NFL Refs: `Great Day for America’

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Referee Pete Morelli #135 and other officials take the field before the start of the Washington Redskins taking on the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField on Sept. 18, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.

President Barack Obama is “very pleased” that the National Football League’s referees have settled their differences with team owners.

So says Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, in a gaggle aboard the president’s airplane today en route to a campaign event in Virginia, adding:

“It’s a great day for America.”

Obama had earlier this week voiced his opinion about the calls that led to a new sense of urgency in the NFL talks: The alleged pass interference and end-zone-touchdown pass that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night:

“Terrible.”

“The president’s very pleased that the two sides have come together to resolve their differences and ensure that going forward,when we watch our favorite teams play in the NFL, we can focus on the players and the game rather than on the officiating,” Carney said today.

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