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Obama Gives Vick Thumbs Up; Tucker Carlson Says Vick Should Have Been Executed

The other day, Pres. Obama phoned Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie to express his gratitude that the team gave Michael Vick a second chance after...

Maria Goodavage  |  Dec 30th 2010


The other day, Pres. Obama phoned Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie to express his gratitude that the team gave Michael Vick a second chance after his dog-fighting convictions.

He said, So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance, Lurie said Obama told him. “He was … passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”

I’d already blogged about Vick the previous week, and I didn’t want to wear out your Vick commentaries, so I let this one go. (Thanks, though, Miss Jan, for the heads up!)

But now we have conservative commentator Tucker Carlson saying Vick “should have been executed” for killing dogs. Here’s what he said when he was filling in for Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel:

Im Christian. Ive made mistakes myself. I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. I think, firstly, he should have been executed for that. He wasn’t. But the idea the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs is beyond the pale.

Carlson’s words certainly echo many of the 113 reader comments you guys left on my last story about Vick wanting to get a dog. Dogsters, what do you think of Obama’s vs. Carlson’s recent comments?