Obama applauds NFL settlement with referees

Obama tweeted Tuesday that "NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon."

“And I say this as a Bears fan, who obviously is never heartbroken when the Packers lose, but it’s not just this game,” the president added in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “We’ve seen that over the last several months. We need to go ahead and get this resolved and I think that is a bipartisan position.”

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who hails from Wisconsin and frequently references his Packer fandom on the campaign trail, used the replacement refs to jab the president earlier in the week.

"You guy watch that Packer game last night?" Ryan said at the top of his remarks at a town hall meeting in Ohio on Tuesday. "I mean give me a break. It is time to get the real refs, and it reminds me of President Obama and the economy: if you can't get it right, it's time to get out."

This story was posted at 8:02 a.m. and updated at 11:54 a.m.