So read the headline on the Fox News website when I woke up this morning.
Leno complimented Obama on the score, but the president quipped, “It was like the Special Olympics or something,” which prompted laughter from the audience.
Really? The President of the United States said that?
Frankly, I am disgusted and saddened. And I will be sending a donation to the local Special Olympics people today. All of the howls about how Bush couldn’t form a sentence ring pretty hollow when you hear things like this. I can only assume there is more to come.
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What do you expect from someone who has never run anything other than his mouth?Sheesh,he can’t even run his mouth properly.
Failing the Quayle test, as usual.
Whoever was running the teleprompter at that time is going to be in BIG trouble!
I think the teleprompter has already disavowed any knowledge of his actions.
“That’s not the teleprompter I knew.”
I clicked on the link, and apart form the article (agree with what you said, Dan) – apart from that, I looked at the right margin, where Fox displayed the results of the RCP poll: “President’s approval +30%” (to about 60% of respondents), and below that: “Direction of the country -17% (to about 545 of respondents). How that could be?!? Do these people not know who is leading the country in the wrong direction? Or that role is reserved, exclusively, for members of the Bush family?
I don’t think much of B. O’s background with respect to his qualifications for being president, nor do I have anything good to say about what he’s done so far in his term but it strikes me as being grossly politically correct and grasping at the trivial to criticize him about his “Special Olympics” (SO) quip. You’re also awfully sensitive if you’re “saddened and disgusted” Dan.
I bet the SO is a fine and worthwhile program and the participants benefit from it. These participants are athletes but they are not “good athletes”, they are the least able of all the sets of athletes that we have so his comparison is apt and honest if not tactful. Personally, I’ve had a bellyful of tact the last few decades.
“it strikes me as being grossly politically correct and grasping at the trivial to criticize him about his “Special Olympics” (SO) quip”
Your argument has merit, but is not even remotely applicable to the President of The United States saying it on global television.
Tyouth – I am probably the least sensitive guy you will ever meet, and I have written about the subject of people being overly politically correct a few times. When you live in Madison like I do it is overwhelming, at times.
But no excuses for BO on this one. This isn’t me and a bunch of my friends sitting around in a bar talking smack – and even if I were talking smack I wouldn’t make fun of people with physical handicaps. Some subjects are simply off limits to me.
This is the president of the USA! He deserves NO break for this.
BDS is coming back to haunt Obama. After eight years of listening to the left bash Bush, the right instinctively thinks, “What would they say if Bush had said that?” In a sane world, Obama’s remark would be noted and immediately forgotten. But in the environment created by two terms of Bush bashing, not to mention decades of politically-correct speech codes, it cannot be.
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