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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama Makes Fun of Disabled; Where's the Outrage?

Will Media Notice Obama's Poor Taste Special Olympics Joke?

By Noel Sheppard
March 19, 2009 - 22:03 ET

President Obama's appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" hasn't even aired yet, and there's already some controversy brewing over a self-deprecating remark he made about his bowling being "like the Special Olympics."


Will media pay much attention to this potentially offensive slight to the handicapped?

According to ABC's Jake Tapper, preparing for the worst, the White House is already in damage control mode (h/t NB reader J.H. Blair):

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.

He bowled a 129, the president said.

"'That's very good, Mr. President,' Leno said sarcastically.

"It's 'like the Special Olympics or something,' the president said.

"When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.

"'The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,' White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. 'He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world.'"

Will this get much attention in the next 24 hours, and, if so, will it just get brushed off as another liberal's botched joke?

Stay tuned.

*****Update: Apparently, there's another question: will this exchange make it to the broadcast or be edited out? 

Double stay tuned.


My Thoughts

It's a good thing that Obama doesn't have a "R" after his name. He would never hear the end of it, if he did. He is "The One", though. So, it will be swept under the rug by the MSM.

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