RealClearPolitics – Video – Obama Refers To Himself As “The Gipper” In Farewell To Gibbs
President Obama recounts an anecdote about the 2004 Democratic National Convention at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ final press briefing:
“The most challenging problem was what tie to wear. And this went up to the very last minute. I mean, 10 minutes before we were about to go on stage we were still having an argument about ties. I had bought five, six ties. And Michelle didn’t like any of them, Axelrod didn’t like a couple of them — him being one of the best dressed men in the world. So we really valued his opinion.
“And then somebody — I don’t remember who it was — turned and said, ‘You know what? What about Gibbs’ tie? What about Gibbs’ tie? That might look good.’ And, frankly, Robert didn’t want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that’s the tie that I wore at the national convention.”
Who was the Gipper?
George Gipp was a university of Notre Dame half back who brought the fighting Irish to an overall 27-2-3 record having scored 83 touchdowns.
George Gipp died December 14, 1920 at the age of 25 from a strep virus after he had caught pneumonia.
In 1940 Ronald Reagan played the roll of George Gipp in “Knute Rockne All American“. This role gave Reagan the nick name Gipper which he had for the rest of his life.
Nicknames for the most part are terms of endearment, given by a person or group of people to someone for very special reasons. Nicknames are not something a person would give to themselves, they just won’t stick.
Ronald Reagan was given the nickname Gipper after his role in Knute Rockne, he has since been fondly referred to as the Gipper by people who loved, admired and respected him.