- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2013

A representative for the Washington Redskins slammed President Obama on Monday for misplaced priorities by focusing on the team’s controversial name.

“President Obama has better things to worry about, but he should look at the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup, and he’s never said a word about them,” attorney Lanny Davis, accusing Mr. Obama of “selective criteria” for not criticizing a team from his hometown, said on “Fox & Friends.”

The president said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were the owner because it offends “a sizable group of people.”

Mr. Davis cited a survey by AP showing that nearly four out of five Americans do not think the Redskins should change their name.

“He’s unaware of the data,” Mr. Davis said. “He’s expressing an opinion. He happens to be wrong in not knowing about the data. If he knew about the data, I’m looking forward to him saying, ‘You know, now that I know from Lanny Davis about the data, I favor the Washington Redskins because there is not a sizable group [offended by the name], by my own criteria.’ So I don’t know why he spoke out at a time like this, but I’m glad that he’s using that criteria, by that criteria, no name change is necessary.”