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Barack Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

Barack Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

I'm sure if the word "Flacco" was going to come out of President Barack Obama's mouth any time soon, the hope would be that he was addressing Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco on a second visit to the White House along with the Lombardi Trophy.

Ravens fans can still dream, but until then, they'll have today's hot Internet moment to think of.

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While addressing the hacks and threats that led to the Seth Rogen and James Franco film "The Interview" to be pulled from theaters before it was ever released, Obama called Franco "James Flacco."

"I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," Obama said. "I love Seth, and I love James. But the notion that that was a threat to them, I think, gives you some sense of the kind of regime we're talking about here."

The Internet, being the wonderfully horrible echo chamber that it is, immediately asked if such a person was elite. Flacco's Twitter account corrected him, with probably the most appropriate winky-face ever sent to the president. (Flacco doesn't generally run his account.)

Perhaps the leader of the free world has his fantasy football championship on his mind and is pondering between Flacco and another quarterback in his quest for greatness.

Maybe his mind wandered back to his hometown Chicago Bears, who would probably give a decade or two of their storied franchise tradition away for a quarterback as steady as Flacco.

Whatever happened, there's nothing like normal-as-anyone Joe Flacco mixing with some serious international politics to liven up the Internet while most of us want to be Christmas shopping and not paying attention to such things.

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