We’ve all heard it by now, so now is the time to let him have it right? President Barack Obama made an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. This was the first time a sitting president made such appearance, and after the mistake that transpired that evening, could be the last time. The president made what many are calling an inappropriate comment in jest in reference to the Special Olympics. It would seem natural that there would be many to quickly point out the gaffe and of course the many many more who would be offended by it.
The president’s bowling skills, or lack there of, is something that has been well documented in the past. Every since a campaign stop and the then candidate tried to score with the locals by scoring some points in the past time. Well I hope it was fun for him, because a stellar performance wasn’t something that he put on. So in Thursday’s late night show, Leo asked about life in the White House. Obama commented on the bowling alley there and how he’s been practicing and recently achieved a score of 129. Impressive enough for an amateur as he garnered much laughs and applause. But he then followed that up by saying, “It’s like, it was like Special Olympics or something.”
Feedback came almost immediate, even from the president himself after realizing what he said could have been taken the wrong way and he called the Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver to apologize before the show even aired. The White House commented that the president, “made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.”
Not for nothin’, but from what many of us have read or seen about President Barack Obama, in addition from what I know from meeting him on three separate occasions, I can attest that he finds himself to be a funny and witty guy. Not saying that’s an excuses, but probably a poor attempt at humor. Definitely not the first president to be accused of such behavior, and easily something we’ve all been guilty of.