Maybe we shouldn’t make fun of the President’s lack of speaking skills away from a teleprompter, because whenever he gets away from the script he screws up. Yesterday it was his “light-hearted” remark about suicide bombers. Today it was his appearance on the Tonight Show. Where he describe his lousy bowling as ‘It’s Like the Special Olympics.’ That one is sure to bring an apology tomorrow. In a way it serves him right, the country is going to hell in a hand basket, he still hasn’t figured how to fix the financial system and he is on sports shows talking about his NCAA picks and a comedy show making fun of the people who compete in the Special Olympics:
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.