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Obama calls Eagles owner with praise for Vick

News reports are buzzing this morning that President Obama called up Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie specifically to praise him for giving Michael Vick a chance.

Peter King of NBC reported during Football Night in America that President Barack Obama recently called the Eagles owner to congratulate the team for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports. "The president explained that a level playing field rarely exists for prisoners who have completed their sentences," Florio reported. "Vick's success gives all of them hope."

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King later Tweeted about it, writing: Yes, Obama called Eagle owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the Eagles for giving Vick a chance. Said too many prisoners never get fair 2d chance. (On King's Twitter page, by the way, instead of a picture of himself, he's got a shot of a handsome Golden Retriever-looking dog.)

Vick was released from prison last year after spending 19 months in jail for his role in a dogfighting ring.

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Though lately Vick has been showered with considerable praise for his work with the Eagles, plenty of others aren't ready to forgive him for the cruelty he inflicted on so many dogs. The issue is incredibly polarizing and it's more than interesting that Obama made his view on the matter so plain. It's fascinating that he chose to involve himself at all.

What do you think? Does Obama have a point about giving released convicts a second chance? Does that ring true for Vick? Why do you think the leader of the free world chose to speak out on Vick's behalf?

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