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President Obama Bashes Special Olympics on the Tonight Show

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by Treadmarkz

Wow. I watched the broadcast with great interest, and was impressed with the poise and confidence with which the President discussed the economic situation and how he appears to be ready to clean up all of the immoral practices of corporate America that have been swept under the rug for too long.

I didn’t even notice this comment.

Everything else he was saying was more important. I am an American first and a disabled person…well, like fifth or sixth, but you get the idea.

But I will say that no matter how hard he works to rectify our economy and get this ship on the right course, a “joke” like that should not be considered “acceptable” for the President of the United States to make.

I write a lot on this blog about how disabled people can take a joke, and we are no more untouchable than anyone else. But the Special Olympics is for participants that are often very physically able people, and I would imagine a lot of the participants could bowl the Flag Pin right off of President Obama’s lapel!

Mr. President, I respect you for your initiative and for your passion, but please be careful. Don’t be a Biden. You’re much more intelligent than that one small comment would give you credit for.

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  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s a big story today, but in the grand scheme of things, well there are more important gaffes to worry about from other, much less thoughtful and articulate world leaders. He should be more careful, of course, and his blunder is by no means acceptable. We all need to keep this in perspective, though. At least that’s what I think.


    March 20, 2009 at 7:47 PM

  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

    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:



    March 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM

  3. It was unfortunate, It was in poor taste. It was dumb. Most importantly it was acknowledged as all those things by the man who said it. Now that is refreshing. Acknowledgment. Sincere apology. And an opportunity to elevate the discussion. Lets move on – and up.

    Tom Tuohy

    March 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM

  4. I agree, Tom. I hope we can move on without it turning into another reason for Conservatives to bash him. I only brought it up because as president it should never have happened, but YES, he acknowledged his error before it was even publicized and I do appreciate and respect that.


    March 22, 2009 at 5:20 PM

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