Friday, March 20, 2009

Point and Counterpoint

The blogosphere is abuzz with President Obama's comment, comparing his bowling ability to a Special Olympics level, on Jay Leno last night.

More noise than light, I rather think. As in everybody loves to use whatever ammo they can find for their own political purposes.

But I heard the comment on the show and at the time I actually thought I misheard. Quite frankly, I didn't think someone in his position could actually make such a 'stupid' mistake. And, in all honesty, being a black man I would have credited with a little more awareness around issues of discrimination and how hurtful the casual, unthinking use of language can be.

But he has 'fessed up and apologized. And even been challenged to a face off by a Special Olympian bowler.

And yet that's not what I really want to talk about.

Except to offer a counterpoint to this, Sarah Palin's video on the subject of the Special Olympics.

I don't care what your politics are (and no, I ain't no Republican, trust me), Palin could well and truly teach President Obama a thing or three on this topic. Perhaps she could offer him a course, gratis like, as a service to the rest of the country.

And lest we forget, best line ever:
What's the difference between a hockey mom and a Special Olympics hockey mom? Nothing.
You pegged that one, my dear. You pegged that one.

H/T to Take Five


Pro said...

He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ 'not-polished,' 'not-compassionate' and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

Has his true colors emerged?

You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them:

Balancing Act said...

President Obama is an embarrassment to this country for his lack of knowledge. There are more people like Sarah Palin in this world than him. She relates to many more people than he ever has and ever will. It is just sad that people couldn't see that before the election. They should be ashamed that they supported such an a**.