President Obama's "Special Olympics" comment

So if any one hasn't seen the footage I'll include it at the end of the blog. So 3-19-09 Pres. Obama was on 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno and made the comment "like the Special Olympics or something" in regards to his 129 bowling score. I personally find the comment very offensive. I have a brother with Down Syndrome. It is offensive in the same way to say "I am cheap like a kike", " drink like a mick", "lazy like a nigger" etc. I am an Obama supporter but he made it seem like the degradation of a group of people in our country is ok. He made it seem like discrimination is ok. I am extremely disappointed in him. I hope he takes Kolan McConiughey up on his bowling challenge. Obama has a lot of making up to do.


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Comment by Daniel W on March 23, 2009 at 10:30pm
Adam,

Thank you for reminding me that we are all continuing to evolve and grow. I know that I need to keep learning and being open to points of view, even though I think that my heart is in the right place. I know that I put my own foot into my own mouth often enough. I work and live in a very diverse environment, and often discover that I have a lot to learn.

President Obama, while he is a great orator, and a political genius, has put his foot into his mouth quite a number of times. I'm sure that his handlers have made sure that he knows he said something stupid on the Leno show as well. If they don't, then they are not doing their job.

One thing I learn from the blunders that other people make is not to be too offended if someone well-meaning says something that makes my hair stand up on end. I try to save it for the jerks who don't mean well. But I agree with you that people need to be called on their errors as well, so that they know that they made them.

You sound like a great brother. Yours is fortunate to have you.

Best Wishes

Daniel
Comment by Jennifer W on March 23, 2009 at 6:54pm
I'm not the ultimate judge on what's offensive and what's not offensive, I get a bit sensitive myself, it just upsets me at times when people judge a person based upon a snippet of what they said or phrase and make news about it (eg. Don Imus, etc) I would hate to be judged on a single conversation like that, because I know myself I'm not prejudice whatsoever.

But do he should still watch every word he says, I mean, he shouldn't be that naive to know that every media outlet and probably billions of people are on his every word. Dumb anecdotes should not even be in his thought process.
Comment by cj the cynic on March 23, 2009 at 5:18pm
He's not a comedian. That is the problem. He's been so calculated and articulate before, why choose to let himself go now? Because it's "just" the disabled, we shouldn't care? If it were blacks or whites, jews or christians, everyone would care. Why hold different groups to different standards?
Comment by Jennifer W on March 23, 2009 at 4:19pm
If a comedian said the same thing, no one would care.

Now lets be rational adults here, don't take everything he says literally. It was only an corny analogy, we've all said one in our lifetime, and with a varied amount of taste. I'm pretty positive he doesn't actually think way.

I don't want to defend him 100% though. He did take the risk of going to a Late Night talk show, in the middle of his presidency. I know he wants to seem that he's accessible, but there is a difference in being a celebrity and the President of the United States.
Comment by cj the cynic on March 23, 2009 at 3:03pm
Sean:
Television isn't the president of the US, and if Obama had made a joke about white people, he'd be in hot water too. Just because your friend in a wheelchair makes jokes about the special olympics doesn't mean that no disabled people should be offended by Obama's comment. They clearly are and they have a right to be.

Just because some black people call themselves niggers, would that mean that they would not be offended if a white politician called them niggers? I think they would be. By the way, using a group as an example of failure in sports is not exactly a good way to show that you include them in your vision of America.

You sound like the blind obamaniacs that are trying to make light of it because that's what you do with all the Messiah's messes -- clean them up and insist it was an innocent mistake. Ask yourself how you or any other obamabot would react if Bush had made this comment. You'd be tearing him apart and you know it, all because he is not your Messiah.
Comment by Sean on March 23, 2009 at 7:46am
He never said he wasn't going to include special olympics participants in his vision of america. Aren't you all blowing this out of proportion?

Seriosly, I have a friend in a wheel chair that makes special olympics jokes. He wasnt' offended on bit by obama. I hear jokes about white people all the time on television. About how we can't jump, have no rythem, ect...

Do I get my panties in a bunch?
Comment by cj the cynic on March 23, 2009 at 12:37am
Very insensitive of him. So Obama's willing to include christian psychos like Rick Warren in his vision of America, but not those who participate in the Special Olympics?

Disgusting.
Comment by Buffy on March 22, 2009 at 10:42pm
I spent 20 years working with adults who have developmental disabilities. My wife has a cousin who has mental retardation. We were both appalled at Obama's comment and the way so many people are trying to make light of it.

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