Obama insults the disabled

You cannot take this guy anywhere without a teleprompter.  This in from Jake Tapper:

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.

The President, of course, said he didn’t mean to offend anyone, and I believe it.  Nasty just rolls off him naturally, without any effort on his part.  He’s done this offensive trash talk before.  Remember how you condescendingly told Hillary she was “nice enough?”  Or how about his offering that “I’ll put Mr. Burgess up against Sean Hannity. They’ll tear him up.”  That’s not presidential.  That’s school yard talk, and school yard talk from the kid who isn’t nice.  Popular, maybe.  But nice?  Definitely not.

The Anchoress has more, since this rude ineptitude isn’t just personal to Obama, it’s come very quickly to characterize his entire administration.  And this was the man who was going to bring people together and heal the world?

Bets are on now in my email as to whether NBC will edit out the insult when it broadcasts the show.  Well, that’s no true.  No one is taking the bet, because all are currently assuming that it will.

UPDATE:  Small Dead Animals has a little perspective.

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  • SADIE

    Yikes…what’ he trying to do upstage Joe Biden, grand master of the gaffe.

  • Zhombre

    The first appearance by a sitting President on “The Tonight Show” trivializes the Presidency, just as the appearances by McCain & Palin on SNL confirmed their campaign a joke. Maybe next Obama will do a “cameo” on ER. I’m more convinced than before that we’ve elected a very shallow, unserious and unready man President. “Leader of the free world” is now reduced to celebrity, a guy acting out his adolescent fantasy of being interviewed, center of attention, on ‘The Tonight Show.’ This is pathetic.

  • Mary C.

    He thinks he is being self-deprecating but ends up mocking others. It is not the first time we have seen this in him. He doesn’t understand self-deprecating humor because he believes everything he says and does really is important and righteous (AKA narcissism).

  • Gringo

    Granted, if a Rethuglican had said it, people would have been up in arms. I simply interpret it as Obama’s saying that he isn’t a very good bowler. Perhaps because I worked in an institution for the mentally retarded, I am somewhat insensitive to such statements. The powers that be changed the labeling of the mentally retarded at that institution – since defunct- from “patient” to “resident” to “client.” From my experience, the mentally retarded are much more concerned with someone paying them attention than in how they are labeled. Similarly, if someone is outraged such a Special Olympics remark by a politician, they would be advised to channel that outrage into volunteering for a Special Olympics event.

    Did the viewers get the opportunity to hear the remark, or was it deleted from the broadcast?

    I wonder how many of the 800 pages of the “Stimulus” bill Obama had read. Perhaps he might be spending his time better reading it instead of all the hours spent getting to and from the Tonight show.

  • Gringo

    Lack of proofreading: Please change sentence:
    Similarly, if people are outraged at such a Special Olympics remark by a politician, they would be advised to channel that outrage into volunteering for a Special Olympics event.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Channeling my inner Clint Eastwood, the word that comes to mind is “punk”.

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  • Mike Devx

    >> The President, of course, said he didn’t mean to offend anyone, and I believe it. Nasty just rolls off him naturally, without any effort on his part. He’s done this offensive trash talk before. Remember how you condescendingly told Hillary she was “nice enough?” Or how about his offering that “I’ll put Mr. Burgess up against Sean Hannity. He’ll tear him up.”

    I probably announce that phrase to all the walls in my home, eight times each day: “He’ll tear him up!” You’ve got to say it staccato-like, just as Obama did. If you haven’t heard it, check the two minute intro to Sean Hannity’s radio show, to hear it. You’ll only need to hear it once.

    After you master the Obama-phrasing, and repeat it several times, you gain a reasonably deep understanding of just how sophomore-high-school it is. Try it:
    “He’ll tear him up!”
    “He’ll tear him up!”
    “He’ll tear him up!”

    Repeat it enough times, and you internalize just what a total clown Obama is. I hope my neighbors hear me, because the windows are open and I speak it quite loudly, often.

    Sometimes I include the Obama sentence: “Senator Clinton will make a fine Secretary of State.” In this one, you have to practically spit-snarl the final word, “State”. From the first time I heard it, I wondered, why did he spit-snarl that word? It makes no sense to do that. But he did it. So I enjoy that one as well.