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Barack Oblunder

March 22, 2009 @ 12:57

It's been very interesting over the past couple of days to see how the Barack Obama "Special Olympics" comment has been downplayed and ignored.

Listen, I like Barack Obama, he seems like a good guy and I wouldn't want his job for all the money in the world, but let's face it folks, what he said was wrong with a good measure of stupid sprinkled over it.

I've heard all the excuses over the past couple of days, and I know that we can all say things we regret, but come on, he's the President of the United States.

Comparing his bad bowling skills to the Special Olympics on national television was way over the line.

We all deserve to be forgiven, but at the same time, nobody deserves the pass that Obama got on this one. If George W. had said the same thing I'm sure the reaction would have been a lot different.

And in case you're getting the wrong impression, let me make it clear, I like Obama and I know George W. is a dufus.

But really, Obama miraculousy came out this one without a scratch.

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94 Responses to "Barack Oblunder"

Brenda's Boyfriend from Cambridge
March 22, 2009 / 16:22

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

Says it all.


March 22, 2009 / 16:41

Yup, Bush would have been blasted. Obama is forgiven. This world is too PC.

Barack should have the special Olympics bowlers over to the White house and I'll bet they'll cream him.

Buffalo Boy Mike
March 23, 2009 / 07:46

Yeah Freddie maybe over the line, however, look at the context with which it was used, the setting it was used in and the fact that whether we choose to admit it or not, we have ALL made the odd ball joke or comment with no intentions of offending anyone but to make fun of ourselves or someone else who could not do something well.
In this case it was him poking fun at his own bowling skills. Are we going to kid ourselves and think that Special Olympic Athletes are the best in the world? I would hope not, I work with students with disabilities and this comment did get reporters talking down here and I can say that it didn't offend me nearly as much as it offended those reporters with no experience working with children and adults with disabilities.
Because I get the context in which it was used. I get where Obama went with it and it would be lying to say that those same reporters haven't gone there at one timeor another too.
If we are going to push for complete political correctness in anything people do anymore then this is going to be a very boring world in which to talk to people and quite frankly I think others on the right wing side have gotten away with it including Rush Limbaugh and his "Down Syndrome" Baby talk that I posted on a while back and His making fun of and disputing Michael J. Foxes Parkinson's that he never apologized for.
Lets be fair too, George W. has madesome off handed remarks but he was an idiot and we knew that the whole time. So he didn't just get beat up for that, he got beat up because he was an idiot to boot.

March 23, 2009 / 09:00

As president, you can't make those mistakes and you're right, if it were GWB, he'd be crucified. That being said, Obama gets away with it because people love him. The American public will keep forgiving him until he makes a MASSIVE blunder in foreign or domestic policy. He's too early in his administration to really take heat for anything.

Jon from (near) BUffalo
March 23, 2009 / 09:30

I am extremely anti-Obama. My wife's uncle has Down Syndrome. But, in all honesty, I didn't have a problem with the comment itself. It was obviously a joke, albeit a STUPID one to say on national television by a so-called "leader". more the kind of thing you say privately to friends, with no real malice intended.
However, what I have a HUGE problem with is the complete double standard in the media and the Kool-aid drinkers.
If GWB--or in fact ANY Conservative--had made the same comment in the same context and situation, all HELL would have broken loose and the fury of the media and the crazy left would have been unleashed. It would STILL be the top story of every newscast and headline of every paper. The libs would be demanding an apology (which they wouldn't accept anyway) and there would be speeches on the floors of Congress..

Freddie is right--free pass for one, then free pass for all....but really there is no such thing as free speech anyway. It still must be "approved" free speech by an "approved" speaker.

March 23, 2009 / 09:57

I agree with Jon its not the worse thing a person can say. Most of us have used that joke when describing a poor performance in a sport.

People who are physically or mentally handicapped don't fit into the precious 4 groups that you cannot insult. If you do insult any of those groups, you lose your job - plain and simple.

I'll let you all figure out who those 4 groups are.

March 23, 2009 / 10:19

Let it go. Where will they find a leader willing to answer questions like that.
From Reagan and his plants to Bush no one meets the Press like Obama. You can't slip when you know the q in advance.

Mike from Lowville
March 23, 2009 / 11:43

Would one of those groups be the "ARGIE" group?

March 23, 2009 / 11:54

No Mike, I have a very thick skin. Come on go ahead and guess the 4.....

A hint: They are all a part of the victim society we live in today.

March 23, 2009 / 12:09

If Harper said it, The Toronto Star would be all over it like hair on a camel.

March 23, 2009 / 14:43

I've never got hung up with what GWB said - it's what the man has done that has my knickers in a knot

March 23, 2009 / 17:11

Obama isn't a comedian or a talk show host, he's the f*&%ing POTUS.

Right Uppercut
March 23, 2009 / 20:40

Typical mamby-pamby treatment of 'The poster-boy for Amercian Socialism' by the left-wing media such as the TV networks, NY Times, Washington Post, etc. The usual suspects.

There are two sets of rules now... if you're a lefty/socialist whack-job, the media drops to its knees; but if you're a common-sense conservative, those lefty limp-wrists will try to slap you silly.

Thankfully; just under 4 years remaining until that 'One Term Wonder-Boy' gets tossed from office.

How much debt will he leave the average taxpayer and their great-great grandkids to pay back, though?

March 24, 2009 / 16:12

"But really, Obama miraculousy came out this one without a scratch."

Nice choice of words, could you imagine if you used bruised?

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