Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama and Special Olympics

Was Barack Obama's comment about Special Olympics on Jay Leno offensive? You can watch the clip and vote on HotAir.

It is rare for me to defend President Obama, but anyone who does public speaking will eventually say things that didn't come out right or things he or she didn't really mean. I think we need to cut him some slack on this one.

I'm not so understanding about his destructive policies.

6 comments:

professor ed said...

Dennis:
You can cut the president some slack here if you wish, but you can bet the farm that if Bush had uttered a similiar set of words, he would have been condemned in all forms of our national media from sea to shining sea! Remember a certain vice-president and his spelling of "potato"?

Dennis said...

Professor ed: No doubt about it. You are absolutely right! Republican politicians (Like Senator Trent Lott?)have lost their jobs for less.

Jason said...

Right, that is what I was going to mention, prof, that our society and media are very selective in the condemnation of speech on certain people. Obama once again is immune.

Pro said...

During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ 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:


http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

Robert said...

I think what Dr. Ingolfsland is saying is that arguing about his "sensitivity" to those with special needs is a distraction from the bigger picture, his policies.

Karin Smith said...

but anyone who does public speaking will eventually say things that didn't come out right or things he or she didn't really mean. I think we need to cut him some slack on this one.


this wording that he used, however, is not likely to come out of the mouth of someone who doesn't think and talk that way normally. I don't think he should get ANY slack on this one! the fact that he used this terminology means that he regularly either thinks or speaks this way. I don't think we NEED to give him any slack on this one, but maybe give him a little more tension.