Obama: "I'm probably going to need a helmet" before November election
President Obama accepts a jersey and helmet from the University of Alabama football team and its coach Nick Saban (left).
April 19th, 2012
04:13 PM ET

Obama: "I'm probably going to need a helmet" before November election

President Obama welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide football team to the South Lawn on Thursday to congratulate the program on its 2011 BCS National Championship.

This is the second time in three years that Alabama Coach Nick Saban has brought his team to the White House, and given the team’s recent success Obama ended his remarks by saying, “who knows, maybe I’ll see you again.”

As is customary, Saban and his players presented the president with an Alabama football jersey, but this time the team also gave the president a helmet.

“We certainly don’t want to be responsible for any head injuries that the president might have,” Saban joked.

After accepting the gifts, Obama looked down at Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby who was seated in the front row and replied with a smile, “I was mentioning yesterday, I’m probably going to need a helmet between now and November. What do you think Shelby?”

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Lookwhoistalking

    And of course, the full body armor of God . . . No doubt.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Howard

      The American people are going to need helmets, full body armor, and a lot of luck, if Obama gets reelected.

      April 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • Glazed

        HA! You so smart Howard.... let's say you and me go play some horse shoes together!...... tard

        April 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • mike k.


        April 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Jesus is my savior


        May 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • blairablair

      “We certainly don’t want to be responsible for any head injuries that the president might have,” Saban joked. Wow saban threatened obama like Ted did. Where is the FBI? no wait saban is saying obama can not help it he is so -so-so-so "any head injuries that the president might have"

      April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • Glazed

        Saban say something about being dead or in jail if Obama wins? I don't think so.... did that ever so intelligent soul Ted Nugent? hmmmm think so

        April 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  2. BigTBone

    Helmet, maybe. You're definitely going to need hip waders to get through all of Mitty's BS.

    Perhaps you could allow the GOP/TP members of Congress to meet the Bama team? Show them what's capable when everyone is (literally) pushing toward the same goal instead of flopping on the field because they don't like the coach or the plays he's calling?

    April 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Ron in California

      We'll make hamburger out of you in November

      April 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Howard

      They don't make hip waders deep enough, to get through all the B.S. Obama dishes out ... and, yet you gullible Obama stooges continue to eat it up !!!

      April 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • DAK

        Still telling lies about our President, huh Howard? No wonder since you are all for the party of lies, led by liars with a liar running at the top of the GOP ticket. No wonder you fit right in there with those righ-wing loons.

        April 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  3. Vijay

    I hope not, but ours is a voilent country, so the Prez should take all precautions to be safe, especially have better people on the security team.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  4. DEcember 2012

    'BAMA 2012

    April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • jamison

      Did you mean Bama, or OBama? Both will work well in my book.

      April 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        April 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Sponge-Bob

    It's the taxpayers that need a helmet against this guy.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Alx

      Yeah, Rich taxpayers, the only ones who have benefited through all this economy brought on by Bush administrtion and his republicans.. Tax the super rich.

      April 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Steveo

      I was thinking of buying my wallet a chastity belt as protection from ALL politicians !

      April 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Steveo

      I was thinking of buying my wallet a chasti-ty belt as protection from ALL politicians !

      April 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Dan5404

      The only taxpayers that need to be concerned is the one percent of taxpayers who, by all voter polls overwhelmingly agree, are getting far more cuts and loopholes than they need or deserve. Once the bulk of the TP/Norquist obstructionists are gone from the house, perhaps the new representatives will know that their constituents pay them to represent their views, not right-wing party dogma paid for by the rich minority lobbyists.

      April 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • TheTruth06

      Which taxpayers are you referring to? The ones he's already lowered the taxes on or those who haven't been paying their taxes. I am sure you have heard all the facts by now in the last 3 years but for some reason you still haven't gotten the picture yet.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  6. Beach Guy

    The redhead in the right corner of the picture looks so angry. You can tell he was going to vote for Rick Santorum.

    April 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • True

      LOL.... probably was

      April 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  7. Scott

    Where is he going to find a hlmet that will fit over those ears? Pretty sure Biden never wore one either if you get my drift.

    April 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  8. FedUp

    He won't need a helmet unless he intends to get hit by a golf ball. Football would be too much like work.

    April 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  9. Im_Bonafide

    Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to reserve a U-Haul either.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  10. WDinDallas

    As Romney said....This is going to be fun.

    Obama is a fraud and Romney is going to point it out to everybody!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Prosperid

      People like you with the "fraud" label for Obama are really freakin' blind or just ignorant. You are willing to vote for the KIng of Flip-Flopping, Mitt (whom your own party called out in the primaries, heck there are so many video clips of this guy lying and contradicting is political positions). The so called Republicans & their Tea-party these past years proved to be THE BIGGEST, MOST PATHETIC EXCUSE OF A POLITICAL GROUP IN THIS NATION'S HISTORY. 9% congressional approval rating....PATHETIC.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:45 am |
      • John

        You do understand the majority in the senate is Dem – right?
        It is time for another change if we want to fix our economy. As Axelrod said – if you want more of the same vote for the current administration.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • jerry

      reason dictates there is no good reason to vote for obama in this election...and as Mitt gins up his machine we will understand this...many voters are just ignorant of what obama has done and need some education and they are going to get it. obama is a failed experiment on par with carter.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Obamasanity

        You do understand, John, that a simple majority in the Senate isn't enough...You need 60 votes to get anything through...

        April 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
      • drod3

        You need to stop reading the Faux-Noise site where the ignorant and uninformed roam. Let me tell you about the failed Bush-Republican experiment that lost a surplus and put this country in the worst financial crisis that hasn't been seen since the Great Depression. Obama has been working on a recovery that the Republicans have fought every step of the way. If you want to go back to that failed Bush-Republican experiment that has already been proven wrong by history, then go ahead. You have the right to do that. But the American people will no get fooled again but Republican BS that has not been good for the country at all. Obama 2012

        April 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • John

        America is an experiment. Romney is not Bush. This country is in worse shape now with all the wasted stimulas/TARP/bailouts that have happened under both Bush and Obama..

        April 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Steveo


        You realize the Dot.Com bubble started under CLINTON? The worst of it happened around March 2000, just 2 months into the Bush presidency.

        From wikipedia: Over 1999 and early 2000, the U.S. Federal Reserve increased interest rates six times,[8] and the economy began to lose speed. The dot-com bubble burst, numerically, on Friday, March 10, 2000

        This started blowing up under Clinton! Clinton got lucky as timing is everything!

        April 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Steveo

        You realize the Dot.Com bubble started under CLINTON? The worst of it happened around March 2000, just 2 months into the Bush presidency.
        Way off by about a FULL YEAR! Sorry! 2 months for Bush would have been March 2001! and not 2000! Yet that better makes my point, the bubble bust was under CLINTON and not BUSH! I wonder how much a a dent that put into the "surplus"!

        April 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  11. iab

    He again show THIS IS THE PEOPLES WHITE HOUSE. Every time he gets a chance to honor Americans he does so, invites them to the white house. He is truly the president of ALL AMERICANS AND PROVES IN MANY WAYS THIS IS THE WHITE HOUSE OF ALL AMERICANS.

    I pray each day for his safety. God knows what is in the heart of this man and will make sure he wins the 2012 election.

    Mitt scares the hell out of me. I DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN. He is too insecure in spite of his wealth, has no clue as to the woes, challenges, needs, desires, aspirations of the middle working class people. In fact their wants, needs, desires are the same as his, but he is too insensitive to realize it.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • John

      Mitt scares but Obama does not? Whatever...
      Just like yesterday when BO talked about people being born with a silver spoon in their mouth – then Carney tried to say he wasn't talking about Romney. You have to be an idiot to think Carney is telling the truth. This administration clearly thinks their followers are idiots.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • mdturn1

      AMAN. He scares the hell out of a lot of people, Especially after saying these things:
      1. I can relate to black people very well indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves.”
      2. "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"
      3. "I'm not concerned about the very poor"
      4. "I can't have illegals, I'm running for office for pete's sake!"
      5. "My Massachusetts healthcare plan should be the model for the nation!"
      6. The ALL TIME PEOPLE’S FAVORITE: “I’ll bet you $10,000, right here, right now….”

      I am an INDEPENDENT, However I PRAY GOD Safeguards OBAMA !!!

      April 20, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  12. Norma Vessels

    To WDinDallas ... Mr. Romney said, "This is going to be fun." And I say, " Only if you enjoy watching your
    own desires for the White House dwindle down to nothing." Mr. Romney knows that President Obama has done a terrific job getting us out of a terrible mess, considering how the Republicans in Congress, in both the House and the Senate, have tried everything they can to stop him. And no, the Democrats don't have the majority in the Senate .. there are too many Blue Dogs that go the way of the Republicans. If the Democrats had the majority, there would be a lot more Bills passed .. the deficit would be coming down faster than it is now ... The Democrats have the majority in name only .. which doesn't mean squat!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • jerry

      and if you got your way...we would not have a country...are you blind? Or, are you just stupid?

      April 20, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • John

      As it appears now, every key indicator i.e. price of food, price of gas, unemployment, etc. will be worse for the next president than it was when BO entered office. But, somehow, people like you think he is doing a great job. If he gets re-elected will people like you blame Obama for what he left for Obama?

      April 20, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • drod3

        John – I feel so sorry for you. Still in denial. What will you do when Obama gets reelected and the Democrats win both House and Senate? You're not thinking of ole Ted NoNuggets and what he's planning are you?

        April 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    After Ted Nugent's incitement to assassination, he may need a bullet-proof vest, too. we all need to pray for this good man to overcome the dark forces aligning against him and this country. i've never seen such evil disguised as a political party, at least not since, oh, 1930s Germany!. it'll be sickening to see how low the so-called 'party of God' will go to sieze power again. let's hope the American people are wising up to their lies.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • acdcguy

      I can't decide if you people are mentally ill, ill-informed or just ignorant, whichever it is, it truly scares me.........

      April 20, 2012 at 7:10 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Please enligthen us on what you are so afraid of that President Obama has done so far. You, my friend, are the one that is ignorant and must be a Faux News junkie. Either that or you are in the top 1% and don't want to let go of all your "hard earned" bucks. President Obama has been extremely moderate and I just don't get where all the hate comes from – oh wait, yes I do!

        April 20, 2012 at 9:09 am |
      • drod3

        acidguy – Go back to the Faux-Noise Lies blog and brush up with the attacking dog talking points.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • mdturn1

      Ted Nugent -> "WTF???" !!! I don't get what that was talking about. I listened to his comments several times. He didn't understand what he was talking about. WHAT WAS HIS POINT? TO UPSET THE MASSES??? He sounds like a DRUG-USER!! DID HE MAKE Sense to ANYONE?? REALLY?? REALLY?? This country is going to the dogs ....

      April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • drod3

      Old Ted NoNuggets came out of the Secret Service meeting with his asss in his hand. I don't think we're going to hear anything from teddy for awhile. In November when Obama wins by a landslide old Teddy will not kill himself but he will do somehting stupid in order to spend a few hours in jail in order to save face. You heard it here first.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  14. Maggie

    Nah, just a shovel to dig out of romneys phony theatrics

    April 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  15. S.S

    The blood of Jesus will always and have always protected you!! You can't lead in the promised land without being annointed by Yahweh and his only son JC

    April 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  16. drc6212

    Obama is a fraud and liar, nothing but shit comes out when he speaks.

    April 20, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I don't know about a Helmut but you will probably need ore than a Teleprompter. It's the 4Th Quarter and you are 28 Points behind. Maybe a Miracle would be more like it.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • MaryM

      You are going to be soooooooooo sad in NOV 2012

      April 20, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • drod3

      Ray-step into the light and away from the darkness and uniformed Fox-Noise BS. Get on track son. The "teleprompter" bs was last year's Fox-Noise talking points BS. If your going to be an attack dog at least have your FOX Lies BS up to date. Nothing bothers me more than Fox drones with last years' material....so amateurish. Forget about the Solyndra BS, thats so several months ago.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Well drod3 have you looked at the National Debt clock lately. Just TYPE NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK INTO A SEARCH ENGINE AND TAKE A LOOK. Why do you suppose Obama even said he may need a helmut? If he is doing so great he would not be saying such things. Make no mistake about it he is going to get the Lion's share of the blame for high unemployment deserving it or not. How are those Shovel Projects going for you. With Obama you need hip boots.

        Cheap Shots and a couple of Bucks will buy you a cup of Coffee. The Natiion has real problems. Obama doesn't seem to recoginize them. Good luck.

        April 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  18. FLIndependent

    This president has taken so much heat since Day 1 it is really quite remarkable that he even wants another term. If I were him I would say "scr*w it", I tried to make this country better but didn't get the help I needed to do so. And, although the Congress is mostly to blaime, we are just at fault for not standing with President Obama – afterall, it was us who gave the House to the Repubs (shameful!). President Obama didn't run on "Yes I Can" – he ran on "Yes WE Can" and that is where we come in. We were not there for him when he needed us, so we get what we sow unfortunately. This election please be sure to vote and don't take it for granted that the President will win – PLEASE!

    April 20, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • Nell

      You are so very right.

      April 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Steveo


      The great thing about this country is there is the freedom to vote as one chooses. I will gladly stand with this president or any other as long as my core beliefs are not violated! No way for me to vote against my core beliefs. Spineless zombies do that! I appreciate your passion for your party but remember others are just as passionate about theirs!

      April 20, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • FLIndependent

        You must have missed my moniker "FL INDEPENDENT". I am not in either party and try to vote for the best person. There is no question that in this election it is President Obama. If you really listen to Romney you won't hear any concrete plans on how he would do anything better than Obama. He knows Obama has turned things around and is on the right path but, of course, he can't admit it.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • Steveo

        I have not missed your monicker. Truth be told, I was actually defending you! Jean2009, stated indies don't exist(no matter which way they lean) and quoted an article stated indies are idiots!

        April 20, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • John

      BO may say what you wrote, but those are not words of a leader.
      Romney will turn this country around (even if you crazy dems think the country is fine where it is).
      Axelrod said if you want things to stay on the path we are on to vote Obama. I couldn't think of a more damning thing to say.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • drod3

        John, please go back to sleep. You're momma will wake you up later for your meds.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • drod3

      I couldn't have said it better myself. The Tea Party crack poison gave the Republicans a high in the 2010 midterm elections but has given them a pain in the asss since then. They have not helped the recovery one bit but instead have fought everyyhing Obama has tried to do to increase the pace of the recovery. In November the people that were fooled by the Tea Potty will hopefully come to their senses and vote for Obama. The Recovery will take off and the country will get stronger.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  19. MaryM

    We have your back Mr President

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 20, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • John

      Haven't you heard? Biden is being thrown under the bus – more to come...

      April 20, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • DEcember 2012


        April 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • cfwr27

        It had to be a dam violent GOP to think of Biden being thrown under the bus!!!!

        April 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  20. mdturn1

    I simply don’t Understand How Anyone with the capacity of a sound rational “thought process” could back Romney. ARE YOU KIDDING?? If you are not Wealthy (300K PER YEAR AND UP) why are you supporting this person? What do you possibly have to gain? What is your dog in the fight? Smaller Government ?? - That’s “Psycho-Babble” means nothing. Romney is backed by BILLIONAIRES who want to protect their financial interests. Romney has large sums of money stashed in overseas accounts that he wants to protect. Again, I ask the question …. If you are not a person of means, then WHY SUPPORT ROMNEY??

    April 20, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  21. sayer

    OBAMA 2012!!

    April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • John

      Thats correct – that is when his tenure ends...

      April 20, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  22. don

    hey romney wont need secret service. Just his bullet proof underware.That should save the tax payers some bucks. Obama 2012 Move forward not back. Romney is already talking cutting programs to save mnoey but no new taxes. So who does that hurt? Not the rich. When he said this and it was overheard where was the outrage. Isnt this the same as an open mic?? Cutting hud and dept of Ed . Make a comment about Ann romney and repugs are all over you. Talk about chopping off peoples heads and they act like no big deal. Whats wrong with this picture? Mr. President you have done a good job in the face of much adversity. Glad you have the helmet.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • John

      If we keep moving forward on the path BO has us on none of us will recognize America anymore.
      Of course if you make an ignorant comment about Ann Romney people, dems and repubs, should and will call you out. The big comment yesterday from Romney was about cookies. I assume you think this was a big deal because Romney said it. Of course people like you ignored Hillary's cookie comment.
      What the f are you talking about – chopping off peoples heads? It appears you are wrong with this picture. I am definitely not touching the helmet comment.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • TheTruth06

        Please tell me one thing that Romney may do to change what we are in. I ask only not to insult you but for you or anyone else to tell me what his plan is. I have listened to him for over 3 years and he has not one solid concrete plan only that he will undo whatever President Obama has done to create a level playing field for you, me and the rest of the country. i am in no way trying to sway your mind, you have that right but I just want to hear some plans that he may have that would create something better without destroying the middle class. If he has a good one I, being a moderate would consider but so far all i hear from him and other Republicans is that they don't like Obama. Okay, again that is your right but why? He's lied about what? So far in the last 3 years I have heard Romney swith positions that his counterparts have called out. A true etch a sketc character. I'll wait

        April 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • drod3

        The American people and all informed people agree.

        John is a moron.

        John, please stop. You're making it worst.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • t.i.g.e.r

        you need help but you are a republican im glad you are representing them lol. it shows that republicans dont like change.

        April 21, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  23. rudy

    John it wouls appear that you are a moron.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  24. emily

    Who cares about obama... the big issue here is that saban should be president! ; ) ROLL TIDE!!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  25. ContraryMerry

    With the grace of God Mr. President, you will not need a helmet. We as a country will need one if the Mr. Romney gets elected. My prayers are with you.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  26. Veteran for Obama

    For those who say Romney is the person who will turn this country around if he becomes president ( I really hope he does not) all I can say is look at the Paul Ryan Budget plan, the one Mitt is on board with, and then tell me Romney is the man; 4 trillion in tax breaks for the richest americans while cutting programs needed by the poorest americans. We have a moral obligation in the country to help those in need, but the republicans seems to believe just the opposite.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  27. t.i.g.e.r

    Damn its sad,how obama is trying to get a bill through most of them dont pass this is B.S!im very surprise he wants to serve another term because some of these people are completly clueless.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:10 am |
  28. B. Russell

    Yep! And don't forget your crayons too!!! "Frank and Beans!!!"

    April 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm |