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JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent  

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he'd think about changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team if he were the owner.

 Obama told The Associated Press in an interview released Saturday that he's sure Redskins fans don't mean offense.

 But he said American Indians feel strongly that the name is degrading. He said he's not sure that the fans' attachment to the name should override those "real legitimate concerns."

 Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name, despite the pressure.

 Obama added that he doesn't have a stake because he doesn't have ownership of any football team.

 He joked it may be fun after he's out of office - but he'd probably look at a basketball team first.

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