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Obama and the Special Olympics

March 20, 2009

Last night while chatting with fellow Humor Bloggers, Unfinished Rambler, Hussy Housewife, Humor Smith, Quirkyloon, Da Old Man and Dani, I turned on the Jay Leno show. The Humor Bloggers were picking out drapes or something. I asked if anyone was watching our President on the Jay Leno show and just about got kicked out of the chat room.

Imagine my surprise, and the surprise of our country, when our President, our Messiah, The One said this about his horrible bowling game,

“That was like the Special Olympics or something.”

President Obama was the first president to be a guest on a late night comedy show. He is also probably the last. Of course he will have to make the rounds now to apologize for his politically incorrect utterance a la Michael Richards and Hugh Grant (who really didn’t say anything wrong but was caught with his stuff where it shouldn’t be).

My first reaction to his stupid and thoughtless comment was great, now we can all go back to making fun of people in completely harmless ways. Not that anyone has stopped but they feel bad about it when they do it. Guilt free kicking a group when they are already down. Woo hoo.

And then I realized what the president had really done. He had admitted that he was part of a crowd that was challenged mentally. Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Tim Geithner and a whole bunch of others round out his team. And there is nothing wrong with being mentally or physically challenged. We’ve had other presidents who were handicapped. Teddy Roosevelt had Polio, and hid it from the country and Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer’s and hid it from the country. Obama has said he wants a transparent administration so it’s appropriate that he share this news with the rest of the country. Though it’s not like we hadn’t already figured it out in the last 60 days, but it was thoughtful of him anyway.

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  • Reply Da Old Man March 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    It was kind of an insensitive remark that he made. Last time you’ll catch him without a teleprompter for a while.
    BTW, the drapes are beautiful.


  • Reply Prefers Her Fantasy Life March 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I have to give him a pass on this one. The pressure to be funny can really mess with someone’s head.

  • Reply Doctor Faustroll March 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I have to admit that this latest Biraq Hussein Osama episode has finally poisoned me against this uppity nigger. Someone should nail his nuts to a light pole and make him apologize to the real niggers who used to get strung up for looking at white women.

    Come on. How retarded are you people?

    Do you realize how many years have passed since the PC police drove Lenny Bruce into his grave after he suggested that hateful language can only be defined by the state?

    Fuck the Special Olympics if they can’t take a joke. They should be happy we’re not making them into soap and lampshades.

    Do you remember the last president who could toss off a line when describing the kind of dog he’d bring to the White House by suggesting it would be a mutt, just like him. Of course not.

    People ask me why I advocate bringing on the bomb, and it’s this shit. This stupid ignorant political poopadoodle that sets it off.

    The man made a joke that offended some assholes. It is time to start identifying and targetting the offended assholes and beating them with colorful language until they crawl back under their rocks and leave the real people alone.

    Anyone who is insulted or hurt by anything I say or write is welcome to off his or herself. I will pay for the overdose, if you agree to let me administer the drugs and put the incident on You Tube.

    In closing, let me apologize if I haven’t offended any average retard who visits this site, its owners, or the sperm and ovum contributors to anyone associated with it.

    Because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.

    Yeah, right.

  • Reply Jen March 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Old Man, I’m so glad the drapes worked out. The thing about this incident is that he said the kind of thing we all say at one point or another. We don’t do it on national tv but I know I have said something like this before. Of course I have a handicapped mother who made fun of herself all the time, not to mention a gay dad who everyone made fun of. Oh and I was fat as a kid. I wasn’t offended I actually thought he was more human and less puppet, I still think he is fucking up our nation and making me wistful for the last eight years.

    PHFL, Which is probably why only candidates only go on these shows, they are selling something and can afford to try to be funny.

    Dr. Faustroll, Wow, I’m not sure what to make of your comment. On the one hand I think you ‘get it’ and are making fun of the whole thing. On the other hand you use a lot of hate filled words, I don’t know you all that well and have no frame of reference having never talked to you I can’t tell if you are really angry or not. And I have no idea whom you are angry with, aside from me and my retarded readers, and that maybe you didn’t get it. Which is part of the problem of this kind of forum. Sarcasm is great but if there is no frame of reference it looks like small minded bigotry.

  • Reply Mark Krusen March 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Hey you called us’Retarded readers’. I resemble that remark!!

  • Reply Jen March 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Mark, Welcome and I don’t think all my readers are retarded. You have a great blog by the way. I laughed my ass off over there.

  • Reply Mark Krusen March 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I was responding to Doctor Faustroll when responding with my comment. It must have gotten lost in translation.

  • Reply Jen March 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Mark, that’s okay I’ve been called retarded before.

  • Reply Chris Casey March 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Don’t comment on blogs after drinking a six pack and working on your novel for several hours.

    I am proud to admit that if there were a special olympics for bloggers, I’d be competing in the dog poop toss and chugging events, as well as musical farting.
    Wow, no typos, how did that happen? I can’t be sober.
    and my verification word is lackfuk?

  • Reply Jen March 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Chris, Musical farting? My son could rule that event. What’s the novel about?

  • Reply Doctor Faustroll March 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    It’s the old sticks and stones sing song that breaks the bones but words that drive men to murder and mayhem.

    If Hindenberg Limbaugh can continue to say the stuff he says on my dime, I figure I need to incite someone to riot.

    It’s OK Jen. I don’t know me either, and I don’t care to know me. I’m angry at God, which is the same thing as not being angry at anyone or anything.

    unnuffa? This isn’t even reCaptcha. unnuffa?

  • Reply Carol March 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    With so many other things in our country so much more important, the news people, etc. need to let this go and let him get on with his job. He loves the Special Olympics and apologizes. Time to let it go now, don’t you think?

  • Reply Stephanie March 21, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I think it is funny that he screwed up and slipped up… Happens to everyone now and again, but it is funny that he did it on that particular stage!

  • Reply Chris Casey March 21, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Top of the morning Jen!

    It’s a hair of the dog morning for me. The book is a memoir. The title is “My Sponsor had 4 paws.” It’s about a Cocker Spaniel Puppy I rescued the day I came home from the Army, and how over the next 15 years he rescued me from my demons.
    I have an editor, an agent, and a deadline. And my real job. So lets just say I hope this book sells so I can quit the real job! LOL! I’ll keep dreaming!

  • Reply Pricilla March 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Sometimes I am glad I am a goat….and I can stay apolitical.
    Don’t we all make mistakes and mismaaa?
    I admit to being taken aback by Mr.Faustroll’s comments and am now going back to my goat house where I will not commit suicide but will continue to get fat and await my kids.

  • Reply HealthNutWannabeDad March 21, 2009 at 11:52 am

    For the record, I have a cousin, Joe, who is mentally retarded. He’s about 5 years older than me, and I’m 41 years of age.

    Yet, the comment by Obama does not offend me. It does show how insensitive he is, though.

    Obama was making fun of himself. And all of this hoopla about what he says goes to show you the extent of political correctness. It is now beyond the scope.

    By the way, I believe Obama is an incompetent jackass and is doing everything he can to put the economy in the toilet so he can achieve his socialist agenda.

    We need a third party candidate to rise up and have a true shot at the presidency, who will put the country first, rather than party and politics.

  • Reply lilaphase March 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I went to see Spamalot last night, and they were able to work a ‘special olympics’ joke into the show.

    It was interesting to hear the audience’s mixed response of applause and booing.

  • Reply David March 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I wasn’t offended by his remark. It probaably would have been better left unsaid. I he was comparing his uncordinated bowling style with the often uncordinated movements of people with physical disabiities.

    It is indeed tough to hold one’s own on a comedy show where zingy one liners are the modus operandi

  • Reply dizzblnd March 21, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I rather enjoyed watching him squirm as he was apolodizing for that remark.

  • Reply Carl March 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I still like him no matter what. Why apologize? AIG didn’t.

  • Reply Pro March 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Remeber Obama and the Don Imus Comment:

    Obama said: “He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It’s one that I’m not interested in supporting.”

    Therefore, laughter and the lack of reaction from Obama’s remarks suggest Americans have a set a rules for race, class and gender: If you touch them you will pay.

    And another set of rules for individuals that have a mental or physical disability: If you touch them, it’s ok if you apologize. Oh, and by the way, it’s okay to laugh at the jokes that come at the expense of the latter.

    It is just cruel:

  • Reply Jen March 21, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Pro, and to all other’s I am sorry I once again got behind…

    There is indeed a different standard. Obama can do nothing wrong. If Sarah Palin or George Bush had said something like this, and lets face it they have both been compared to people who are special olympians, the media would have been all over him. He gets a pass like he has for the whole duration of his campaign. I suspect he will continue to get a pass.

    That said I don’t think he meant harm by saying it. It was insensitive and thoughtless but he was shooting for self deprecating humor and it is nothing we all haven’t heard before. TMZ found a special olympian who happens to be african american who bowls a perfect game. I think they are trying to set up a match.

  • Reply Lia March 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Yeah, did you hear his latest quote” In response to questions regarding the hardships of his job, he said” Everytime I see someone, I have to make a decision; if I don’t, then someone else made the decision for me.” Um, does this make sense to anyone? Either he’s complaining that he has to make a decision (god forbid!) or he’s blaming other people for making decisions for him; or he’s just wacked and making completely redundant, obviously statements to avoid the question.

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