Friday, March 20, 2009
In a feat of chutzpah that outranks anything he has said or done in his two months as Chief Asshole, The Clown™ went on Jay Leno last night and mocked the disabled, saying that his lack of bowling skills was "like the Special Olympics...or something."
And the reaction from the MSM? Yawn. Nothing to see here. Move on.
Obama apologizes for remark
After comparing his bowling to the Special Olympics on "The Tonight Show" Thursday, President Obama called Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver to apologize before the program even aired.
“He expressed his disappointment and he apologized, in a way that was very moving,” Shriver said on ABC's “Good Morning America.” “It’s important to see that words hurt, and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seen as humiliating or a put-down of people with special needs do cause pain, and they do result in stereotypes."
Obama told Shriver he wants to have some Special Olympics competitors over to the White House for basketball or bowling.
Shriver is the son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President Kennedy's sister.
The president had been making an attempt at self-deprecating humor in his appearance on Jay Leno's show by saying that a recent 129 he scored in the White House bowling alley had been "like Special Olympics, or something."
He and his staff quickly recognized the mistake and moved to limit the damage.
While Obama called Shriver, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters flying back to Washington with Obama on Air Force One that the president had “made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.”
“He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world,” Burton said.
Wow! The Special Olympics is a wonderful program! So wonderful that the Dick-in-Chief mocked it!
Now, imagine for a second if George W. Bush had said something like this. Just imagine...but if you won't, we will.
WaPo: Bush Mocks the Disabled, Calls His Bad Bowling Skills "Like the Special Olympics"
In a poorly worded joke on the Jay Leno show tonight, President George W. Bush said that his poor bowling skills "were like the Special Olympics...or something."
Realizing the damage that the ill-timed comment could do, Bush immediately called Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver to apologize. Shriver did not want to hear of it. He told reporters, "The President apologized, but you cannot mock the disabled and not made aware of the damage you are inflicting on these great Americans."
The reaction on Capitol Hill was deafening. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Bush was out of touch with everyday working people. "How could a President make such a remark? Does he have that much hatred of the disabled?"
Senators Patty Murray (D-Washington State) and Barbara Boxer (D-California) went to the floor of the US Senate to condemn the remark and ask that Republicans go on record with their condemnation.
"The President did a stupid thing, period," Murray said. "I want to see the GOP members say the same thing." She introduced a resolution condemning the President for "his horrible use of language condemning the physically disabled in America."
MSNBC announced that Keith Olbermann, host of its "Countdown" program, will deliver a "Special Comment" tonight on what the network called "the outrageous statement made by a President who has contempt for the disabled."
Now let's see how close any of that comes in response to what The Clown™ said. The answer? Not even close.