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September 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Obama calls Seahawks-Packers touchdown call “terrible”

WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Tuesday on the controversial officiating at the Seahawks-Packers game last night, calling the disputed call that gave Seattle a game-winning touchdown “terrible.”

Obama made the comment shortly after arriving back at the White House at 2:50 p.m. from New York, where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly regarding Iran.

As Obama walked toward the residence, ABC News’s Devin Dwyer shouted a question about the referees’ conflicting calls, over whether Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate, not Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, had caught the ball.

Obama couldn’t hear over the Marine One helicopter. So Dwyer repeated a one-word question: “Packers?”

That made Obama stop.

“Terrible,” he said of the game, and then paused for a second before continuing. “I’ve been saying for months, we’ve gotta get our refs back.”

Then Obama disappeared into the residence.

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