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President Obama Jokes About Being a Bad Bowler: 'It's Like the Special Olympics'
ABC ^ | March 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 03/19/2009 7:06:51 PM PDT by cdchik123

The first appearance by a sitting president on "The Tonight Show" may well end up being the last.

President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.

He bowled a 129, the president said.

"That's very good, Mr. President," Leno said sarcastically.

It's "like the Special Olympics or something," the president said.

When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.

"The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics," White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. "He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world."

Facing tough questions about the performance of his Treasury Secretary, $165 million in bonuses for AIG officials and anticipating a fight over his $3.55 trillion budget, the president has not had a particularly good week, and it's unlikely this will help matters.

- jpt


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1 posted on 03/19/2009 7:06:51 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

This from the smartest man in the world... help us if President Bush would of made such a gaff..


2 posted on 03/19/2009 7:08:31 PM PDT by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: cdchik123

Way to keep it classy, Odumbo.


3 posted on 03/19/2009 7:09:02 PM PDT by The FIGHTIN Illini (Got your teabags yet?)
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To: cdchik123

I guess the buffoon had to leave the president home(teleprompter)


4 posted on 03/19/2009 7:09:04 PM PDT by italianquaker ( Something stinks in DC, oh it is just B.O)
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To: JoanneSD

EVERY SINGLE TIME this man speaks without a teleprompter he sticks his foot in his mouth...he’s a joke..a puppet...I really, really hope America figures out soon what a horrendous mistake they have made.


5 posted on 03/19/2009 7:09:48 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: cdchik123

Has Obama been taking gaffe lessons from Biden?

(Where’s that “Dumb and Dumber” photoshop...)


6 posted on 03/19/2009 7:09:56 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: cdchik123
He bowled a 129, the president said.

Obama bowled a mere 37 on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania.

7 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:21 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: cdchik123

I wish the jerk would have told a few ACORN jokes.


8 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: The FIGHTIN Illini

And this was reported on ABC..I guess Jake Tapper will be banned from the White House now.


9 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:29 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: cdchik123
The athletes who participate in Special Olympics are brave, unlike the current President of the United States.
10 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:34 PM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: cdchik123

It’s quite clear why they force Obama to use a teleprompter.

He’s an uncontrollable smart-ass.


11 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:46 PM PDT by Onerom99
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To: cdchik123

Dork


12 posted on 03/19/2009 7:10:46 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Hildy

Heh...Olberman ran with it too...


13 posted on 03/19/2009 7:11:03 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands ("Failed Obama Administration" (TM))
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To: cdchik123

With all of the bowling, visits with ESPN to fill out his brackets and trips to Leno, it’s no wonder he has no time to read what’s actually in the bills that he is signing.


14 posted on 03/19/2009 7:12:59 PM PDT by sox_the_cat
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To: cdchik123

Our first sitting affirmative action President.


15 posted on 03/19/2009 7:13:01 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: cdchik123
Totally uncalled for and unbelievably classless. What an a$$. I'll bet they edit it out.
16 posted on 03/19/2009 7:13:40 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: cdchik123

White House says he did not mean to offend.
TOTUS says “You needed me”.


17 posted on 03/19/2009 7:13:41 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: cdchik123

Low life bastard


18 posted on 03/19/2009 7:14:11 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Hildy

EVERY SINGLE TIME this man speaks without a teleprompter he sticks his foot in his mouth...he’s a joke..a puppet...I really, really hope America figures out soon what a horrendous mistake they have made.
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19 posted on 03/19/2009 7:14:19 PM PDT by unkus
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To: cdchik123
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This administration is beginning to look like a very bad movie.

20 posted on 03/19/2009 7:14:47 PM PDT by floozy22 (El Presidente: "Ten pounds of sh*t in a five pound bag.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I like it, that was good.


21 posted on 03/19/2009 7:14:47 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: Don Corleone

If he is forced to apologize he will do so with such “grace and elegance” that his flunkies will fall all over him with praise, and turn the whole episode into a positive for him.


22 posted on 03/19/2009 7:15:36 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: cdchik123

LOL. Tapper stands alone as basically the only drive-by journalist that holds Obama’s feet to the fire.


23 posted on 03/19/2009 7:16:00 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Onerom99

This “man” does not lead the Republic.

Not to me, ever.


24 posted on 03/19/2009 7:16:44 PM PDT by Hilltop (Control the high ground. Control the battlefield.)
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To: cdchik123

definitely not ready for prime time.. or anytime..


25 posted on 03/19/2009 7:16:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Hildy
"I guess Jake Tapper will be banned from the White House now.

Banned from the White House? I wouldn't eat dinner with Jake Tapper and if i did, I'd certainly drive myself - if you know what I mean.

26 posted on 03/19/2009 7:17:05 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: cdchik123

Shall we think for a moment what the reaction would be if Rush or a GOP leader made the Special Olympics comment?


27 posted on 03/19/2009 7:17:07 PM PDT by freedom4me (Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Amos 5:15)
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To: cdchik123

The NYT has already sanitized his appearance.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/us/politics/20obama.html?_r=1

I bet Tellie Prompter is probably saying “ I told you so “ about now.
Tellie will probably make Barry sleep on the couch.


28 posted on 03/19/2009 7:17:31 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: freedom4me

Rush will be sure to tell 15 or 20 million people about this tomorrow.


29 posted on 03/19/2009 7:18:15 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: cdchik123
Isn't Tapper a raging leftist?

Or is he just a contrarian? Anywhoo....kudos to him for his apparent clear thinking.

I don't really care if he's a lefty or not, we have to be happy that someone is acting like a real journalist and not a fawning sycophant!

30 posted on 03/19/2009 7:18:40 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Proud Citizen of the Gator Nation!)
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To: freedom4me

Oy—remember how we never heard the end of Rush and Michael J. Fox?


31 posted on 03/19/2009 7:18:52 PM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Onerom99
He’s an uncontrollable smart-ass.

No, he is just an ass.
32 posted on 03/19/2009 7:19:04 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: cdchik123

Wouldn’t have happened if TOTUS was allowed up there with him...


33 posted on 03/19/2009 7:19:06 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: cdchik123

The first president who was elected to fill a quota, is making fun of disabled people.

What a buffoon.


34 posted on 03/19/2009 7:20:05 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: floozy22

MST3K riffed that one! It is a classic.


35 posted on 03/19/2009 7:20:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: TNCMAXQ

He will probably swing by Oprah’s set and do an emotional apology on her couch.


36 posted on 03/19/2009 7:20:47 PM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: cdchik123

Aw, come on, it’s kind of funny that he associated himself with the Special Olympics...


37 posted on 03/19/2009 7:21:28 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Militant fecundity personified.)
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To: cdchik123

The teleprompter would never have said something so dumb.


38 posted on 03/19/2009 7:21:29 PM PDT by Deo volente (Freedom ended not with a bang, but with a "stimulus".)
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To: cdchik123

Every time he pitches a ball it veers violently to the left...

Why is that?


39 posted on 03/19/2009 7:21:44 PM PDT by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: cdchik123

When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.]

Well, I’d hope not! But sometimes intent doesn’t matter. Notice the jerk didn’t even apologize! HE NEEDS APOLIGIZE! That is what someone who truly gave a damn and do!


40 posted on 03/19/2009 7:21:44 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Army Air Corps

It was on last week...only caught part of it.


41 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:03 PM PDT by floozy22 (El Presidente: "Ten pounds of sh*t in a five pound bag.")
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To: cdchik123

But don’t you dare talk about HIS ears...<p)
There are probably several sections on WebMD about his type sickness...


42 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:35 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Barak Obama: Pontificator in and Poster Child for the Peter Principle)
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To: cdchik123
has been practicing in the White House bowling alley

Instead of working what a bum

43 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: cdchik123
I have a disabled grand daughter.

I am not part of the “politically correct” crowd but there are limits.

This was over the line, you don't make jokes about the disabled.

This, not top of Biden telling a guy in a wheel chair to “stand up”?

This, after Obama gave a “gift” to the British PM, a man who is nearly blind, which consisted of CD’s of old movies, in the wrong format for England?

I think that Obama has NO class, and neither does his VP or his cabinet.

44 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:39 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: GatorGirl
"Isn't Tapper a raging leftist?

Yes. He is a raging leftist. He worked at on the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence. He's worked at Slate and Mother Jones. But, for whatever reason, he seems to take his responsibilities as an independent journalist seriously. And sadly, he seems to be the only one that does.

45 posted on 03/19/2009 7:22:43 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: cdchik123
Where's the prompter when you need it most?

Does anyone else suspect that our alleged president might not be as "S. M. A. R. T." as originally touted?

.

46 posted on 03/19/2009 7:23:03 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Onerom99

Smart ass being the key description. Pretty arrogant for an illegal.


47 posted on 03/19/2009 7:23:38 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: cdchik123

Oh drat, I made a thread about the same topic.

Gotta move fast on this here freeper thing!


48 posted on 03/19/2009 7:23:44 PM PDT by bryan999
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I hate this M______F_____ more and more. Absolutely no clue what harm these remarks cause our wonderful population who know only love and kindness. His comment is at the bottom of the barrel right along with Gore's comment about the extra chromosome crowd.
49 posted on 03/19/2009 7:23:58 PM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome. He's a wonderful gift.)
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To: floozy22

Watch the whole thing; it is rather amusing. I have a weakness for “B grade” sci-fi/horror films.


50 posted on 03/19/2009 7:24:48 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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