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"We have to make sure we're always looking after our kids and we have an affirmative responsibility to make sure we're preventing predators from taking advantage of them." -President Obama  

In an interview on an Ohio Radio Station "The Fan," President Obama weighed in on the NCAA sanctions against Penn State.

Asked whether the punishment for Penn State "fit the crime," Obama said: "I think it does."

"Obviously Joe Paterno was a great football coach," he said. "But some things are just more important than sports. Making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports."

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Bravo, Mr. President - Bravo.

Originally posted to TreeClimbers on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM PDT.

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  •  Yes, he does (12+ / 0-)

    Obama/Biden 2012

    I usually rec, tip & lurk; Thank you for these diaries.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:13:55 PM PDT

  •  He's right. This is a no brainer. (15+ / 0-)

    Even Republicans should agree.  I just do not understand why there is any controversy.  What Paterno did - covering up a raper of children who continued - is despicable.  If there is a hell, Paterno is rotting in it.  

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:45:08 PM PDT

  •  I hadnt heard that Obama commented on the issue (13+ / 0-)

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Given the way he interacts with his family, I'm not surprised, but it is still great to read.

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    I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape"

    by Avilyn on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 08:02:55 PM PDT

  •  I don't think anybody other than those that want (1+ / 0-)
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    Glacial Erratic

    to make this scandal about Penn St. football and Paterno are equating the improtance of football over children.

    The NCAA made it about football.  The decided to punish football players and teams that had nothing to do with this scandal by vacating wins and reducing scolarships, banning bowls and fining the football program.  

    Penn St. made it about football by focusing entirely on Paterno.  How they fired him, removing the statue and hiring Freeh to investigate Paterno and the football program.

    The DA made it about football by only investigating the football program and those surrounding it.  For some reason they didn't investigate 2nd Mile and other institutions in the state that failed.

    I think everyone agrees:  Nothing about Football or anything associated with football is more important than the safety of a child.  In fact, I've never heard anyone ever say anything closely resembling that.  I think the problem some have is that way too many have decided the best way to help children in Pa. is to focus on Penn St. football.

    In fact, I would bet well over 95% of all diaries and comments mention football or Paterno.  Probably less than 10% mention Sandusky or those that allowed him to have constant access to children, or any of those involved during the failed '98 investigation.

    So, I think everyone is on the same page: children > football.

    Now if we can just get everyone to stop focusing on football.

    •  Someone asked me for my comment on the use of (4+ / 0-)
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      bakeneko, Avilyn, taffers, Glacial Erratic

      the word "victim" - this is the response I sent them.  

      Much has been made over the use of the word “victim” in describing those involved in the Jerry Sandusky, Penn State child sex abuse and cover up scandal.  

      So… who ARE the true victims here?

      Some say Penn State is the victim – of one man’s actions – held accountable and made to pay the price for years as restitution for his actions.

      Some say the students are the victims – held accountable for the wayward actions of a few drunks on a Wednesday night, rather than the thousands who stood in the cold by candle light.

      Some say Joe Paterno is the victim – his legacy in shambles – unable to answer for himself, the victim of an incensed media ready to tear down his “good” name.

      Some say the football players are the victims – unable to play in a bowl game for FOUR YEARS, fewer scholarships and teammates jumping ship.

      Some say the community as a whole is the victim, under siege by a hostile media, made to look like villains right along with those who are truly culpable.

      Some say the alumni are victims – directly affected by this administration’s decisions to fire beloved coaches, vacate wins, and accept sanctions without protest.

      Some say the little 10, 11, 12, 13 year old boys who were raped, sodomized, and forced to perform oral sex on a man old enough to be their grandfather were victims.

      So who ARE the true victims here?  

      I would argue – ALL OF US.  That’s the insidiousness of child sexual abuse – no one gets away unscathed.  It rips apart families, makes people take sides, forces people to face unspeakable truths.  It puts us in the uncomfortable position of questioning ourselves – what did we miss?  How could we miss the signs?  Should we have known? Why didn’t we know? It changes the landscape of everything that we knew, leaving behind a devastation seemingly unrecoverable.  

      As Victim 6’s mother said, holding her sobbing son in that courtroom after the verdicts were read and a cheer went up outside, “Nobody wins,” she said   “We’ve all lost.”

      However, we don’t have to remain victims.  We can survive and thrive.  And we can stop future children from becoming victims!  The key to moving forward is education.  With statistics of 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys being sexually assaulted before the age of 18, 90% by someone they know, 68% by a family member, it is almost guaranteed that you know someone today who is a victim.  Unfortunately, with numbers like that, you probably also know someone who is a pedophile.

      Today, we can make a difference.  Find a local charity that supports victims of child abuse and volunteer your time and/or money.  Educate yourself on the warning signs of child sexual abuse and then teach your children how to best protect themselves.  Finally, keep an open dialogue with any child you have in your life, teach them the difference between a “surprise” and a “secret” – one is inclusionary, one can be exclusionary and prone to abuse.  Let every child know that no matter what you will listen to them, you will believe them, and you will protect them.  You can find more resources at our website

      Thank you,
      Roxine Behrens

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 04:45:29 AM PDT

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      •  Roxine, I agree with everything you wrote here, (1+ / 0-)
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        and I believe we are are the same page, overall.  If people would have focused on this response earlier, I don't think there would be such passion on either side.

        However, it seems that many others want to keep the focus on Penn St. football/Paterno.  They do not seem to realize that most of the comments relating to football are in response to people placing the focus on football.  

        Even today, 2nd Mile anounced they were ending any independant investigation into how far they were involved in the Sandusky scandal.  But, I would imagine most of the articles and comments will still revolve around Penn St. football.  And this is what truly concerns me.  This extreme focus on football/Paterno has allowed so much to be missed.  Its been almost a yr (really 4 yrs) and Pa. law enforcement is just beginning to focus on anything else.  How much has been missed?  How much has been hidden?  How many people have been missed that could shed light on how Sandusky founded this foundation, how he was able to escape CYS eyes, how he was able to adopt and be granted foster children for 20 + years.

        The fact that the only penalities and the only forced corrections have come from the NCAA speaks volumes to me.  Even though everyone wants to keep saying quit equating football to child abuse, that's all that has happened.  Thus far, every penality to punish has been directed at Penn St. football.  

        That is the problem...

      •  This is a diary. (2+ / 0-)
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        Roxine, Avilyn

        Thanks again, Roxine.

  •  In fact, kid's sports are worthless unless they (1+ / 0-)
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    are in the context of producing healthy, happy kids. What, you think Little League exists because we need to do something with all that leather?

    Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

    by blue aardvark on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:44:46 AM PDT

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