Barack Obama pledged during his 2008 election campaign to throw his “weight around a little bit” to nudge college football toward a playoff system.
At the time, it appeared as if Obama was simply attempting to curry votes with swing states as we are still watching meaningless match ups on Bowls going on as many as 40 days after the last regular season games
Now in the wake of the elimination of Osama Bin Laden and the troops coming home from Iraq, Obama appears to have a chance to push the issue again for different reasons. Facing an extreme deficit in a recession, perhaps he could use a playoff to generate an additional untapped financial windfall for the nation by transforming a currently nonprofit, multi-million dollar industry into a taxable, for-profit business.
Or he could use it to gain popularity points again in a tough election year. I may vote for him if he can do that.