Saturday, March 21, 2009

Special Olympics: Palin Blasts Obama

Gov. Palin condemned Barack Obama's offensive comments about Special Olympics athletes. [Scroll down two columns to see "Why Obama Hates 'Imperfect' People"] My previous column is about media hatred of Sarah.

March 20, 2009, Juneau, Alaska –

Governor Sarah Palin responded to remarks made [Thursday] night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

Here's Politico's description of what Obama said:
"Obama used much of his appearance on the comedy show to discuss the economy but sought to get in some light-hearted quips toward the end of the taping. He said he had been working on his bowling game just below his new residence and recently rolled a 129.
"'That’s very good, Mr. President,' cracked host Jay Leno.
'It's like — it was like Special Olympics, or something,' the president replied."
Some people want to give Obama a pass on his strange comment about Special Olympics. I don't. He's earlier made jokes about Nancy Reagan's interest in astrology, as well as about Jessica Simpson's weight. His constant caricatures and condemnations of his predecessor as President damaged America's status in the world. His attempts to use the Iraq War for political gain endangered the lives of American soldiers.
Also -- and notoriously -- he once referred to vice presidential candiate Sarah Palin as a "pig."
At times, this supposed "great communicator," Obama, misuses words to an alarming extent. I've written recently (on my other blog) about how Obama and his wife seem to admire "beautiful people," including themselves, while they look with distaste on those who are "imperfect," such as the handicapped young people in Special Olympics. During the campaign, some of Obama's surrogates, including Democratic official Carol Fowler, indirectly criticized Sarah Palin for even having a Down Syndrome baby, Trig.
Calling attention to such verbal garbage is in no way unfair. We should hold Obama to at least some standards of personal conduct.


Phil Grant said...

I enjoy Palin and would have voted for her over McCain and Obama in the general election last year, but I think this is a little extreme. I realize that she has a child with special needs, but from time to time we all make inappropriate comments.

Palin/Romney 2012

suparna said...

What was the actual offensive comments? What did he say. Web Designer