Friday, March 20, 2009

Palin and many others respond to Obama's remark

Palin officially responded to President Obama's "joke" about special needs children.

March 20, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin responded to remarks made last night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.

“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.”
Maria Shriver also added her comments:

“While I am confident that President Obama never intended to offend anyone, the response that his comments have caused, coupled with the reaction of a primetime audience, demonstrate the need to continue to educate the non-disabled community on the issues that confront those with a developmental disability."

Shriver added: “Oftentimes we don’t realize that when we laugh at comments like this it hurts millions of people throughout the world.”
And best of all, the top bowler for the Special Olympics, Kolan McConiughey, had this to say:

"He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300. I could beat that score easily," Michigan's Kolan McConiughey told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.
He's also bowled five perfect games since 2005.

Meanwhile, here is Governor Palin's address to the 2009 Special Olympics on March 7. It'll warm your heart. No teleprompter needed, either.


Northern Exposer said...

Wow. Where do I start? First off, great video. If this doesn't wake people up to her, nothing will. Just the still photos of Mon and baby laughing should show you what this woman is made of, from and what she's about.

Second. Honestly, I think this Obama-special Olympics thing is much ado about nothing. Look, obviously I'm no Obama fan, but I think the dude was just making a joke. Kind of tasteless, ill-timed joke, but a joke nonetheless. But then again, aren't tasteless jokes the funniest kind?

And as for your last two comments you left me, they were probably the best posts you've ever left. :)
My favorite line was, "Either he signed the stimulus knowing it was in there or he signed it without knowing what was in it."

Yeah, like that scene from Casino, where some local yokel who Robert DeNiro's character is forced to hire because of the unions as the slots manager, lets three machines win in an hour. DeNiro's character says to him,
"Either you were too stupid to realize or you were in on it, either way you're out!"

And yes, he is still apparently still in campaign mode.

Adrienne said...

I know the joke itself wasn't that bad. I just want to keep highlighting it to show that Obama isn't the sophisticated, smooth-talking, unicorn leader of the people that he presents himself to be. I expect that kind of language from pop stars or teenagers, but not the President. I know it wasn't totally bad, but it definitely was a foot-in-mouth gaffe.