Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

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Rooney Endorses Obama For President

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney released a letter this morning endorsing Senator Barack Obama for President.

"As a grandfather and a citizen of this community I think Barack Obama's thoughtful, strategic approach is important for America," said Rooney.  "When I hear how excited young people seem to be when they about this man, I believe he will do what is best for them, which is to inspire them to be great Americans."

Obama even acknowledge Rooney's presence in the crowd at this morning's Alliance for American Manufacturing forum at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Dan Rooney, Steeler's owner and one of the most beloved figures in Western PA, has endorsed Barack Obama.  Do not discount what this means....Being from western PA I know that Pittsburgh Steelers are the best and most loyal fans in the country and think of Dan Rooney as a man of integrity and honor....This was the lead story in every newscast at noon today, people admire Dan Rooney and his judgments. This compliments the endorsements of Jerome Bettis and Hall of Famer Franco Harris.  This is HUGE!!!!

Update [2008-4-14 13:53:26 by hootie4170]:

Dan Rooney's letter in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Dear Fellow Pennsylvanian,

Based on the experiences that I have had in my seventy-five years and my assessment of what I think our nation needs to make real the change that is so needed, I am proud and now feel compelled to endorse Senator Barack Obama.

This is not something that I do regularly but as I listen to the candidates in this race, I am struck that we continue to hear about the problems and the same challenges that we have been talking about for decades. Protecting jobs here in Pennsylvania, breaking our dangerous and costly addiction to foreign oil, making health care accessible and affordable " these are neither new issues nor new ideas. And yet we have failed to make real progress.

As a grandfather and a citizen of this community I think Barack Obama's, thoughtful, strategic approach is important for America. When I hear how excited young people seem to be when they talk about this man, I believe he will do what is best for them which is to inspire them to be great Americans.

This time, we can't afford to wait. Our country needs a new direction and a new kind of leadership " the kind of leadership, judgment and experience that Senator Obama has demonstrated in more than 20 years of public service, and in a particularly impressive way in this campaign. Senator Obama has rejected the say-and-do anything tactics that puts winning elections ahead of governing the country. And he has rejected the back-room politics in favor of opening government up to the people. Barack Obama is the one candidate in this race who can finally put an end to business as usual in Washington and bring about real change for Pittsburgh and the country as a whole. He has inspired me and so many other people around our country with new ideas and fresh perspectives.

True sports fans know that you support your team even when they are the underdogs. Barack Obama is the underdog here but it is with great pride that I join his team.

When I think of Barack Obama's America I have great hope. I support his candidacy and look forward to his Presidency


Daniel M. Rooney, Owner and Chairman, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tags: Endorsements, obama, Pittsburgh, Steelers (all tags)



When was the last time

a sports endorsement was "Huge" for anybody? I dont think this matters a bit.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-04-14 08:56AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

My friend, you don't know Pittsburgh then....

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

I don't need to. I know politics well enough and I honestly can't recall a time when a celebrity endorsement has HUGE. I just can't.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-04-14 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

I'm not saying it will have a national effect, but here in Pittsburgh it will have a local effect on the western part of the state.  Typical Steelers fan's are the blue collar workers that are the perceived swing voters in PA's primary.  The waiting list for season tickets is over 10 years long....People take the Steelers seriously.

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

Running for an office in an imaginary world where your single-biggest platform was a law and order call for a crackdown on the Hamburgler does not mean you "know a lot about politics."

by LarsThorwald 2008-04-14 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

before you say it doesn't matter can you also inform how much you know about PA politics?

by TruthMatters 2008-04-14 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: When was the last time

um ... this is like 10 x bigger than any politician's endorsement in PA.

by silver spring 2008-04-14 10:40AM | 0 recs
At the same forum

Clinton got booed for repeating her attacks on Obama. Booed. Sweet.

by MBNYC 2008-04-14 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: At the same forum

Link? I was watching and must have missed that part.

by americanincanada 2008-04-14 09:20AM | 0 recs
Link is

here, via FirstRead. Bear in mind that the booers didn't have mikes.

by MBNYC 2008-04-14 09:40AM | 0 recs
Having watched the video...

... I would classify it as "stony silence" instead of boos.

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-14 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Having watched the video...

So in other words...nothing really happened?

by americanincanada 2008-04-14 09:23AM | 0 recs
She was waiting for applause after ripping

... Obama and all she got was silence and a few groans along the lines of, "Not this sh**, again!"

She paused and waited for applause and none came.

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-14 09:27AM | 0 recs
It's a technical thing

When you get audio via a podium mike, audience reaction always seems muted. She was booed.

by MBNYC 2008-04-14 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: It's a technical thing

A colleague who does work with the AAM was there.  

She was booed.  

by LarsThorwald 2008-04-14 10:29AM | 0 recs
Re: At the same forum

I just posted a diary about this....

by Newcomer 2008-04-14 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

Wow. And at any Obam rally too. Imagine that.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-04-14 09:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

lol so we have people who don't live in PA and don't know anything about PA politics, but they know enough to say this endorsement doesn't matter?

jeez at least say I don't see how this would matter but I don't know much about PA.

me I don't know just like I don't know the real effect of the bitter comment, because no one is just asking them. I know most PA papers are NOT talking about it. that tells me something.

by TruthMatters 2008-04-14 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

So rich celebrities are what Obama will be beholden to. So much for change for common man and woman.

Just another perspective:-)

by Sandeep 2008-04-14 09:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

If you went to Pittsburgh and called Rooney a "rich celebrity" with the contempt inferred by your post, I believe you would be itching for a fight.  

by LarsThorwald 2008-04-14 10:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

Hey unless you're from PA you don't know...Check out our local TV stations on the web   WPXI & KDKA and check out.  I just reporting on what is happening in PA, if you don't like it then move on.

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 09:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

All I'm doing is reporting the news as of today....This what people are talking about  check out our local tv stations:

If you don't think it is a big deal, great....I was just updating some Obama supporters...

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 09:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

This is welcome news for Obama supporters, so it makes me happy!

by NewOaklandDem 2008-04-14 09:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

And Dan Rooney is the only progressive Democrat out of all 32 NFL owners, the rest are GOP.

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 09:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

I think the owner of the Colts has good politics, but I can't remember where I heard that.

by Mostly 2008-04-14 09:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

Also having grown up in Western PA, as a huge Steelers fan (and Pirates, unfortunately), I agree that this is big.  There aren't a lot of trusted public figures in Western PA, Dan Rooney is one of the few.  This is partly because he as viewed as a major benefactor in the Pittsburgh community.  It's a celebrity endorsement in the same vein as an Oprah or Charlton Heston (can we pry the gun from his hands now?).  He carries with him more than just a winning football team.

by the mollusk 2008-04-14 09:18AM | 0 recs
Demon spawn.

Dan Rooney has officially crossed over to the dark side and will be demonized and belittled by many folks here. Doesn't make any difference that he has a sterling reputation as a model citizen who has done much good for his community.

He is demon spawn. Just like all the prominent Obama endorsers before him.

Will Carville call him a name?

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-14 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Demon spawn.

Bob, can you bring your army of kossacks over here for a bit?  I'm sick of 5 diaries dominating the wrecked list for the past three days.

Here's how it works: one of hills bloggers posts something, then they send the word out over there for 15 people to come by and do some drive-by reccing.  Why can't we do the same?  We kinda outnumber them, by like, a lot?

by Mostly 2008-04-14 09:25AM | 0 recs
Who cares?

Let them have their fun. Hillary may be nearing the tipping point on this story. I hope Clinton, her surrogates and her followers keep it up. My family in PA says this is a non-story in the local news and Clinton looks desperate.

I had to laugh last night at Alegre's "This-story-has-legs" post which cited a bunch of Hillary blogs as proof that the story had legs.

I find this to be high comedy. We'll talk to these folks about this next Tuesday night.

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-14 09:30AM | 0 recs
Thanks, Bob

I agree.

by LarsThorwald 2008-04-14 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

is he really that big?

jeeez I am not even sure if ziggy is still the owner of the MN Vikings, maybe cause we suck.

ugh now I am getting pissed I need to cool off.

damn Vikings

by TruthMatters 2008-04-14 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

Vikes are on the right track, you have the best RB in the league with Adrian Peterson and a solid D....You'll make the playoffs this year.

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 09:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama

hahahaha, oh man

well yeah we can make the wild card games, but we won't do to well.

we are the MN Vikings.

by TruthMatters 2008-04-14 09:36AM | 0 recs
That may be true

but we have no passing game and defenses are learning to stack the box against us.  We might make the playoffs but we aren't super-bowl conteders.

by Student Guy 2008-04-14 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: That may be true

No but, you are headed in the right direction

by hootie4170 2008-04-14 10:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Endorses Obama
as someone who grew up in Pittsburgh and went to graduate school there, i agree that rooney is a respected name in western Pa.  however, i doubt it will carry any weight with voters. don rooney's father was a revered figure.  his son is not quite so well respected.
i just got off the phone with my brother-in-law who is a steeler's season ticket holder and has been since the 70s..he was and still is a strong Hillary supporter..he is of the opinion that this endorsement will make no difference at he said "i care what rooney does with the steelers. i don't care what he thinks about politics" I suspect that is a view widely shared.
it's nice for obama but hardly "huge"..that it has been portrayed as such is an indication of the increasing desperation of the obama camp in PA.  
by ulsterdem 2008-04-14 09:33AM | 0 recs
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ooohhh.... a filthy rich owner of a professional team endorsing obama.... not exactly a great arguement to reach out to the poor in my opinion. but then again I dont hold celebrity endorsements highly at all//

by amde 2008-04-14 10:04AM | 0 recs
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THis endorsement can't hurt. But Dan Rooney was criticized by some whites as hiring Tomlin over Russ Grimm and Wisenhunt strictly to enhance his legacy and I heard some semi racist theories about this from some Steelers fans even if the vast majority of the fans I talked to welcomed Tomlin.

The fact that Tomlin did a sucky job in the playoff game makes  me wonder if this will hurt Rooney's credibility as to whether he will put racial tokenism over talent(they probably forget Cowher did a bad job in his first playoff game too by using an injured O Donnell over Bubby and getting blown out). After the JAX loss, one white guy told me as I was bitching about Tomlin's idiotic decision to call that dumbass running play with Big Ben on 3rd down, "you know why TOmin was hired. It should have been Grimm."

by Pravin 2008-04-14 10:08AM | 0 recs


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