Political Buzz December 10, 2011: President Obama & VP Biden Attend Army Navy Game 2011 — Ends in 10th Straight Victory for Navy: 27-21

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

Obama flips Reagan coin at Army-Navy game: President Obama flipped the coin before today’s Army-Navy football game and managed to pay tribute to predecessor Ronald Reagan at the same time. The coin: A silver dollar commemorating this year’s centennial of Reagan’s birth… USA Today, 12-10-11

Army Navy Game 2011 Ends in 10th Straight Victory for Navy: 27-21

Source: WH, 12-10-11

On Saturday, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden attended the 112th edition of the annual Army vs. Navy football game at FedEx Field, which ended in the 10th straight victory for Navy, scoring 27-21.  The President’s attendance kicks off a number of observances to mark the end of the Iraq war and honor all Americans who have served in Iraq.

Army Navy 1President Barack Obama performs the coin toss before the annual Army vs. Navy football game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. December 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Army Navy 2President Barack Obama watches the first half of the annual Army vs. Navy football game with U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 10, 2011. December 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Army Navy 3During an Army vs. Navy halftime ceremony, President Barack Obama is transferred from the U.S. Naval Academy’s custody to the custody of the U.S. Military Academy by Lt. Gen. David Huntoon Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy, at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 10, 2011 December 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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History Buzz December 6, 2011: Randy Roberts: American Historian Tackles Football, Patriotism and Current Events

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Randy Roberts: American Historian Tackles Football, Patriotism and Current Events

Source: Purdue University, 12-6-11

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Sixty years ago football provided the nation an escape from a world war, but today, football, and other popular American sports, are often the source of conflict.

“Sports, especially American football, has become a world in itself,” says Randy Roberts, distinguished professor of history at Purdue University and author of the new book “A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game That Rallied a Nation.” “At one time sports were mainly talked about in the sports section of a newspaper. Today it’s frequently on the front page as well as business and crime sections, and it defines the universities and the cities the teams represent. To understand the status of these games today, it’s important to look at history such as college football during World War II.”

In “A Team for America,” which was published Tuesday (Nov. 29) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Roberts looks at the 1944 undefeated Army football team and its rival Navy, and the relationship between a violent game and a deadly war that had many personal ties between the players and the troops. He spent nearly a decade interviewing surviving players and coaches.

“Football was truly the last chance for these boys to be boys before they were called on to be men,” Roberts says. “The war was never far from their thoughts. They studied how to lead troops during classes and attended camps to train for war. Football was truly a different game before World War II, and it’s continued to change since then.”…READ MORE

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