Wasn’t As Special As He Wanted

Obamas special comment on The Tonight Show
Obama's "special" comment on The Tonight Show

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.

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One thought on “Wasn’t As Special As He Wanted”

  1. He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail,
    should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the special
    Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them:

    http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

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