN, Obama said: “I want (the protesters) to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing. But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”
Kaepernick’s protest, he says, isn’t aimed at the military but rather toward what he — and many others — perceive as unequal treatment of people of color by law enforcement officers.
That national discussion about a protest movement has now gone up to and through the highest elected office in the land.
“Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation. But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion,” Obama said, adding, “The test of our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with. … As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”