oh noes teh president obama sed sumthing meen >_<

20 Mar

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.)


Posted by on March 20, 2009 in politics, War on Xmas!


5 responses to “oh noes teh president obama sed sumthing meen >_<

  1. Billin Fla

    March 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Boo Hoo Waaaaa !!!!!!

  2. Julia

    March 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    My favorite part of this whole thing: A Special Olympian bowler has challenged him to a bowl-off.

  3. Jon Martin

    March 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    You want fake outrage? I got your fake outrage right here, pal.

  4. Jax

    March 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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

    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:

  5. geekusa

    March 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Jax –

    Did he hurt many families in America? Did he really? Are you a member of a family with a handicapped or developmentally disabled person? If not, could you find me one that was seriously hurt by his comments?

    And what if he says he’s sorry “in the public” *to* “some” organization, (the organization in this case being the Special Olympics, who I can see being offended, maybe.)

    Apparently, “the media” criticized Gov. Palin for being common. The entire media? One person who works in the news media? Two? Can you cite sources, please, and tell me who referred to her, disparagingly, as “common”? “Not Presidential,” I’ve heard, but when you’re President, you have to be President of the whole country, and it didn’t seem like she had a lot of knowledge of the world outside her own state. Granted, I’ve lived in Massachusetts for 90% of my life, and haven’t traveled much either… but I’m not running for vice-president.

    And Mrs. Palin, as the mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome, has every right to be offended by the Presidents comments, of course. But did the President actually speak hurtfully, or was it a slip of the tongue that was maybe unwise, but not a big deal in the end? For instance, when President Bush spoke at a press dinner and did a whole comedy bit about not being able to find weapons of mass destruction in his office, some on the left complained that he was being disrespectful to soldiers who had died. I don’t think he was – it may have been unwise, but it wasn’t that big a deal. But you seem pretty worked up about this comment of Obama’s, Jax.

    I guess my point is this: are you offended because he was actually hurtful, or are you offended because you feel like you should be offended? Which, of course, you would have realized if you read my whole post before you decided to comment.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: