Nightly News   |  April 12, 2013

Obama resists call to wear football helmet

While posing for pictures with the Army and Air Force football players on Friday, President Obama was offered a Navy helmet but he was wary of putting “stuff on your head,” especially when one is President. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> president obama was presenting the naval academy football team with the commander in chief's trophy -- something about beating army -- when they presented him with a tricked out specially fitted football helmet , but he didn't take the bait, didn't put it on and at least he explained why.

>> here's the general rule. you don't put stuff on your head if you're president. [ laughter ] that's politics 101. you never look good wearing something on your head.

>> the example that comes quickly to mind, michael dukakis in the tank. it has haunted politicians for generations ever since.