by Chuck CarrollBy Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Maybe Barack Obama isn’t truly the most powerful man in Washington after all.

In the nation’s capital, the president has taken a back seat to Robert Griffin III since the second overall pick in last year’s draft was brought in to save a reeling Redskins franchise.

On t-shirts, mugs, Facebook walls, and Twitter timelines, Griffin’s face is now prominently featured on the iconic “Hope” image made famous by Obama supporters as he sought to become the first African-American to hold the highest office in the land in 2008.

That particular change will be even more interesting if rumors of his allegiance to the Republican party prove true.

Griffin knows he’s popular. How could he not? Every tweet he sends out and every interview he gives gets read, re-read, and repurposed by seemingly every newspaper, television station and radio outlet in the country. And that’s not to mention the countless bloggers, tweeters and other websites that craft their own words around his.

Obama’s experience is a carbon copy of that.

While the president is the most recognizable face on the planet, it is the quarterback from Baylor, and not the man who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that is out front in Washington.

“A lot of people have said DC’s my town, it’s not Obama’s town,” Griffin told ESPN The Magazine. “Obama’s the second most popular person in the city.”

But does he agree with what ‘a lot of people’ are saying?

“I don’t look at it that way. But I can see what they’re saying.”

Then certainly he must agree to acknowledge that they’re at least neck-and-neck in the polls.

The quarterback met Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast and describes him in much the same way others describe Griffin — a “cool, calm, collected guy.”

“He’s not a normal person,” Griffin said. “I’m not a normal person. It’s fun when two abnormal people can be normal.”

Robert, we now return you to your abnormally schedule life already in progress.

Now about that knee . . .

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