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First Lady Maria Shriver Weighs in on Special Olympics joke
SFGate.com ^ | 3/20/09 | Carla Marinucci

Posted on 03/20/2009 2:07:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

California First Lady Maria Shriver -- whose mother Eunice Shriver founded the Special Olympics -- has weighed in this morning on the furor surrounding President Obama's comments regarding the Special Olympics on the "Tonight" show.

Here's her statement:

"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. My mother has dedicated her life to fighting stereotypes and ridicule for this community, and there is still much work to be done."

"The President's apology for his comments and his commitment to bringing the Special Olympics to the White House are important first steps in shedding light on this important issue. Often times we don't realize that when we laugh at comments like this it hurts millions of people throughout the world. People with special needs are great athletes and productive citizens, and I look forward to working with the President to knock down myths and stereotypes about this community.''

Obama himself apologized to Tim Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics, for the gaffe made on the Leno show, which has prompted some of the organization's athletes also to comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: bho44; firstlady; maria; obama; schwarzenegger; shriver; specialolympics

1 posted on 03/20/2009 2:07:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Good ol’ Gutter Ball Obama ..

pi$$ing off liberals in less than 90 days.

Priceless!


2 posted on 03/20/2009 2:08:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

In other words...forget it. BO didn’t mean anything by it.


3 posted on 03/20/2009 2:10:02 PM PDT by albie
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To: NormsRevenge

No way.

I thought rush was just being silly today. I didn’t know obama actually said that.


4 posted on 03/20/2009 2:11:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: NormsRevenge

5 posted on 03/20/2009 2:11:17 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Maria! Where were you for Trigg Palin!!!


6 posted on 03/20/2009 2:11:18 PM PDT by avacado
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To: NormsRevenge

7 posted on 03/20/2009 2:12:23 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Imagine if Bush said this.


8 posted on 03/20/2009 2:12:49 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh, so that’s how they’re going to spin it. “Obama never intended to offend anyone”, meaning he did nothing wrong but it “demonstrate the need to continue to educate the non-disabled community” who are in the wrong.


9 posted on 03/20/2009 2:13:16 PM PDT by bgill
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To: NormsRevenge
“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...”

So, Obama meant no harm, but the reaction of the audience, along with the country's response ARE THE PROBLEM??

Maria, you are AN IDIOT!

10 posted on 03/20/2009 2:14:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Cancel liberal newspaper, magazine & cable TV subscriptions (Free TV-dtv.gov). Stop funding the MSM.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Re: “”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.”

I am sure that a lot of people who tell Negro jokes, Jewish jokes, Polish jokes, Irish jokes, and so on never intend to offend anybody either, but they are simply too stupid to figure out that the jokes are offensive.

Come to think of it, didn’t a Reagan staffer get into trouble over a remark about “two Jews, a woman, and a cripple?”


11 posted on 03/20/2009 2:14:21 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Trig Palin should be your poster child, Shriver.


12 posted on 03/20/2009 2:14:27 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: albie

If my memory recalls right, aRnie used to show up at the WH when George HW Bush was President.. not sure what their bowling averages were tho.. probably better than ZerObama’s.

If nothing else Maria confirms that a lot of ‘disabled’ education is in order... or it was a nice distraction from AIG.


13 posted on 03/20/2009 2:14:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Posted here: Maria Shriver: Obama Special Olympics 'Joke' Hurts
14 posted on 03/20/2009 2:16:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: NormsRevenge
Wonder what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to say about this discriminatory language?

Speaking of Al, I wonder what Don Imus thinks? Should the Usurper lose his job for callously uttering such a slur?

15 posted on 03/20/2009 2:16:29 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: Winged Hussar

Earl Butz


16 posted on 03/20/2009 2:16:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“demonstrate the need to continue to educate the non-disabled community...”

Why indict the entire community? He’s the one that made the thoughtless comment.


17 posted on 03/20/2009 2:16:43 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: albie
In other words...forget it. BO didn’t mean anything by it.

Exactly! It's everyone else who is the problem, not the person who actually said it.

continue to educate the non-disabled community

How about educating the idiot you endorsed for President?!

18 posted on 03/20/2009 2:17:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: NormsRevenge
Maria kindly take your Mental cripple Hussein and go away.
19 posted on 03/20/2009 2:19:48 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for that AP thread re: Maria’s reaction!

Maria is not happy,, is directing her ‘scorn’ at those who laughed at Obama’s comments last night rather than Obama tripping all over himself.


20 posted on 03/20/2009 2:20:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: bgill

Yep, I have surfed several papers websites and the comment sections are being spammed by apologists. It is amazing to read almost the exact comments on all the websites. Since I am an expert in the field of disability, let me say, I was highly offended.


21 posted on 03/20/2009 2:21:30 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: nickcarraway

btw.. I like the part about ‘Maria Shriver weighs in’

what is she? 95 pounds

she could still whup Obama tho. ;-]


22 posted on 03/20/2009 2:21:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Winged Hussar

“Come to think of it, didn’t a Reagan staffer get into trouble over a remark about “two Jews, a woman, and a cripple?””

Yeah—you can’t say “woman”.


23 posted on 03/20/2009 2:22:08 PM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: Buck W.

Didn’t albore say something about people having an extra chromosome?


24 posted on 03/20/2009 2:25:13 PM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: Carley

I think Gore has an extra brain lobe ,, he’s so brilliant.

Look at all the stuff he has invented.

Plus he set a standard as VeeP even Joe Biden will have a hard time eclipsing,, but not for lack of trying.


25 posted on 03/20/2009 2:26:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

In "Bowling for Presidents," Barry IS the alley's gutter.

26 posted on 03/20/2009 2:27:49 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: albie

Of course he didn’t say it on purpose!

It just came out naturally, like he thinks it’s funny how Special Olympics kids try to compete. Just another part of his innate character on display.


27 posted on 03/20/2009 2:29:41 PM PDT by plangent
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To: NormsRevenge

Does anyone know if Obaba rode a short bus to school?


28 posted on 03/20/2009 2:30:04 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: NormsRevenge

gutter ball Bambi! ROFL...... every gaffe he makes now will be referred to as a gutter ball! ROFLMAO


29 posted on 03/20/2009 2:30:47 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: USMCPOP

They made him walk.


30 posted on 03/20/2009 2:32:17 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: devane617

Did anyone see the show when it aired? I did not bother. My mom watched it though and said she did not hear the comment, or maybe she wasn’t paying close attention at that time. I wondered it is possible the edited that out before the show was on at 11:35 ET? I wouldn’t put it past them.


31 posted on 03/20/2009 2:33:45 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Winged Hussar

Ford’s Ag Secretary, Earl Butts? . . . lost his job because a joke he told privately to someone on an airplane got reported and the Dems went crazy.

Something about loose shoes and a tight kitty . . .lol.


32 posted on 03/20/2009 2:35:12 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: NormsRevenge

Let’s credit him since most of Barry’s cabinet appointments have come from the Special Olympics.


33 posted on 03/20/2009 2:36:39 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (http://obamaclock.org/)
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To: TNCMAXQ

I saw it, the comment was not edited out. In fact the local NBC affiliate just replayed the clip on the evening news.


34 posted on 03/20/2009 2:39:56 PM PDT by Gabz
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To: NormsRevenge

Lets face it, the muslim resident has no upbringing. Like my mother would say “he is nothing but racist trash”. And he proves it every day.


35 posted on 03/20/2009 2:44:54 PM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: NormsRevenge
If 0’s comment was not so offensive the backlash would be downright hysterical.
36 posted on 03/20/2009 3:07:11 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Obama": Kenyan slang for "FAIL")
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To: NormsRevenge

Grab the remote, relax in an east chair, pop some pop corn and get a cool drink one out of the fridge. It is going to be fun.


37 posted on 03/20/2009 3:17:38 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: bgill

If I called him a stupid n-word, and then said I didn’t mean to offend him, then it would be OK, right?


38 posted on 03/20/2009 3:22:31 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: nickcarraway; calcowgirl
Beware of foreigners. :-)

They can make a real mess of things if allowed to do so.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young
(UNITED STATES POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)


39 posted on 03/20/2009 5:40:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Danae

“They made him walk.”

Uphill? Both ways? What a difficult childhood. Given those circumstances, I’d be a narcissistic twit as well.


40 posted on 03/20/2009 5:40:38 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: NormsRevenge

Had a Republican said the same thing, Arnie and Maria would have been all over them for their insensitivity.

What a silly diversion and excuse for their liberal lovefest. These people have WAY too much time on their hands.


41 posted on 03/20/2009 6:05:05 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: USMCPOP

Yea, you know its bad when you get turned down by the short bus.


42 posted on 03/20/2009 10:10:37 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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