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Obama Likens His Bowling Game to Special Olympics

Updated, 12:18 AM

President Obama seemed relaxed and in good cheer tonight during his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." But there was one misstep that surely made his advisers wince.

Leno asked the president whether the White House bowling alley had been "burned and closed down" in light of Obama's gutter ball embarrassment on the campaign trail last year.

Obama replied, "No, no. I have been practicing . . . I bowled a 129."

The audience roared with laughter, and the late-night talk show host assured Obama "that's very good, Mr. President." To which Obama interjected, "It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."

The audience laughed. But the White House didn't let the comment linger without clarification.

"The president made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics," White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters flying aboard Air Force One after the taping of the show, according to a transcript released by the White House. "He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world."

Also on the "Tonight Show," Leno asked the president when he would finally be making good on his famous campaign promise to reward his daughters with a puppy, which so far hasn't surfaced.

"Listen, this is Washington. That was a campaign promise," the president deadpanned to much laughter.

The president said he was "teasing," and explained that as soon as he returns from the NATO summit in France in Germany early next month, the "dog will be in place."

Leno asked if the dog would be a "Portuguese Water Head," referencing first lady Michelle Obama's recent suggestion that the first family was leaning toward a Portuguese Water Dog. The president laughed and said, "It's not a 'water head.' That sounds like a scary dog. Sort of dripping around the house."

But the first dad gave absolutely no hints about what kind of dog - or puppy - it will be. "We're going to get a dog that is -- that I think the girls will have a great time -- I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it. You know, they say if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

And according to the schedule the president described, his girls will have their new furry friend by Easter.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2009; 11:29 PM ET
 
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wow...what kind of monster mocks the Special Olympics?

Disgraceful.

Posted by: afmo | March 20, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I hope the president fails... in his tournament picks.

Posted by: prokaryote | March 20, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin said this the Press would have a never-ending field day. Buttttttttttttt...since it's the MESSIAH it will be a blip on the radar screen. What a bunch of hypocrites the Holier Than Thou Left-Winger are.

Posted by: Tom22 | March 20, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Tom22 I agree with you 100%.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | March 20, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

And which group shall be the next to be the object of BHO's scorn?

Posted by: Nona1 | March 20, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Obama is disgusting! Imagine what all the papers and channels would be doing tomorrow if Bush had said this?!?

Posted by: davenp35 | March 20, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama's comments about comparing his bowling to the "Special Olympics" was insensitive at best and cruel at its worst. And as POTUS he deals with World leaders? God help us all!

But why be surprised. This man sees nothing wrong with giving federal funds for research into destroying embryos in the name of an, as yet, unproven science. He also made a comment on the campaign trail when speaking about abortion and right to life that he "wouldn't want either of his daughters to be PUNISHED" if one became pregnant. Will euthanasia be up next for federal funding?

Posted by: littleleers | March 20, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Bush did not speak about the Special Olympics at all. In fact, he forbid his
Surgeon General to endorse or attend the
Special Olympics, due to the fact that they were supported by the Shrivers.

Posted by: josephkenny | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Uh-oh. I dunno how he's gonna get out of this one. I was just watching the show and cringed when I heard him say that. This is going to get really nasty. Bus loads of disabled people are already en-route to the White House with protest signs demanding an apology. But maybe it will help bring the plight of the disabled into the spotlight for awhile. Their unemployment rate is somewhere around 25 percent.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

you people are all hilarious. hilarious. it is so very to watch neocons descend like vultures on the first sign of a slip up. i realize times are tough and fox news fair and balanced is only on for 24 hours a day, but please give it a rest. go read a book, perhaps listen to npr. let's all move on, shall we?

ps sarah palin would be mocked endlessly for simply being sarah palin. move on, she lost it is over. you all got eight years of pre-emptive wars, rolling back of womens right, wrecking the planet and the world's economy, let's give this president a bit more than 55 days, thanks in advance.

Posted by: tumbleweedhips | March 20, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Only 1 way for Obama to save face: Invite the Special Olympics bowling team to the White House, then make sure they beat you. Badly.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I think reasonable people agree it was just a flub and not malicious. But he's going to be in the doghouse for a bit. He's going to have to do something pretty big for the Special Olympics.

Posted by: mlprater | March 20, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

WOW as a teacher I was totally shocked by his comment. I understand that he was joking but this is not what I would expect of my President. I mean Bush may be a terrilbe speaker but come on...you just don't refer to the special olympics as a joke. Very sad

Posted by: mschlegel44 | March 20, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to this slip-up, the W.H.bowling alley is scheduled to be razed at 10:30 Friday morning.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse


what a disgrace !!!!
This should finally make it evidently clear that Obama should never speak without a tele-promter. His comments are pathetic for any public servant to say, never mind the president.

Posted by: noobama08 | March 20, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

hate hate hate hate i will not be surprised if there is a race war in this country because we have a multicultural oresident.

Guess voting and democracy don't matter

Posted by: manhut2000 | March 20, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

DVD's for a foreign leader who is going blind. Going on a comedy show while the economy is on the verge of collapse. And now this.

Obama is an embarrassment. This is disgraceful, and undermines the facade which The Teleprompter President has sought to create. Had he been in Washington doing the work he was supposed to be doing (that is, NOT filling out tournament brackets for ESPN), this would not have happened.

Our enemies around the world are laughing at us. Pathetic.

Posted by: Truth6 | March 20, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Just because the President of The United States of America uses the struggling disabled children of the world as a metaphor and butt of a joke for his poor bowling skills, doesn't mean that he has a character defect.


Oh wait....actually I guess it does.

Posted by: C0rrupt_0_Crats | March 20, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you. I am not an Obama supporter. But I applaude his appearance on Jay Leno. I think it is entirely good to talk to the American people in a more face to face light hearted manner. I think it's good for Obama. I think it's good for Americans. I think he did a good job helping the American people understand a little more about what is going on with our very problematic economy.

This is very out of character for me. But good job Obama.

Posted by: Jaymand | March 20, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I have never ever heard so many people say (That's not my president) I Wonder why?

Posted by: manhut2000 | March 20, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

today obama proved that he was not ready on day one and still needs lots of training on the job.
the special Olympics remark showed his true colors.
and what happened with the AIG money - used it for bonuses what a terrible move
the economy was bad and now it is worse.

RESIGN NOW !!!!!

Posted by: noobama08 | March 20, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh this is going to be so very very bad. He just needs to remember that he's the president. He is so down to earth that he slipped up and made a distasteful joke similar to what any number of average Americans would have made. But he can't do that because he's the president. He'll remember Friday morning when there's a wheelchair-bound, pitchfork-toting angry mob encircling the White House!!

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

My wife and I were filled with hope for this presidency.

Last year our daughter, who was born with Down Syndrome, was diagnosed with Leukemia. We are small business owners and time at the hospital away from the business, medical bills and now the failing economy has taken it's toll on our business. Like true Americans we have asked for no help and we are fighting our way back. We paid our own medical bills and are in debt to no one.

As I was taking a rare moment this evening to watch some late night TV my heart sank as I heard our President liken a poor game of bowling in the White House to a Special Olympics event.

Apparently the president was trying to be funny by comparing his bowling game to the performance of a special needs child in the Special Olympics.

I would like the President to know that the kids who train for years for those games are tougher, kinder, more loving and braver than any of the rest of us. Many of these kids spend years with specialists just learning to take a step. If our daughter is ever functional enough to participate in the Special Olympics I can guarantee you it will be only after overcoming far more than any of our fully functional Olympians have had to accomplish.

For a President who preaches tolerance and racial equality and bemoans his own struggles almost daily this is unacceptable and about as far from funny as I can imagine.

Anyone who does not see the significance of these comments simply is not thinking of these kids. The Special Olympics are something they aspire to. To have them mocked on a national talk show by a comedian and their President is pretty damaging.

A sensitive caring person would never make such a comparison. Anyone who has spent 5 minutes with these kids would never say such a thing.

You are very fortunate to have a healthy family Mr. President but my wife and I are even more fortunate to have our daughter and her daily examples of how unconditional love can get you through almost anything. We wish you the best but please try and choose your words more carefully in the future.

All my family asks is that someone starts focusing on getting this economy back on its feet and our beloved country back to where it deserves to be. Many of us are not in the mood for comedy right now anyway.

Posted by: specialdad | March 20, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

God, conservatives are desperate to find something wrong with this man.

Posted by: nodebris | March 20, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

We all know what he meant. He mocked the special Olympics. Why? Because it's funny. The world today has such a low sense of humor that mocking those who are less fortunate or sub human is funny. Anyone who is offended by this remark probably shouldn't watch Jay Leno at all. Obama's comment really shouldn't be taken in context in a real world situation but instead viewed as low brow comedy on a late night tv show. Barack is just a man. Are you really going to hold him the the expectations of a god? If he wants to make a retard joke on late night television, power to him.

Posted by: scottaucoin | March 20, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Do I think Obama meant to insult my quadriplegic child or members of the Special Olympics team - no he just made a bad reference. Obama is not cruel, he is just scripted and when the teleprompter breaks down or he goes off script we are faced with the reality that like most great actors his best words are written by someone else. Stay on script Obama we need you at your best.

Posted by: SF2Singapore | March 20, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse


what a disgrace !!
Jay Leno was embarrassed by obama's remark he covered his mouth

Posted by: noobama08 | March 20, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

If you find the comment despicable, damning, consider this: they're called the "Special Olympics" (as opposed to "The Olympics") for a reason. This is a simple observation. For a person who is not disabled to liken his performance to those who are, may be insensitive, may warrant apology, but may also be funny. Most of what passes for humor makes fun of someone, usually someone other than the speaker.

Posted by: sprodney | March 20, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

manhut2000: "I have never ever heard so many people say (That's not my president) I Wonder why?"

I won't dare venture a guess, lest I be deemed insensitive to the mentally challenged. Still, I recommend you re-evaluate your friendships. And your punctuation rules.

Posted by: nodebris | March 20, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Guys get a grip. The slip was insensitive, but it was self deprecating. Special Olympics are for disabled (or how they call it "challenged") individuals, who need to compete in their own olympics. It was insensitive, but it is not the end of the world. lets get perspective guys regarding this.

Posted by: jchiri | March 20, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

The same people who don't mind torture of human beings are outraged by an everyday type of comment made by all Americans, give me a break!

Posted by: writedave | March 20, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

i would like to go on record and say the republicans who seem to blister at his slip up are the very same who stood silenty while president bush lied about weapons in iraq, a lie that has killed thousands of americans. i would wager that they also stood silently by proud of their christian morals and beliefs while torture took place on a scope and magnitude that would make anyone with a shred of empathy embaressed to be an american.

if he is not your president, if you cannot stand him this much, if you are so much like the conservative pundits who are egging him on to fail, leave. please. the door is there.

Posted by: tumbleweedhips | March 20, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Truthfully, I was a little disappointed, but then it occurred to me - which of us, at some point in our lives, has NOT made (or laughed at) a joke about a Jewish guy picking up money, an Asian driver, a Mexican worker, a woman in the kitchen, etc.? We all know they are in poor taste, but the vast, vast majority of us make them anyway - and we laugh. So stop being a hypocrite and get over it. Hes human too.

Posted by: hphcellist | March 20, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

This isn't going to get nasty. Nobody is going to think twice about this. What should be refreshing is that Obama isn't exactly always trying to be politically correct. Every sane person in the world would know he's not disparaging anything or anybody but simply making a joke. It's pretty much a known fact that people in the Special Olympics are disabled. If he compared himself to a disabled person, who cares!

Posted by: crzytwnman | March 20, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but I don't see how this is really news. I mean, yes, the President used a poor choice of words to describe his bowling game, but he was not putting down the Special Olympics. I think the White House issuing a statement as quickly as they did probably added fuel to the fire.

Overall it was a pretty good spot and I think he came off well.

BTW, an interesting and humorous take on this topic here: http://tinyurl.com/obamabowlsturkey

Posted by: whatismyname | March 20, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

If it was just one slip it would be bad but two was really just pathetic. This is the President after all:

THE PRESIDENT: We have actually sort of been laying the groundwork here. We've got a trip, I've got to go to the NATO summit. When we get back, dog will be in place.

Q Wow. And it's, what, a Portuguese water head? (Laughter.) What is it, what kind of dog is it?

THE PRESIDENT: It's not that. (Laughter.)

Q It's not that.

THE PRESIDENT: It's not a "water head." (Laughter.)

Q Whatever they are, I don't know what they are.

THE PRESIDENT: That sounds like a scary dog. (Laughter.) Sort of dripping around the house. (Laughter.)

Q I don't know what it is.

Look up water head in Urban Dictionary and you'll find this definition:
A person with mental health problems, ie downs syndrome, or retard for the lay person.

It gets redundant after a while but seriously what if Bush had said that? What is wrong with this man?

Posted by: Mary24 | March 20, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Non-p.c. humor is suddenly all the rage! Now, when someone makes a reference to buoyancy, stinginess, throwing motion or hair dressers, we can all let go a hearty laugh without a moment's hesitation. Finally, some change we can all believe in.

Posted by: Compared2What | March 20, 2009 2:58 AM | Report abuse

The Special Olympics are a freaking joke! My President is just saying the obvious that we all know anyway! I laugh my ass off whenever I see them trying to be athletic. Obama shares my viewpoint. Lighten up on Obama all you stuck-up conservatives. Get a real life.

Posted by: ssam2 | March 20, 2009 3:16 AM | Report abuse

The Special Olympics are a freaking joke! My President is just saying the obvious that we all know anyway! I laugh my a** off whenever I see them trying to be athletic. Obama shares my viewpoint. Lighten up on Obama all you stuck-up conservatives. Get a real life.

Posted by: ssam2 | March 20, 2009 3:24 AM | Report abuse

Mocking handicapped childen is the lowest of the low. This man is clearly unfit for the highest office in the land. The goverment and media had the chance to block this negro from becomming president by demanding to see his original birth certificate, and did nothing. What next 9-11 chapter 2?

Posted by: SavedGirl | March 20, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm sorry, but it's actually not a big deal. Anyone with an ounce of reason who watched the interview could tell that President Obama was not making a serious comment.


Posted by: JaniceT1 | March 20, 2009 4:03 AM | Report abuse

I can hear the rest of the world laughing at us now.

Mr Obama really didn't do much to change the image of the American president since Jimmy Carter...a dumb hick that wouldn't know etiquette if it smacked him in the face.

Considering that Harvard is supposed to be one of THE premier educational institution in America, to have spun off such an insensitive idiot, says a lot about our education system in general (pathetic).

For all those people that keeps saying "oh he's just a man" or "its a minor slip up so what"...please remember that he is the LEADER of this COUNTRY and that his ACTIONS reflects US upon the WORLD.

He is NOT a COMMON MAN, he is POTUS, he is CIC, in charge of the most powerful armed forces on this planet. Those with an IQ of a rock, or most doped up democrats in general, please repeat after me:

R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y.

He should MIND HIS JOB rather than wasting time on some lame late night show to "get in touch with the people" like how Mr Clinton used to with his Saxophone. Do your job Mr Obama, we really don't need you to waste time entertaining the masses, or get intimate with them like Mr Clinton did. You are the head of state of the most powerful nation in history, ACT LIKE ONE for goodness sakes!

No I'm not a conservative, I'm independent.

Posted by: celestial5150 | March 20, 2009 4:24 AM | Report abuse

As someone with a disability I was not offended by Mr. Obama's remarks. However, I am offended by those of you who are attacking the president. It is you, not him, that are using people with disabilities to further your own political and moral agendas. Just say that you hate him but do not claim to hate him because you are defending me. Persons with disabilities do not need the able-bodied standing up for us. It is condescending. Many of you need to closely examine your motives.

Posted by: otherness1 | March 20, 2009 4:33 AM | Report abuse

So Obama's not your president? Well, Bush wasn't mine. It was obviously a slip up that he made, but let's look at history. George Bush attempted huge cuts to Medicaid in 2006 and 2007, in 2005 he succeeded in making huge cuts in medical care for disabled americans and to housing for disabled americans. Since the Iraq war started, his administration's treatment of disabled veterans AND active duty military has been reprehensible. So while President Obama's comment was ill advised, it certainly caused no material harm to any disabled person and will probably serve to focus attention on these americans. In short President Obama, with this single gaffe, has probably done more good for the disabled than George Bush, your president, ever did.

Posted by: bakefx | March 20, 2009 4:59 AM | Report abuse

You Bushies crack me up, with all your mock indignation..."OMG, what if BUSH had said that??? Obama is such a MONSTER!"...LMAO.

As a previous poster has already accurately pointed out, your beloved Dubya was such a political animal that he and his own people dissuaded his former Surgeon General from attending the Special Olympics...merely because the Kennedys were involved...

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/10/washington/11cnd-surgeon.html

"And administration officials even discouraged him [Carmona] from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to the Kennedy family."

And we all know that your former Idiot-in-Chief loved the Special Olympics SO much that he slashed funds for the thing...

http://www.afl-cio.org/issues/ns02072006.cfm

"President George W. Bush wants to make sure his tax cuts for the wealthy become permanent, at a cost of about $3 trillion over the next 10 years. But to help pay for the huge tax cut, Bush’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget will slash $65 billion from health care, education, job training, low-income, food, child care and other domestic programs that help families that aren’t so wealthy.

Bush’s budget axe also makes deep cuts in housing programs for low-income people with disabilities and low-income seniors, child care for low- and moderate-income families and Community Development Block Grants that help communities pay for infrastructure improvements, low-income housing and the Special Olympics."

What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites you Bushies are. Obama's off-color remark was regrettable, but hardly as regrettable as the last 8 years of the Worst POTUS Ever that we just barely managed to survive.

Thank God you laughable losers are out of power.

Posted by: Obamarama | March 20, 2009 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama's next appearance will be on MTV's Jackass TV show. He will be the O in Steve-O.

Posted by: sdeakins | March 20, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's see how the media treats this disparaging remark. Probably the same way they did when Al Roker made snide remarks on air about Epileptics, or when Clyburn throws out the Race label = with silence, or at best a little blurb that reports the President misspoke.

Posted by: Linda7 | March 20, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

If his offhand remark was not disparaging of people with disabilities, then what EXACTLY was the meaning?

Also, still waiting to see the tape of his gaffe with the teleprompter where he congratulated himself. Based on the media's suppression of that incident, I wouldn't be surprised if all evidence of the special olympics remark is expunged from the internet in the next 24 hours.

I must admit that I do draw a great deal of pleasure from those who view the tiniest criticism of the messiah as yet another reason to somehow blame Bush. Bush was lampooned virtually every day of his 8 years as a dummy; a third rate comedian continues to do so with a one man show no one is going to see.

The HateBush crowd can certainly dish it out, but can they take it? I think not.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | March 20, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

The Special Olympics comment made me cringe but...

The fact that Republicans picked up on the Special Olympics comment when Bush wouldn't even recognize the organization because of the fact that Shriver (Kennedy)was in charge of the organization seems hyprocritical.

The one comment that should be played, especially to the MSM, is the comment about Washington being like Cowell.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 20, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

You republican morons, the Special Olympics are not for people in wheelchairs. It's for the mentally retarded.

All Obama was probably trying to do was call himself retarded, just like he called himself a campaign-promise-breaker later.

Quite possibly a Biden-style gaffe.

Posted by: giftedassassin | March 20, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama's "nappy headed ho" moment.

Posted by: hbaker2 | March 20, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse


Just another example of ACORN Barry's arrogance and his South Chicago Political Punk Agitator style. Without his beloved teleprompter he reverts back to his roots. A jive trash talkin' fraud.

Posted by: FraudObama | March 20, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

So which is is, Republicans? Are Democrats beholden to PC rules, as Rush Limbaugh and most of your leaders have repeatedly claimed for years? Or can they make a non-PC joke?

You can't have it both ways here. You can't claim the US is being choked culturally by polital correctness, then blame Obama when he makes a joke.

Posted by: HillMan | March 20, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I'd say far more offensive was Sarah Palin's use of her down syndrome child as a political prop.

That was gratuitous, cynical, and exploitative.

Or Bush punishing the Special Olympics because of the Kennedy family association with them.

Posted by: HillMan | March 20, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Hillman,

Governor Palin has a Down's Syndrome child and you as a bona-fide immature liberal say she is exploiting that child. Liberals, their mindset and motives are beyond rancid. What was/is disgusting is the way liberals and the corrupt media went after Palin to destroy her. That is typical of liberals seek and destroy. Saul Alinsky. ACORN Barry's technique. Your clown reveals his true self, offends millions on national TV and you divert to Palin. You are as much of a weak, smarmy slug as ACORN Barry.

Posted by: FraudObama | March 20, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Otherness1: As someone with a disability I was not offended by Mr. Obama's remarks. However, I am offended by those of you who are attacking the president. It is you, not him, that are using people with disabilities to further your own political and moral agendas.

I couldn’t agree more. I knew there would be lots of feedback on his gaffe. The WH has already apologized fort the comment. The intent clearly was not malicious. Question for those of you who are so outraged; where was the outrage when it was confirmed that there were NO WOMD, but yet we continued to spend Billions in a “war”? If his joke bothers you more than that fact, I’m scared.

Posted by: letsgetreal | March 20, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Um, I'm not a liberal.

But Palin did exploit that child. She went WAY further than was necessary. She hauled it out at every press event, at every campaign stop, etc. She even used it callously to make cheap points about the abortion debate.

It's one thing to be proud of your down syndrome child. It's quite another to use it as a prop.

And do you think you could refrain from personal attacks on me or other posters? It lowers the level of discourse.

Posted by: HillMan | March 20, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey, the sorry truth is that everyone mocks the Special Olympics or makes jokes about having to ride the little bus. My brother was a Down syndrome kid, and he and his friends made fun of the Special Olympics -- where everyone is so special that no one ever loses. They knew it was a farce designed to make them all feel good, not to mention a Kennedy guilt trip inspired by the family lobotomizing one of the daughters back in the 1940s. We should worry about what's happening with the economy or how this country is going to extricate itself from Iraq and Afghanistan and not whether or not the current President makes an occasional verbal gaffe. At least he manages to pronounce all the words right and speaks in complete sentences -- a huge improvement over his predecessor.

Posted by: historian_nan | March 20, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh give me a break. How many times have you all been out playing golf with your buddies and told some off humor joke (or laughed at one) that had a cripple, someone with a harelip, or someone with some other defect in it? The bottom line here is, you aren't really offended. You just want to be because of who said it.

Ok, maybe he should pick his words more carefully but really, was what Obama said REALLY that offensive to you? If really was, think about that the next time you laugh at some stupid joke that MIGHT be offensive to someone else.

Posted by: cheez | March 20, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

It's OK, nobody has watched Leno in years.

Posted by: Marimom | March 20, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Hillman,

"..Limbaugh and most of your leaders have repeatedly ..", "Um, I'm not a liberal."


Really? Come on. Stand and be proud to a be liberal. Calling you what you actually are is an attack? Sensitive are we? Your clown shows his true immature self and you defend him. Amazing.

Posted by: FraudObama | March 20, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

What a shameful comment the president made! At least the mainstream media like the Washington Post will totally bury the story so nobody will see it.

Posted by: dcsackers2 | March 20, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Fraud:

I'm pro gun, anti-welfare. Pro Afghan war (if done right).

How is that liberal?

Your labels of 'liberal' and 'conservative' are sortof dated and useless. Real life is more complex than that.

Posted by: HillMan | March 20, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the Post mentioned this at all. If Obama were conservative or a Republican the impeachment hearings would have started already.

Posted by: alice5 | March 20, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative Republican, and I agree that Obama an embarrassing gaffe, but I don't think that this is a big deal.

BUT...

(1) It wasn't one gaffe, it was two. He jumped on Leno's the "waterhead" statement. He didn't say "dripping." He said "tripping," then made stumbling moves. His comment and gestures only make sense if he was talking about the handicapped.

(2) As many others have said, "what if Bush did it?"

(3) Can we all agree that Obama needs his Teleprompter like a diabetic needs insulin? Can we all agree that, without the Teleprompter telling him exactly what to say, he's really not a great communicator or speaker?

(4) Obama's supporters lauded him for being a "man of the people," and for showing that he had the common touch by being on Leno. They lauded this as a brilliant political move. Can we all now agree that he's *very* common indeed, with his juvenile jokes? Can we all now agree that this turned out not to be a good political move?

(5) Obama either has a mean streak in him, or he's absolutely tone-deaf as to what many people find offensive. This is at least the fourth time: his "lipstick on a pig" statement, his "sweetie" reference, his "seance" comment about Nancy Reagan, and now this.

Posted by: wapo9 | March 20, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The unpresidential performance that we saw on this comedy show was pathetic. This man, barely elected by a majority, has done everything to denigrate the prestige and station which the Presidency has ever stood for. Rather then be concerned with the lack of a banking plan, the lack of a plan for the stock market, he is mocking people, primarily children with disabilites. I think that he has a disability, that of a recovering addict. He is defensive, arrogant and looks at the American people and lies. I feel Obama is on the Coke again and should be given a drug test. No one who has ever succeeded to the Presidency has done so much to degrade it. There is something wrong and we all know he liked to Cocaine in the past.

Posted by: aleibig | March 20, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Obama needs to spend some time with the folks in the AbilityOne program. But I doubt that he would be able to keep his mouth shut. He's a hick.

Posted by: justhere | March 20, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

So what! Are the Special Olympics contenders so testy that they don't like a little attention from the Prez? He didn't ridicule them. He was joking about his own athletic prowess. Surely they know they aren't playing at the same level as the professionals. Ask them if they are offended, I'll bet not!

Posted by: WoofBlitzer | March 20, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse


The neocons are out in force, looking for something, anything, to criticize in President Obama's Leno appearance - an unscripted, connect-with-Americans appearance. It's clear that Obama was describing himself as disabled when it comes to bowling, as are the participants in the Special Olympics, by definition.

This constant nit-picking is not just undermining President Obama's efforts to unify and lift the American people, it undermines the credibility of the media.

Obama is following through with his pledge to be available and open with the American people. Given all that he has to say, it's easy to find SOMETHING that might offend SOMEONE.

America would be a better place if we would all focus on the big picture, rather than this constant microscopic examination (and negative interpretation) of every word.

Posted by: bamccampbell | March 20, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I watched the show but I didn't pick up on that--I didn't take it he was being funny but serious cause he was not good at bowling. But you know republicans will pick him apart piece by piece for it.

Is this why Sara Palin is refusing part of the stimulus package?

Posted by: mac7 | March 20, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Evidently the president has never attended a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. He would have not passed qualifications!

Posted by: selene2 | March 20, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I support Obama -- and I also think that making a joke about the Special Olympics is in bad taste. As for "Portuguese water head," Jay Leno said it first and I don't think Obama realized that "water head" was a disparaging term (I've certainly never heard it used). GreenMeansGo, I like your suggestion.

Posted by: shantybird | March 20, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

At least the American Kennel Club isn't so sensitive that they're complaining about the Portuguese Water Head comment by Leno. How can they stand still for the ridicule against this wonderful dog. All Portuguese Water Heads arise!

Posted by: WoofBlitzer | March 20, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I have a daughter who has Down syndrome and was very saddened last night by our president's comment. However admittedly it took the birth of my daughter for me to realize not only the callousness of such remarks, but also to realize that our society's acceptance of such remarks leads ultimately to the abuse of the disabled because it plays into the thought processes of those who see them as "less than". It is time that we as a people realize that there is no humor in this type of prejudice just as most of us have realized that racial slurs are more than insensitive but also dangerous.

I hope our President reacts with the same values he has thus far show us and stands up and turns this mistake into a learning opportunity for our country. It is time that we evolve into a people who realize that marginalizing any group is immoral.

Posted by: All4Gals | March 20, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I spend a lot of time pointing out the moral and intellectual corruption of anyone dumb enough to vote for a Republican. Republicans really are about as dumb as you can get. So with that in mind, and in a sense of fairness toward those bumbling morons known as the GOP who brought our country to its knees, I say this: Yes, we would have torn apart any Republican who made a comment like this.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 20, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"He jumped on Leno's the "waterhead" statement. He didn't say "dripping." He said "tripping," then made stumbling moves. His comment and gestures only make sense if he was talking about the handicapped."

What absolute nonsense. It was a reference to the dog.

Is this really what the right is offering in response to our economy being in the toilet, our international standing at an all time low, two unfinished wars, etc?

Posted by: HillMan | March 20, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

He made a dumb joke and apologized. This should get about the same level of attention as the Nancy Reagan seance joke at his first press conference after the election. Foot in mouth, gaffe, apology, the end. We all support the Special Olympics and obviously he does, too.

Instead, I sense that the almost zombie-like, moribund Republican apparatus is going to try to seize on this the way they insanely did with "lipstick on a pig," beating it into the ground, pontificating, elevating a faux pas into a defining moment, and generally embarrassing themselves. And we all saw how well that tactic worked in helping John McCain win the election. Idiots.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 20, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"Much ado about nothing."

Posted by: BReal2 | March 20, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse


People who participate in the Special Olympics are disabled. Obama was saying that he's disabled when it comes to bowling. Period.

Neocons - with Limbaugh as their leader - have nothing else to offer but criticism, distortion, and divisiveness.

Posted by: bamccampbell | March 20, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Some of us noticed this a long time ago during the campaign. Unless he had his teleprompter, Obama had an amazing tendency to litter his discussion with "ums", give rambling disjointed statements with little bearing on the issues, and basically sound like a stroke victim. Whatever you personally think about Joe the Plumber, it's hard to deny that all he did was walk up to Obama and ask an unscripted question - and he got an answer more newsworthy than anything his media handlers or teleprompter staff had ever permitted to come out of Obama's mouth.

It's only recently that the media has finally woken up to the fact that unless Obama's every statement is carefully managed, he is just as gaffe prone as Biden or other legendary foot-eaters. He's not a great Orator; he's a great reader. Left to his own devices he goes to pieces, and it's all the more striking because up until now the media had protected him. I charitably assumed that it was because they thought they'd get great access to him once he was elected, but now that he just holds stage-managed 1-question apiece press conferences/speeches, the veil is wearing thin.

It's not about finding things "wrong" with Obama -- it's realizing that things always WERE wrong and we just got suckered.

Posted by: zippyspeed | March 20, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama shows no sign of being up to his job. It's above his paygrade.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | March 20, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama can have the Special Olympics People run his Treasury Dept.

They couldn't do any worse!

Posted by: pgr88 | March 20, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama shows no sign of being up to his job. It's above his paygrade.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | March 20, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

people need to relax. he was making fun of himself, not handicapped people. it was clumsy and unthinking, but not mean-spirited. just about everyone makes comments like this at one time or another, but presidents are not supposed to. maybe that way of thinking about presidents should change.

Posted by: jrm1 | March 20, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

“I have a daughter who has Down syndrome and was very saddened last night by our president's comment.”

Posted by: All4Gals | March 20, 2009 9:28 AM

…so, I can only assume that your daughter is older, considering she just happened to be watching Jay Leno… OH MY GOD!... OH GOD, I said GOD…TWICE… I hope I didn’t offend anyone. You people take everything too damn literal and personal. As long as it doesn’t step on your feelings it’s OK, then if it’s a pet peeve of yours, then it’s “oh I’m offended, he/she is racist or uncaring or stupid or whatever…”, I was watching last night and I cringed when he said it because I knew this was coming.

Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The nitwit can't even go on a stupid television show and make sense without his teleprompter. What a dolt.
Thanks to all you greedy weak minds who put this incompetent in the White House.

Posted by: LarryG621 | March 20, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"I can hear the rest of the world laughing at us now."

There are medications that can help with that.

Posted by: mattintx | March 20, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The Special Olympics Oath actually says.

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Think that any person comparing a relatively low score in bowling to Special Olympics might not have known what he was talking about? One week, attacking veterans and disabled kids....Great choice for President there.......................||

Posted by: Paladin7b | March 20, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how much he "ums" or stumbles on bad jokes - the Special Olympics thing was dumb no matter who said it - he is still better than McCain. Not to speak of Palin.

Posted by: asoders22 | March 20, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Stop trying to defend him. He had a huge verbal gaffe, period. No, he shouldn't resign, but, please, this was a stupid, thoughtless comment. Let's be honest. He deserves to be criticized -- heavily. Show some class (for once) and just accept it.

Posted by: dbunkr | March 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Tom22, you right wing c0cksucking fagg0ts are the kings of hypocritical holier than thou jack@sses so STFU.

Posted by: wangbang747 | March 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

No class at all. Who would say such a thing? Maybe he should stay off Leno and focus on the economy. Distasteful, cruel, and very un-Presidential.

Posted by: nosurprise2me | March 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

My problem with this remark has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal. I just think it's sad that he would equate the Special Olympics with something as subpar and awful as he was making his bowling game out to be. I know it wasn't said it malice, but it was rude. Not only do those kids work harder than most regular athletes, I would rather have a bowling score that reflects their love of the game than one corresponding to all the stupid trophies professional bowlers have won since the beginning of time. Besides, the kids I work with in Special Olympics don't use bumpers.... which is the only way I can even get the ball to go straight.

Posted by: ekeizer | March 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

As a Father and a Coach of the special olympics, Iam totatlly shocked by the insensitive comment made. I think it wise he, Mr Obama, the man I voted for... spend some time with our children before he make such a calus comment. This kids are pure at heart, loving and being with them is the closet thing to heaven on earth.

Posted by: psweinrauch | March 20, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Huge" gaffe? I missed it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Gaffe? Sure. Huge? C'mon.

Posted by: mattintx | March 20, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens, when you vote for a hoodrat.
Moreover, Obama is a south side, Chi-Town punk.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 20, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

That's right...disgraceful. He should have instead decried that gays should not have equal rights--and been serious.

Posted by: emc7x | March 20, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

My mother always told me: "Loose lips -- sink ships." "Think first, before you say it." "If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all." Our President obviously has more than a little trouble thinking things through and weighing the ramifications of his casual comments. But, in Mr. Obama's case, the off-handed remarks say more about him than they do about those who are the "unintentional" brunt of his "humor". Consider the "Sarah Palin Lipstick on a Pig", "Hillary Clinton Annie Oakley" and "Nancy Reagan Seances" ill-timed and ill-spoken comments. Our President obviously has a problem dealing with powerful women and, now even children with special needs. However, when it comes to his pay to play philosophy and the importance of money, it's another story, despite what he says in his populist speeches to the American people. Afterall, AIG gave him over $100,000 in campaign funding, and he looked away as their bonuses were approved. No integrity here -- just cool.

Posted by: mpwynn | March 20, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Get over it people! Whether you voted for him or not, Obama IS your president. Do what he encourages everyone to do...stop focussing on 'number one': Look around and see how you can help. Blame and bitterness can only hurt YOU in the long run.

Posted by: CrowMagna | March 20, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

OK… I’ll respond individually to this… Posted by: wapo9 | March 20, 2009 8:54 AM


I'm a conservative Republican, and I agree that Obama an embarrassing gaffe, but I don't think that this is a big deal.
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So?


BUT...

(1) It wasn't one gaffe, it was two. He jumped on Leno's the "waterhead" statement. He didn't say "dripping." He said "tripping," then made stumbling moves. His comment and gestures only make sense if he was talking about the handicapped.
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WHAT?

(2) As many others have said, "what if Bush did it?"
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We’d had said he was stupid (true), excused him because of that and moved on.

(3) Can we all agree that Obama needs his Teleprompter like a diabetic needs insulin? Can we all agree that, without the Teleprompter telling him exactly what to say, he's really not a great communicator or speaker?
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Can we all agree that Republicans in denial now and watch absolutely too much Sean Hanity and Rush Limbaugh?

(4) Obama's supporters lauded him for being a "man of the people," and for showing that he had the common touch by being on Leno. They lauded this as a brilliant political move. Can we all now agree that he's *very* common indeed, with his juvenile jokes? Can we all now agree that this turned out not to be a good political move?
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Bush’s supporter were as stupid as he was. Can we all agree that Dick Cheney needs to be in prison?

(5) Obama either has a mean streak in him, or he's absolutely tone-deaf as to what many people find offensive. This is at least the fourth time: his "lipstick on a pig" statement, his "sweetie" reference, his "seance" comment about Nancy Reagan, and now this.
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Learn how to spell… the correct spelling is séance.

… my question to you is this… did you TiVo Leno just so you could go back and critique Obama’s performance, if so that would make you an acting instructor, comedian looking for material or a disgruntled Republican looser… you choose.

Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I am sick of america nit picking on things that does not matter. So he made a mistake and stated a comment that was in bad taste in regards to the special olympics. However Bush made PLENTY of comments that were WRONG was he persecuted for those no he remained our president for 8yrs which didnt do anything for any of us but make himself and countless americans rich and drive us into a HOLE. Now people expect Obama to solve 8+yrs (this problem started before bush) with in his first two months of office. He has put into place more programs and laws than any president I can remember and i am somewhat young to begin our healing process. Now we as americans and a country and only wait and see what happens. It takes time just like it took time to put us in this crap hole. Him going on Leno was great he connected he explained and honestly it took away from the constant bickering and MEDIA interpertations of whats going on. Plenty of people watch leno and we know this and that was the best way to talk to those people including myself. He tells us how it is and trys to break it down so we know whats going on. Honestly if we didnt have this debt and problems no one would have cared what he does, says or goes. GOD PEOPLE GET OVER YOURSELVES.

Posted by: jessicaxdavis | March 20, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tempted to criticize Obama for what he said, but I don't want to be labeled a racist so I'll refrain.

Posted by: falcone_vince | March 20, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Big Spender Barack and Millionairre Michelle are celebrities - so they need to tax this single working white mother at 40% in order to keep up their high flying lifestyle - Michelle needs new designer clothes and Barack has more TV shows lined up.

Meanwhile they just make sure I stay poor!

Posted by: mgd1 | March 20, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

My mother always told me: "Loose lips -- sink ships." Hmmm. so what did she tell you about not using condoms... you'll have kids like "W"?

Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

*The Special Olympics were started by the Kennedy family, who endorsed him heavily in his run

*His VP is a long-time supporter of the games, and attended the last one in 2009 to announce the creation of a position for special advisor to the president on the needs of people with disabilities

*His advisor and friend David Axelrod has a daughter with epilepsy (that caused some educational impairment), and is involved in CURE

Gonna be an awkward day in the White House today...

Posted by: dkp01 | March 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Talk about feigned outrage!!

Posted by: Angryman | March 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What a moronic discource -- those few defending a ill-advised comment and the rest -- right wing nuts foaming at the mouth, on the attack, seething with hate. Volunteer lately with the Special Olymipics? I thought not.

Posted by: caswellva | March 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

He didn't mean to disaparage? How does that work when you compare an awful bowling game to someone playing with disabilities?

This is why a sitting President shouldn't be yucking it up on a celebrity talk show. In an effort to be the funny guy, he winds up offending the most vulnerable.

Nice job Mr. President.

Posted by: deann_r2002 | March 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"I think reasonable people agree it was just a flub and not malicious. But he's going to be in the doghouse for a bit. He's going to have to do something pretty big for the Special Olympics."

It was in VERY poor taste, and I can agree with alot of people's anger. But he did APOLOGIZE and reach out to the Special Olympics director and invite the kids up. Lets not act like we are incapable of a gaffe. Alot of us hide behind screen names and keyboards and pretend we are SOOOO perfect. YEAH RIGHT!! None of us are.

Posted by: jayjordan1 | March 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tempted to criticize Obama for what he said, but I don't want to be labeled a racist so I'll refrain.

Posted by: falcone_vince | March 20, 2009 9:55 AM


So don't be racist... simple enough, right?

Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

What a dumb #$%^& He can't even carry on a conversaton with a simple mind like Leno without his teleprompter.
Thanks to all you weak minds who put this incompetent in office.

Posted by: LarryG621 | March 20, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it was just in keeping with the new Obama record of screw-ups for new Presidents. His goal seems to be to make 100 screw-ups in 100 days. What more fitting place than on a second rate comedian's show.

Posted by: GordonShumway | March 20, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

So don't be racist... simple enough, right?

Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 10:02 AM

Don't bring your logic here.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 20, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"“I have a daughter who has Down syndrome and was very saddened last night by our president's comment.”

Posted by: All4Gals | March 20, 2009 9:28 AM

…so, I can only assume that your daughter is older, considering she just happened to be watching Jay Leno… OH MY GOD!... OH GOD, I said GOD…TWICE… I hope I didn’t offend anyone. You people take everything too damn literal and personal. As long as it doesn’t step on your feelings it’s OK, then if it’s a pet peeve of yours, then it’s “oh I’m offended, he/she is racist or uncaring or stupid or whatever…”, I was watching last night and I cringed when he said it because I knew this was coming.


Posted by: oda155 | March 20, 2009 9:41 AM

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Oda, I read this as the author was saddened by the comments, not that the daughter with down syndrome was saddened. Your outrage appears to be misplaced.

Posted by: deann_r2002 | March 20, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

So I guess we can NO LONGER make jokes about the following: Blondes, Short Bus Riders, Blacks, Whites, Jews, Asians, Indians, Mexicans/Latinos or Koreans!! Damn!! Why even get up in the morning!!

Posted by: Angryman | March 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Did everyone lose their sense of humor? The man was making an excellent self-depreciating joke (re: Special Olympics). That's all. Lighten up and get a life that doesn't involve insulting a very popular President!

Posted by: e_k4 | March 20, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I am absolutely appalled. I myself am a woman with a physical disability. I suffered a rare stroke as a child, and walk with a limp, as a result.

Americans with disabilities have to fight so hard to get just a portion of what they deserve in this country, and more often than not, they don't get any help from the government. I have never heard the new mesiah propose anything to help Americans with disabilities, and the fact that he is president makes this even more disgusting.

I put myself through college and have accomplished a lot, despite my limitations. And people with developmental disabilities are some of the kindest people in the world.

I didn't vote for him, and I am so glad!

Posted by: wordweaver | March 20, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps an unfortunate comment, but it will give Special Olympics more time in the spotlight than they deserve. Personally, I have a problem with Special Olympics. Less-abled people say don't treat us differently but then are more than happy to have an entire event that spotlights they are different. Seems like the average Joe is left out once again - not Olympic material and yet not special enough to compete either.

Posted by: lindaj4 | March 20, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A lot of holier than thou folks on here huh? Also alot of people who are completely, 100% PC all the time. What BO said is no different than what many, many other people say every day. This should be refreshing to the neo-cons who wanted us to elect a simple "soccer mom" to work out of the White House. Obama is an intelligent, but normal guy who has, as The Onion put it, the Worst Job on the Planet.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | March 20, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has slip ups we are no different. I am sure he did not mean anything bad about the special olympics! We need to stop being so critical and remember we are all human. I think this is the kind of president we need , A REAL PERSON.

Posted by: razzeldazzel05 | March 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Amen,

The Post and every reporter would have skewered Bush or Palin for their Special Olympics comment. But wink, wink, since Obama said it then it must be something we can forgive. Plus, their Treasury guys wrote in the bonuses for AIG, but they are so busy they must be forgiven. The media is a joke it is so left-centered. Wake up and smell the coffee reporters - you are now thought of less than used car salesmen. At least they get some sympathy these days.

Posted by: steven7753 | March 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

It was a bad mistake, but not I don't think anyone really believes he is against retarted kids. That being said, he will get off lightly, much lighter than say Bush. Yes it is fair to bring up Bush, for he was blamed for everything in the past 8 years, why not continue to blame him for media bias?

Posted by: erikszpyra | March 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show you. Barry isn't such an eloquent speaker when he doesn't have the teleprompter feeding him like a puppet.

Posted by: rg019571 | March 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh for God's sake, LIGHTEN UP.

Posted by: iona123 | March 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This obummer is in way over his head. It's obvious he is nothing but a dope smoking, coke sniffing cigarette addict.
People with any sense know better than to make light of other people's unfortunate special needs circumstances. For the leader of the free World to make such a faux pas is incredible. It's going to be a long 3 years ten months until we are rid of this fool. Hopefully we can get Barry Soetero thrown out when we find he a not a citizen. Why won't he release his Hawaii Birth Certificate. Koolaid drinkers? anyone? ANYONE?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | March 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Great headline...it exposes the GOP rightwingnut psyche. To most of us, President Obama said many things last night on Leno. To some, he only made a comment about his bowling. Oh well. Perhaps, thats why the GOP lost so badly. Gotcha...one petty-political point for the GOP.

Its the economy, stupid.

I'll let President Obama address any offense he may have inadvertantly caused anyone. However, the problem with the GOP that blindly opposes the President is that they cannot seem to improve beyond their pettiness. They will need to if they plan to survive politically.

TGIF

Posted by: free-donny | March 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama's comments about comparing his bowling to the "Special Olympics" was insensitive at best and cruel at its worst. And as POTUS he deals with World leaders? God help us all!

But why be surprised. This man sees nothing wrong with giving federal funds for research into destroying embryos in the name of an, as yet, unproven science. He also made a comment on the campaign trail when speaking about abortion and right to life that he "wouldn't want either of his daughters to be PUNISHED" if one became pregnant. Will euthanasia be up next for federal funding?


Posted by: littleleers | March 20, 2009 12:36 AM


Sorry buddy, but the stem cell thing is the right call. These are embryos that are scheduled for destruction anyway. If they are going to be destroyed either way, doesn't it make more sense to actually give some meaning to their death. It is the parents' choice if their baby is an organ donor and it should be the parents' choice here too.

Posted by: moosepod | March 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the folks denigrating the Special Olympics should learn a bit more about them and the athletes before they go spouting off demonstrating their own weaknesses and ignorance.

Posted by: GordonShumway | March 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see that the desperate wingnuts are out in force to decry a bad joke. Wow, who knew that GOP mouthbreathers were so sensitive and caring about people all of sudden. Yes, we know, you wingnuts cry too...

Posted by: LABC | March 20, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama's a product of the whole liberal pc culture, so he deserves to be hung by his own petard. I hope he catches hell for it.

Posted by: je121819 | March 20, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

No shocker here - Obama says something that degrades part of the human race that is different than him and while the press reports it, they still blanket it at the end with cute puppy talk - pathetic.

Posted by: BTDT06 | March 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

His joke hit conservatives too close to home

Posted by: nmoses | March 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It was insensitive to compare his bowling ability to the special Olympics. The rightwingers and GOP that have slash special-ed funds and Ran America into the ground are a bunch of retards.

Posted by: mjlew01 | March 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Impressive amount of nutcase conservative whacko's who still cannot accept the Obama beat a candidate who betrayed his own principles. We finally have a President who is working for you not against you like Bush. He was very poised and charming on Leno and made an effective case for his policies. Obama is doing an excellent job of digging the USA out of a hole entirely created by a Republican Congress and Republican President. As he stated many times, there will be stumbles and it will take time to overcome the disaster created by Republicans and their supporters. Many of who appear to post their narrow minded and utterly wrong/ignorant opinions here.

Posted by: Duke69 | March 20, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

So, will Keith Olbermann be talking about this on his MSNBC show tonight? Keith Olbermann, who *still* devotes time every single night to mocking and disparaging President Bush?

I suppose I know the answer to my own question. When a republican gaffes in such a disgraceful manner, it gets replayed until the tape wears out. When it's the teleprompter-dependent Messiah, we just let it slide.

Posted by: _virginian_ | March 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama must be doing great anytime these folks have nothing better to do than cry over a comment about the special Olympics comment. And the long comment by y: specialdad | March 20, 2009 1:09 AM.

Oh my God the drama.

Like President Obama said, its the silly season. He was great last night and his naysayers know it. Oh, the green eye monster. Its laughable and stupid these folks.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama and I have cut him a lot of slack as of late.. but this is so distatesful and ameteurish. My brother is a special olympian. And if there is any group in the world that does not deserve mockery, it is the athletes that participate. Especially from a supposedly progressive, highly educated man of color, I am speechless. I hope he takes some of that $500k he landed a few days before office and donates it to S.O.
You can too: http://www.specialolympics.org/

Posted by: jwm1974 | March 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, don't people with disablilities want to be treated JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE? Well everyone else gets ragged on from time to time. It is NOT that serious folks!!

Posted by: Angryman | March 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It was really bad what he said. I'm amazed he said it. I knew it would become a "big deal" the next day and it has, rightly so. I imagine the Kennedys will be speaking to him, since this is a dear issue to them.

By the way I'm a die-hard Democrat. We're able to point out our own shortcomings. Why did it take nearly 8 years for Republicans to say anything against Bush?

Posted by: sarahabc | March 20, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of these outraged commenters have ever referred to someone as "retard" or something as "retarded"? As the sister of two mentally retarded (or, in the current lingo, "developmentally delayed") siblings, I'm constantly assaulted by these all-too-common slurs by people who should know better. The President didn't cross that line, but came pretty darn close. I was -- am -- really disappointed. It just goes to show you how widespread, deeply ingrained, and publicly acceptable certain biases are. But, he's still my President and I'll chalk this up to insensitivity. After all, he didn't start a war that's killed and maimed thousands of people. He didn't decimate our economy. So, to all you Obama haters who are posting these nasty comments: Can you look in the mirror?

Posted by: SchellingOut | March 20, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tempted to criticize Obama for what he said, but I don't want to be labeled a racist so I'll refrain.

Posted by: falcone_vince

Go play in traffic!

Posted by: jayjordan1 | March 20, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Bogus negro.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 20, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

littleleers - I'm so sick of people like you about the precious embryos. Its not a person, just an embryo and if it was supposed to be a person it would have developed into a human! So just the fact that an embryo is not in a human is showing that its not natural. And these embryos are not going to turn into people anyway. But the positive of these manufactured embryos is that it can save lives - real lives, not embryo lives. And that is more important.

You make me sick.

Posted by: zimm1 | March 20, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

OH MY GOSH...OH MY GOSH...LET'S IMPEACH THIS MONSTER. WE NEED TO INSTALL A GOP PRESIDENT OF TRUE FAMILY VALUES LIKE DAVID VITTER.

Posted by: hayden1 | March 20, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I knew that those with nothing else to do but criticize would be allover that comment. I just knew it. The problem in the US today is that if people don't have a problem they can complain about- they make one up. Mr. Obama wasn't dumping on Special Olympics or the handicapped, physically challenged, the handicapable- what ever term you are using. Take a deep breath, g et a sense of perspective, a sense of humor and buy a pair of pliers to pull the bug out of your butts for once and for all.

Posted by: poppysue85 | March 20, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Amazing, absolutely amazing. If Bush had made this mistake, he would have been labeled a dictator, and it would be okay for people to complain. It seems to me that there are a lot of bitter folks out there, who feel elevated by putting down people with limitations.

Posted by: wordweaver | March 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Well look who's playing the "holier than thou" card now... The republicans.... It's humorous that you're calling a man a failure because he didn't fix a problem in 60 days that took your good ole boy 2900 days to destroy. So baby Bush gets a free pass during his 8 year failure on pretty much everything... but Obama makes an off color comparison about his bowling skills and here ya go time to grab the pitch forks and torches. Guess how many Special Olympic athletes are here posting in anger. Those people are full of happiness and love and Ill bet dollar over dime that they forgive the president long before you do. You talk about how he has to live up to a certain set of standards, well I agree, but if the previous presidency is an indicator of where the bar has been set then I think Obama is well above the curve at this point.

Posted by: GrumpyDem | March 20, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Tom22, you right wing c0cksucking fagg0ts are the kings of hypocritical holier than thou jack@sses so STFU.

Posted by: wangbang747 | March 20, 2009 9:47 AM

Mr. wangbang747, the rest of the democrats are proud of you. You have such control of the Engish language. Isn't it your turn to go kill a baby?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | March 20, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Leno's show makes fun of everybody every night, so why is Obama being criticized for a mildly unkind comment? Because the losing partisans have no sense of humor! Even handicapped people have a sense of humor and know that it was a funny comment, since they too can laugh at themselves (something Republicans have seldom shown a talent for despite their mental and moral handicaps.)

Remember when Bush said "there must be some WMD here around here somewhere" at the DC political roast dinner? Now that was tasteless but funny. Lighten up folks and give the President a chance to correct the complete mess that the Bush/Cheny GOP crowd made over the last 8 years. It ain't funny...

Posted by: enough3 | March 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

All of these disparaging comments about Obama because of one, at worst impolitic joke, are ridiculous, and symptomatic of the real problem with our political system and the echo chamber surrounding it--no one allows any space for humor, human error and minor misteps. Further, to those who take issue with the press' reaction, the reason that the press might react differently to Bush making the same joke is because when someone who completely lacks empathy jokes about the special olympics it appears more callous than when someone with a clear care for other human beings does. Its a question of interpreting the intent of a joke based upon what we know about the speaker.

Posted by: hircine | March 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I think Republican can sympathize with Obama supporters after eight years of having to explain all the senseless and unsympathetic comments made President Bush.... like the joking about the search for weapons of mass destruction under his desk.. gynecologists making love to their patents... or just commonly referred to BUSHISMS

Posted by: wowisdabomb | March 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

littleleers - I'm so sick of people like you about the precious embryos. Its not a person, just an embryo and if it was supposed to be a person it would have developed into a human! So just the fact that an embryo is not in a human is showing that its not natural. And these embryos are not going to turn into people anyway. But the positive of these manufactured embryos is that it can save lives - real lives, not embryo lives. And that is more important.

You make me sick.

Posted by: zimm1 | March 20, 2009 10:30 AM

Kermit the Frog says that tadpoles are not frogs......does that mean he is a liberal democrat?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | March 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Listen:

Why are most of you people looking for the simpliest reasons to make such NEGATIVE comments like this. Why should this be shocking? I don't think he meant it in the way that most of you are trying to take it (OVERBOARD) that is! Lighten Up! This man is trying to help and assist all of you in ways that many former Presidents perhaps didn't. Instead of you trying to (lift up his hand), you are trying to destroy him! Unimaginable! Are we forgeting that he is still a human being, and that he DID APOLOGIZE. HOW MANY OF US HAVE SAID THINGS AND SOMEONE ELSE TOOK IT IN THE WRONG WAY.

ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SOMETHING NEGATIVE TO SAY.......PLEASE READ A BOOK OR GET A LIFE!
HE IS NOT GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you think he is not good......send him your ideas on how he can make it better! SMARTIES!

Posted by: mhepburn6077 | March 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

To poppysue, Angryman, etc.

I honestly don't care if he insulted the special olympics. I hate political correctness and really do think that people should get over themselves (and yes, I use the word "retard" as an insult).

My beef with this is when I imagine the kind of treatment that, say, Sarah Palin or George Bush would have received if they had said something like this. Don't even try to pretend that there wouldn't be media outrage! Instead of buried away in blogs and in secondary stories, it would have been plastered on every front page.

Posted by: _virginian_ | March 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, Obama needs to put the kibosh on ad-libs. That is not his forte. AS for the nincompoop who wondered what the media would do if bush had made such a gaffe, one need only look at the record to see many examples of bush's malaprops.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 20, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

My God People-Bush created more physically and mentally disabled children during his tenure than President Obama ever will.
Get a grip. His Special Olympics comment had absolutely no really cruel intention. Those of you who are trying to make it otherwise are simply showing your continuing bias and not any "real" concern for handicapped children !

Posted by: danceblade | March 20, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

People would be more outraged if Obama had made fun of the BLACK Special Olympics. As it is, if you're not black, there is no outrage. Yes that's right.. you white woman on a noose, or you gay man and your pretend marriage.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

To poppysue, Angryman, etc.

I honestly don't care if he insulted the special olympics. I hate political correctness and really do think that people should get over themselves (and yes, I use the word "retard" as an insult).

My beef with this is when I imagine the kind of treatment that, say, Sarah Palin or George Bush would have received if they had said something like this. Don't even try to pretend that there wouldn't be media outrage! Instead of buried away in blogs and in secondary stories, it would have been plastered on every front page.


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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

Posted by: Angryman | March 20, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I've never been an Obama supportor, but I cannot believe people are tearing him up over this comment! He did not have any malicious intent by that comment. The public has a bad reputation for taking things people say and portraying them in a negative light. For goodness sake, we all slip up and say things that could be misconstrued! Give the man a break!!!

Posted by: Gamergirl02 | March 20, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Seems like some people need to work on their sense of humor.

Bottom line: Jokes about the handicapped are hilarious.

Posted by: ringer1 | March 20, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I agree. His comment was in bad taste. I doubt he meant it in a malicious way. Probably how most people refer to others as being "retarded" or calling something "gay" without literally meaning to offend people that fall into those categories. But I can't help but laugh at all of the people on here who are all of the sudden die-hard "special Olympics" fans that are demonizing him. Most of the outspoken negative commenters probably already dislike our president and this is just more fodder to fuel their hate. He messed up, an apology was issued. Let's move on. There are more people that are feeling severe pain from the current events taking place, than there are people suffering from badly worded sentences being thrown around.

Posted by: joedc | March 20, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. - E. B. White

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | March 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I tell you...these faux Washingtonians will find ANYTHING to complain about. If Obama dropped ice cream on the ground you all would yell he's adding to pollution. If he farted in public you would all say he's the most gross human alive. If he picked his nose, you'd align him with an immigrant. If he drove anything other than an American car, you'd call him a spy. Just shut up already. He didn't mean anything behind what he said. You people need a life. Like, really.

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Dang liberals!

1.
a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
c. Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.

1. having social and political views that favour progress and reform
2. generous in temperament or behaviour
3. tolerant of other people
4. using or existing in large quantities; lavish: the world's finest gadgetry, in liberal quantities
5. not rigid; free: a more liberal interpretation
6. (of an education) designed to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability

You are so awful!! :(
If only I could use a "Patriot" Act on you or stick you in Guantanamo/Abu Ghraib!!

Posted by: -hypopig- | March 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey lindaj4, based on your comment, I think you should apply for the special olympics. You are qualified in my book!

And I do volunteer for S.O. I'm not foaming at the mouth but it was an insensitive, thoughtless comment. I agree with posters who say Obama is the POTUS. Highest honor in the land. What may be passable for a bunch of beer drinking golf buddies to laugh about is not OK for the Pres.

To whom much is given, much is expected!

Posted by: jwm1974 | March 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

All you people feigning outrage need to actually watch the piece being discussed. He wasn't saying he bowled like someone participating in the Special Olympics. He wasn't mocking them. He was saying that Jay Leno was treating him like a Special Olympian. It's called context, you people. But I guess it's too much to expect Republicans to actually use context. They get their marching orders and drum up faux outrage.

You people are pathetic. Just pathetic.

Posted by: Balt-o-Matt | March 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I agree. His comment was in bad taste. I doubt he meant it in a malicious way. Probably how most people refer to others as being "retarded" or calling something "gay" without literally meaning to offend people that fall into those categories. But I can't help but laugh at all of the people on here who are all of the sudden die-hard "special Olympics" fans that are demonizing him. Most of the outspoken negative commenters probably already dislike our president and this is just more fodder to fuel their hate. He messed up, an apology was issued. Let's move on. There are more people that are feeling severe pain from the current events taking place, than there are people suffering from badly worded sentences being thrown around.
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HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! He's not you nor me. I guess it is a GOOD idea that he always has a teleprompter...

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The people with nothing else to do are posting again. You guys must be unemployed haters to give this light-hearted moment so much weight. Get a job or get a life.

Posted by: johnmoran1 | March 20, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse


"“I have a daughter who has Down syndrome and was very saddened last night by our president's comment.”
Posted by: All4Gals | March 20, 2009 9:28 AM
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So your daughter has Down Syndrome. Yeah, right. Who the hell cares? You sat there all night and listened to all the other things President Obama said, like trying to explain the economic situation and you hear Special Olympics and oh my God! You jumped out of the chair, clutch your heart like Fred Sansford having the big one, broke into tears and cried yourself to sleep. Now you have to go to the shrink to get therapy over the terrible thing he said. Oh how could he say such a terrible thing? Would you had even notice this if you were not already warned on the news before broadcast he was going to say this and was waiting for him to say this. You are not a fan of President Obama and probably did not even watch the show. So stop being a drama queen. . You are making a fool of yourself.. (P.S.) The first sign of you lie was you said Down syndrome. Notice you did not capitalize syndrome. Liar.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Why did Helen Keller's dog kill itself?

You would too if your name was "Waaahahahahaah"!!!

Boom, Roasted.

Posted by: ringer1 | March 20, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Biden must be giving Obama gaffe lessons!

Posted by: Jean3 | March 20, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I love reading the posts of these Obama supporters. I can literally see them wiggle and squirm themselves out of this with fallacious logic and reason. That's what happens when you are merely a supporter and incapable of independent thought: you become a nonsensical hypocrite.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Im with you tumbleweedhips. You conservs are vultures. Look at you looking for the slighest mistake to pounce on the POTUS. He's got four years. You'll have other opportunities to second guess the Pres. Slow down. GW has said much worse. Can you say WMDs. GW cant even spell it.

Posted by: cubacheck | March 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM -
Uh-oh. I dunno how he's gonna get out of this one.


Are you kidding? This is probably the first and last time it will be mentioned by the MSM.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Nappy headed Special Olympian hos..? Will that make you mad, liberals?

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I love reading the posts of these Obama supporters. I can literally see them wiggle and squirm themselves out of this with fallacious logic and reason. That's what happens when you are merely a supporter and incapable of independent thought: you become a nonsensical hypocrite.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:52 AM
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I love reading the posts too. It enjoyable to read the comments of the losers. Oh weeee, we got something on Obama. Oh Skkye go see the wizard and get a brain.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM -
Uh-oh. I dunno how he's gonna get out of this one.


Are you kidding? This is probably the first and last time it will be mentioned by the MSM.

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Good luck finding the one sentence in the New York Times.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Off the teleprompter,Obama is just one step better than Biden.The real question still is: Will the President stop campaigning and playing the celebrity role and get focused and start leading.We could have hired a real Hollywood star to just sign legislation and go on tour.Obama is the new "Jack in the box" who just keeps popping up everywhere with a big smile and the same old schtick.His act is getting stale.

Posted by: bowspray | March 20, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I believe THIS is the REAL Obama. Perhaps this is the reason he needs teleprompters for EVERYTHING he says. To blow off his remark as a no big deal thing is unbelievable. This is the President of the United States making fun of Special Olympics people. To say that it is him just making fun of himself is to totally pretend he didn't say what he said. He basically said he was as bad as someone retarded/retard.....this isn't about HIM, it is about denigrating people with special needs just to appear funny. I would call this a Freudian slip and I think it tells us a lot more about our president than we had any idea.

Posted by: librairie | March 20, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

that comment was a bit out of line. we self depreciate ourselves at the expense of those who are disabled. but, the right needs to chill out. i have a quote for them:

"we will bring these terrorists to justice, now watch this drive." - GW Bush

Obama called the head of the Special Olympics after making the comment. The President of the SPecial Olympics said that it was a deeply moving apology. Bush never had anything to apologize about.

Posted by: BigB1 | March 20, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:52 AM
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I love reading the posts too. It enjoyable to read the comments of the losers. Oh weeee, we got something on Obama. Oh Skkye go see the wizard and get a brain.

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But I'm black. You're racist for saying I don't have a brain!

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Speaking as someone who is actually a cripple (not "diffrently abled" or any of those other wussy terms)I can say that the most pathetic disabily of all is the inability to laugh at oneself, and the only one that deserves no sympathy. This little flap just shows how desperate some people are for something to get their knickers in a twist about.

Posted by: Capn0ok | March 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Balt-o-matt, its not that the Bushies "don't get it"...they don't want to "get it".

Posted by: free-donny | March 20, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama's bowling is just like he is doing with this country throwing it into the gutter. It made me proud to say I never voted for someone like this, that would make such a remark about people who should be praised for thier courage. I hope all the people who did vote for him got to see him for the worthless man he truly is!

Posted by: zmopar1 | March 20, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Everybody in America" knew what he meant. He didn't stumble over ANYTHING. I didn't think it was a good idea to go on Leno, but I was wrong. This was a fabulous good thing to do right now. Obama is so smart, he is well informed, funny, serious at the same time. Very few if any can pull off an interview like that and make a difference. He did. Congratulations Mr. President, well done!!!

Posted by: DSW358 | March 20, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

And what's wrong with a joke about the Special Olympics. It's a group, not a particular person. Enough of being so politically correct we have to watch every word out of our mouths. I'm sick of it, get a grip.

Posted by: txajohnson | March 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

You people really need to get a sense of humor. His comment was not meant to offend anyone. We all have some sort of handicap and he was pointing his out and comparing it to the special olympics. It's not if he started a war and killed thousands of our sons and daughters. And then some of you talking about if it was Bush, if it was Bush what???? Nothing, you all that's saying it's not funny, would be laughing. He's human and he is not God. He's more than real than any other President we ever had. You all just can't handle someone who is real, no matter what race!

Posted by: lishey | March 20, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

To Angryman: You're wrong. Keep trying to defend Obama when he obviously screwed up royally this time. There are just some things you don't joke about and this is one of them. ESPECIALLY when you are the PRESIDENT OF THE FREE WORLD!!! The fact that he said this is testament to his true feelings about disabled individuals in general. What a total as*. If Bush or a Republican had said they would be asking for a resignation. Yeah, you Dems can make fun of Bush all you want but even he knew something like the Special Olympics was hands off. Guess what all you Obama-lovers, he's not as perfect as you would like as all to believe. To that I say Ha-HAAAAAAAA!!!!

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

This reveals his true character. Commenting on a group of people as though they are less valuable and inferior, is not different than making racial or gender criticisms and stereotypes.

Those of you who think this is no big deal, obviously are not raising or related to a person with special needs, and therefore you have absolutely no understanding as to how hurtful his comment was.

And to the person above who said,
"you morons, the s.o. is not for people in wheelchairs, it's for the retarded people"....well no, it is acutally also for people in wheel chairs or other physical limitations and unrestricted mental capacity..... so even at the risk of intentionally offended you.... Who is the moron? Oh right...it's everyone out there who isn't outraged by this president's comment.

Posted by: melissa7 | March 20, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Relax everyone. Everyone has slip-ups. Even Mr. Bush, go figure. Remember, for example, when he said the war against terror was a "crusade"? Now THAT was a slip-up of gigantic proportions.

Posted by: DeepClue | March 20, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I do not agree with Obama's disgraceful blind support for Israel, but I understand he has to dance for them to stay alive and win. Many people don't realize the hurtful effects of making fun of the Mentally disabled, their families, their friends and in many case the victims themselves understand that they are being made fun of. There is nothing more depressing than witnessing a Mentally disabled person cry. To make fun of a group of people that are the most vulnerable, ranks as one of the most evil acts. But I didn't vote for Obama for his personality, I voted for him because he would make a great President.

Posted by: tigermethod | March 20, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I support President Obama 100%. Mr. Obama should go on Letterman next!

Nobody is perfect. Only perfect people have not made some kind of stupid, non-PC or insensitive comment to someone. Deep inside you didn't mean it in a cruel way and you felt like you shouldn't have said it out loud. How many of you can admit you thought it, but didn't say it. Yes, I realize there is a difference. I immediately thought Mr. Obama just made a critical mistake with that comment and totally expected to read all of the comments I am reading. Ce la vie!

Mr. Obama has apologized and I know he means it. This error will in no way take away from the honorable person that he is.

SUPPORT OBAMA 100%

Posted by: shejoy | March 20, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM -
Uh-oh. I dunno how he's gonna get out of this one.


Are you kidding? This is probably the first and last time it will be mentioned by the MSM.

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Good luck finding the one sentence in the New York Times.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 10:56 AM
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You are probably right. Because its not news to them. I checked the NYT and no mention on the front page at least, nor was it on the Washington Times and conservative paper. It will probable be on FOX though. I can see it now. "HEADLINES, PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKES A STATEMENT DISHING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS". Hannity will probably have an hour show on this interviewing Special Olympics kids.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I actually think that Dems and GOP can both recognize one big fact...that President Obama is imperfect, but SO MUCH BETTER than what we were saddled with during the Bush/Cheney Kleptocracy.

The myriad of petty right wing pot-shots this morning proves how refreshing this administration is. If Bush would have made a remark like this, it would not even be "news", because he flubbed something EVERY DAY! When President Obama makes a mistake - no matter how small - it is MAJOR NEWS....and not just with Fox News...

Perhaps, we are all a bit surprised that he is not perfect. For me, I'm just glad he is doing the job America elected him to do.

TGIF

Posted by: free-donny | March 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Aw, Come on people....PUT a SOCK in it! FREEDOM of SPEECH remember and it applies to the PRESIDENT too. You act like this is Life or Death, SHAME on YOU! GO find a JOB or something.

Posted by: alfredarodgers | March 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Well he has cut the whites and now the special kids. What is next for this guy? Will America ever wake up and see him for the man he truly is?

Posted by: zmopar1 | March 20, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Get a sense of humor already! It was NOT an offensive comment. It was funny. Like no one else has ever done anything or said "how retarded was that." This PC era is total B.S. Where's George Carlin when you need him??

Posted by: ms1234 | March 20, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You people are hilarious! Because of your own prejudices and bigotry, you are portraying fabricated outrage toward Obama’s comment. Obama’s comment was obviously not intended to bring down the Special Olympics; it was intended to jokingly bring down himself…and his bowling skills. A mentally challenged person could understand that…ooops!

Posted by: BasicInstinct | March 20, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a bunch of you REALLY hate Obama, huh? I'm so sorry you're so full of bile and venom. It's seriously disproportionate. Can you channel that hatred constructively in the real world, or will you just wallow in it here in the comments section?

Posted by: merelymyopinion | March 20, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

So which is worse,
a President comparing his bowling skills to the special Olympic level...

or a President looking under the desk for WMD's after basing an invasion on there existence?

P.S. President Obama some of my "special" friends bowl a heck of a lot better than you do.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 20, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I make retard jokes all the time..DE-DEDEEEEHHH

Posted by: ThaddeusMaximus | March 20, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I am from Boise, Idaho. The world special olympic winter games were held here this Feb. So far, Obama's dis-tasteful comment has given more national air time to the special olympics than the actual games received. The games were underfunded and grossly ignored by a great majority. We can all complain about how ugly the president's remarks were, but what are we doing differently? Obama's remarks are heard every day at watercoolers and sidewalks. You think you are different? Do something about it.

Posted by: matt33 | March 20, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Get over it people! Whether you voted for him or not, Obama IS your president. Do what he encourages everyone to do...stop focussing on 'number one': Look around and see how you can help. Blame and bitterness can only hurt YOU in the long run.

Posted by: CrowMagna | March 20, 2009 9:53 AM"

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

CrowMagna: You win my comment for the day! Thank you so much.

I am so over people who are just waiting in the wings for President Obama to trip on his shoelaces and fall into a ditch as well as those who believe after two months on the job he should have this country back up on its feet. That is such an asinine way of thinking.

Did it take two months for this country to get into this pit? No!! Well, it's going to take more than two months to get out of it.

And as for his comment causing the White House staff to wince ... Bush's staff was in a permanent state of wincing!

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | March 20, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It still surprises me how many people find time to comment here and how firmly they are committed, almost married, to their need to hate. Of course Obama goofed...but did you notice that he owned the mistake, apologized, and took some action to make good for it? When did George Bush ever do that...and for mistakes that were far more serious (to say the least...how about 4200 dead and 30000 maimed?) than a a clumsy attempt to make a self-deprecating joke?

In dealing with people, you always run across those that will find fault with whatever you do --- and they will often call it "constructive" criticism when it is really nothing of the kind.. Except in the case of a family member (and most of us have one like that) and even sometimes then, the only thing you can do is walk away since nothing you do or say will have any positive effect. The Nobamers here and in other threads are like that. Keep it up, folks, and the rest of us --- who will criticize the President when he is mistaken but to help him help us, not destroy our society --- will learn to ignore you too. Go off in a corner and stew in your own malevolent juices --- we have some heavy lifting to do and are getting tired of being bitten on the ankles.

Posted by: jprfrog | March 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm a real human being, so this whole fake indignity thing about Obama's 'gaffe' is just silly. I mean seriously, get a life. It's a little too transparent. Especially if you saw the whole interview...

Which I thought was really good. Obama explains things well. It seems like every time I've turned on the TV these past few weeks, these talking heads are just yelling about tiny, trite distractions. No one is explaining the big picture.

In my opinion, Obama cuts through the chatter well. I get what he's saying. "The problem is that finance is busted. The gov't is doing tests to figure out the exact nature of the damage, and then it'll take appropriate action to fix the problem. In the meantime, it's putting a down payment on three areas--energy, health care, and education--so the country will be better positioned for the future. It's time to start making things again."

I'm sorry, but that just makes a lot of sense to me. The people who are yelling at him--I really liked the American Idol reference last night--don't seem like they get the big picture. It's like they're going after him simply because they'd rather be in the drivers seat. They seem like Gilbert Gottfried on a cross-country road trip. (I mean come on, where did Eric Cantor come from?)

On a different note, I'd like to see the Washington Post do more substantive articles than this. You guys are a respectable newspaper. Act like it. This is Fox News stuff.

Posted by: irwin4211 | March 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Another thing I'd like to add. To everyone who feels as strongly as I do about this hugely insensitive comment. Please go the the Special Olympics website and flood their inboxes with your opinion. Do it for old Teddy and the Kennedy Foundation people too since they started the Special Olympics. Let's all stand up and tell Obama that we're not going to take this lightly and we'll remember how he really feels about human rights.

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

One can not think that Obama was intending to make fun of the Special Olympics.
It appears that lots of people are scratching to smell something.

Too much time on their hand.

Posted by: 68b2b | March 20, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

To Angryman: You're wrong. Keep trying to defend Obama when he obviously screwed up royally this time. There are just some things you don't joke about and this is one of them. ESPECIALLY when you are the PRESIDENT OF THE FREE WORLD!!! The fact that he said this is testament to his true feelings about disabled individuals in general. What a total as*. If Bush or a Republican had said they would be asking for a resignation. Yeah, you Dems can make fun of Bush all you want but even he knew something like the Special Olympics was hands off. Guess what all you Obama-lovers, he's not as perfect as you would like as all to believe. To that I say Ha-HAAAAAAAA!!!!

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No one EVER said he was perfect!! So you guys need to STOP looking for perfection in him. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT!

Oh and btw: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Posted by: Angryman | March 20, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This guy can't go out in public without a teleprompter. Who is really behind those great speeches of his. It surely can't be him with this type of blunder. It just shows who he really is. It's one thing to make jokes about certain things. But to say stuff like that when you know the nation is watching is idiotic. I guess when he said this new government would be "transparent" he was right. He truely is transparent. I see right through him. From one ear to the other!!

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You are probably right. Because its not news to them. I checked the NYT and no mention on the front page at least, nor was it on the Washington Times and conservative paper. It will probable be on FOX though. I can see it now. "HEADLINES, PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKES A STATEMENT DISHING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS". Hannity will probably have an hour show on this interviewing Special Olympics kids.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 11:11 AM
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Riiiiight. This is the same NY Times that put on its front page the story of Cindy McCain's addiction to painkillers? The same "newspaper" that ran tabloid story of alleged McCain affair with lobbyist? You know that story where the NY Times had to settle with that lobbyist's defamation suit. HURRAH! You're sooo right! The NY Times is a very respectable news organization with journalistic integrity that run only news worthy and factual stories. Unline Fox News.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

You rightwingers are just plain nuts.

Posted by: nita3 | March 20, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The vast majority of Special Olympians are Republicans, so no harm done politically.

Posted by: jwoods3 | March 20, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Yes Skkye: We can go on and on obviously.

Meanwhile. Back to the issues. I do hope this is a one day issue. Ok. He screwed up. Ok. So all you folks out there who don't care. Just move on to another issue and let the Republicans whine. This is what the losing party is supposed to do. So go ahead and whine. Yes it was a terrible, terrible, terrible thing he said. Yes its unfair. It should be on every newspaper, a special report should had been issued, we should preempt regular broadcasts. If Palin or Bush said it, it would be treated different, and on, and on, and on. Yada, yada, yada.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of political party, this comment was in poor taste and an insult to those with disabilities who participate in the Special Olympics, most times against the odds. What a boorish comment. The only thing more offensive could have been for him to say "I bowl like a retard."

But then again, going on Leno to get people's minds off of AIG was akin to Hugh Grant showing up there after being caught getting a hummer from a prostitute.

Can someone tell our President that the campaign's over and his real job awaits him in DC?

Posted by: Sharon_59 | March 20, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Get over yourselves, people! It was a harmless joke. President Obama was not mocking the Special Olympics. He was mocking himself for being such a bad bowler. I can see that, once again, the conservatives are going to tie themselves in knots for 8 years hounding Obama over every little thing that he says and does. Sad. Very sad.

Posted by: sdecker | March 20, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm still laughing. I laughed hwen he siad it and can read it 20 more times and will still laugh. Isnt it refreshing to hear a politician that talks like a real human instead of a programmed robot? Was it insensitive, yes. But so what? Who got hurt? Did he cut funding to the Special olympics? Do you think he would? Come on people. Lighten up. He was poking fun at himself. If he had said it was the regular Joe six pack bowlers he was mocking would you be as upset? Get over it. Isnt there another actual news item we should all be commenting on?

Posted by: warftr5 | March 20, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama is disgusting! Imagine what all the papers and channels would be doing tomorrow if Bush had said this?!?
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You mean like when Barbara Bush said of the black people huddled together in the Superdome

"Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to Houston." Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Posted by: question-guy | March 20, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Our president confirmed that he is incapable of speaking on his own in public without a teleprompter, reading something written by others.
While we all make mistakes, this was a very very unfortunate one that does not make anyone look good, regardless of political affiliation.
having said that, what an idiot!

Posted by: bdavidarmitage | March 20, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

As a child without the knowledge or understanding of what it is to be disable and what it takes to live in this world without being disable, I have used that remark. But, as an adult, I cannot recall using that phrase becasue I have that understanding and I thank God everyday that he gave me two healthy children and that God continues to bless them with good health.
As a mature adult, forget about being President, I don't understand how he could have said that. To me it shows a lack of empathy, understanding, and maturity.
I use to work with a lady who has a down syndrome child. At first I was a little apprehensive about being around her becasue of the hugging and shows of affection she often displayed. As a 25 yr old, I guess I embarrassed too easily. But as I got to be around her I would come up to her first and hug her. I even watch her for my co worker once. She was only about 14 at the time but that little girl taught me a lot about pure, uncorrupted love.
I just don't understand how a grown man with children could even think to say that.

Posted by: Helpsomeone | March 20, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

This guy will read anything from a teleprompter, and he will sign anything that is put on his desk, as long as someone tells him to. He is a puppet. Someone else is pulling the strings. When it comes time to think and speak on his own, he screws up. I thought he went to Harvard? I thought you had to be smart to go there. If you can't think before you speak, I don't think you should be running a whole country. (unless someone else tells you what to do.) "Sign this, Say that" Then it's OK. Too bad there was no teleprompter at the Leno show, then the show could have been a hit.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

A sick comment from a sick man.

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't know. I can appreciate the Special Olympics as a wonderful organization.... but I thought it was pretty funny. Am I alone on this one?

Shouldn't we be more interested in how a man responsible for our country's economic future has time to fly to LA for a talkshow? Isn't that disrespecting the office a little bit?

Posted by: tdoran | March 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow, people seem to be really upset that Obama is president. They find everything to blast him about, I guess we'd rather have a president that goes to war over a lie, drive the economy into the ground, and allow the country to continue toi thrive in it's drug induced, crime riddled, mess. I guess that would be better. What he said was not the best thing to say, but trust, the 43rd president has done and said much worste. This man just got into office, give him some time. Or because he's an African American, he gets no time? please let me know.

Posted by: allboyzworld | March 20, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama's remark is based on what psychologists call an implicit bias. It's an unconscious attitude (not that it's right) that most people in our society share towards those with disabilities. I didn't even catch the insensitivity of it because it's a common thing to hear. I would give Obama a break for being humself -- he is not perfect and is certainly human like the rest of us. If that is the worst thing our president can say, we should be grateful! Yey Obama! I mean did you hear some of his *other* comments?! He is LOL funny.

Posted by: wasteoftime2 | March 20, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama was just referring to the special olympian who just left the WH after eight years.

Posted by: bkhoward | March 20, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

4,000-plus dead US troops
10,000-plus disabled vets for life
30,000-plus wounded
God knows how many with PTSD
$3 Trillion-plus spent when the final bill comes due

All for an Iraq war based on lies.

And Republicans wanna talk about "gaffes"???

Posted by: Obamarama | March 20, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is a total misinterpretation and misrepresentation of what he said and meant. He did NOT "liken his game to the Special Olympics." In direct response to AND ABOUT Jay Leno's patronizing praise, he said, "it's like the Special Olympics," in reference to their policy of rewarding ALL those who participate, regardless of merit or achievement.

Not that I don't think it was a misstep for the President, but let's at least get the (commonly made, btw) joke straight before you start bashing the guy.

Posted by: honeybee33 | March 20, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Good lord people, lighten up. When i first heard that joke I cracked up. Why do we have to trouble our minds picking the wrong out of everything and appreciate humor we are so lucky to express day in and out.

Posted by: vrt2 | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

if he is not your president, if you cannot stand him this much, if you are so much like the conservative pundits who are egging him on to fail, leave. please. the door is there.

Posted by: tumbleweedhips | March 20, 2009 1:48 AM

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No...I think not ....we were here before Obama (literaly) we will remove his power in 2010 and his person in 2012.

We are legion and we will show him "the door".

Posted by: Straightline | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Let's have some compassion for people, including Obama. He is fit for being a president, but still human!

Posted by: wasteoftime2 | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that all of the people who support the President on this issue didn't start to comment until after 9 a.m.? I guess thats when all of the free computers are turned on at the library.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama is disgusting! Imagine what all the papers and channels would be doing tomorrow if Bush had said this?!?
Posted by: davenp35 | March 20, 2009 12:25 AM
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Oh boo hoo. What a bunch of whining losers.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Get over yourselves, people! It was a harmless joke. President Obama was not mocking the Special Olympics. He was mocking himself for being such a bad bowler. I can see that, once again, the conservatives are going to tie themselves in knots for 8 years hounding Obama over every little thing that he says and does. Sad. Very sad.

Posted by: sdecker | March 20, 2009 11:28 AM
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Thats what they do. We got eight years of Bush over Bill’s BJ. The republican rubes have the attention span of gerbils.

Posted by: question-guy | March 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes Skkye: We can go on and on obviously.

Meanwhile. Back to the issues. I do hope this is a one day issue. Ok. He screwed up. Ok. So all you folks out there who don't care. Just move on to another issue and let the Republicans whine. This is what the losing party is supposed to do. So go ahead and whine. Yes it was a terrible, terrible, terrible thing he said. Yes its unfair. It should be on every newspaper, a special report should had been issued, we should preempt regular broadcasts. If Palin or Bush said it, it would be treated different, and on, and on, and on. Yada, yada, yada.
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The Dems were the losing party once too and all they did was whine, according to the majority party. But that "whine" turned into a united voice against an incompetent president. One day your president will suffer the same fate.

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I can appreciate the Special Olympics as a wonderful organization.... but I thought it was pretty funny. Am I alone on this one?
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If you are asking children and immature adults, you are not alone.

Posted by: Helpsomeone | March 20, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Come on people! we all use a term or reference something in light, it was meant no harm! relax!!

Posted by: RacerX2 | March 20, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that all of the people who support the President on this issue didn't start to comment until after 9 a.m.? I guess thats when all of the free computers are turned on at the library.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM

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Or mom just yelled down in the basement and woke them up.

Posted by: Straightline | March 20, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

It is just hilarious to see the right-wing nuts come out in feigned outrage over this gaffe. Yes, it was an unfortunate offhand comment--a very uncharacteristic flub, and one that I'm sure Obama wishes he hadn't made. But give me a break--y'all need to lighten up.

Posted by: joemomma3 | March 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

As a republican, I really don't see what was said as a big deal.

As a republican who has seen the Washington Democrat...oops...I mean Post...spend the last 8 years taking Pot-Shots at Bush (some deserved, many others not), the wink-and-a-nod treatment this will get bites.

Just imagine what would have been written if Bush had said this.

Posted by: TimDz | March 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that all of the people who support the President on this issue didn't start to comment until after 9 a.m.? I guess thats when all of the free computers are turned on at the library.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM
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We have jobs dope. We are not up at the crack of dawn in our mother's basement typing away about silly tripe like this. Wow, your little mind thought of this all by yourself? Very good.
Hey Skkye, you got another whiner.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

No...I think not ....we were here before Obama (literaly) we will remove his power in 2010 and his person in 2012.

We are legion and we will show him "the door".
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Funny how you just called Republicans a bunch of demons (Legion), just as those demons identified themselves to Jesus, just before Jesus threw ‘Legion’ into a bunch of swine, who then ran off a cliff.

Yeah I agree, your name is ‘Legion’.

Posted by: question-guy | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Not to shut down dddenver, but people who signed on after 9 could be anybody... make sure you aren't assuming based on what you want to imagine. And have you read Obama's writing or listened to his speeches? He memorizes those speeches. And the things he says ad hoc are thought-provoking. Very few people have these kinds of abilities. It's really breathtaking, even if you don't agree with him.

Posted by: wasteoftime2 | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised he could fit this Leno appearance in considering all the non-stop partying they've been doing with celebrities in the last two months. I'm sure glad I'm footing the bill so they can have Stevie Wonder perform a concert for them. They are megalomaniacs of the highest form and want so badly to be worshiped as celebrities. Why don't you try running the country for a change instead of promoting yourselves and your own personal agendas?

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tempted to criticize Obama for what he said, but I don't want to be labeled a racist so I'll refrain.
Posted by: falcone_vince | March 20, 2009 9:55 AM
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That NEVER stops El Rushbo BOSS Limpboy, the Oxycontin Prophet, and the rest of the Right Wing Media talk shows, eh?!

Posted by: Bigrcube | March 20, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Obama, and I hate many of his policies. But get a grip, America! The joke was funny!
OK, since you have no sense of humor, I'll explain why the joke was funny: Obama is known to be a reasonably good athlete, at least in some sports like basketball. But he totally stinks at bowling, like he is retarded or crippled or something. If he were actually retarded or crippled or something, then it would be cruel to make fun of his poor performance. But he's not -- he just stinks. So it's funny, get it?
OF COURSE this ignores the fact that the TOP bowlers in the Special Olympics are actually quite good. The point of the joke is that EVERYONE gets to compete in the Special Olympics -- even if they stink -- just because they are handicapped. Do we make fun of them for that? God forbid! Do we make fun of an athletic, healthy, smart man who bowls like he is retarded? You betcha!

Posted by: dmm1 | March 20, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Let's see how many Obama supporters we have by tax time next year.

Demeaning your voting population; be they Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, or Taxpaying Americans - is most certainly not wise; even if you are, 'joking.'

Lavish White House Parties while Americans foreclose on their homes, experience record unemployment, continue to go without healthcare, and face incredible tax burdens, are not exactly a prime example to the American population either.

Spending (B)illions upon (B)illions of dollars of taxpayer money, only to watch it get frittered away on companies that have failed, isn't exactly making Americans happy - can you say, 'Tea-Party?'

Attempting to charge combat-wounded soldiers insurance money for their wounds, and service-connected Veterans as well, is a blatant show of disrespect for the military personnel and Veterans of this nation. It is also a slap in the face to these same people, and a denial of the sacred trust.

Dining on $100 per ounce Japanese Beef while American Citizens are enduring a recession is insulting, degrading, and mean.

No hate - just the facts. Mr. Obama is no leader, just another bum who managed to use pretty words to get into office so he can live on glamor. Given time he will fail, just like like G.W. Bush did - miserably. We have given our political representatives to much, in too many ways. They are supposed to be public servants, not Hollywood Stars.

Posted by: IndependentMe | March 20, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Love the wonderful attacks from those who hate having such a wonderful president. You folks need to lighten up and understand that the Special Olympics only exist because of the democrats.

And while you are on your holier than thou campaign try donating a little money to special olympics. When was the last time you even supported a Special Olympics event? The President's comment was insensitive but not in a malicious attack like your well-honed, sour grapes retorts.

And guess what, his stem cells decision will do more good for those with handicaps than any of you making such disparaging remarks. Grow up, get on with your lives, and deal with the reality that you have a new president.

Posted by: fide | March 20, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Mary Ann did you watch the Leno show or did someone wake you up early from the RNC and tell you what happened? Obama had a great night while explaining some of the nation's great problems with simple analogies to nation. He was light in his touch but honest about no quick fixes. His approach and stories about himself (bowling)and his kids (Starbursts on Marine One) did a lot to humanize him as a real person like most Americans who has a tremendous burden placed on him.

All in all he did a great job advancing his agenda and presenting himself to the late night crowd.

I guess some of the people writing here (the Republicans who we all associate with working 24/7 at destroying any government program or tax cut that doesn't help the rich and able bodied) are SHOCKED that the President made a joke at HIMSELF being poor at bowling. This feigning of support for the handicapped is disgraceful when it is used only to score a quick political point and misses the larger point of what fine and intelligent person we have leading this nation.

Posted by: BobSanderson | March 20, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that all of the people who support the President on this issue didn't start to comment until after 9 a.m.? I guess thats when all of the free computers are turned on at the library.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM

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Or do you think it has something to do with the fact we were actually working and not reading the paper online as soon as we began our work day, or maybe becuase of the great economy the last president left our country in, you don't have to work, so you were sitting on your balcony over looking the potomic ordering your maid to get you more wine to have w/ your breakfast.. give me a break, you guys are really funny.. your president... you guys CAN NOT STAND having a black president... and you WILL have him for another term... BELIEVE THAT!!

Posted by: allboyzworld | March 20, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Bush did not speak about the Special Olympics at all. In fact, he forbid his
Surgeon General to endorse or attend the
Special Olympics, due to the fact that they were supported by the Shrivers.

Posted by: josephkenny | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM
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There were VOLUMES more things that came out of DUBYA's mouth that his HANDLERS wished he hadn't said. And some of those Faux Pas Dubya uttered, he didn't see any problem with. But then again, he was WITHOUT a brain, just like the ScareCrow in the Wizard of Oz, eh?!?!

And NOW, DUMBYA's gonna write a book. Wonder if it will contain CRAYON colorings?!?!?!

Posted by: Bigrcube | March 20, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Not to shut down dddenver, but people who signed on after 9 could be anybody... make sure you aren't assuming based on what you want to imagine. And have you read Obama's writing or listened to his speeches? He memorizes those speeches. And the things he says ad hoc are thought-provoking. Very few people have these kinds of abilities. It's really breathtaking, even if you don't agree with him.

Posted by: wasteoftime2 | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM

I agree the speeches were well written and said some very inspiring things. But nothing since the campaign has been changed. It's the same old stuff. The same politics of the last 8 years. Larger govenment and more taxes. We need to down size govt. to stay around as a nation. My point is this, politicians (republicans and democrats) will say and do anything to get there. Once there they have to payback those that helped them along the way. They step on everyone else. No matter what they believe.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Despite Obama's apology and admission of genuine mistake, I think the comment gives insight to his character and way of thinking. If he does in fact invite the Special Olympics community to the White House, I would not be able to help but think it would be one of debt and national apology. Would it be genuine then?

Posted by: WashingtonDC9 | March 20, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I have never ever heard so many people say (That's not my president) I Wonder why?

Posted by: manhut2000 | March 20, 2009 1:03 AM
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Probably has to do with the 60% of kids not graduating highschool and being to stupid to know much about anything, especially who the president really is. Never learned how the government works, too stupid. LOL
Besides that, I have heard worse comments out of most of you that make Obamas comment seem small. Do not be critical of others when you yourself commit the same crimes.
I like what Obama is doing. He is actually coming out and talking to us, not talking over us. He is making sure we are able to keep up with what is going on, and not hiding behind closed doors.

Posted by: ai3di | March 20, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

It was a very impolitic thing to say. He's not experienced enough to avoid getting too cozy with the media. This will inevitably result in a glib, thoughtless remark on occasion. The question, then, is less about his comment's offensiveness (which it was), and more about his celebrity junket. I'm sure it was calculated to play on his media-friendly strengths as a means of either downplay his recent political missteps and/or remind the public that beautiful people still love him. This strategy appears to have backfired. This is why appearing on talk shows, while well-intentioned, was probably ill-advised. It is also why these flashy publicity tours are not very presidential. He can be a "man of the people," without having to stun us with media glamor. That was fine for the campaign, but he's the President now. To add insult to injury, he unintentionally set off a controversy that will not assist in whatever good this talk show tour was intended to do. Moreover, he's exacerbating it further by having his "staff" apologize. If he's truly repetentant, as he claimed to be for the AIG bonus situation, then he would be better off apologizing himself.
For those who are saying simply "get over it," you are neither respecting other people's sensitivity, nor are you being very consistent. If a republican made a similar comment, you'd still be raging over this in July. If you're truly faithful in your political views, a comment that is offensive remains offensive; no matter who says it.

Posted by: Bosworth2 | March 20, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Or do you think it has something to do with the fact we were actually working and not reading the paper online as soon as we began our work day, or maybe becuase of the great economy the last president left our country in, you don't have to work, so you were sitting on your balcony over looking the potomic ordering your maid to get you more wine to have w/ your breakfast.. give me a break, you guys are really funny.. your president... you guys CAN NOT STAND having a black president... and you WILL have him for another term... BELIEVE THAT!!

Posted by: allboyzworld | March 20, 2009 11:52 AM
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Well, I don't think that the only reason they dislike President Obama, but for some (not all) it could be. But lets not open that can of worms. Lets just keep it the issues and hush, hush, the race thing. Ok.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

There's another seemingly self-inflicted blow to President Obama's image to tell the world about, and his critics are quite happy to oblige.

As On Deadline recounts, a set of 25 DVDs that the president recently gave to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are "little more than a set of coasters" because they can't be watched on European DVD players.

Can you imagine the Democrats' reaction if the Bush White House had given a European head of state a set of DVDs that can only be played on North American machines? It would have been conclusive proof of Bush's provincialism, lack of sensitivity to our allies' sensibilities, ignorance of the wider world, techno incompetence, failure to appreciate the superiority of European civilization, blah blah blah. That's how it would have been reported and editorialized on in every newspaper. So let's check tomorrow's papers and see whether that's how Obama's gaffe is covered. Or whether it's covered at all.


http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/03/64400131/1

Posted by: Skkye | March 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when Obama is off is usually present teleprompter, he speaks and reveals himself as a real jerk.

Obama is simply not ready for prime time and most certainly not Presidential.

Posted by: TAH1 | March 20, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that so many people defend anything that Obama does, even something so hurtful? He is NOT perfect. He is showing his true self. All of you who voted for him were hood-winked. He is a pompous ass.

Posted by: PittAlum | March 20, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Words Hurt...As a small business owner, I challenge other business owners to do the same.
As of last night...I will hire only conservative Republicans at my small Hospital.
I do not have to hire a liberal! Before you hire check the voting registration of your employee!
If they want to spend our money for pork, then I can cut the fat and hire only lean conservatives that have fallen on hard times or have special needs.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that so many people defend anything that Obama does, even something so hurtful? He is NOT perfect. He is showing his true self. All of you who voted for him were hood-winked. He is a pompous ass.

Posted by: PittAlum | March 20, 2009 12:03 PM
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Your Mama.

Sorry, I had to say that.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that all of the people who support the President on this issue didn't start to comment until after 9 a.m.? I guess thats when all of the free computers are turned on at the library.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM
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No, I didn't notice that Obama supporters didn't begin commenting until after 9:00 a.m. this morning. I did, however, notice that Obama haters couldn't wait to start wailing on the President's harmless joke ... and then remained up all night ferociously posting on something so trivial that it won't even be news by 6:00 tonight! Don't the Obama haters have jobs? Maybe the Obama haters are cranky because President Bush's poor domestic and economic policies left so many Americans jobless, without medical insurance and homeless.

Posted by: sdecker | March 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it was a joke. Ok, then.

WRONG. It is long past due when these socialist pigs started being held accountable for the mean, cruel hateful things they say.

Allen's macacca was a joke too. Lokk what happened to him.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The president made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.
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Uh-huh.....and if W had made the same comment, the liberal press would be calling for is impeachment and subsequent imprisonment. Must be nice to have a hypocritical press corps.....

Posted by: WildBill1 | March 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break already. Yes, the comment was insensitive. But does anybody really, I mean REALLY, think he meant to disparage either the Special Olympics or disabled youth? Who of us has not said something in a similar vein to disparage ourselves, with absolutely no intent to disparage another group? Who of us would always say the right thing (and always avoid saying the wrong thing) under 24/7 media scrutiny? Personally, I'm so glad to have a president who can complete a sentence, who isn't painful to listen to, who doesn't embarrass me as an American in front of the rest of the world, and who has the intellectual capacity and motivation to educate himself on policy issues rather than making knee-jerk decisions based on gut feelings, machismo and theology (HOW may people dead in Iraq as of today?), that I can't believe anyone is actually getting upset about this stupid slip-up. Would you rather go back to what we had before? Or do you have your head so far up Rush Limbaugh's behind that you actually think what we had before was positive?

Posted by: MHinNC | March 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it was a joke. Ok, then.

WRONG. It is long past due when these socialist pigs started being held accountable for the mean, cruel hateful things they say.

Allen's macacca was a joke too. Lokk what happened to him.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 20, 2009 12:05 PM
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Oh my, life is not fair. McCacca. Any more folks. This is getting dumber and dumber. I love it!

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Michell Obama can't do anything about her
rather large posterior side either...does she deserve to be made fun of???
So...saying this is not hurtful I guess?

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

allboyzworld | March 20, 2009 11:52 AM

To your reply "your president... you guys CAN NOT STAND having a black president"
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I didn't notice. Thanks for pointing that out, but it's not about skin color.

It's CHARACTER that he lacks.

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship.

He's is 0 and 6

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The president made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.
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Uh-huh.....and if W had made the same comment, the liberal press would be calling for is impeachment and subsequent imprisonment. Must be nice to have a hypocritical press corps.....

Posted by: WildBill1 | March 20, 2009 12:09 PM
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Ohhhhhh. Yes!!! Its so unfair. Lets put Obama in jail. What the charge Your Honor? Well, he compared this bowling to the special olympics Your Honor.

NO wonder you folks lost. How dumb can you get? Stop. You are making a fool out of yourself.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Look at that Huge Booty on the Prez's wife, does she need two seats on Air Force One? Or does she need an Air Force Two?

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Look at that Huge Booty on the Prez's wife, does she need two seats on Air Force One? Or does she need an Air Force Two?

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:16 PM
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And it gets dumber and dumber.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"It's CHARACTER that he lacks.
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship."
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Says who? Examples please? Sounds like you are aping the hate-filled neocon media fringe who, of course, are filled with all of the above qualities. From where I stand, our current president has a whole lot more of these qualities than our previous one.

Posted by: MHinNC | March 20, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

shame on him!

Posted by: fred1000120031 | March 20, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse


Why is it that so many people defend anything that Obama does, even something so hurtful? He is NOT perfect. He is showing his true self. All of you who voted for him were hood-winked. He is a pompous ass.

Posted by: PittAlum | March 20, 2009 12:03 PM
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Your Mama.

Sorry, I had to say that.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 12:04 PM


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Did you notice that there weren't any watermelons being planted in Michelle's garden? She coming to your house to get them. LOL!!!

Posted by: PittAlum | March 20, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. It was a self-deprecating joke that didn't end well. (That means he was poking fun at *himself*, for all of you plants and trolls out there.) Obama apologised; move on.

Can we get back to dealing with reality, please?

"Ok, I'm sorry, but it's actually not a big deal. Anyone with an ounce of reason who watched the interview could tell that President Obama was not making a serious comment.


Posted by: JaniceT1 | March 20, 2009 4:03 AM"

Posted by: owl1 | March 20, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of racists that voted for Obama. They are all in unions too. It just goes to show how Hypocritical the Obama sheep are. If you are a racist, how could you vote for a black president? If you are black, and hate racism, how could you vote for someone just because they are black?Our country was so screwed up after the last 8 years that people were so Desperate for change. They voted for this guy because they thought they had too. If it was not white guilt or racial bias that put him there, it was ignorance. We are just now starting to see the qualifications of this man were not there. Same as the last president. We need to look at someones history not only as a politician but as a person, before we consider them with the most important job in the world. (except for CEO of AIG)

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess..

"That's not the Special Olympics I knew."

What do I win?

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, any dumber decision making by "your" Prez.... and we will all be competing in the Special Olympics...joining his cabnet in action.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Has the SOC release any press regarding his comments?

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse


In a surprise announcement the White House has confirmed that the President's second official press conference will be held on the East Lawn.
http://www.aratunes.us/voxpopuli

Posted by: aratunes | March 20, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the Post mentioned this at all. If Obama were conservative or a Republican the impeachment hearings would have started already.

Posted by: alice5 | March 20, 2009 8:41 AM
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Why is it when Clinton had a fling in the white house he was almost impeached, and now Obama is being called out to be impeached for this and so many other reasons, but both Bushs led our country into debt with wars that killed thousands of innocents and actually has made things worse, than better, never are considered for impeachment!? We are a sick sick nation or hypocritical opinionated idiots. You don't like the image that Obama (and Clinton, or Jimmy) place on us as uneducated hillbilly hicks. Look around, it's not so far off. 60% dropout rate, 15% teen pregnancy, #1 employer is Wallmart, etc. Those of you who think you are so high and mighty are really the worst of the bunch too. Thinking you deserve more, and work harder than others. Well, you can be better at something than someone else, but you can never be better than someone else. The better you think you are than others, truthfully, the worst kind of person you really are.

Posted by: ai3di | March 20, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh the Repuke parade is on now, lol...always digging in the weeds to find a nugget, lol...I know what's next, Sarah Palin dragging little Track out on display as the token disabled Repuglican...I wonder if she's bother to take a look at him in that elephant costume last Holloween--incredible...simply incredible...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Spending all that time with Tim Geithner leads to a Freudian slip..

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I had a cousin who had Down's syndrome to whom I was very close. (He often participated in the Special Olympics.) I am well aquainted with the problems and needs of retarded people and those who take care of them. I don't think that the matter is so serious and sacrosanct, though, that humor has no place anywhere near it.

I also can't help but comment on SavedGirl's remarks:

"Mocking handicapped childen is the lowest of the low. This man is clearly unfit for the highest office in the land. The goverment and media had the chance to block this negro from becomming president by demanding to see his original birth certificate, and did nothing. What next 9-11 chapter 2?"


It's ironic that this person disapproves so much of Obama's "mocking" of the handicapped, but is at ease enough with her own racism to not even try to hide it. (Of course, you could argue that her use of the mostly archaic word "negro" (instead of the word she probably usually uses) is somewhat of an attempt, if a pathetically hapless one, to hide it.)

Posted by: AntonP | March 20, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

All due respect to families with disabled children, Wow America! We finally have a president who wants’ to do right by the people. But, many of you just seem to wait to jump on every single mistake he makes. I think he has proven that he’s not the evil monster many of you hope for. He’s a human begin! He apologized for the slip. What no one here has seen the “What to Get away” commercials!? We’ve all made mistakes like that. Give him a break!

I hope YOU Fail with your Anti-American comments! PEACE- Clusterfunk Collective

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd say that the most telling thing about President Barack Obama is that he immediately realized that, in trying to make a self-deprecating joke, he inadvertently insulted an innocent third-party group. He called the head of Special Olympics before he even got to his next destination (and well before the show aired) to apologize and to offer himself up for an education of such matters.

Wow -- imagine that. An unscripted remark caught early, with a unpromted mea culpa.

Compare that to so many stupid remarks that all of us make, every day, and how defensive we can sometimes get. Compare that to President Bush performing a scripted skit on video about starting a war without provocation, for stated reasons that prove to be non-existent.

I'll take an apologetic Barack Obama over all the less self-aware enemies of success any day!

Posted by: TerryOakland | March 20, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, don't care, and neither do people in the special olympics, (probably). Though, if they do have bowling, I'm damn sure they could beat Obama.

Posted by: ddh8x | March 20, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a joke, his administration is a joke, and his legacy as the first teleprompter president will go down as a joke. These kinds of comments are what Obama is really about. He is an arrogant, pompous, and dangerous ideologue, who seems hell bent on destroying capitalism, the military, and every other tradition that has made America the envy of the world. First 2010, then 2012. The countdown has most certainly begun.

Posted by: LAWNMAN209 | March 20, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

How come people assume if you disagree with Obama, you automatically are a Bush supporter. Why does everyone always think you have to be on one side or another. I'm on my own side. I love America. I don't like people that are attempting to mess it up. I didn't support Bush and I don't support Obama. I think the population of people who agree with me is growing. We want our country back. Don't call everyone who disagrees with the President a racist. Call them Americans. Americans don't care about race. This is the land of the free. We just want the Governement to protect us, not take over us.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse


Can we get a nationally televised rebuke out of Kanye West on this one?

"Barack Obama doesn't care about disabled people..."

Something like that..?

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

He should MIND HIS JOB rather than wasting time on some lame late night show to "get in touch with the people" like how Mr Clinton used to with his Saxophone. Do your job Mr Obama, we really don't need you to waste time entertaining the masses, or get intimate with them like Mr Clinton did. You are the head of state of the most powerful nation in history, ACT LIKE ONE for goodness sakes!

No I'm not a conservative, I'm independent.

Posted by: celestial5150 |
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So the fact that you call yourself an "independent" makes it so? I don't think so...I can call myself an independent also, but at heart, I'm a moderate liberal...you chose Obama and Clinton to beat up on in your commentary, but you completely left out the Bush madness...I'd say it's pretty clear that you are a Right winger in sheeps clothing...the worst kind indeed...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Not a word by the Obama supporters about the outrageous offenses related to Veterans with disabilities, lavish White House parties, $100 per ounce Japanese beef...

Selective perception? Nothing to say? No, 'Bush-isms?'

It doesn't matter - America needs to review the term, 'public servant.' The, 'Democrat-Republican,' duality needs to end in this nation. Public servants should not have the option to throw lavish parties at taxpayer expense - whether they are a Republican OR a Democrat. Public servants should not be able to Demand *anything* - they are public servants! They are there to serve *us*.

Public servants; Democrat OR Republican, who demean their constituents through statements in public, need to have their position examined! PERIOD. If you do not respect the American people - be they Persons with Disabilities, Veterans, Tax-paying American Citizens...then perhaps you should not be in office.

Posted by: IndependentMe | March 20, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I see the Republicans wasted no time on building their fake moral outrage. Given the Republicans long and extensive history of offensive remarks against blacks, women, gays and other minorities I think your outrage is pretty hypocritical.

You know the big difference between Democrats and Republicans is that the White House appologized right away after the gaffe while you have to protest, picket and cause an uproar before a Republican will do a fake appology, "If anyone was offened, I'm sorry they were offended." You Republicans need to be standing on a little bit of higher ground the next time you fake outrage at a stupid comment.

Posted by: dre7861 | March 20, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

You're a right-wing Hack! and you and all your followers
SUCKDIDLYUCK- FLANDERS!

Posted by: DesavedAgain | March 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

WoW!!! The reactions against Obama's JOKE is disturbing. I wonder, how "these people" (be it neo-cons or simply hateful humans) have any the time in such days of economic crisis to rattle over a "JOKE"
Of course, Obama has NO ill feeling about Special Olympics...it is obvious that Obama is an "intelligent", thoughtful man who is a decent human being unlike the horrible creatures comprised of the Bush & Co, Inc.
Please stop your whiney hatred---was it not enough that the so-called Republican party nearly destroyed this country & the global community?!!

Posted by: lucestella18 | March 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a nationally televised rebuke out of Kanye West on this one?

"Barack Obama doesn't care about disabled people..."

Something like that..?

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 12:35 PM
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That's interesting, so you're comparing this botched joke to thousands of American citizens drowning in the streets of New Orleans...bet you don't think that's a racist statement...do you??

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"Your" half and half, Prez is now the new "Poster Child" for the Special "O" Olympics.
At this rate, Osama and Saddam are looking good as leaders regardless of where they are! Did I say half&Half? I am sorry... a mistake...in words "It was a self-deprecating joke that didn't end well."

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I am a senior citizen who has been disabled for 50 years and I thoroughly enjoyed the Presiden'ts remarks. He made me laugh. Sometimes "humor" is the only thing that can get us through the difficulties if Life. Once you lose your ability to laugh at yourself, you might as well cut off your head.

Can't laugh at yourself or your predicament? THAT'S a worse disability than mine!! Must suck to be YOU!

Posted by: louisrichards | March 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's get serious. So are we all saying that we have never told a joke before? If Jay Leno would have joked about the special olympics, the joke would have gone over great and we would not have given the joke a 2nd thought.. but since it was the President (whom most of you all are diligently searching for the simplest reason to defame his name), some of you are trying to blow this out of proportion. In addition, he was making a joke about HIMSELF! He did NOT say, "I do not like the special olympics or its participants." He is a MAN (not God), and it was a JOKE, people!

Posted by: lbrown1 | March 20, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how "Politically correct" everyone is. I'm sure there are a lot of people that have jokingly made comments about the special olympics at least once in their life.
Obama is the real deal...he is the most "real" president ever elected.
The Gop is a bunch of old fogeys...they just don't get it!
Instead of fighting over who did what, Congress should stand behind the President and help this country get back on track.
I have not heard many ideas coming from the Gop. Wake up guys...time is of the essense.

Posted by: Mamare | March 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

MHinNC | March 20, 2009 12:21 PM

I would hope you get this before they throw you off the public library computer.

Trustworthiness- Not after appointing Tiny Tim as Sec of T.

Respect- Only the position not the man

Responsibility- Bit off more than he can chew

Fairness- Taxes for bonuses. A gov. ponzi scheme

Caring- not after last nights comment

Citizenship- Hear say. No proof

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Someone said this above: >

Grrreat idea!

Posted by: saracooper | March 20, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Words Hurt...As a small business owner, I challenge other business owners to do the same. As of last night...I will hire only conservative Republicans at my small Hospital. I do not have to hire a liberal! Before you hire check the voting registration of your employee! If they want to spend our money for pork, then I can cut the fat and hire only lean conservatives that have fallen on hard times or have special needs.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:03 PM
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If I ever see dr4body on this site posting about how his business is doing badly, I will regurgitate his asinine post to him. Talk about your nonsensical business policies! First, the absurd notion that no conservative has ever said or done anything hurtful is ludicrous. Second, how does any business benefit by hiring only conservatives or liberals? A lot of people dislike Obama's economic policies already without even giving them a chance to work. But it's very apparent that there are a lot of people out there who are in dire financial straits not because of what the government does, but because of their very own ignorance and inability to run either their personal finances or their business well. If dr4body chooses to run his business badly, that's his choice. But he should never try to blame anyone else for his obvious ignorance of how to run a business well!

Posted by: sdecker | March 20, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

oops-- this is the great idea:

Only 1 way for Obama to save face: Invite the Special Olympics bowling team to the White House, then make sure they beat you. Badly.

Posted by: saracooper | March 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"He is a MAN (not God), and it was a JOKE, people!"

A, 'joke,' following an attempt to charge disabled Veterans insurance money - *not funny*.

A, 'president,' who is willing to poke fun at people with disabilities, among the most vulnerable members of American Society.

Wow, I guess I should admire him (not).

Another example of a, 'president,' that is inept. Mr. Obama, keep the, 'change.'

Posted by: IndependentMe | March 20, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Certainly, there are a lot of reckless comments being said and written, however none of them are coming from President Obama.

Posted by: CSF09 | March 20, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh no.... He said something not PC


This is probably the only good thing Obama has done so far.


Anyone who complains is a worthless hippie. Go protest or recycle something. Rabble rabble.

Posted by: bradmoser | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Fake moral outrage? Nothing Fake about it...we are just glad "your" Prez made the stupid, Politicallyincorrect,inappropriate,Un-American comment.
Fight back Legally....Hire Conservatives to rebuild America!

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"Certainly, there are a lot of reckless comments being said and written, however none of them are coming from President Obama."

Of course not, he is too busy looking good.

Posted by: IndependentMe | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a joke, his administration is a joke, and his legacy as the first teleprompter president will go down as a joke. These kinds of comments are what Obama is really about. He is an arrogant, pompous, and dangerous ideologue, who seems hell bent on destroying capitalism, the military, and every other tradition that has made America the envy of the world. First 2010, then 2012. The countdown has most certainly begun.
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LOL..."2010, then 2012"...lol...so who will replace them, because the Repuke Party sure don't have anything coming up the rear that's qualified, lol...you probably thought the countdown was happening in 2008, lol...you Repukes really can't see the forest for the trees--can you...America is tired of your incompetent leadership and we can see through your fake outrage too, lol...in fact, I'll best a dollar to a dime that 90% of the outrage postings on this site is being posted by paid RNC members, lol...that's why you guys are so broke, you're spending your money buying support (oh yeah and paying for non-services by family members) and you just can't figure out why you believe you're moving so fast but not making any traction...now tell you're leader Dush Limnord that the Party of Rush to No is failing miserably at changing the opinions of the American people; you see we've peeped your cards and that show a big fat "NO!"

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Fight back Legally....Hire Conservatives to rebuild America!

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Get a grip people...

My son DOES bowl in the Special Olympics and I cannot see where the 'offense' is here.

Enough of this faux outrage.

Posted by: JustNoticed | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

All I want to know is when does the busload of Special Olympians in the wheel chairs show up at the White house to start protesting? I am getting giddy just thinking about THAT!!!

Posted by: warftr5 | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

This isn't going to get nasty. Nobody is going to think twice about this. What should be refreshing is that Obama isn't exactly always trying to be politically correct. Every sane person in the world would know he's not disparaging anything or anybody but simply making a joke. It's pretty much a known fact that people in the Special Olympics are disabled. If he compared himself to a disabled person, who cares!

Posted by: crzytwnman |

--- You sound like my kind of guy. Let's get some burn and laugh at the kids down in the burn ward.

Posted by: enaughton27 | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Touche.

Posted by: CSF09 | March 20, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Bush did not speak about the Special Olympics at all. In fact, he forbid his
Surgeon General to endorse or attend the
Special Olympics, due to the fact that they were supported by the Shrivers.

Posted by: josephkenny | March 20, 2009 12:38 AM
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Lies, Lies and more lberal lies!!
In 2007 Bush conducted the first ever Rose Garden celebration in honor of the Special Olympics!!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | March 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

wow...what kind of monster mocks the Special Olympics?
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The same kind on monster that feigns outrage over a joke he made about HIMSELF.

Posted by: Rahwaj | March 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Fake moral outrage? Nothing Fake about it...we are just glad "your" Prez made the stupid, Politicallyincorrect,inappropriate,Un-American comment.
Fight back Legally....Hire Conservatives to rebuild America!

Posted by: dr4body
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Finally a Repuke who's being honest about it all...as indicated above, the "Rush to No" Party has made it their mission to seek out and pretend outrage over any PC comment made by "their" President, lol..."Hire Conservatives to rebuild America"...surely you don't believe that America got this deep in this mess in 59 days, so basically what you're saying is "Hire Conservatives to rebuild America after the Mess they've made of it"...right?

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is disgusting! Imagine what all the papers and channels would be doing tomorrow if Bush had said this?!?

Posted by: davenp35 | March 20, 2009 12:25 AM
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I'm trying to imagine how folks like you were reacting when Bush was jokingly "looking" for WMD under tables and chairs when American blood was being spilled while actually looking for the WMDs.

Posted by: Rahwaj | March 20, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

mpwynn: "My mother always told me "Loose Lips, Sink Ships." So you must have thought that Scooter Libby should have gone to jail for blabbing to every reporter that would listen the names of CIA operatives and that there should have been an investigation into what Cheney and Rove knew about this. I like when Republicans think and say rationale things. It is so very rare.

Posted by: dre7861 | March 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I have a son with Down Syndrome who participates in Special Olympics bowling, and softball, and golf. He has more character and compassion than BO ever will. This has nothing to do with conservatives looking for something to complain about. It has everything to do with using disabled people as an obtuse form of comedy prop. The so-called "sensitive, compassionate" crowd also sunk to new depths when Al Gore invoked the term "extra chromosome conservatives" a few years back. I wouldn't trade my Down Syndrome son for anyone or anything. If you could see the love and effort that goes into trying to give a disabled child a decent quality of life, you'd quickly find out it's no laughing matter. This is what happens when BO's cherished love of his life isn't on hand. I don't mean Michelle. I mean the teleprompter.

Posted by: drjesullivan | March 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's in over his head.

Can't carry on a ten minute casual conversation with Jay Leno without saying something ugly, let alone going out and doing what's needed to fix the economy or clear out Afghanistan.

Probably picked up his slur in that church of Jeremiah Wright's he sat in for twenty years.


Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Thank God this is the worst President Obama has done. His comment was not meant to offend anybody but to make fun of himself and it is sad to see the Obama haters jumping to make this a much bigger deal that it will ever be - not even people with actual disabilities are offended, just those of you who are looking for a reason to denigrate a GREAT PRESIDENT. By the way insulting him and his wife only proves that you are not offended about the remark but still pissed off that HE WON. Get over it, he is now everybody's President and if you do not want him to be your president MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. Or better yet, offer us a candidate worth voting for in the next elections (Palin - No way, no how, forget it).
FROM: A Registered Republican

Posted by: pcca | March 20, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

littleleers:

Wow, do people really never make a joke in this country? I heard the best thing on the radio this morning. I live in Arkansas and they were discussing how nothing ever sounds mean coming out of a Southern ladies mouth if she preferences it with "God bless her heart, but did you see what Judy was wearing to church on Sunday?"

You say "This man sees nothing wrong with giving federal funds for research into destroying embryos in the name of an, as yet, unproven science." But I have a feeling that your objection steams from your belief in some organized religion based on something we call god. NEWSFLASH: GOD IS NOT A PROVEN FACT EITHER! It's called Separation of Church/State. If you don't like that our government matters are suppose to be void of religious influence, then you are un-American. Yes, I said it. It's one of the cornerstones of this country yet gets tossed out the window.

And yes, we can only hope that euthanasia will be up for federal funding. There is nothing wrong with dying with dignity, under your own will and circumstances. A man who has lived a long life and happy one, should have the right to die instead of suffering until the bitter end from some terminal disease. Life is for the living!

Obama's comments about comparing his bowling to the "Special Olympics" was insensitive at best and cruel at its worst. And as POTUS he deals with World leaders? God help us all!

But why be surprised. This man sees nothing wrong with giving federal funds for research into destroying embryos in the name of an, as yet, unproven science. He also made a comment on the campaign trail when speaking about abortion and right to life that he "wouldn't want either of his daughters to be PUNISHED" if one became pregnant. Will euthanasia be up next for federal funding?

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Posted by: ag1976 | March 20, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

To (sdecker) Trust me, this Idea about hiring "ONLY" registered Conservatives is working... for "CHANGE" in 2012. You can brush it off all you want(make my day) but I now look at the voter registration in my county before I hire. If I see an applicant is registered democrat...I move on to the next applicant.
I started doing this November 4th. Many small AMERICAN businessmen are passing the word...why? because we can legally do it and hurt Liberals where they will feel it the most...in thier pocket books. It's WAR...against your kind...and you won't even notice it until it is too late! LOL

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's not a joke.

It's a slur.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

To dr4body - You state in your post that you will only hire conservatives at your hospital and not liberals you do realize that you are breaking the law. The fact that you run a small hospital and that you are even venturing into the area of politics in your interviews when it clearly has no ramifications to the job duties you have set yourself up for a whole heap of law suits. So if you or anyone you know was at an interview for a small hospital and they were asked political questions then you need to go find a good lawyer. This is another example of another wonderful GOP business leader. Your morale high ground looks more like a bog to me.

Posted by: dre7861 | March 20, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"PocketCHANGE", last post before I go to do something constructive. You wrote:
"I would hope you get this before they throw you off the public library computer." Actually I'm home on bed rest in my 34th week of pregnancy, but I guess comments like this make you feel better about yourself, which is really pathetic. Besides, are you disparaging people who don't have the means to have a home computer, but who have the initiative to go to their library to use one? Don't you think that's a little insensitive?

"Trustworthiness- Not after appointing Tiny Tim as Sec of T." Yeah, Geithner doesn't seem to have made the best decisions, but the jury is still out - more to the point, every president makes appointment mistakes, and doing so may reflect bad judgement or advising, but not lack of trustworthiness. That's grasping at straws. And to resort to name-calling (Tiny Tim) is the childish resort of someone without a substantive argument.

"Respect- Only the position not the man". That means nothing, you still haven't said why the man doesn't deserve respect. Did you respect our last president? WHY?

"Responsibility- Bit off more than he can chew". How do you know? He's been in office 55 days. Was George W. Bush EVER able to handle the job?

"Fairness- Taxes for bonuses. A gov. ponzi scheme" - not only does this not make sense, but do you think it's fair for AIG execs to keep large bonuses that came from taxpayer money?

"Caring- not after last nights comment" Like I said, it was a stupid slip up that doesn't indicate a thing about his caring. You sure sound like a caring individual.

"Citizenship- Hear say. No proof." Oh my goodness, can we please give this inane allegation a rest? He was born in Hawaii. Hawaii became a state 2 years before Obama was born. Give it up already.

Posted by: MHinNC | March 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't surprise me that liberals will defend him and this tasteless comment.

Earlier this week, at the St. Patrick's Day Dinner, he made tasteless comments about people leaving with lampshades on their head assuming that every every St. Patrick's Day party is a drinking festival. That's insulting to me as an Irishman. I don't drink and no one in my family does and we are 100% Irish.

Olbermann and his guest Craig Ferguson hoped to save the President from this embarrasement, possibly by having it edited out. There is nothing that the media will not due to protect this man.

I am sorry, but he should not be absolved from this issue. The WaPo would have a banner headline if Bush said this, you liberals would have pounded Bush said it and you know it. Stop being hypocritical.

Posted by: taocpa | March 20, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God! Obama dissed the Special Olympics! Let's crucify him right now!
It's the end of civilization as we know it.

Posted by: Ricardo3 | March 20, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Human Being! Human Being!Human Being!Human Being! Stop being a Hypocrite!
Stop the HATE! WE'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

FYI........ before you "label" me and call me names, I'm a Independent , meaning.... I THINK FOR MYSELF! Time to start doing the same.

All due respect to families with disabled children, Wow America! We finally have a president who wants’ to do right by the people. But, many of you just seem to wait to jump on every single mistake he makes. I think he has proven that he’s not the evil monster many of you hope for. He’s a Human Being! He apologized for the slip. What no one here has seen the “What to Get away” commercials!? We’ve all made mistakes like that. Give him a break!

I hope YOU Fail with your Anti-American comments! PEACE- Clusterfunk Collective

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If Bush or a Republican had said they would be asking for a resignation. Yeah, you Dems can make fun of Bush all you want but even he knew something like the Special Olympics was hands off. Guess what all you Obama-lovers, he's not as perfect as you would like as all to believe. To that I say Ha-HAAAAAAAA!!!!
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I feel happy for you...you obviously thought Obama was perfect and now you've found something to defend your position that he's not, lol...News Alert to Mike's Girl, most if not all of us who supported Obama knew he was not perfect, so the jokes on you, lol...and as far as Bush know that Special Olympics was "hands off", one could suspect that none of Bush's many blunders were at Special Olympics, because he is a member of the team...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 20, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It's not against the law...to check a voter registration record at your county. Who said anything about asking any "Political" questions in a job interview? Now that would be illegal!
Read what I wrote s-l-o-w-l-y.....Suggest you realize it IS legal...and deal with the FACT that it is spreading, like a virus
and a very effective one. American businessmen do not need to hire Socialists.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

DR4BODY: I am looking for a doctor. Post your business name so we too can do research on you. You must be one of the 2-3% of the businesses in this country that actually make a PROFIT of 250K a year. That's profit, after payout, after taxes, after your salary, you're employee salaries, all other business matters...PROFIT....wow, and Dr's wonder why we need socialized medicine. Anyway, the point is that only businesses PROFITING over 250k would see a tax minuet that you won't even feel it. But thanks for the heads up that you are in fact breaking the law. I will be down at the voters registration office and removing any affiliation for any party. The only reason one would affiliate with a party is to vote in primaries. I can skip a primary just so I can annoy idiots like you. Or better yet, lie, register as Republican and skew the vote. You and your friends better be careful how you try to manipulate us "liberals". Because we too know how to use the internet! MORON!

To (sdecker) Trust me, this Idea about hiring "ONLY" registered Conservatives is working... for "CHANGE" in 2012. You can brush it off all you want(make my day) but I now look at the voter registration in my county before I hire. If I see an applicant is registered democrat...I move on to the next applicant.
I started doing this November 4th. Many small AMERICAN businessmen are passing the word...why? because we can legally do it and hurt Liberals where they will feel it the most...in thier pocket books. It's WAR...against your kind...and you won't even notice it until it is too late! LOL

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 1:01 PM

Posted by: ag1976 | March 20, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the Special Olympics Presidency.

This guy couldn't manage a paper bag.

Posted by: bug45 | March 20, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I watched the show. I could hardly hear the "Special Olympics" remark over the audience noise. But it was there. My immediate interpretation is he placed is score and ability in par with the handicapped, no offense was intended, nor none inferred by me. Only the most sensitive, and political opponents would explode this small remark into an international incident.

Posted by: 1234xyz | March 20, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It says at the top of this comments section "e-mail us re. offensive comments"- do they mean posters', or Obama's? LOL
_______________________________________

And WHO is surprised by this gauche and downright cruel comment? No different than his classless cheap-shot on 90-yr-old Nancy Reagan in his first presser.

Trouble is that the REAL Barack tends to leak-out when he's not hard-wired to a TelePrompTer-

Narcissists are often callous- and even ruthless. They tend to lack empathy and/or a conscience. This is evident in Obama's lack of interest in his own half-brother who lives in poverty in Kenya, or his aunt found living in public housing in Boston.

Obama's almost certainly a pathological narcissist... the most dangerous charismatic leaders are, comes from an insecure childhood (like Barack's).

Indicators include control freakery, grandiose self-importance, feeling "above the law", interpersonally exploitive, inability to handle criticism, lack of empathy, arrogant behavior, surrounds himself with sycophants... sound familiar?

Obama is a mess- and his insecurities, bad childhood, and irresponsible, far-left-wierdo mother are now all OUR problem, too-

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | March 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

To dr4body: Trust you? I seriously doubt that I would ever trust anyone with so little business and political acumen as yourself with any task, let alone giving me business or political instruction. Now might be a good time for you and the rest of your ilk (the "registered Conservatives") to face up to some very important facts. Since the long-gone days of Newt Gingrich, conservatives have been telling us that they have all the answers. Conservatives tell us that they are the party of God and family values. But the reality is that they lie, cheat on their wives, steal, then do more lying to cover up their cheating, stealing and adultery. And they end up being the party that is loathed and despised by most Americans. Aren't you the least bit curious why fewer and fewer Americans identify themselves as Republicans and conservatives? It's because Republicans and conservatives don't have a clue of how to capture the hearts and minds of Americans. I'm not the least bit surprised that you identify yourself as a capital "C" conservative. You write as though you're pretty clueless about business and politics ... the hallmark of a true Conservative. Go ahead and get your hopes up for 2010 and 2012. But don't be surprised when you are consistently disappointed in the election results.

As for your poor business decisionmaking having any detrimental affect on me, that will only happen if my taxpayer dollars go toward covering your unemployment compensation and/or underwriting your losses when you declare bankruptcy. I wouldn't invest one cent in a business run by such an incompetent irrational fool who thinks that a person's politics is any judge of his work ethic or moral fiber.

Posted by: sdecker | March 20, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Come on people. Lighten up.

Posted by: desertdog1 | March 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Now that he's slurred the Special Olympics, where are all you clowns who were just breathless a few weeks ago about how wonderful it is after eight years of Bush to finally have an articulate President?


Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

hate hate hate hate i will not be surprised if there is a race war in this country because we have a multicultural oresident.

Guess voting and democracy don't matter

Posted by: manhut2000 | March 20, 2009 12:54 AM

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You sure got that one right, Mr. manhut2000. Bush II made gaffes like this a half a dozen times a day when on camera with prompts and all, and it was business as usual, everybody needs to cut they poor dyslexic, overworked, shrub some slack.

I truly think a lot of these complainers/railers against Obama are paid or beyond the pale of normal sanity.

That Obama even deigned to appear on Leno says volumes about his character and capacity for leadership.

I think the kind of irrational opposition we're seeing on so many issues like this gaffe wants to lead us into total collapse so we can have a total dictatorship of the wealthy abetted by the God and Guns crowd.

Posted by: Spectator | March 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember this airhead Obama recently taking a cheap shot at Jessica Simpson's weight, too.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

OH NO! You mean he really is ONLY human like the rest of us?!

Posted by: GetDOE | March 20, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

MHinNC | March 20, 2009 1:08 PM My reply

Do you know who the father is or will I see you on Springer.

A stupid slip up. !!

Good luck.

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse


I seem to remember this airhead Obama recently taking a cheap shot at Jessica Simpson's weight, too.


Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if ANY of the Outraged here will contribute to the Special Olympics?

I doubt it. That would show some sincerity.

Check contributions levels with that charity please!

Let's make some lemonade out of these sour lemons!


Posted by: Spectator | March 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama gave a brilliant interview last night. I'm very happy to have him as president. He did flub a joke or two, but no matter how I try to interpret it, I can't find any malice in his saying the words "special olympics" to describe his bowling abilities. The Special Olympics must mean to him what they mean to me - the effort counts more than the final score.

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | March 20, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I love how a Republican brought up how 'poor' George Allen was treated by his use of the term Macacca. I had forgotten that little gem of insensitivity. The Republicans are quick to bring up Imus "Nappy Headed 'Hos" comments too.

Let's look at context: Allen's comments were directed right at a person of color. He said the term in the most sneering and mocking way possible. Imus made his 'Nappy Headed Hos' comment while referring to the Rutgers Women Basketball team. The remark was made in a degrading manner to the people on that team.

Yes Obama made a gaffe but I actually watched the telecast and he directed the joke towards himself. Could he have picked a better phrase yes. But is it a slap against people with disabilities - not by a long shot. Plus people, he's already appologized about it. Look how long it took for Allen and Imus to issue a 'I'm sorry if anyone was offended' non-appology appology. Agian, given the fact of the Republicans lenghty history of making cruel and crude comments against women, blacks, gays and other minorities that your 'moral outrage' has all the solidity of AIG!

Posted by: dre7861 | March 20, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

As the liberal AND conservative press descend on Barack Obama for his comment, the conservative press all echo the same comment,"If Sarah Palin or Geo Bush had said that, the liberal press would have been all over him/her." WELL, THE LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE PRESS ARE ALL OVER HIM. DO YOU THINK FOX OR WASH TIMES MISSED IT? AND YOU ARE READING THE WASH POST, ACCORDING TO THE CONSERVATIVES, A LIBERAL NEWSPAPER.

Posted by: caesarganz | March 20, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I was a joke, grow up...

The new slogan for the Republican Party should be - "Making Mountains out of Mole hills."

President Obama has tried to reach out to the Republican Party, all he has received back is a "knife in the back"!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | March 20, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Get over it. Obama made a joke. Bush made lots of bad jokes when he was in office that I'm sure offended many people. And if Bush had made the same joke, it would have been JUST as hilarious. And this liberal would have laughed, a lot. Likening your sports playing abilities to the Special Olympics is funny. Lighten up. It would have been offensive if he had said, "I play like a retard."

Posted by: lauraboyette | March 20, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

That you far-right-wingers latch onto this very minor flub, show the desparation in your position.

The GOP is truly floundering. But that's OK. That happens to politcal parties.

History is rife with precedent: the Whigs, the No-Nothings, etc...

Posted by: AdrickHenry | March 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It was a joke, grow up...

The new slogan for the Republican Party should be - "Making Mountains out of Mole hills."

President Obama has tried to reach out to the Republican Party, all he has received back is a "knife in the back"!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | March 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I took off for lunch and just came back. I walked pasted the Capital. Its finally open up out front ad a decade of construction. It was so nice to see the capital in all its glory again. You folks should go to the new visitor's center. I had not gone in yet but will tomorrow. My point. There's so much to be thankful for.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing but sad that the American people have so much hate for an individual that they would take anything said or done by The President out of context and run with it. The President is human and by no means looks to discredit, embarrass or make fun of any human being. It saddens me that although The President was unanimously voted by the American people, there are still a lot of "haters." How many times have you spoken quickly during a conversation and your response was not received as you intended? Hmmmmmm
That shoe must really taste good....

Posted by: awatford1 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

not a cool joke. The President should have known known better. Still, he wasn't being malicious and he apologized.

The comments here are ridiculous. First you have all the Republicans (who normally decry political correctness) calling for Obama's head and then you have the people who think Obama is above criticism. Your opinions are automatically invalidated when you say "retard".

Are you people really adults? Or what?

Posted by: megantron | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse


I'm not surpised the man who so badly botched his Oath of Office would say something stupid and ugly without a teleprompter on natianl television.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore

He didn't botch the Oath of Office!!!! That honor goes to Bushes SCJ pick ROBERTS. Are you people really this stupid? You understand that is video that we can play you to prove this? How in the world do you idiots stay alive?

Posted by: ag1976 | March 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surpised the man who so badly botched his Oath of Office would say something stupid and ugly without a teleprompter on national television.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Thefact that you run a small hospital and that you are even venturing into the area of politics in your interviews when it clearly has no ramifications to the job duties you have set yourself up for a whole heap of law suits"
You ignorant Socialist...your kind loves to sue Hospitals...you are always the victim...that is what it means to be a Liberal with a Half and Half President! It's not his fault he didn't go all the way with being totally Black. His dad just liked white women over black women at the time...we affectionately call your Prez.."Moca" but you can consider this a "Special Olymoic" miss que....

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's funny because republicans are retarded.

Posted by: sacomment | March 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you are disabled, you can make fun of disabled people. There is a comedian named Josh Blue. He has cerebral palsy. He makes fun of the mentally disabled all the time and everyone laughs. Other comics don't because they can't relate with the disabled. Just like if you are jewish, you can tell jewish jokes. You can relate to the problems jewish people face everyday. Or polish, or whatever. So by him making fun or the disabled, he's admitting that he is disabled himself. He can related to special needs folks because he has special needs himself.

Posted by: dddenver | March 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse


The video of Obama's botched Oath of Office belongs in the Special Olympics Hall of Fame.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."

I LOLed. =)

Posted by: Digitalman | March 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing but full of crap. The true Barry Hussain is begining to come out of the closet. The "campaign promise" comment he made, however, is true for just about eveything he promised in his campaign days. First was the reversal of the abortion rights, then the approval of human embryo testing, then the withdrawing of the troops, then negotiating with Teliban and Iran. What next? I can't even start to imagine. He's driving this nation down the toilet, whith $810B of debts with it!

Posted by: mbaorbust | March 20, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dr4Body, you are what I like to call an Application American. A racist hick! I wouldn't sue your hospital idiot, I would sue you personally. Bankrupt you personally. You would be the one who made it personal by looking into their political likings. The lawsuit would be all about breaking YOU! Not the hospital, that's a building. I would want to break your spirit, your bank account and hopefully your mind. You want to play a game, be prepared to play. You're not the only one who can look at public records. Medical licenses are public and can revoked if enough accusations against you are made. Be careful sir, how you proceed in life, because others can and will be just as vile as you.

Let the games begin.....

Posted by: ag1976 | March 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh please people. So he had a slip up, everybody has one once in a while. This is nothing compared to the endless idiotic slip-ups we've had for the past eight years from the "nucler space cadet" known as Bush. Get over it.

Posted by: globug | March 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It is appalling that President Obama would try to be funny at the expense of the mentally challenged who participate in the Special Olympics by saying that his bowling is so bad he should be in the Special Olympics.

It's pathetic that he's even on a comedy show when the country is facing economic collapse.

The president was going to announce a plan to end the economic crisis today but postphoned it when he couldn't get a booking on the Letterman show.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | March 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

PocketChange:
"Do you know who the father is or will I see you on Springer."
And you have the nerve to post to a board discussing the insensitivity of someone else's comment? I was holding off on judging you personally - I was judging your comments instead - but you have just shown yourself to be a truly despicable person. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself for such a sleazy personal attack. Many of your comments are thoughtless and cruel but I didn't expect you to stoop so low. The WaPo should ban you from the boards, and should certainly remove your comment. You disgust me.

Posted by: MHinNC | March 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I am not a supporter of Obama but I have 2 suggestions.

1. Directed to most of you. Pull the stick out of you're azz. I'm sure you're all perfect and have nothing from you're past you wish to keep IN THE PAST. I'm positive I could find it and embarrass you.

Second, Find ANYONE who actually has been in the Special Olympics and once they tell me how offended they we're then maybe I'll reconsider. The rest of you self righteous idiots need to pack you s$%t and get the f%^k out of the US we have no room for pr%^ks in this country.

And I am a republican.

Posted by: askgees | March 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The President was unanimously voted by the American people??? Sorry , isn't it just like a liberal to make up history to suit their cause....ahhh 58 million AMERICANS did "NOT" vote for him. We are writing you now in this Blog...deal with the minority...as we have delt with you.

"Conservatives tell us that they are the party of God and family values. But the reality is that they lie, cheat on their wives, steal, then do more lying to cover up their cheating, stealing and adultery."
Tim(tax cheat)Guitner...A Treasury Secretary that thinks summer camp is deductible.
An Education Secretary whose last job had a 60% drop out rate.
An Energy Secretary that did not know oil production was part of energy policy.
An Attorney General that is afraid to deal with his own racism and blames everyone else.
A Chief of Staff that paid no property taxes in Chicago for 5 years by claiming he was living in his non-profit house.
Obama is going to leave Iraq in 16 months, except for the 60,000 troops that will stay.
Obama will get rid of earmarks, after he signs the bill with his earmarks in it.
Obama will post all bills for 5 days, except for those that he does not want people to read.
I bet when Obama loses by 40% in the next election, we will here, "How can that be? Everyone we know voted FOR HIM."


Lol Liberals ARE proving they are "Jerry's KIDS" and Special Olympic candidates"

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

i cant imagine anyone would seriously be offended by this remark. i wouldnt be offended if my best friend or if sarah palin said it. although to be fair, she would get more flak over it. stop whining though. palin is an awful person and a worse politician.

Posted by: Brigo | March 20, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

He is the president of the United States! No matter how much YOU try to reduce him to the hateful racists, anti-American slurs, HE IS THE PRESIDENT! Like you crazy bigots use to tell us with brains who can read and think for ourselves........ DEAL WITH IT and DEAL WITH YOURSELF!
Welcome to the NEW America!

Your hatetred and Bigotry will NOT WIN!
Why don't you put that hatful energy to good use. Go volunteer to feed the homeless or help the disabled you are so viscously defending.

-Clusterfunk Collective

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse


I seem to remember this airhead Obama recently taking a cheap shot at Jessica Simpson's weight, too.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 1:26 PM


LOL, Let me explain how things work. A cheap shot would be me calling you a ho, Why because I don't know you.

Saying Jessica Simpson has put on the LB's. is not a cheap shot. Why, because SHE HAS. See how things work RETARD.

You maybe the dumbest person in the US.

Posted by: askgees | March 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

To all those living in the "land of the perpetually offended,"


Let it go and move on.

Posted by: pgould1 | March 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Well anyway. I though he was great on the show. He reached folks who don't bother to watch those stupid cable news shows. I loved how he answers immediately folk like the congressman saying, how can he go and fly out to California to do the Leno show when there are problems in Washington. He's response made that guy and fools here on this site look quite stupid. He has reached a whole new generation of voters. Great work President Obama.

Posted by: sherardg | March 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This should never have become a news story. The President didn’t put down the Special Olympics. He simply implied he bowled like a person with a disability hindering their ability. People make jokes about their golf “handicaps” all of the time. So, inferring (in jest) a disability as a cause for not playing a sport as well as you should is a normal part of the U.S. vernacular.

Posted by: bensisco | March 20, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"He is the president of the United States! "
-Clusterfunk Collective


He won't be three years from now if he keeps going on late night television and making a damned thoughtless fool out of himself.

Whoever cooked up the idea to put him on Leno should be fired after this mess.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mocking handicapped childen is the lowest of the low. This man is clearly unfit for the highest office in the land. The goverment and media had the chance to block this negro from becomming president by demanding to see his original birth certificate, and did nothing. What next 9-11 chapter 2?

Posted by: SavedGirl | March 20, 2009 3:47 AM


I don't remember the Special Olympics being just for children. Maybe you need to just SPEAK THE TRUTH and leave the headlines to the MEDIA. RETARD!!!!

I believe that we could actually put on a really good Special Olympics if we rounded up the idiots here. The only thing I would demand is that they have some sort of shooting competition and use LIVE AMMO.

May I also suggest you change your screen name from Savedgirl to LOSTSOUL.

Posted by: askgees | March 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Well said..............
Posted by: bensisco

This should never have become a news story. The President didn’t put down the Special Olympics. He simply implied he bowled like a person with a disability hindering their ability. People make jokes about their golf “handicaps” all of the time. So, inferring (in jest) a disability as a cause for not playing a sport as well as you should is a normal part of the U.S. vernacular.

Posted by: bensisco

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse


"See how things work RETARD. "
Posted by: askgees

Obviously Obama and apologists are cut from the same cloth.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We'll see! :)

He is the president of the United States! "
-Clusterfunk Collective

He won't be three years from now if he keeps going on late night television and making a damned thoughtless fool out of himself.

Whoever cooked up the idea to put him on Leno should be fired after this mess.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:04 PM

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

MHinNC | March 20, 2009 1:55 PM

No, just proving a point.

Now you understand how insensitive Obama's comment was.

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The number of messages here by Republicans that claim indignation over Mr. Obama's unfortunate (only because it can be taken the wrong way) but innocuous comment reeks of an orchestrated campaign to "get back" at the President for all the unkind things said about GW Bush during his miserable years in office.

There's a big difference: President Obama isn't a hapless, mean-spirited ignoramus like Bush. Real people died by the thousands because of Bush's ineptitude, and our economy nearly collapsed because of Republican devotion to deregulation on behalf of unscrupulous business interests.

The more Republicans attempt to brand President Obama's every action as a failure, the more irrelevant they will become to reasonable people.

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | March 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If President Bush had made this comment, it would have been the lead story. It would have been covered in agonizing detail in "The Situation Room." It was such an egregious affront to every disabled citizen. They deserve as much respect, if not more, for the daily struggles they overcome; they should not to be disrespected by their own president. Those of us who are shining a light on this offense do so in the name of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Posted by: lekei | March 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

nbc, along with it's devil spawn m$nbc, are so biased they make Al Jazeera seem Fair and Balanced.

hussein is just paying back to the loony-left liberal network whose endless lies, distortions, half-truths, propaganda and baseless slime attacks - all served up with a total absence of journalistic ethics - did almost as much to help him steal the election as ACORN's voter fraud did.

hussein needs nbc as much as they need him (they are consistently the lowest rated network), since hussein is nothing more than an artificial creation of the loony-left liberal media with no more substance or depth than a Daffy Duck cartoon. Wherever there are no mirrors, no cameras and especially no teleprompters (heavy drug use significantly impairs short-term memory), hussein vanishes.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | March 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah you conservatives...

So desperate...

So Angry...

So... impotent...

Posted by: sdc160 | March 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I cringed when I heard this but does anyone actually believe that Obama thinks mentally challenged people should be the object of ridicule?

As far as some of the vicious comments here - this seems like a good time to recall "those of you without sin cast the first stone". Who hasn't said something dumb that didn't reflect his true thoughts?

Obama should apologize sincerely and I think that's exactly what he will do. I also doubt that he'll try and trade jokes with Jay Leno on TV again.

Posted by: dcc1968 | March 20, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"I put myself through college and have accomplished a lot, despite my limitations. And people with developmental disabilities are some of the kindest people in the world. "
Posted by: wordweaver | March 20, 2009 10:07 AM

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Well, congratulations. But I think I missed the part where Obama said people with developmental disabilities weren't kind people.

There's a special olympics for people who have limitations on their abilities - they're skills don't equate to those of professional athletes. Obama was simply stating that his bowling skills didn't equate to those in professional bowling.

And I'm personally sick and tired of everyone being so damn sensitive. You got your life, you do what you need to do. Who are you to get offended by something like that? He's not stopping you, he's not challenging you. He made a joke, and people laughed. Like someone commented earlier, who HASN'T made that kind of joke? Or at least laughed at one...

He's not an idiot because he made fun of himself, he's still doing his job and is still making an effort to give the people something slightly light-hearted.

Sheesh! Good luck to those non-hypocrites! I personally don't have enough energy to waste on pointing out every potential slip-up people make.

Posted by: Passer_by | March 20, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Whatever, I love the GOP as much as the next R, I truly don't think President Obama meant to insult special needs individuals OR has a politically incorrect personal views towards handicapped people, wrong words, wrong time... period.
But lets be real, going on late night to pal around w/ Leno. THAT is what he should be called to the carpet for! It's embarassing & were the shoe on the other foot (the Right one) Dems would be foaming at the mouth.
Work on the country Mr. President, not your comedic timing and delivery.

Posted by: OxfordRebels04 | March 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

you guys CAN NOT STAND having a black president... and you WILL have him for another term... BELIEVE THAT!!

Posted by: allboyzworld | March 20, 2009 11:52 AM
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I knew it wouldn't be long before the race card was used. I have no problem with the man's race. Who said he's black anyway? Isn't he 1/2 white too? What I do have a problem with is his intelligence. He's nothing but a talking head for the democrats. He proved that last night.

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Barrak "Mocha" made another poor choice...so what did you expect?

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Who cares!!! Really...there are tons of other issues that deserve front page attention on the Washington Post! Shame on the media for fanning the flames. Let's move on...no one is perfect, no one if politically correct all the time. Save your outrage for something more worthy.

Posted by: mlc2 | March 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that no matter what mistakes Obama makes, they get brushed off as a slip up, or he's just being human. Come on..............

Posted by: PittAlum | March 20, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse


Worsening the stereotypes of people with special needs.

Some president.

He needs to go back to community organizing.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

May god bless you and your child :-)

Posted by: pocketCHANGEisallihave | March 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The nitwit can't even go talk tto a simpleton like Leno without screwing it up. Must not have had his teleprompter with him.
He obviously doesn't know how to do his primary job, so he flees DC, and then acts like a dunderhead.
What a loser.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 20, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I probably would have made the same type of joke in the same situation. And like Obama, after I thought about it, I probably would have clarified it to mean that I was making fun of my game, and not of the Special Olympics.

I've been listening the the Conservatives shrieking and spewing spittle drenched raving hate over this and I just don't think they're going to be able to milk this for the sort of bug eyed, drooling, hate fest that they so dearly love.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | March 20, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

To your reply "your president... you guys CAN NOT STAND having a black president"
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I didn't notice. Thanks for pointing that out, but it's not about skin color.

It's CHARACTER that he lacks.

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship.

He's is 0 and 6

So............... How long have you and President Obama known each other? You've met him? Worked with him? Read his books...... No? But you know for a fact that he lacks character, trustworthiness, respect, etc. Is that how he got elected OVERWELMINGLY So the majority of Americans are wrong and you are the all knowing??????

So, if you don't know him and never met or worked with him...... are you sure about the skin color thing?

Think about it for a minute. THINK ABOUT IT!

Clusterfunk Collective

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Screw the special olympics How dare you saw Obama said anything wrong. He is perfect.
He never has done anything wrong according to the media.
the special olympics should bow down and feel priveledged now that Obama has made reference to them.
The mighty God Obama bowled a 129 thanks to the low standards the special olympics set.
It's all their fault that he made that comment.
How dare the special olympics even exist to cause our mighty God Obama to be misquoted.
Clearly he meant that "he actually looks and acts like he is part of the special olympics, and his administration and political moves are clearly a special olympic bowling came to him. And guess who is the the bowling pins? The american people."
So all you hater leave this perfect pure 100 percent nubian King alone.
This is all about race. He is black as the darkest demon in hell.
So all you racists forget about the rumor his mom was white.
She just put on makeup to make it look good so he would get elected.
Obama is perfect so bow down all other races and retards.
The obamination is here to stay.
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
Go obamination GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: obamination1 | March 20, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

isn't the REAL Olympics the joke these days?

i mean, the local close-out grocery store is full of Michael Phelps face on Wheaties boxes. Mr. hero is now persona non-brata because he smokes grass?


and the Pope is telling Africa to keep humping without condoms?


i think the world has larger fish to fry.

Posted by: forestbloggod | March 20, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the comments were a bit distastful and inappropriate...it is human. We are all human. Celebrity as the President automatically puts you under a bus. Go figure. As I read this, in some regard some need to lightup, enjoy the life they have, and be blessed to live in a country where your thoughts and opinions are heard. We live in an age where even if our President makes a distasteful comment, (did I say it was distasteful), no one is killed or their loved one executed for it. I believe an apology from Obama would suffice, and yes we all can heal and move on....not that my opinion matters...but hey...i can comment and not lose my life over it! or at least I hope. A lot of hatered is depicted on this page. BTW...I serve on a board responsible for special olympic events in the Washington Metro Area.

Posted by: Crapolooza | March 20, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So Obama will be remembered for being the first president to appear on late night TV. Big deal. But what is perhaps more revealing about him is that he became so comfortable with himself as the headline guest, he let his guard down and made that terrible remark. Would you ever expect to hear such a thing from any politician, never mind the president of USA... It begs the question, who is the real Barack Obama???

Posted by: dgorman4 | March 20, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If conservatives were concerned about handicapped people, they wouldn't have gone to the mat to defend their messiah and supreme leader Rush Limbaugh when he mocked Michael J. Fox.

Google "Michael Fox Rush Limbuagh" to see the video of Limbaugh's spastic motions as he mocks Fox's handicap. Listen to him ape Fox's handicapped speech in front of millions of listeners.

I note that not one conservative on this thread will speak out against Limbaugh for this act. In fact, several will probably come and defend the guy.

And if conservatives cared for handicapped people, they would not have allowed Bush to take a meat ax to the education programs that benefited them.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | March 20, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Racist= 95% of all the Blacks out there that voted for(Da"Mocha"man)his character??? Not the color of his skin? I am ROFLOL
Martin Luther King would be rolling in his grave as far as that "one day a man will not be judged by the color of his skin" statement "but by his character" LOL you really are full of yourselves...Blacks are as racist as democrats are always victims.

Let's just have that civil war (we have all been talking about behind each others backs) and get this overwith....I'd rather live in a country without all you socialists anyway. S&W stock is up and ammo is tough to buy these days since "Da Mocha" became "Da Man". Are you willing to die in the streets to support higher taxes and more Social welfare programs? Not! Hire Conservatives, they own guns...LOL, Ah Democrats...more fun than watching Jello or Jerry's Kids.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

WOW! GREAT POST!

Lots of Food and junk for thought!

With that said, I'm done.
To ALL my fellow Americans, Have a good and safe weekend!

If conservatives were concerned about handicapped people, they wouldn't have gone to the mat to defend their messiah and supreme leader Rush Limbaugh when he mocked Michael J. Fox.

Google "Michael Fox Rush Limbuagh" to see the video of Limbaugh's spastic motions as he mocks Fox's handicap. Listen to him ape Fox's handicapped speech in front of millions of listeners.

I note that not one conservative on this thread will speak out against Limbaugh for this act. In fact, several will probably come and defend the guy.

And if conservatives cared for handicapped people, they would not have allowed Bush to take a meat ax to the education programs that benefited them.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | March 20, 2009 2:36 PM

Posted by: kadi71 | March 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Millions are unemployed. People have lost retirement, health care, homes and jobs. What do we do? We shut down the congress to consider bonus confiscation bills, and the media fills its columns and minutes on the air with discussion of an insensitive joke the president has apologized for. That's just what got us into this. Incessantly dwelling on things that don't do anything to deal with the real problems.

Should the bonus thing and the joke/apology be reported? Of course, but report it and leave it at that.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 20, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh's an idiot and had no business whatsoever mocking Michael J. Fox's illness and misfortune.

That being said, with every passing day, Obama's also looking like he's in above his pay grade and had no business whatsoever cracking late night jokes that worsen the stereotypes of people with special needs.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"Words can cause pain and result in stereotypes that are unfair and damaging to people with intellectual disabilities. And using "Special Olympics" in a negative or derogatory context can be a humiliating put-down to people with special needs.”

--Timothy Shriver, director of the Special Olympics in response of Obama's thoughtlessness

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | March 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I in no way whatsoever support Rush Limbaugh. I think he's an obnoxious, arrogant blowhard who likes to hear himself speak. Oh, wait a minute, he seems to share many common characteristics with our president...

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Screw the special olympians and abort those kids that make it past the third term abortion attempt.... for I am the Liberals God and Da Prez...the God that allows abortions...not the the God found in the Conservative's Bible,
I graduated from Harvard, I am one of you,
I want all your "change", I want to be "Robin in Da Hood" and take what you have and give it to my needy democrat hoodies....

Don't excuse me for kneeling to your level liberals...If I upset a Socialist Democrat, it just makes my day! Enjoy your President...he fits you perfectly.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

People people lighten up!!! Why is this president put under more of a microscope than other presidents? His every word, his every move is scrutinized and picked apart. You haters, where were you when George Bush was running this country into the ground, or when that ridiculous Sarah Palin was inciting racial divisiness. Where were you? President Obama was not making fun of the Special Olympics, and if that is what you got from that statement--seek help fast. We need to try and work as one county, one nation and stopped inciting an uproar over nonsense.
The President will do us proud if given a chance. After all he has a hella of a mess left for him to clean up. For the haters and racists, what can you say about people that fit into that category. For those who say he is not your president, there are always other countries. God Bless President Obama and God Bless the United States of America.

Posted by: boudreauxs | March 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Geithner Takes "full responsibility" for AIG Fiasco...Millions are unemployed. People have lost retirement, health care, homes and jobs. What do we do? Turn this country around...
Hire only Conservatives for your high-end jobs...let the Libs and socialists clean your homes and mow your yards,they don't pay taxes anyway...they are the "Special" Ones to "Mocha"

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"We need to try and work as one county, one nation and stopped inciting an uproar over nonsense."
LOL, Like the Democrats in the Exec, Congress and Senate majority are
asking Republicans for their opinions on laws and taxes...You belong at the starting gate of a Special Olympic event if you believe this "let's all hold hands and solve the problems together" crowd.

Hire Conservatives at your small businesses... and put these poor mental cases out on the streets where they belong.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a race issue. This isn't a political party issue. This isn't a political correctness issue. This is cruelty to those many in society discount. Just because there are lots of folks who make jokes at the expense of the disabled doesn't make it right. BHO isn't the common man. He is the POTUS and should conduct himself better!

Posted by: lekei | March 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It shows how many Left and Right Wing STUPID IDOTS, that are out there. This Country is so SCREW-UP with all this Political Correctness, that anything WE say or write will always be wrong. Because of the FAR LEFT and the FAR RIGHT WING NUTS that are out there, THEY will find something that IS WRONG. THEY don't have a sense of HUMOR.

Posted by: gjhardtimes | March 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Without Obama's teleprompter, he inserts foot in mouth. He is not a great orator - he is a good teleprompter reader.

This was a very insensitive thing to say and he knows better.

Posted by: Kansas28 | March 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Oh for the love of God, leave the man alone.

I guess we can't handle normal conversation and joking; he should go back into his bubble and have PR people write every word he utters.

Disgusting PC Nazis.

Posted by: Chicago1 | March 20, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I ask the question...Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we really need him?

Let's examine what moveOn.org would be saying or did advocate about Bush...pretty much the same. Did we hear outrage from the left? Nope...Soooooooo

It is time to have the next Civil War and end all this go no where talk with liberals. At least we could have the guts like Europe, Africa, or China... with a new civil war. Hey...let's hope OUR History will repeat itself. Tea Party anyone? Make my day...fire a Democrat
put them on welfare like all the Mexicans, Russians, Chinese,they want us to support.

The Facts are always hard to take for Liberals.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A leader on the level of the President of the United States must be many things. It does not matter what party they represent. Preferably, the person should have transformational leadership skills if they want to effect the kinds of change that Mr. Obama wishes. President Obama has demonstrated a great deal of charisma, one of the qualities that can may be present in a transformational leader - unfortunately, he is not using additional skills which are needed in association with that charisma in order to present effective change to the American population. He can change this through a great deal of teamwork, thought, deliberate and pre-planned action, and through educating himself in transformational leadership methods.

President Obama is making some mistakes that mark him as an inexperienced leader, beginning with his efforts in the Senate. Votes of, 'present,' do not demonstrate leadership, they are an expression of something known as, 'lassaize-faire,' or, 'lack of action,' efforts.

Delegation of duties is something that every wise leader will do - making use of the skills and abilities of those in your team is certainly a smart thing for a leader to pursue. However; Mr. Obama has been presenting massive bills, often in excess of 1,000 pages in length, prepared overnight, after promising the American people that they would have a chance to view these bills - and then failing to present them to the public before making them law. The result is that he has upset the Americans who have elected him, he has people on his team with different perspectives of the same events, and he consequently appears somehow less effective as a leader than he otherwise might have.

When prompt actions are required, it is still important to gain something known as, 'feedback,' from at least the members of the team within the White House, so that everyone is aware of what is taking place. Any system requires feedback; without it, the process of communication within the system falters, and the results described occur.

If President Obama wishes to succeed as a President, carry the American population with him, as well as the White House team - he very desperately needs to gain a greater understanding of the principles of leadership.

Posted by: IndependentMe | March 20, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Barry Soetoro and his wife have no class...the doggie bag incident told us all we needed to know about James Brown, I mean, Michelle Obama.

Posted by: whitesox | March 20, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I like how Liberals Made fun of Sarah Palin and her child then "Mocha" makes fun of Special Olympic persons...I guess it's only a serious matter if a liberal like Ted Kennedy is dying or Ruth Ginsberg (sp).

I will be happy when they are both gone, especially the murderer Kennedy. Finally Justice will be served.

Posted by: dr4body | March 20, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama said a stupid thing. We all do it. What he needs to do is just admit he said a stupid thing and apologize. Period. Mel Gibson's apology to the Jewish community would be a good exemplar. "my words carry weight in the public arena. ... I must assume personal responsibility ... and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words."

Posted by: lemonfemale | March 20, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Fraudobama is racist: "negro" really?

Also, I think that any republican that could possibly find Obama's comment so wholly offensive needs to take that giant stick out of their ass.

Furthermore, I wish Bush would have done 1/4 of everything Obama has done in 2 months in his entire year of presidency. Then again, if Bush had, we'd be even more screwed.

Posted by: Dweezil | March 20, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

A few years back Fuzzy Zoeller made a slight joke that was non malicious about a fellow golfer that was in no way handi-capped and had to leave the PGA circuit.
Should we shout double standards?

Posted by: llbrog | March 20, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I am amused at all who were so offended by President Obama's referral to the Special Olympics in his describing his bowling skills. Wasn't the title 'Special Oylmpics'created to spotlight the fact that those who participate in this event are indeed special? We are so quick to find fault in EVERYTHING that is spoken by the President and all who hold some title. If you don't want the individuals who qualify for this event to be referred to as participants in the 'Special Olympics', then remove the word Special. Lets not kid ourselves, and become too sensitive about the obvious! The world has far more serious problems to address.
Get over yourselves!

Posted by: glcmercedes | March 20, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

As a person with Cerebral Palsy, I feel that I am qualified to comment on this. He handled the situation well. He apologized. Now, others need to get over it.

Signed,

Still An Obama Fan

Posted by: CCH3 | March 20, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

FACT: HERE IS WHY MONKEY BOY'S STATEMENT WAS RIGHT ON QUE.
OBAMA IS A RETARDED ANIMAL AND AS A RESULT COULD NOT EVEN QUALIFY AS A HUMAN LET ALONE TO ENTER THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

OBAMA HAS A LOWER BOWLING SCORE THAN A 38 YEAR OLD SPECIAL OLYMPIAN THAT RECENTLY WENT ON THE NEWS TO TELL OBAMA HOW MUCH HE SUCKS AT BOWLING,AT BEING A FRAUD, AND FINALLY AT TRYING TO TURN AMERICA INTO A SOCIALIST REPUBLIC.
THE SPECIAL OLYMPIAN ALSO HAS A MUCH HIGHER IQ THAN OBAMA AND IS MUCH BETTER LOOKING.

OBAMA IS PERFECT IN THE EYES OF ALL OF HIS RETARDED FELLOW LIBERAL SHEEP THAT FOLLOW HIM AROUND KISSING HIS **S,FEET,AND WHATEVER ELSE HE COMMANDS THEM TOO.
HE WILL NEVER EVER EVER BE WRONG AS LONG AS THE LIBERALS CONTROL THE MEDIA.

FINALLY OBAMA IS SURELY 100% BLACK AND THAT CANNOT BE DISPUTED EVEN THOUGH HIS MOTHER APPEARS TO BE WHITE BUT IT IS JUST AN ILLUSION. MOST LIKELY THE DEMOCRATS PAINTED HER WHITE SO OBAMA COULD GET ELECTED.
I MEAN WHO EVER HEARD OF A HALFBREED?
I MEAN IF YOU MIX A ROTTWEILER AND A COLLIE DO YOU GET A ROTTWEILER?
NO YOU GET A MUTT. BUT SINCE OBAMA HAS TO BE PERFECTLY BLACK AS THE BLACKEST DEMON IN HELL.
BOTH OF HIS PARENTS HAVE TO BE BLACK.

SO ANYONE COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS REMARK ON LENO IS CLEARLY A RACIST.
IT'S ONLY ABOUT RACE. IT IS ABOUT NOTHING ELSE.
SINCE HE IS BLACK EVEN IF HE KILLS SOMEONE IT WAS BECAUSE THE WHITE PERSON JUMPED IN FRONT OF THE BULLET.
IT WAS A SET UP.
IT HAS TO BE BECAUSE OBAMA IS THE PERFECT RETARD.
HE ISN'T CAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING WRONG.

Posted by: obamination1 | March 20, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

So which is is, Republicans? Are Democrats beholden to PC rules, as Rush Limbaugh and most of your leaders have repeatedly claimed for years? Or can they make a non-PC joke?

You can't have it both ways here. You can't claim the US is being choked culturally by polital correctness, then blame Obama when he makes a joke.

Posted by: HillMan
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It's the obvious double standard. The comment is nothing, the issue is if this was Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney your attitude would be different. Obama meant nothing demeaning by this just a joke , like most of these stupid comments that get blown out of proportion. Don't be a hippocrite , treat them all the same.

Posted by: saw1 | March 21, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

If conservatives were concerned about handicapped people, they wouldn't have gone to the mat to defend their messiah and supreme leader Rush Limbaugh when he mocked Michael J. Fox.

Google "Michael Fox Rush Limbuagh" to see the video of Limbaugh's spastic motions as he mocks Fox's handicap. Listen to him ape Fox's handicapped speech in front of millions of listeners.

I note that not one conservative on this thread will speak out against Limbaugh for this act. In fact, several will probably come and defend the guy.

And if conservatives cared for handicapped people, they would not have allowed Bush to take a meat ax to the education programs that benefited them.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay
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I am a conservative and found Rush's comments in bad taste.
As a child my mother an RN that worked at a local state hospital with the mentally handicapped would bring home to visit her "Kids" from work to have dinner with us. I personally find many delightful to be around, child like and innocent.
To judge people you really do not know based on a political label is ignorant. Since I don't know you I use the word ignorant not stupid but as I said I don't know you.
As far as Bush, I really don't know if this is true, I seldom see a true cut in a social program. What specifically did he cut?

Posted by: saw1 | March 21, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

By mentioning the Special Olympics is only to site the low scores that usually results, a scale, if you will, and nothing else.

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | March 21, 2009 4:45 AM | Report abuse

Well the Obots are out there in force today, defending their Marxist doG, with their web based talking points. Ain't America great, we got all kinds. But if you happen to feel that this NEW AMERICA fits you about like, a 3 size too small, pair of army boots, educate yourself. Forget the Birth Certificate, Forget the Certificate Of Live Birth, Forget where the baby doG was born, they do not matter. Read up on British Common Law and how it deals with Natural Born. Remember most of the Founding Fathers were English Lawyers before they tired of the Crown and decided to start our little experiment with FREEDOM. No one disputes it, BO wrote about it, his father was a Kenyan citizen under the British Crown. Therefore his father was under British Common Law at the time BO was born. Being under British Common Law, his new born son, being born to his alien wife (non British) in a foreign country or his homeland, falls under British Common Law as a British citizen. British Common Law does not depend on where the birth takes place or the nationality of the wife. It is based only on the father being a British Citizen. No matter how you look at it Barack Hussein Obama Sr. transfered his British citizenship to his new born son at birth under British Common Law. Baby O was born a Brit. Sorry Obots, a Brit can not be a Natural Born American. Now, what we gonna do?

Posted by: old1 | March 21, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

LEAVE OBAMA ALONE! HE WAS JUST VENTING BECAUSE HE COULD NOT QUALIFY FOR THE SPECIAL OLYPMICS! HE COULD NOT EVEN SCORE A 165 WHICH THE WORST OF THE OLYMPIC BOWLERS SCORED AND WENT TO THE MEDIA YESTERDAY TO TRY TO CHEER UP OBAMATARD. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU PEOPLE!
PICKING ON A MONKEY EARED/BRAINED RETARD LIKE OBOGUS I MEAN OBAMA.
THIS IS CLEARLY A RACIST REMARK AS WE ALL KNOW THAT ANYTHING THAT IS SAID ABOUT THIS
HALFBREED OOPS I MEAN PURE BLOOD NUBIAN PRINCE THAT IS IN ANY WAY NOT SUPPORTED IS RACIST RACIST RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!
AND DON'T EVEN TRY TO SAY HIS MOM WAS WHITE.
SHE JUST HAS A SKIN DISEASE LIKE JACKO.

OBAMATARD CAN DO NO WRONG! HE IS PERFECT!
HE IS THE MOST EVOLVED BRAIN DEAD THING IN EXISTENCE SO MARVEL AT HIS INCOMPETENCE AND STOP HATING AND RECOGNIZE THIS IS THE MESSIAH TO THE RETARDOCRAT SHEEP THAT FOLLOW HIM KISSING HIS A9S, AND WIPING IT FOR HIM TOO!

Posted by: obamination1 | March 22, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

The Limbaugh led Republicans are reaching for straws and digging their hole deeper every time that they open their mouths.There's a reasonable probability that the remark would have gone by and affected no one, even the Special's parents, because it was made in a completely guileless manner. It was the Limbaugh Republicans (the far right neocon whackos, not the GOP!) that turned it into a cause celebre.

When the greed driven "no taxes ever" faction can take an Obama remark and relate it meaningfully to Bush's lie based search for WMD and 4,000+ American Infantry KIA, at a dollar cost which must be a big chunk of our economic mess, Ol' Winger will be the first one to sit up and take notice.

Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeldt, ala Herbert Hoover, gave to the Democrats an almost certain start on twenty or more years control of both White House and Congress. Limbaugh and his grade school dropout followers are taking the "almost" out of that sentence.

Posted by: winger1 | March 23, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, I think the participants of Special Olympics and their families are a little more thick-skinned than what the PRESIDENT Obama haters want us to think. Really, a slip of the tongue/lousy joke and we get a mountain of nonsense. I bet when Obama's second term is finished, it will be well established that his administrations were far more friendly in the support of the special needs people than any past Republican administration. Also, with the prospect of a Palin/Limbaugh ticket being seriously discussed with the GOP elite, add a possible “and future” to that prediction. But then again, God bless ALL of us if those two ever get elected!

Posted by: dlbucs | March 23, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I am a Special Olympian and found this comment funny as any well adjusted non paranoid secure person would. It is the people with the problem themselves and who have only self serving aims that are using this and they are using it to their own ends,. Shame on you Neo con emotional cripples. Stop listening to Hannity the Mannatee and RUSH. They are the truly crippled and disabled. They are crippled in spirit and are lead by money and EGO. Eat my wheel chair dust you freaks!

Posted by: NGrunge | March 23, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You al are going to have to pace yourselves. Obama's disgusting because he made an inappropriate comment? Bet you think nothing of McCain calling his wife a vulgar name in front of witnesses.
Partisanship blinds people to what is important. After all this wolf-crying over infintesimal gaffes, no one will listen to you if Obama were to actually do something horrendous. There is such a thing as outrage fatigue.

Posted by: wilmawd | March 23, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

As for failin' palin and her comments on Obama., read on:
In her interview with People magazine, Sarah recounted the conversation. "He looks like he has Down syndrome," Willow said, looking at her mother. Sarah tried to reassure her daughter. "If he does, you know you will still love him, Willow. It'll be okay." Unsatisfied, Willow asked, "Why didn't you tell us?" Sarah went into an explanation about how she wanted to keep the pregnancy short their sake, and she also admitted she was busy and had not reconciled her own ambivalent feelings.
Willow, Trig is my brother and I love him.
The conversation you mentioned took place during a press conference on 21st April 2008. The audio-tape is the recording of the full press conference.
http://www.box.net/shared/zbok63zyah


He immediately spoke with Tim Shriver, head of the Special Olympics, and apologized. Tim accepted the apology. A Special Olympics bowler has offered to give him lessons. He has had five 300 games and usually bowl 260. If they accept it no one else should be complaining.

Posted by: obamination1 | March 22, 2009 12:24 AM:OBAMATARD/RETARDOCRAT SHEEP/PICKING ON A MONKEY EARED/BRAINED RETARD/STOP HATING/HALFBREED/DON'T EVEN TRY TO SAY HIS MOM WAS WHITE.
SHE JUST HAS A SKIN DISEASE LIKE JACKO.

JEEZ, CAN YOU POSSOBLY BE MORE IGNORANT? YOU ARE A MISERABLE,SMALL MINDED HATEMONGER.


British Prime Minister:
Mr Brown is blind in his left eye and was recently said to be having problems with his right.
He wears a contact in his right eye. The DVD can be viewed if you have advanced glaucoma using a big screen t.v. Four family members can watch anything on a large screen.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | March 23, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I don't know where to begin with these disgraceful posts in here today. How come the Obama-haters get full-reign on Washington Posts blogs, but I can't get a word in edgewise, AND my posts are never posted anyways? eh? Well, it looks like there's no need for me to waste my time here anyways. You all just go on hating the president, and good luck with that...LOSERS!

Posted by: tlhamzy | March 24, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

We need "heart" to be able to see what is meant to be bad or good.
Many handicaped (also mental) pearsons joke about themselves too.
We need not to be too carefull.If we are it may mean that we are not really thinking good about handicapeds, on the contrary.
The President did not mean anything bad! He just joked. I am sure!

Posted by: pullmami | March 24, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The sour grape comments here only demonstrate how many poor losers there are, who can't wait to exaggerate an offhand comment that hurt no one, least of all President Obama.

Special Olympians will probably practise bowling harder, to beat 129. They have a better sense of perspective than any of the comment authors' taunting remarks.

Let any of you try running this country, and the results would be chaotic, as anger rules the lives of those who won't sit still long enough to let the man do his job!

Posted by: wakeupandsmellthecoffee | March 25, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

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