PHILADELPHIA, PA--Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took the opportunity to respond to the news that President Obama had praised the decision to give the controversial star a second chance with the league, saying he also wishes the president is given his own shot at redemption.
"I'm a man who believes in second chances and recovery," said Vick. "I hope the American people can find it in their hearts to forgive Barack Obama."
Speaking to reporters in the Eagles locker room, the Pro Bowler says he hopes the American people do not completely turn their backs upon the president and offer him a chance to regain their trust.
"I know Barack Obama may have done some things that reflect poorly on himself and the Office of President of the United States," admitted Vick, who in 2007 admitted to running a dog fighting ring. "While I do believe his actions reflect a lack of maturity, I believe everybody has room to grow and change. I know that something like being President is a privilege and not a right---a privilege that can be taken away. I think probationary measures, like voting his party out of Congress, are appropriate."
Vick's comments fly in the face of those who claim that Obama's actions in the White House have been reprehensible and done untold damage to the Constitution, domestic structure, and international standing of the United States. Vick says while Obama's deeds are not to be taken lightly, people must not rush to judgment and try to look at the bigger picture.
"The important thing here is to think of Obama the person. Presidential terms come and go, but a man's soul remains. We ought not to crush Mr. Obama to the point where he'll never be a productive member of society."