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Obama takes the gloves off, tries comedy: check this out. Did Obama write this editorial? Certainly sounds like he is a Packer fan!! :) David vs. Giants! Go David, I mean, Go Packers and Obama. Beat those big city slickers.FRI., JAN 18, 2008 - 5:08 PMLearn lesson from PackermaniaA Wisconsin State Journal editorialA majority of Wisconsin will be sharing the same experience Sunday evening -- the Green Bay Packers football game against the New York Giants.Whether in Lambeau Field, in front of a TV or beside a radio, Wisconsinites will be hoping for a victory that earns the Packers a spot in the Super Bowl.But the importance of Sunday's game extends far beyond the question of whether the Packers win.The game has already brought Wisconsin together with a common purpose and a common spirit that would serve us well year-round, football fans and non-fans alike.For this commonality, we can thank the Packers.The Packers are a cultural thread that ties Wisconsin together as few other institutions do anywhere.It 's a thread spun from the Packers history, going back to 1919, and a unique public ownership that makes the team "ours. "It 's a thread we have worn with pride from the days of Curly Lambeau through the Vince Lombardi era down to the glories of Brett Favre.It 's a thread that identifies us. Wherever you may be, if you tell them you 're from Wisconsin, you 're likely to elicit the response: "Ah, the Green Bay Packers. "And you, in turn, are likely to smile and nod.We celebrate Packer victories together. We comfort one another in Packer defeats.We may disagree with each other about the wisdom of a punt on a fourth-and-one, and we may clash over whether the team should draft a tackle or a wide receiver. But we keep our disputes friendly -- with a few exceptions -- in the knowledge that we all want the same thing -- success for our Packers.There 's a lesson in that -- a lesson Wisconsin ought to apply beyond the football season, to our political and civic affairs.We should spend more time considering what unites us, rather than what divides us.We should treat each other with the empathy that comes from shared goals.We should rally around our common interests.And when we disagree, we should do so vigorously, but civilly, in the knowledge that we all seek the same result -- success for Wisconsin.We would accomplish a lot more that way.Meanwhile, look around Sunday at all the green and gold and recognize: We 're all in this together.
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