This is our President. Not an actor. Not a pop star. Our President. The fact that he even went on Jay Leno's Tonight Show rustled the feathers of many, but his disparaging, hurtful remark toward the Special Olympics and people who participate in them was shameful. He needs to set an example for us and not humiliate people who have special needs.
This is what happened:
He bowled a 129, Obama said. "That's very good, Mr. President," Leno said sarcastically. "It's like the Special Olympics or something," Obama said.
People who participate in the Special Olympics should be celebrated, not humiliated. Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, accepted Obama's apology but said: "[it's] important to see that words hurt, and words do matter and these words can in some way be seen as humiliating or put down to people with special needs do cause pain and they do result in stereotypes, and they do result in behavior that's neglectful and almost oppressive moment of people with special needs."
Here is someone who understands how precious these kids are:
Calm, witty and in control, he came to deliver a message — the economy is in trouble, but it will recover — and that's what he did, with very few diversions.
And he did it, you'd have to think, without inflicting any damage on the integrity of the presidency. Whatever one thinks of his policies, no one can accuse Obama of lacking gravity or dignity. He doesn't need any particularly setting to bestow those qualities on him; he carries them with him.