President Obama’s Special Olympics Gaffe

Remember the supposed gaffe that President Obama made concerning Jessica Simpson’s weight? People claimed that he called her fat,but here’s what he really said.

This time,though,the President did say something very insensitive. He joked with Jay Leno about his bowling expertise. He compared his lack of bowling skills to the Special Olympics. Very awkward moment,indeed! Here’s more from the seattlepi:

“That’s right: 60 days into the 44th presidency, we’re back to the s/he said what? debates of the campaign. Only this time, there’s not much to debate. Obama really should have known better than to say what he did when the conversation left AIG and industry and turned to bowling:

MR. OBAMA: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)

MR. LENO: No, that’s very good. Yes. That’s very good, Mr. President.

MR. OBAMA: It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)

MR. LENO: No, that’s very good.

To his credit, Obama knew he screwed up and moved quickly to fix it. Before the show had aired, Obama was on the phone with Tim Shriver, the president of The Special Olympics, to apologize.

Guess there’s a reason presidents don’t go on late night.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

I don’t know what made him make such a stupid remark,but I’m glad he apologized for it.

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One response to “President Obama’s Special Olympics Gaffe

  1. Jax

    He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail,
    should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the special
    Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them:

    http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

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