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Obama’s solo flight

John Berman
Power Players

Politically Foul

Politics: it's not a game, exactly. But there are rules, and when you break them you are running…politically foul!!!

Touching down in Ohio, President Obama emerged from Air Force One, remembered his wave, and charged forward...without Mrs. Obama. Realizing he'd dropped the ball, the President scrambled back for the recovery and emerged again with the full roster.

FLAG! 5 yards, not illegal formation...ME-legal formation.  Is there so much ME ME ME he forgets HER HER HER? In the week before Mother's Day, forgetting the mother of your children could be a costly penalty.

This is a president who occasionally does catch a case of the "me's." In his explanation for support of gay marriage to Robin Roberts, the president said:  "When I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained."

My behalf?  Flag 5 yards, equipment violation...the uniform says USA, not "Obama."

Mitt Romney was seeing blitz after fielding questions from a reporter in Colorado on gay marriage, immigration, and medical marijuana. Fearing a sack, Romney pushes back asking: "Don't you have anything of significance to ask?"

Anything of significance?!?!

FLAG!  5 yards: Illegal shift.  Mr. Romney might want to talk about the economy but according to the playbook, the reporter asks the questions and the candidate gives the answers.

Finally, A Vice President walks into a room full of Rabbis and… well, if the VP is Joe Biden you can bet the punch line will be awkward and mildly inappropriate. Speaking at a conference of Rabbis this week, Biden blessed himself with the sign of the cross to apparently credit a higher power with his long term in public office.

FLAG...5 yards...illegal motion. Although, all kidding aside, the rabbis seemed to think the VP was a real mensch.

Those are the politically plays we flagged this week. Tell us your best and worst moments and we'll survey the field again next week.