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NHL lockout: Barack Obama says 'Y'all should be able to figure this out'

President Barack Obama took a question about the NHL lockout on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, and he gave a common-sense, populist answer, albeit not a particularly deep one.

I do have a comment on this, and ... Every time these things happen, I just want to remind the owners and the players: You guys make money, because you've got a whole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard, they buy tickets, they're watching on TV. Y'all should be able to figure this out.

Of course, it's easy to get frustrated with a bunch of rich people arguing about money, but that doesn't mean that the players should be willing to take an unfairly small share of the revenue just because. And I'm not sure what he means about the fans "working really hard," but I'm guessing that's just a bit of detritus from the campaign. Anyway, Obama is really more of a basketball fan. It's always amazed me that, as President of the United States, you really have to have opinions about everything.

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