White House: return of NFL refs 'great day' for U.S.
White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to questions during a news briefing at the White House in Washington on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Published Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:53PM EDT
How important is it to get the NFL's regular referees back on the job? The White House calls it a great day for America.
Without prompting, U.S. President Barack Obama's spokesman on Thursday applauded news of a deal between that the National Football League and the referees' union.
Jay Carney said, quote, "The president's very pleased that the two sides have come together," and he added, "It's a great day for America."
The underwhelming performance of replacement officials has drawn the ire of fans, players and politicians.
A blown call at the end of Monday's game cost the Green Bay Packers a win. Carney said the focus can now return to the games, not the officiating.