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Did Obama Offend With His Special Olympics Joke?

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huck08
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 412 Posts
Sunday, March 22, 2009 11:07:30 AM
people need to relax...and quit letting the media control their opinions/thoughts.

Kaoru13
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 12 Posts
Sunday, March 22, 2009 8:25:54 AM
...I don't think anyone would have noticed it if the media didn't say anything about it... and it's just a joke.

mrtatulas
Male, 18-29, Canada
 272 Posts
Sunday, March 22, 2009 7:58:41 AM
I'm pretty sure 129 wouldn't get him very far in the Special Olympics. That is a horrible score. Jay Leno was kind of treating him like an overly self-conscious person would treat someone who was "bowling-challenged"... "oh no, that's REALLY good, REALLY good!"

icfire504
Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 337 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:15:01 PM
I dont think that anyone should be offended by this, even if it was anyone else too.

zarteck
Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 36 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:20:09 PM
i laugh so hard at how democrats now r like... geez the media is just being unfair to obama and saying its trash that they think this is offensive BUT when a republican does something minor like that its all "LOOK that persons unfit for anything how unamerican of them"... finally the shoe is on the other foot for at least 4 years and u can see how it feels

Dragonflyn
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 4 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:04:17 PM
As a president it was definitely in very poor taste. I know he is just human but jokes like that should be kept quiet, especially as a public figure, and one that is being watched like a hawk to begin with.

tazman321
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 190 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 7:34:44 PM
I may not be a huge Obama fan, but I dont see whats so bad about saying that.

Glowy
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 361 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 6:09:50 PM
Anybody here ever called themselves retarded? Well there you go.

globpharm
Male, 18-29, Europe
 198 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 5:30:33 PM
It's retarded how much of a stink the media is making with this.

KannaLilly
Female, 13-17, Canada
 641 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 4:02:37 PM
Meh, I really don't think this is really offensive. I try to find words to say more but, I just don't see this as that big of a deal.

On a less important note, didn't Jay Leno retire in the summer?


xtreme_dude
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1376 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 3:56:19 PM
wow, I didn't know being president meant you weren't allowed to speak or joke without pissing soft headed people off

Lionhart2
Male, 40-49, Australia
 8285 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:27:37 PM
So this retard Polish woman with Down's is washing up and ironing clothes like a woman should, when her husband comes in, gives her a black eye for the fun of it and tips her out of her wheelchair...

nvm, you've probably already heard it.


opiebreath
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 16061 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:00:51 PM
Bzael, you know the "left" isn't just one person... right?

JimboH
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 601 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:40:19 PM
Oh, and there's all sorts of nasty, vile things that people say in private that I blow off. If Obama said some of those things, it would end in his impeachment. So, that's no argument.

Probably the most insane thing I've read was, " What Obama truly did was a good thing. Saying that he "dissed" handicapped people is an insult, to Obama and to handicapped people."

Wow, just... wow. So now what he said is a GOOD thing. "No need to apologize Mr. President. You've brought attention to the cause by angering so many people. If you'd just call them all 'inferior', I think we could set a new record for charitable contributions."


JimboH
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 601 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:35:54 PM
Wow, I'm surprised I'm getting irritated by this, but some of the comments are ridiculous.

Morgan, you're absolutely right. If it were Bush, this would be the last straw. I'm not saying Obama is a bad guy for this, but so many people are so up on him as the Second Coming that he can do no wrong.

Obama WAS taking a shot at disabled people, diminishing their contributions and capabilities (despite overcoming huge obstacles) by making that joke. Heck, he wouldn't have made that heartfelt apology otherwise.

As far as saying he is just "human" or is just a guy, well, he is held up to a higher standard. That's why we don't just put any old schmuck in office. The same reason we criticize him for this is the same reason we put so much stock in what he has to say when he has good ideas. We LISTEN to the guy and hang on his every word, because it's so important.


DHise
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 845 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:18:05 AM
"I'm loving the left's hypocrisy in blowing this off.

The left invented political correctness. They INVENTED getting offended at jokes like this.

The left is lame."

You can't invent morals and beliefs. It's not a physical object,


ohn0shedidnt
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 23 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:22:03 AM
do they think he's the only person who makes jokes about special olympics?

Baelzar
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1401 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:11:20 AM
I'm loving the left's hypocrisy in blowing this off.

The left invented political correctness. They INVENTED getting offended at jokes like this.

The left is lame.


imx36degrees
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 62 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 6:54:14 AM
Really, though, it's really not that big of a deal. Everyone's just making a big deal out of it for something to do.

To everyone who says the comment was messed up: if you were out with your friends, and they made a joke like "man i suck, i should be in the special olympics" you'd laugh, wouldn't you?
Exactly.

Obama's becoming president didn't automatically make him a super human. He is ONLY human.


ctucker
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 129 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 6:15:29 AM
http://www.vetocorleone.com/2009/03/bara... Found this off Gorilla Mask. Thought it would fit with the story.

shipwreak
Female, 13-17, Western US
 8 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 5:36:58 AM
Obama, he's human too.

chill people


AiriZombie
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 51 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 4:07:42 AM
I thought it was funny. If anything, he was making fun of himself if you look at the context it was in.
I'm really happy having a president with a sense of humour, who I am easily able to understand is human, who isn't a puppet for anyone, who has a personality and real thoughts and feelings.
I like the fact that he went on Leno. To me that says he cares about the US as people, as well as the younger demographics (16-25) who usually watch late night talk shows. It shows us his human side, which makes me have far more respect for him than I would if he acted like a political android.
A lot of people in the states simply WANT something to make drama over and pretend to be so greatly offended about. And how much do you want to bet that the hugest deal about this was launched by the GOP?
It's all a battle of opposing politics, in my opinion, and not morality.

mikeyberman
Male, 18-29, Australia
 31 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:03:49 AM
Reading through the comments it seems like pretty much everyone outside of the USA doesn't think it should be offensive. (Such as myself, mehh, Spartano3, DVLDRVR666)

I guess you look at it very differently when the guy in question is actually ruling your country.


mikeyberman
Male, 18-29, Australia
 31 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:01:02 AM
I don't think that should offend. The special olympics are for people with disabilities, and all he's saying is that he has a disability when it comes to bowling, although it's not quite as dramatic as missing limbs or anything.

I don't think he means to say disabled people are bad at sports, just that they have a disadvantage, and so does he.


Flameguin
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 56 Posts
Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:11:39 AM
Oooops. I meant to say that his lowest standards in public should at least represent my highest.

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