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Robert Griffin III's popularity matches Obama's in D.C.

In case you haven't noticed, Robert Griffin III and President Barack Obama have become pals.

The Washington Redskins quarterback and the leader of the free world compared notes at the NCAA Tournament in March after huddling together at February's National Prayer Breakfast.

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"Cool, calm, collected guy," Griffin said of Obama in comments to J.R. Moehringer of ESPN The Magazine. "He's not a normal person. I'm not a normal person. It's fun when two abnormal people can be normal."

In our lifetime, there always has been a U.S. president who rests his head in our nation's capital. His popularity rises and falls with the sun. But in only one season on the job, Griffin -- the town's first quarterback of note since Bill Clinton roamed the West Wing -- has experienced a level of adoration with which only a small pocket of human beings can identify.

"A lot of people have said D.C.'s my town, it's not Obama's town," Griffin says. "Obama's the second-most popular person in the city. I don't look at it that way. But I can see what they're saying."

It isn't a boast. Griffin has proven to be wise beyond his years and understands what the position of Redskins starting signal-caller means in a city that's hungry for a winner. He has brought a fair amount of hope to those partisan to Washington's football team, and, as long as he wins, high approval ratings are guaranteed.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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