Skip to comments.President Obama Jokes About Being a Bad Bowler: 'It's Like the Special Olympics'
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.
This from the smartest man in the world... help us if President Bush would of made such a gaff..
Way to keep it classy, Odumbo.
I guess the buffoon had to leave the president home(teleprompter)
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.
Has Obama been taking gaffe lessons from Biden?
(Where’s that “Dumb and Dumber” photoshop...)
Obama bowled a mere 37 on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania.
I wish the jerk would have told a few ACORN jokes.
And this was reported on ABC..I guess Jake Tapper will be banned from the White House now.
It’s quite clear why they force Obama to use a teleprompter.
He’s an uncontrollable smart-ass.
Heh...Olberman ran with it too...
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.
Our first sitting affirmative action President.
White House says he did not mean to offend.
TOTUS says “You needed me”.
Low life bastard
EVERY SINGLE TIME this man speaks without a teleprompter he sticks his foot in his mouth...hes a joke..a puppet...I really, really hope America figures out soon what a horrendous mistake they have made.
This administration is beginning to look like a very bad movie.
I like it, that was good.
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.
LOL. Tapper stands alone as basically the only drive-by journalist that holds Obama’s feet to the fire.
This “man” does not lead the Republic.
Not to me, ever.
definitely not ready for prime time.. or anytime..
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.
Shall we think for a moment what the reaction would be if Rush or a GOP leader made the Special Olympics comment?
The NYT has already sanitized his appearance.
I bet Tellie Prompter is probably saying “ I told you so “ about now.
Tellie will probably make Barry sleep on the couch.
Rush will be sure to tell 15 or 20 million people about this tomorrow.
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!
Oy—remember how we never heard the end of Rush and Michael J. Fox?
Wouldn’t have happened if TOTUS was allowed up there with him...
The first president who was elected to fill a quota, is making fun of disabled people.
What a buffoon.
MST3K riffed that one! It is a classic.
He will probably swing by Oprah’s set and do an emotional apology on her couch.
Aw, come on, it’s kind of funny that he associated himself with the Special Olympics...
The teleprompter would never have said something so dumb.
Every time he pitches a ball it veers violently to the left...
Why is that?
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!
It was on last week...only caught part of it.
But don’t you dare talk about HIS ears...<p)
There are probably several sections on WebMD about his type sickness...
Instead of working what a bum
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.
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.
Does anyone else suspect that our alleged president might not be as "S. M. A. R. T." as originally touted?
Smart ass being the key description. Pretty arrogant for an illegal.
Oh drat, I made a thread about the same topic.
Gotta move fast on this here freeper thing!
Watch the whole thing; it is rather amusing. I have a weakness for “B grade” sci-fi/horror films.