I love me some Obama but

lord I’m just in tears this morning over that throw away comment he made about the Special Olympics last night.  It’s so freaking disheartening. 

I’m glad he apologized to the head of the Special Olympics, at least someone showed some sort of awareness, but good freaking grief on a stick.  He’s a highly intelligent man who has been primed to be hyper-aware of his every thought and word after years of campaigning, on what he knew was going to be a very big (and historic) stage, and he said WHAT?  Really

What sort of hope can we, as parents, have that our kids will ever be respected for who they are and for the determination and strength they show every damned day of their lives if even the President makes these sorts of off the cuff remarks.  I’m sure he didn’t mean anything by it.  I’m sure he said it without thinking which makes it worse.  It’s so pervasive and it’s so hurtful.

4 thoughts on “I love me some Obama but

  • March 21, 2009 at 9:07 am
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    It is hurtful. I am glad to know that he called them before the show even aired, which means he didn’t need to wait for the public to tell him he needed to apologize. I guess I expect this sort of thing from Joe Schmoe on the street (because I hear it almost every day), but not the president. I know he’s human and we hold him to sometimes impossible standards, but it’s still wrong and it does sting.

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  • March 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm
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    Grampy says to check out the Sat issue of the Concord Monitor Front page. Article entitled Special Olympics Bowler: I can beat the President. Yeah he is the president, but he needs to be thinking every second of his life. No stupid remarks that he has to apologize for.

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  • March 22, 2009 at 4:09 am
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    I so missed this, living in the cave I have made with my one year old… can someone tell me or point me to what was said and where… Thanks

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  • March 22, 2009 at 8:10 am
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    There are a ton of articles out there but so many are opinion pieces that are coming across as a bit self-righteous IMO. My point was that this is so pervasive, everyone does it or has done it…it’s so disheartening to see that it’s still so widespread and accepted.

    “Asked by chat show king Jay Leno about the White House bowling alley — after Obama famously flopped at the 10-pin sport during his presidential campaign last year — the president said he had been practicing.

    “I bowled a 129,” he said to laughter from the “Tonight Show” audience.

    “That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically…. Read More

    It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president replied.”

    **Insert Laughter – Leno, Obama and the audience**

    Special Olympics Response: http://specialolympics.org/official_statement.aspx

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