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Obama Misstep on Leno: Mocking Special Olympics

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Jonathan Martin of Politico is reporting that while appearing on Jay Leno tonight President Barack Obama committed one of the cardinal sins in communication: making light of a disability.

Obama’s effort to mix his serious talk with more light-hearted fare was overshadowed when in an attempt to mock his own lackluster bowling skills, he said his recent 129 score in a game in the White House bowling alley was “like the Special Olympics or something.”

Ouch. Not a quote you would expect from a masterful communicator. But then again, he probably did not have a Teleprompter. Besides, 129 isn’t so bad. He isn’t earl Anthony, but how often does the guy bowl?

On other matters, Martin reports:

Asked his response when he found out about the AIG bonuses, Obama said: “‘Stunned’ is the word.”

As he has all week, the president made clear to the public that he shared their outrage and reiterated that he’d try to get the cash back.

“People just had this sense of entitlement,” he observed. “We must be the best and the brightest.”

For all the sober talk, Obama did join Leno in getting in some quips, including one line that was sure to momentarily scare his daughters.

“That was a campaign promise,” he said about the pledge he made to his daughters to buy them a dog.

“No, I’m teasing. The dog will be there shortly.”


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March 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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  1. However, although it was probably not good strategery to go there with that remark, it will probably not have nuk-lee-err consequences…especially for appearing on Leno.


    March 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

  2. 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. Watch:


    March 21, 2009 at 1:26 am

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