See, this is why no sitting President has ever appeared on a late night talk show before.
In the middle of an innocuous discussion about the President’s bowling game (what is it with this guy and bowling?) President Obama said something dumb about the Special Olympics.
Take a look-see before NBC takes this down:
Now, I think the President was referring to Jay’s faux-condescending “That’s GREAT, Mr. President,” because in the Special Olympics, everyone’s a winner. That’s how they roll, and good for them.
Still, get ready for false outrage from people who seriously think this sort of thing is offensive and relevant.
Waaaait a minute….
A cursory survey of the usual suspects finds most right-wing pundits and bloggers saying things like “it was dumb, this is why he needs a teleprompter, but it’s no big deal.” So, again, we’re in a situation where the big story is “The President said something silly – WHAT WILL THE RIGHT WING SAY?” when, in fact, they’re saying nothing.
Look, they brought it on themselves. And by “they”, I mean “the chattering class in general, left and right.” Over the last twenty years, this is what would happen: A Democrat would say something dumb, and the right would feign outrage. Or, Bush would say something dumb, and the left would feign outrage. Knee-jerk responses to something the other “team” did. That’s all it was. We’ve come to accept it now. So, now, whenever (Representative of Party X) says or does something offensive, the media immediately reports that (Representatives of Party Y) are outraged. It’s lazy and it’s telling.
So…. did the President say something offensive about the Special Olympics? Does this mean he hates developmentally challenged people, people in wheelchairs, and by proxy AMERICA ITSELF? I dunno. I’d rather hear it from the Special Olympics or handicapped people themselves, rather than from Michelle Malkin (or, more accurately, from Keith Olbermann telling me how Michelle Malkin’s going to feel.)