Tucker Carlson and Michael Vick
Tucker Carlson, the one-time bow-tied stooge who left CNN and MSNBC and landed at Fox News, is angry President Obama thanked the Eagles for giving QB Michael Vick a second chance. You see, Tucker Carlson believes Michael Vick “should have been executed.” Because, obviously, the 18 months in federal prison weren’t enough.
Cable news host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday took issue with President Obama's support of quarterback Michael Vick's stunning turnaround, saying that he thought Michael Vick "should have been executed" for his crimes.
Tucker Carlson, who is guest-hosting the Fox News program "Hannity" this week, made the remark during a discussion about Obama's call to Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie in which the President said he was happy the team gave the troubled quarterback a second chance after he was convicted of running a dog fighting ring.
"I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way," Tucker Carlson said. "And I think personally he should have been executed for that. He wasn't."
"But the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs [is] kind of beyond the pale," he said.
During Obama's call, which was first reported by Sports Illustrated's Peter King and confirmed by the White House, Obama condemned Michael Vick's crimes but praised the Eagles for showing faith in the idea of giving someone a second chance.
Professional golfer Ben Crenshaw, one of Tucker Carlson's guests on the show's Great American Panel, said he agreed that Michael Vick's crimes were horrific but he was happy to see him back on the field.
Tucker Carlson later said he was "all for forgiveness," but he felt that that Michael Vick's crimes were unforgivable, and asked why the President chose to make the call.
"He's some creepy, rich, overpaid football player, I mean, come on," Tucker Carlson said. "If the President said there's some guy who was dealing crack as a kid, grew up in a poor family, you know the story, and he's turned his life around, you know, fine. I get that."
Since his reinstatement in 2009, Michael Vick has given speeches around the country apologizing for his crimes.
Earlier this month, Michael Vicksaid that he was considering getting another dog as part of his rehabilitation process.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement that the terms of Michael Vick's probation prohibit him from owning a dog until late 2012.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told The Washington Post Tuesday that Obama's call was appropriate.
From: www.nydailynews.com and www.thebiglead.com