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“I was Looking Forward to Going Down” – Doug Pederson on the Canceled White House Visit

Kevin Kinkead - June 6, 2018

Not sure if you heard, but the Eagles did not visit the White House on Tuesday. President Trump canceled on Monday after it was revealed that only a small portion of the team would take part in a ceremony honoring their Super Bowl 52 triumph.

Instead, the President held a rally to celebrate America, featuring the playing of the National Anthem and God Bless America.

The White House claims it tried to work with the Eagles to “change the event” format after the team reportedly asked to reschedule. Some of the Birds responded individually on social media, but today is the first official media availability since the fiasco began, beginning with Doug Pederson at the NovaCare Complex podium.

Doug didn’t want to waste a bunch of time talking about it. I don’t know if he was “annoyed,” per se, but he tried to move the conversation forward to football topics. Still, the majority of questions obviously had to do with the canceled trip.

Notes from the presser:

  • First statement on the cancellation: “This is going to be a blanket statement and then I’m not going to discuss it further. I was looking forward to going down, obviously. We did something last season that was very special, a milestone here in the city of Philadelphia, for our organization. I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. It is what it is. We’re here today, got an OTA practice now… looking forward to getting on with it.”
  • When pressed for follow ups: “I’m not discussing it… what you’ve seen and what you’ve heard is enough.”
  • Mood of the team is great, no residual effects
  • Does it bother him that he has to answer these questions? “No, we’re a team, we’re united.”
  • “Our goal is 2018 and that’s motivation enough.”
  • Did not have to address the White House situation with the players in a team meeting.
  • On fans feeling aggrieved “We have the greatest fans in the NFL, our true fans are beside us and we’re beside them, we love everything about the people who love and support us. Can’t say enough about the good things they’ve done for us.”
  • On Carson Wentz doing 7v7 – “part of rehab process is giving him a bit more practice time, one of the controlled environments we can put him in is 7v7, being able to sprinkle him in and watch him in up tempo process, we’ll continue to do that and just keep building as we go.”
  • Wentz started doing 7v7 this week
  • Can’t answer whether or not Wentz is ahead of schedule. “I’m not a doctor.”
  • Didn’t want to answer questions on how many players were planning on visiting the White House.
  • Another follow-up: “…it’s over, it’s behind us, we’re moving on.”
  • Michael Bennett is not at practice, but was back a few weeks ago during phase two of OTAs. Not worried about Bennett at all. Darren Sproles also not at training right now.
  • Can’t speak for other teams. “I was looking forward to it. You win a championship.. you wanna be recognized that way, I think it’s great. But I’m not going to speak for other teams. I was looking forward to it.”

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Here’s President Obama and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Kyle Scott - November 10, 2016

I promise this isn’t turning into a political blog, but this is the most interesting thing you’ll see today. How many other countries on Earth have this sort of peaceful transition of power, with two guys shaking hands after verbally slaughtering each other for years?

Side note: I’m thoroughly enjoying Trump trying to choose each word carefully because at some point over the last few days he realized that a slip of the tongue could set off a stock market collapse or international conflict.

Side note 2: He just couldn’t help himself from ignoring Obama’s pro tip and answer that one last question.

So How Did This Happen?

Kyle Scott - November 9, 2016

So let’s just get this out of the way up front: I voted for Hillary Clinton. Not because I like her – I don’t – but because there are a few issues on which I’m on her side and the prospect of Donald Trump being president scared the shit out of me. I consider myself an independent and think my beliefs fall generally in-line with many millennials. I think everyone should have the right to own a gun, but it should be much tougher to get one and there should be limits on what it can do. I think climate change is a real thing and there’s no reason why there shouldn’t eventually be solar panels on every roof and that the Republicans in the pocket of big oil are shameful and literally ruining the world for their own gain. I think taxes and regulation are too high and unfairly impact the middle class. I think there should be more competition in the healthcare marketplace and I’m already fed up with Obamacare. I think American military dominance is ultimately the thing that keeps us safe and that idealistic liberals are way too naive and fail to understand that simple dynamic. I’m torn on abortion– I think women should have the option, in certain cases, but that we’re way too callous about it, and the first time you see your unborn child on an ultrasound, your opinion changes in some way. You can disagree with me on any of those things. I don’t hate you. I tell you only so you can see where I’m coming from here and that I really didn’t have a horse in this race and seriously considered writing in “my balls” on the ballot, because I really hated both of these candidates.

So how did Trump win? The media, the Democrats, the Republicans, the establishment… no one saw this coming. They underestimated the hurt and struggle for many in this country. They keyed on the hate and the vocal minority of Trump supporters and failed to account for the many, many reasonable others who found something in his message, which was largely the same message Bernie Sanders had. Whether it was the unemployed factory worker, the bigoted hunter, the guy who just saw his health insurance go up 30%, the anti-Hillary moderate, or one of the millions of people on both sides of the aisle who were upset with the status quo, Trump hit on something for many people. The media simultaneously gave him a voice and then acted shocked that anyone was listening. They continuously underestimated and misunderstood what made his message stick. Continue Reading

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