Langer turns down White House visit

NFL Hall of Fame center Jim Langer was one of several Miami Dolphins players from the perfect 1972 Super Bowl championship team to reject an opportunity to visit the White House and meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, according a report picked up by www.cbssports.com. Langer, an SDSU grad and father-in-law of recently appointed state Rep. Kris Langer, R-Dell Rapids, is quoted in the story: “We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington.”

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

10 thoughts on “Langer turns down White House visit

  1. Donald Pay

    This Langer seems like an ass. Here’s the whole quote:

    “We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Langer said. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that (angers) people, so be it.”

    Hopefully, his daughter-in-law will reflect a bit upon the stupidity of that statement, and reject it. She’s going to be going to Pierre where a lot of people are on different sides of issues than she is. If she treats people in the disrespectful and anti-South Dakota way her father-in-law does, she will never amount to squat as a legislator.

    Langer ought to apologize.

  2. beenthere

    Now that I see the whole quote, I love it even more. The Obamas have shown zero respect for Christians, conservatives, gun owners, tea partiers, pro-lifers, and generally anyone who disagrees with them on anything. Apparently they have never heard of the Golden Rule, unless it’s the one that says ” he who controls the gold makes the rules”. Millions of people feel the same way Jim does, and I call it being “pro-American”, not “anti-South Dakotan”.

  3. polly politic

    Donald says, “If she treats people in the disrespectful and anti-South Dakota way her father-in-law does, she will never amount to squat as a legislator.” Wrong, she just might become President some day!!!

  4. Donald Pay

    When you have a persecution complex and continually get facts wrong, you end up in the bitter and defeated place that “been there” and “polly politic” occupy. They are so confident of their false statements and hateful opinions that they dispense with the courtesy of putting their names behind them.

  5. polly politic

    Love to read your attacks on anything not leftie. I guess in your realm lying (you can keep your insurance if you want it as one of the most glaring), bribing (to get Obamacare passed), lying again (true cost of Obamacare, sense of entitlement (use of taxpayer money to fund the Obama’s vacations etc), coverup (Benghazi, fast and furious), race baiting (plenty of examples here) are moral and upright standards to be admired. Only in your world, Donald and IP.

  6. Angus

    Lets deconstruct exactly what Mr. Langer actually said without hyperbole added for political fascination. “We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington.” Generally Democrats and Republicans would either agree this is right or have no true opinion either way. Who in their right mind would argue that Washington is blanketed with morality? No attack upon any one person or party. Honest opinion shared for whomever cares. Secondly Mr. Langer says, “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that (angers) people, so be it.” Again this statement generalizes a Washington group purported to be in the White House. If staying away from a party where the host wishes to use the guests as fodder for future publicity stunts on media driven outlets of persuasion of public opinion and that public opinion is different then that of the guests being used I would call that just plain smart.

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