Obama's extemporaneous remarks are the most telling. Remember his remark that an unplanned pregnancy is like being "punished with a baby"? And then there were his "spread the wealth around" comments to Joe The Plumber.
So, I wasn't surprised when, on the Jay Leno show, he compared his bowling skills to "the Special Olympics or something." Read here.
I'm not surprised, but I am saddened. Can you imagine being the parent of a special needs child today? How heartbreaking to know that our President mocked your child on national television. And if this is what he says in public, what does he say in private about the special needs population? How does he really feel about human beings who are not "useful" to society?
I'm beginning to wonder how many times he gets to use the excuse: I didn't intend to offend, I didn't mean what I said, I'm being misunderstood, my words are being taken out of context.
Because if Bush had said anything CLOSE to mocking a minority group, there would be complete outrage. And rightly so. The news shows would carry the story for weeks.
Furthermore, whatever happened to the dignity of the Presidential office? I have a hard time imagining FDR appearing on a late night comedy show cracking jokes about people in wheelchairs. Especially during a Depression.
President Obama's comments were something we might expect of a junior senator from Illinois. Not the President of the United States.
Which makes me wonder: do we have a novice leading the free world? Who is the real President Obama? The man behind the teleprompter, or the one on Leno?
Will the real Obama please stand up?
Or maybe, since he's pre-empting American Idol next week in order to give yet another primetime speech, should we start calling him The Glorious Leader?
Regardless, a President of the United States never makes jokes at the expense of a
minority group. Ever. A Presidential "slip of the tongue" at the wrong
time, in the wrong place can be devastating.
Yesterday, President Obama devastated the special needs population. And the audience laughed.
The audience laughed.
That's what scares me more than anything else.