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Obama to Boston crowd: ‘Even Brady’s happy he’s got a union’

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. (Photo: CNN)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama played to a Boston union crowd Monday by joking that if Tom Brady needs a union, everyone needs a union.

“Brady’s free,” Obama said at a Labor Day event. “Even Brady’s happy he’s got a union. They had his back. You know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.”

Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension overturned by a federal judge last week, marking a big win for both Brady and the NFL player’s union against Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Obama also used the holiday — originated to recognize the organized labor movement, but also now used to mark the start of the campaign season — to take a swing at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the White House hopeful who built his name fighting unions in Wisconsin.

“He is bragging about how he destroyed collective bargaining rights in his state,” Obama said to boos. “He says that busting unions prepares him to fight ISIL. I didn’t make that up. He said that.”