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Obama said to me, “I bowl like a retard”

March 21, 2009

“If you say things like that on Leno, what do you say at home?”

That was the question posed by Hannah Jacobs, an advocate for those with special needs, on the Fox News channel during the 7-8 AM hour on March 21.

“What was he thinking?”

“He was saying, ‘I bowl like a retard,'” Jacobs said.

The reason we have so called “political corerctness” is because pwople want to point out that sometimes what you think and say is who you are: which may cause others some problems.

President Obama didn’t just make a funny joke or a gaffe on Obama the other night: he offended a lot of people who think he also revealed to us who he really is.

“He hurt a lot of American families and a lot of good people,” a reader emailed to us.

We are sure as hell that if Joe Biden said some racial slur, there would be a huge public outcry….

Just a thought…..
“This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world,” Sarah Palin said in a statement released Friday.
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“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

Palin’s son, Trig, has Down Syndrome.

Related:
American Democracy With Checks and Balances is Broken; Media, Congress Failing

 Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

Obama Fails During Tone-Deaf, Humorless Week: No Progress on Economy, Russia, Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Related from CNN:
“R-Word” Can Be Hurtful
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/0
3/20/obama.special.olympics/index.html

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Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

March 21, 2009

When the Telegraph Newspaper in London lists the “Top Ten Gaffes” of the Obama Administration and Joke Biden doesn’t clean up on the Messiah there is a problem.

Houston, we have a problem.

And it is just not one problem.  Americans now must face the fact that they elected a President of the United States that is a human being: and the media  created an image, a mirage really, of Barack Obama that is just not true.

You were conned.  A lot of us were.

But this is about fair and honest media, now.

And the media is STILL trying to keep the play-acting Obama alive: despite a ton of evidence that the guy is real.  And may be real normal.  And maybe sometimes stupid.

Interesting that it has bee the Telegraph’s man in America, Toby Harnden, that has been the most reliable reporter of  Obama’s many gaffe’s — not an American reporter for an American media organization.

When will the double standard end?

Even the New York Times wants to know….. 

For the Telegraph’s Top Ten Obama Gaffe’s by Toby Harnden, google:
Harnden, Obama, gaffes

 

President Barack Obama bumps his head entering the door of Marine One…Photo by Edmonds, AP

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“It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger,” President Obama said on Thursday of the banks he’s chosen to bail out. “You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk [to] them, ease that finger off the trigger.”

It may be the world’s shortest-lived gaffe: the brief outrage it spawned was of course entirely subsumed by the uproar over his comment to Jay Leno that his attempt at bowling was “like the Special Olympics or something.”

By Tobin Harshaw
The New York Times

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Some would say it’s minor stuff — and it is: a clumsy simile for our terror-ridden time, followed by a clumsier joke for our P.C.-ridden time. But presidents don’t generally get a break on minor stuff. Gerald Ford, the finest athlete in Oval Office history, stumbles getting off a plane and America gets stuck with Chevy Chase’s career for the next three decades; Ronald Reagan, who brought about the perhaps the most significant reduction of nuclear weapons of the cold war, makes a bad joke about bombing Russia during a microphone sound check and is forever painted as a paranoid warmonger; George H.W. Bush, pork-rind eater, gives a befuddled look at a grocery-store scanner and will never shake the reputation as being out of touch with the common man; Dan Quayle, scion of a newspaper family, misspells the name of a common nightshade at a school spelling bee and his cements his reputation as an airhead; George W. Bush … well, one doesn’t know where to start with George W. Bush, but pretzels come to mind. It seems that only Vice President Joe Biden has managed to gaffe himself up the career ladder.

Besides, minor stuff often contains hints at the larger picture. “It was brilliant communications skills that carried Obama to the presidency,” note Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen of the Politico. “But the discipline and strategic focus of the campaign have yet to move into the White House. The story of the day often catches the president flat-footed or on the defensive — and regularly undercut by fellow Democrats. To Obama’s dismay, he is learning that successful presidential communications is only in part — often a fairly small part — about personal eloquence.”

The MSM didn’t seem to make much of the Special Olympics joke — The Times’s initial online story on the “Tonight Show” appearance didn’t even mention it , nor did The Washington Post’s news article on the president’s California swing – but one Special Olympian and plenty of folks in the blogosphere took note.

“So how do you categorize Obama’s statement?” asks Patterico. “Poor judgment? Thoughtlessness? Or TELLING IT LIKE IT IS?!?! Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t really countenance the disabled flying into an outrage over this. But I do think — like the “putting lipstick on a pig” comment — that it shows Obama has a tin ear sometimes. And that he’s often a poor communicator, despite all we’ve heard to the contrary.”

“One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it,” adds the Anchoress, with a heavy sigh. “President Bush was no cool cat, but he was a master of self-deprecating humor. I give Obama credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love to ignore it, I really would. And I’ll start ignoring these Obama gaffes just as soon as the press gives them the same unending coverage they gave to Bush’s. When the double-standards end.”

Read the rest:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2
009/03/20/weekend-opinionator-obam
as-communication-breakdown/

Obama Fails During Tone-Deaf, Humorless Week: No Progress on Economy, Russia, Iran

March 20, 2009

The way things are going for Barack Obama we don’t see him again on “Jay Leno” in this lifetime.

In fact, we don’t expedt Obama to laugh much in the near term….

The Congressional Budget Office panned his budget predictions today, saying Obama’s budget would generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than predicted by the White House just last month.

Obama Spending, Tax Plans Likely Out The Window As CBO Predicts Much More Debt

Less than one month ago, while President Barack Obama was still making his own budget with his own numbers (and everything was rosy) he assured reporters that he likes being president.

“And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he said.

One month later, nobody can be sure that the president is good at anything.

He can’t tell a joke and can’t use a telepromter.

He ever hurt a lot of good people with a nasty, ugly remark he threw off as an “off hand comment.”  That was on a nationally televised enetertainment show no other sitting president has seen fit to go on…

Obama said to me, “I bowl like a retard”

He apparently can’t manage congress, which included a green light for the bonuses AIG paid when they wrote the stimulus bill.  This caused the president “outrage.”  So the congress offered to tax AIG bonus recipients 90% — perhaps another outrage that may actually be unconstitutional.

Related:
The End of America As We Knew It?

Duke’s basketball coach told the president to forget about bracket picks and get to work on the economy.
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Besides his basketball picks, don’t forget Obama picked Geithner, Richardson, Biden, Daschle and a host of other failures for his team mates in his administration.

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Iran has blown off all of Obama’s overtures but Russia has agreed with Obama to press the “reset” button.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/Getty

Russia announced a militay re-arming project.

Turns out, besides campaigning, we don’t know what President Obama is good at.

“I’m good at it”
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Con
tent/Public/Articles/000/000/016
/215bpfvr.asp

Iran Blows Off Obama “Outreach Video” in White House Video Hell Week

President’s Economic Team in Trouble: Especially Geithner

Aides Attempt to Cover for Obama; White House Not Worthy of Special Olympics

Obama and Leno Discuss Congress, AIG: “It Kind of Scared Me” 

Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”

 Duke Coach Slam Dunks Obama: Go Fix the Economy

Gates readies big cuts in weapons

Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/20/why-cant-obama-tell-a
-good-joke/

Obama’s Toughest Week From Fox:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first10
0days/2009/03/19/obama-does-tonig
ht-strike-right-tone/

Iran Blows Off Obama “Outreach Video” in White House Video Hell Week

March 20, 2009

President Obama is in video hell today.  His top videos are being panned and laughed at.

Americans are giggling that the president made fun of the Special Olympics while a guest on Jay Leno.

He should leave the comedy to Leno.

The Duke basketball coach said Obama should go to work on the economy and stay off ESPN.

And in Iran the Obama video offering outreach may never even get to the screen….

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From Fox News

 Iran’s supreme leader said Friday that world powers had been persuaded they could not block Iran’s nuclear progress — making no mention of a new-year’s message sent by President Obama to his country, Reuters reported.

Neither Ayatollah Ali Khamenei nor Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad noted Obama’s attempt to make a “new beginning” with their country in recorded messages they issued to mark the Iranian New Year.

Obama released the video Friday to coincide with the Iranian festival of Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring. In the video, Obama says the U.S. is prepared to end the strained relations if Tehran tones down its combative rhetoric.

“This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect,” Obama said.

A press adviser to Iran’s president downplayed the video, saying “minor changes will not end the differences.”

Ali Akbar Javanfekr told the Iranian state-run English-language Press TV satellite station that Iran will never forget U.S. meddling in Tehran’s affairs. The two countries broke off relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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“Obama has talked of change but has taken no practical measures to address America’s past mistakes in Iran. If Mr. Obama takes concrete actions and makes fundamental changes in U.S. foreign policy toward other nations including Iran, the Iranian government and people will not turn their back on him,” Ali Akbar Javanfekr told the Iranian state-run English-language Press TV satellite station.

It wasn’t clear how many Iranians were able to see the video, which was not aired on state television in Iran on Friday. It was likely shown on Farsi-language TV stations beamed in from outside of the country, but many Iranians don’t watch television in the first days of long Nowruz holiday that is normally filled with family gatherings or vacations away from home.

Iranians could see the video on the White House Web site, but other popular video sharing sites like YouTube are blocked in Iran.

Read the rest from the Associated Press:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.
php?id=D971PVM81&show_article=1

Aides Attempt to Cover for Obama; White House Not Worthy of Special Olympics

March 20, 2009

President Barack Obama made his difficult week worse Thursday by saying his poor bowling skills are “like the Special Olympics or something,” an athletic competition for people with disabilities. His spokesman quickly said Obama hadn’t intended any offense.

Politico

Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in California, Obama sought to mock his lackluster bowling skills by saying that he recently bowled a score of 129 in the White House bowling alley.

After the show’s taping and en route back to Washington on Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters that Obama had “made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.”

“He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world,” Burton said.

Aside from the regrettable appearance of a president even implicitly poking fun at the disabled, Obama’s comments came on the same day that he had appeared with California First Lady Maria Shriver, an early supporter whose mother founded the games.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks to host Jay Leno on the ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009.REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Maria Shriver’s mother and the former president’s sister, founded the athletic competition for the disabled in 1968.

Obama used much of his appearance on the comedy show to discuss the economy but sought to get in some light-hearted quips toward the end of the taping.

He said he had been working on his bowling game just below his new residence and recently rolled a 129.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” cracked host Jay Leno

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

Obama’s bowling skills, or lack thereof, have been a running joke since he fared poorly during an impromptu game at a Pennsylvania bowling alley during the Democratic primary last year.

Obama’s line on Leno was reminiscent of a crack at Nancy Reagan he let slip last year.

“I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances,” he said at a press conference days after being elected last November, a reference to the former First Lady‘s consultation with an astrologer during her time in the White House.

Obama called the elderly Reagan after his comment and apologized about what an aide described as “a careless and off-handed remark.”

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From the Washington Times:

St. CLOUD, Minn. | To hear his camp tell it Thursday, President Obama has been in the dark on his administration’s controversial efforts to force veterans to use their private insurance for treatments and to clear the way for large bonuses to be paid to the executives of the failed insurance giant AIG.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was the latest to offer the president-didn’t-know defense, suggesting to a Minnesota audience that Mr. Obama was “unaware” of the veterans plan until the president floated it to veterans groups leaders this past Monday and stirred a major controversy.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner joined the bandwagon, saying it was he and not the president who deserved the blame for letting the bonuses to American International Group Inc. proceed.

“It’s my responsibility,” Mr. Geithner said, taking the blame just days after the White House leaked reports that it didn’t know about the bonuses until after they were issued.

The efforts to shield the president from the fallout of early administration missteps has opened a door for Republicans to cast doubts on the competence, credibility and discipline of the new White House.

“We have the president saying he takes full responsibility and then saying it’s not his fault,” said Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican.

Mr. Kyl and other top Senate Republicans tweaked the president for finding the time to fill out an NCAA basketball tournament bracket and appear on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” while anger was boiling over in Washington over revelations of the bonuses and while the nation’s credit markets remained in crisis.

“This administration seems to have disdain or very little time for the hard work of governing,” said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ne
ws/2009/mar/20/aides-attempt-to
-shield-obama-from-controversy/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/20/obamas-worse-joke-and-insul
t-to-american-taxpayers-intelligence/

Obama, Congress: Not One Candidate Worthy of “Special Olympics”

March 20, 2009

People I’ve met at the Special Olympics display drive, determination, and focus.  They see the big picture, believe in the fellowship of mankind and are overjoyed and thankful for their gifts.

The President of the United States, who promised a new kind of government, a new era of post racial, post partisan, pork free government of transparency and equality brought forth some kind of dementia of his own on national TV last night.

He demeaned the Special Olympics and the athletes who work so hard to get there.

Barack: stick to the teleprompter.  Tell Biden, too.

So now, after just 60 days of this president, his administration and this congress, we have a rush job stimulus to nowhere; a witch hunt over $165 million while several trillion dollars are frittered away.  We have a verbal war with Rush Limbaugh, no real bipartisanship, $1 billion in spending an hour for 50 days, and a world economy adrift.

Drifing downward.

And the hope?  The promise?  It’s to spend more.  With this congress deciding how.

Yesterday the president appeared on a late night comedy show which wasn’t funny, filled out his basketball bracket, which insulted at least one team, and today his wife will plant vegetables, apparently aware that the recent action by the Fed will mean inflation and veggies nobody can afford to buy.

It’s much more inspirational to watch the Special Olympics than this president and his team.

Let’s not even name names: nobody in this presidency and congress looks able enough to make the Special Olympic team….They are an insult to Special Olympians…..

With the world economy on life support, Obama and this congress seem worthy only of pulling the plug….

Related:
Read more abouth Geithner, your diminishing wealth, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd….

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
20/obamas-worse-joke-and-insult-to
-american-taxpayers-intelligence/

Obama on Leno, Special Olympics Crack, White House in “Damage Control Mode”

Obama and Leno Discuss Congress, AIG: “It Kind of Scared Me”

Economic Recovery? “These guys are eating my lunch”

Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Simulus Allowed?
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Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”
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Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

AIG Bonus Snafu: Boomeranging Into the Faces of Democrats?

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

Obama the centrist, pragmatic problem-solver is gone: now liberal spendathon, no accountability

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Stimulus Allowed?

Duke Coach Slam Dunks Obama: Go Fix the Economy

Obama on Leno, Special Olympics Crack, White House in “Damage Control Mode”

March 20, 2009

Even before Barack Obama’s interview on the Tonight Show had aired, the White House was working to tamp down a hubbub over an off-hand joke the president had made.

When Obama told Jay Leno that he had recently bowled a 129 score, Leno replied dryly, “That’s very good, Mr. President.” Obama chuckled and said It’s “like the Special Olympics or something.”

Read the rest and see video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2
009/03/19/obama-special-olym
pics-cr_n_177185.html