Rep. Griffin: Obama running a 'lockout' on foreign leaders

Republicans on Tuesday charged President Obama with paying more attention to anything but foreign policy during the week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, tweaking him on his appearance on "The View" and concern over the NFL lockout.

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Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) tweeted that Obama is running his own “lockout” similar to the one he is pushing the NFL to solve.

“NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon,” Obama tweeted earlier in the day, following up on a morning of fury over a disputed call by replacement referees during Monday night’s game. The NFL has locked out the referees union over a labor dispute.

Griffin fired back with a new Twitter hashtag, #Obamalockout, accusing Obama of “locking out” his jobs council and foreign leaders.




The Republican National Committee also mocked Obama for taping an appearance on ABC’s “The View” the same day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with six world leaders.

Republicans accused Obama of picking “The View” over foreign policy, with Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) charging that Obama has appeared on the show more times than he’s met with members of Congress, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) saying the president chose the talk show over a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama and the first lady taped the show, which aired Tuesday, on Monday afternoon. The first couple later attended a reception for visiting heads of state and government, although no one-on-one meetings with the president were planned. On Tuesday, Obama appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and later spoke to the United Nations General Assembly.