Rock’s Rant: Obama Should Postpone Blackhawks Bash Out Of Respect

By Rock Mamola–

The Blackhawks are getting ready to party at the President’s place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at 2pm today!

However with today’s events in Japan where a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake shook the island country causing horrific destruction. While the epicenter was about 230 miles offshore from Tokyo (according to the United States Geological Survey), the quake caused massive widespread fires, building collapsed and unleashed walls of water up to 30 feet high. The quake also caused the National Weather Service to issue Tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries and territories in the Pacific. The Tsunami hit the state of Hawaii early this morning with waves up to six feet high.

While the world watches to aftermath of this natural disaster both on the front of how Japan recovers to the economic effects it will cause, The White House is set to celebrate a hockey team winning a trophy.

This just does not seem right.

As much of a treat it is to be honored at The White House by the President of The United States, the leader of the free world should step up for what is right. It is right to postpone this small celebration of athletic achievement because of the situation going on in Japan and it’s surrounding territories. While the celebration involving our hometown Stanley Cup Champions is something many of us will take time out of our day to see both on television and streaming online, it is only just that the Commander in Chief make a decision that fits his role as the leader of this country.

Understanding President Barack Obama is from Chicago, it could be hard on him to make this decision. However following up a news conference with the assembled media on rising energy prices and the tragic situation now in Japan, how could anyone be comfortable throwing a party for a sports team after that?

Postponing the celebration would not be a slap at his hometown hockey team, it would be the right choice. I am sure the Blackhawks would not take it personally if the President of The United States decides world affairs are more important than getting his picture with the Stanley Cup.

The President could do a number of things if the celebration is decided to be postponed. He could meet the team in their locker room before the game vs. Washington on Sunday morning, or even host a team breakfast at Verizon Center that morning as well. Why not postpone it till the end of the regular season or even the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? That way the former players that could not attend might drop any beef they have with the organization and show up.

On a day where there is sadness shared all over the world, President Barack Obama should heed to his own words. We should send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan in this time of great trial, and postpone a celebration out of respect to one of our country’s greatest allies.

To celebrate something so meaningless when something this tragic happens so suddenly is simply irresponsible and wrong.


John “Rock” Mamola is the Host of The Rock Report on WSCR 670AM The Score

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  • Chelle

    Sorry, but our President has expressed the nation’s condolences and has pledged full support. This country needs a mood lifter and the few hours spent on the BlackHawks is in no way disrespectful.

    • jwbiii

      “This country needs a mood lifter and the few hours spent on the BlackHawks”

      You realize that a meet and greet ceremony at the White House is about a 15 minute commitment?

    • RoCk

      I disagree. A mood only 6-8 hours after a natural disaster hits?

      It’s all about respecting your allies. The Blackhawks are off tomorrow too….in Washington. Why not do it then?

  • Editor, Your a Doofus !!!

    Agreed. We sending aid…. Could not have said it better “Chelle”

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      Would have been more poignant if this poster had better writing skills than a 4’th grader.

  • BEARS 1

    I see what you are saying, but life does not stop when things go bad!! We have to keep on going and just deal with what is going on over seas. Sorry that others have to experience what has happend. GO HAWKS !

    • RoCk

      I understand that the world must move on….but this bash was hours after a natural disaster rocked one of our biggest allies.

      Just seems wrong and out of place.

  • BWM

    Way to create a false controversy, trying to step into the (little) shoes vacated by Jay Mariotti???

    • RoCk

      While you can like/hate Mariottti….you cannot deny his success.

      I’m trying to be me…

  • Carol

    Hey Rock, do you know how complicated it is to set up a visit to the White House for a team, let along trying to reschedule it? The players waited long enough for this whole thing to come together, let them have their day. When do you think is a good time for ALL those players and coaches to go back and try again (assuming it’s OK with you?) BWM got it right, stop making a story where there isn’t one.

    • RoCk

      How about tomorrow. Take the day away from celebrations like this out of respect for your nations partners.

  • Jack Goldberg

    Could not disagree more, Blackhawks, Yankees or whoever it would have been for. I get that we will do all we can to help, but this didn’t happen in San Francisco, this isn’t 9/11 or the OKC bombing. We send our condolenses and help, but life needs to move on with rememberance, they didn’t stop playing soccer in Europe after 9/11 and this was a national disaster not an attack on one of our a major Allies.

  • George W. Bush

    What else is he supposed to do, ROCK-HEAD…? President Obama already commented and said all he right things. Let the Blackhawks carry-on with their celebration. Now get off your “High Horsey” and clean the Rest Rooms at the SCORE like you’re supposed to do…!
    BTW – I can articulate & write circles aound you…!
    Unimpressed…! -G.W.B.

    • RoCk

      Just so you know….never voted for you.


  • James Steever

    Live goes on. President needs a distraction. On with the celebration.

  • tupac

    while you were busy writing your article to kick up some controversy ,what did you do for the people of japan did you even pray for them maybe not just ridiculing the president was good enough for you how patriotic of you.

    • RoCk

      All I was saying is there are more important and respectful things Obama could do for Japan hours after a natural disaster struck their country.

      Leader of the free world couldn’t get the Blackhawks tomorrow?

      The timing for me was all wrong…

  • Secret Sagent Man

    Is this article going into your portfolio for your interview at Fox News…completely useless article.

    • RoCk

      Fox News?


  • Mike Leahy

    Many thousands of our soldiers have been sacrificed for years in the middle east for no reason. If that doesn’t qualify as a catastrophy I don’t know what does. We don’t cancel anything for them. If they don’t qualify to be recognized then natural disasters don’t either. You need to get your priorities straight. Stick to sports stories because you are not qualified for any other kind of writing.

  • Marc S

    Sorry Rock, Epic FAIL!

  • Gloria

    Obama deals with tragic and serious issues on a daily basis, that’s what he does as the President of the USA. I’m not trying to downplay the seriousness of what is happening in Japan but based on your logic, Obama would never be able to celebrate anything positive but instead, be in a constant state of grief. How depressing!

    • RoCk

      This was a natural disaster of epic proportions.

      To one of the US closest allies.

      He’s the leader of the free world….respect your allies tragedies

  • Chet Coppick

    What a dumb ass idea and a dumb ass blog

    • RoCk

      Thanks for reading!

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Love ya RoCk, but I’m pretty sure you struck out on this one; good effort, don’t let this keep you from blogging in the future, though; we could use another good voice on this sight!

    • RoCk

      Just because no one here agrees does not mean in other areas of the WWW people do. Don’t think I’m wrong simply because everyone here says I am.

      This is simply what I thought of the situation…..and I WILL be blogging in the future.

      It’s all about the conversation… a good debate.

  • Die Hard Hawks Fan

    Rock-being from Chicago one would think that being supportive of a world championship team is a given. Especially when the Pres is from our home town! Was the earthquake devastating – no question. But what should President Obama do? Not celebrate the Blackhawks?! Like one poster said getting an appt. at the Whitehouse is tough enough. And let’s be fair here, if he should cancel this, he should cancel ALL fun social events. There are enough devastating things going on within our own country that demand not celebrating out of respect, they all don’t have to be major disasters! What about the mother who loses her daughter to gun violence!? Cancel all the presidents social events – not likely. Also – you better never write about the President taking the time to celebrate another Chicago sports team!!!

    • RoCk

      Of course there are devastating events all the time…but this was a natural disaster. An act of God. Killing thousands of innocent people.

      You can cancel a small celebration out of respect to one of our closest allies.

      Hawks still have a day off in Washington today….why not move it to today?

  • Ed Mlakar

    Respect for who? All the Japanese players on the Hawks? Cmon!

    • RoCk

      You just don’t get it Ed….

  • carmen d.

    i wish rock would move up the dial so there would be less chance of me having to hear another one of his rants or stumble upon another one of his ridiculous articles . what a tool bag!

    • RoCk

      Thanx for checking out Carmen… your show!

  • Osama

    What do you expect from the muslim party BOY,he will say the Repubs made me do it.

  • Villano

    According to Rock’s reasoning, his own frivolous show should have been canceled out of respect for the victims of the tragedy.

    Life goes on, Rock. We’ll be sending them hundreds of millions in aid, and I suspect more than a little physical assistance. If you check out how much money Japan gave donated to America in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you’ll find that it amounted to little more than the spare change they found between the seat cushions on the sofa, while South Korea gave us $30 million.

    • RoCk

      You’re comparing what my “frivolous” show should do compared to the most powerful man in the world….

      Great comparison..

      It’s not about the aid we are providing….it’s all about not having a celebration on a day of sadness. It’s a respect thing

  • Denver Deadite

    The show went on, the world didn’t end.

    Are we allowed to laugh yet, or is it still too soon?

  • BearsFan

    The guy gives himself the signature “RoCk”. Do you really take him seriously?

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