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Do You Find Obama's Special Olympics Comment Offensive?

Do You Find Obama's Special Olympics Comment Offensive?

Everybody's talking about President Obama's insensitive remark about the Special Olympics. Last night on the Tonight Show, Obama said his poor bowling skills were "like the Special Olympics."

The Special Olympics released a statement, calling this a teachable moment. It reads:

President Obama called last night and expressed his regret and he apologized. He said that he did not intend to humiliate Special Olympics athletes or people with intellectual disabilities. He was sincere and heartfelt, and said that he is a fan of our movement and is ready to work with our athletes to make the United States a more accepting and welcoming country for all people with special needs.

Words hurt and words matter. Words can cause pain and result in stereotypes that are unfair and damaging to people with intellectual disabilities. And using Special Olympics in a negative or derogatory context can be a humiliating put-down to people with special needs.

Perhaps Obama's unfortunate statement will help start a conversation about how to dispel negative stereotypes tied to those with intellectual disabilities.

Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I would have and have cut Bush slack on some of the things that he has said. I am a person that is concerned about intent along with content. If Bush said it I would have laughed as well. Pretty soon, we will all just refer to people as XX and XY to avoid offending someone and it will still offend some. I'M OVER PC!!!!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'd cut W some slack DL. It was insensitive but it shouldn't be the big deal that it's turning into.
DL5000 DL5000 8 years
All you who want to cut BHO some slack on this, would you respond the same way had W made the same exact remark? No way! he'd have been eviscerated! This Obama-excusing nonsense makes me sick.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
The options aren't really applicable for me. I agree that it was a mistake and that he owned up to it, but I know a lot of people with disabilities, and he did try to be funny at the expense of those people. It was offensive, plain and simple. But I appreciate that he owned up to it. ... A good, more experienced politician wouldn't make these kinds of gaffes time (this comment) after time (gravely insulting the British PM,) after time (the third nominee with tax issues) after....
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
He owned up to it so we need to move on, but I agree that Bush would not have been pardoned as quickly.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I didn't read through all the comments, but I agree with CaterpillaGirl. It's a biggish deal because he's a leader, he needs to be a lot more careful. However, we all say things we aren't proud of- I am having SUCH a hard time eradicating "retarded" from my vocab, it's ridiculous, such an offensive expression for anyone to use! At the end of the day, Obama has a good heart, and we should be focused on more important issues. Leno was an interesting forum for the President, because it forced someone who needs to be very careful with his words to try to be funny. Hopefully Obama will learn from this mishap!
davetherave davetherave 8 years
Well, according to some, his words were scripted. As for the Special Olympics remark, I laughed at first, but said when I went bowling the next day that we were to discuss it. EVERYONE heard it and we later learned he had fibbed about his score. Besides, trying to be funny on late night talk shows instead of running the country ISN'T what a sitting President should be doing.
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 8 years
People make the biggest deals out of the smallest things! It was an honest mistake, everyone needs to get over it!
ang1885 ang1885 8 years
When he said it I thought here we go...and here we are.
Lyv Lyv 8 years
I say everyone needs to grow up and stop riding the PC train. [2]
vinnie vinnie 8 years
i'm an obama supporter, but i have to say that if he had had more years in the public political arena he would probably be less inclined to make those gaffs.
cindubitably cindubitably 8 years
Ugh. We've all said accidental stuff, come on now. Get over it. People just want something to b*tch about.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
No, but it was definitely inappropriate for ANYONE to say, let alone the POTUS.
nikecold nikecold 8 years
Was it innappropriate? Yes it was. Did it deserve an apology? Yes it did. Did he do it because he's evil? No. Was it ignorant? Yes. Should he know better? Of course. My point is offensive as it might've been I agree with Marin. He is human he is not perfect, he's not a savior. But i don't think he was having a laugh at "special" people, its just a tacky joke that a lot of ppl would make. And most people would find stupid and offensive, but I'm sure he didn't actually mean any harm. That being said he is a public figure and should filter his thoughts a bit better.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Robin that picture is adorable. :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
I also want to know how people feel about the countless movies and TV shows that poke fun at the mentally impaired. Obviously I can recognize that fact is different from fiction, but still. Just curious.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I agree with Symphonee 100%
em1282 em1282 8 years
:oy: I agree with Jill and Hypno. I was talking about this with my mom and she said that if Bush made that comment, people would dismiss it because they would just think he's trying to be funny and was a moron anyway (her words, not mine, and she is not an Obama fan at all!). So, whatevs. He made a mistake and was trying too hard to be funny, and it came out. I don't think there was any malice in the comment, but that's just me. I also love that when people say certain things about certain people, commenters are quick to say "GROW A THICKER SKIN!". Yeeeeeah. Uh huh. :oy:
omarc27 omarc27 8 years
First of all, I don't know how he finds time to bowl, play basketball and fly around the country in Airforce One doing Town Hall meetings(costing tax payer's 100K each hour). I have 3 boys, and at the end of the day, my head hits the pillow very fast. I don't recall electing the president for all of these things. Oh, that is right, he is giving us Hope and Change right as we speak!
mermei mermei 8 years
I'm sorry, the double standard is okay because "Bush destroyed the world"? That's ridiculous. (For one thing, the world is still here.) Hold him accountable for being incredibly insensitive, and for being stupid enough to do Jay Leno as a sitting president. There's a reason it's the first time.
Audrey1974 Audrey1974 8 years
Isn't this the same thing everyone and their grandma called Eminem out for a few years ago? To me, it's the sad statement of saying "that's retarded" or "that's gay" or whatever. It just goes to show how (almost) acceptable it's become to use those words, which is why I agree with the teachable moment part. That teachable moment has to be an (almost) daily thing nowadays. Hopefully it will catch on!
marin79 marin79 8 years
Move on - he apologized & is no way someone who bears ill will to anyone disabled. I hope he invites the special olympics guy who was in the news today & bowls a 300 to the White House asap! That guy will kick Obama's butt & those are the types of things Obama's new president era symbolizes.... but no one is perfect. Yes, people/news media would have flipped if it was Bush, but that man destroyed the world & with an arrogant attitude who never apologized. Obama is different... sincere in his regret and a fresh change.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
LOL... that's what you get for trying to play rockstar, O!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Me 2 harts! I love watching all his older movies...yum!
Kiley986 Kiley986 8 years
oh godddddd.... everybody just get over it already! everyone has a moment like that. move onnnnn.
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