3.20.2009

Okay, let's drop the subject and move on...


Okay, so this whole "Tonight Show" business has really got everyone talking.

My husband found this little tidbit on politico.com.:




Obviously not the most important issue of the day, but I think people are misreading Obama's off-color joke. His comment came in response to Leno's sarcastic praise, sounding to me like he was comparing the empty compliment ("That's pretty good, Mr. President") to the "everyone gets a medal just for coming" ethos of the Special Olympics.

In other words, he wasn't saying he's as bad a bowler as a Special Olympian, he was saying Leno's encouragement was as cheerfully hollow as that of a Special Olympics organizer.


This was followed by a barrage of commentary from both liberals and conservatives alike...here are some of the more interesting ones...

So somehow its OK because he was only mocking the sincerity of people who volunteer countless hours work very hard and give so much of themselves to put on the Special Olympics?

This Democrat did not like people busting on the President and she had this to say:

Republicans are soooooooooooo jealous!!!!! President Barack Obama is an amazing leader and you know it!! He actually can do more than one thing at once and it annoys you because your leaders can not. He can go on the tonight show and speak to the American people about what is going on in our country. If you watched you would know he was very serious about it. He made one comment you could jump on and you are off. The thing is this is all Republicans know how to do. You have no solutions to the problems that face our country. All you do is name call. The American people can see through your fake outrage!!

Counterpoint:

So somehow its OK because he was only mocking the sincerity of people who volunteer countless hours work very hard and give so much of themselves to put on the Special Olympics?

"Right Winger" steps in on the action...

Uh uh...ACORN uh uh...Marxist uh uh...Commie uh uh...Soshulizm! uh uh...Hates America! I'm a mindless, idiot parrot from the paleotithic era and I just can't help myself!


I think you've got the point.

If you want to check out the whole drama head on over to Ben Smith's blog on Politico and read it yourself.

This whole drama takes me back a few months to the fall of 2008. The blog world was buzzing with election drama. Wow, I really miss those days.

Hope you have a great weekend. I think we're going to go bowling.




10 comments:

Karen MEG said...

Other than that unfortunate 'oops' I thought he did a pretty good job on live TV.
have fun bowling...

Nessa said...

hey, hey, im a republican and i like Obama! ;) i agree with you though his slip up was just a natural response (that we would prob. all have) and im sure unintentional. This controversy really doesnt need to be happening at this time, he apologized people, come one! lol

brown eyed girl said...

I think his slip-up showed a human side of him. Regardless of the fact that making statements like that perpetuate further stereotyping and negative schools of thought, we all make those kinds of statmenets. I thought it made Obama look so human and I feel like he doesn't have a stick up his ass like so many other politicians, you know? That's just how I took it.

Here's to white house donations for the Special Olympics and Obama being the Master of Ceremonies at the next Special Olympics - you know that's comin'!

Mrs. K said...

you defending barack? wow...you've come a long way!

but i do think it's something we all would have said. except he said it on national tv and he's the prez.

SouthernAspirational said...

Great post.

Now go rock those hot bowling shoes!

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

I didn't vote for the guy....and I will take up for him on this one...the media is making way too big deal about the comment!

Pro said...

Remeber Obama and the Don Imus Comment:

Obama said: "He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It’s one that I’m not interested in supporting."

Therefore, laughter and the lack of reaction from Obama’s remarks suggest Americans have a set a rules for race, class and gender: If you touch them you will pay.

And another set of rules for individuals that have a mental or physical disability: If you touch them, it’s ok if you apologize. Oh, and by the way, it’s okay to laugh at the jokes that come at the expense of the latter.

It is just cruel:

http://tinyurl.com/cgpymq

Caffeine Court said...

Pro-thank you for your comment. I wish I knew who you are. You make some excellent points and I love the link.

Please tell me who you are!!

Mom x 2 said...

Flogging Obama for an offensive remark does nothing to move our economy forward. Back to the people's business, Media!

Marfa said...

I totally agree with Pro. Thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy, Pro.

 
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