AOL Hot Seat Poll: The Special Olympics joke

posted at 10:15 am on March 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

You’ve read the take from myself and AP on Barack Obama’s “Special Olympics” wisecrack last night. Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Along with AOL’s readers, join in a poll to give your verdict on Obama’s attempt at levity on Leno. Offensive? Funny? Unwise?


To help you out, here’s the actual video, and I’ll compare it to another notable comment about the Special Olympics from a major political figure this month. First, thank goodness we elected that brilliant and witty Chicago politician:

And thank goodness we didn’t elect that classless trailer-park hick from Alaska:

Er …..


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It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot.

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

No teleprompter for Sarah!

Greg Toombs on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

To some people, class is something you skipped in school and love is a tennis term.

Teleprompter Withdrawal…a horrible disease.

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I kinda agree with Allah on this one, I don’t like being PC even if its targeted against a political opponent. That said, his comments are rife with hypocrisy, stupidity, and were a total waste of time.

It is a particularly good addition to the “if bush had done it” file though.

Kronos on March 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot.

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

uh ah Don Imus has apologized er uh now I think CBS should ah uh fire him….

-Ogabe

sven10077 on March 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

He’s a flaming idiot.

rplat on March 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

It is a particularly good addition to the “if bush had done it” file though.

Kronos on March 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

WIDDI?

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

n that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

And?

artist on March 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

She has a very nice manner about the topic.

AnninCA on March 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

As TOTUS, he should know to watch his words very carefully. He is to set a higher standard then radio talk show hosts.

Ingraham and Rush are entertainers and they use satire quite a bit. Ingraham never called Megan fat…if u had listened to the broadcast you would see that. We all make fun of Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Geitner and Obama…but, none of us would make a joke about the handicapped.

becki51758 on March 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

If Michelle Obama were pregnant with a Down-Syndrome Child it would never be born.

Disturb the Universe on March 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

That’s a stretch as taut as Pelosi’s face. But, yeah, Laura and Rush are radio entertainers and Obama is the President of the United States of America!
He called Jessica Simpson fat as well and actively/professionally politics for the death of millions of unborn babies.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

If BHO let this slip when he’s on his best behavior, imagine what he says when there are no cameras around.

RadioFreeUSA on March 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

As a dad of a 7-year-old autistic and type 1 diabetic child, I do find this somewhat offensive, but mainly just ignorant. He needed TOTUS!

kerrhome on March 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

That girl is all class, grace and intelligence. We will see many Palin Democrats in the future.

bloggless on March 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Obama’s remark was offensive.

It’s all about the context, you see.

He’s Chief of the PC Police and we should view it in that light.

Greg Toombs on March 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot.

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

That is not the point; the real issue is simply YET ANOTHER INDICATION THAT HE IS NOT UP TO BEING POTUS.

He lacks the genuine maturity, humility, and compassion that the nation is STARVING FOR.

singlemalt_18 on March 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

The Leader Of The Free World ought to know better. I voted “offensive”.
Not to mention the “waterhead” comment he & Leno laughed about.

jgapinoy on March 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

classless, the fact this ‘joke’ even occurred to him isn’t suprising given his views on Life.

jp on March 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

where is “not funny, not offensive”?

tommylotto on March 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Oh, and Ed, Allahpundit says we should Lay off!

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

You know, I make jokes like this from time to time. But then again, I am not President of the United States nor on national television.

There’s a time and place for cruder, semi-offensive jokes. TOTUS on the public stage is not the time nor the place.

rbj on March 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

It was insensitive and dickish. If he were known as an affable type of person, I wouldn’t be offended. However, the fact that he is much more known for elitist or snobbish behavior makes me look at this as his using cheapness at hand for a quick laugh. He’s not a comedian who needs work, he’s the president. He has little respect for the office, and I’m not talking about having his jacket off.

MadisonConservative on March 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Palin’s segment was very sweet. Nice lady.

littleguy on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Isn’t that exactly what liberals have done?

Since when is playing by their rulebook no longer fair play?

That said, I didn’t vote offensive but “tone deaf”. The man is the president of this incredible country and should always be careful when he speaks.

I’m as sick of the overly PC culture as the next person here, but I’m OK with holding our president to that standard and see no reason he shouldn’t be.

Esthier on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I don’t think Obama hates “retards”, I just think he thinks they are beneath him, in the same way that an adolescent thinks calling someone a “retard” is the ultimate insult. Well, only after calling someone “gay”. But we are not allowed to do that, as that would be hate speech. The mentally retarded are the last group of people in the world who tolerate bigotry everyday.

bloggless on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I don’t take offense at a bad joke that meant no harm. Our culture is already too sensitive. And I would bet that Palin didn’t take offense either. She’s too tough for that.

But I will say that I loved this video of Palin. While she may not be my first choice (right now) for the Presidency, I really have great admiration for her: her courage to endure the national gamit of a Presidental election with an unfair press corp and her humanity for showing us the importance of every life. I love her line that there is no difference between being a hockey mom and a hockey mom for a special olympian.

RedSoxNation on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

WIDDI?

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Carbon, If Dubya said it (which I highly doubt would ever happen), there would be a 60 Minutes program entirely devoted to his gaffe. Special Olympics Board of Directors would be on every news show. Soledad O’Brien would do a three-part special on the mentally handicapped with a panel discussion. There would be a planned march on Washington. Frank Luntz would wire up a random focus group to analyze every syllable of the gaffe. That’s only the first week.

sherry on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Oh, how I wish Sarah Palin was our VP. For a lot of reasons.

Bob's Kid on March 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot. in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot? Granted, he did not set out to mock Special Olympics kids. But when he needed an example of ineptitude and low standards, what was on the tip of his tongue?

He met with Maria Shriver the same day, whose mother founded the Special Olympics in 1968. A twofer!

Your second sentence is indecipherable.

Akzed on March 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I just love the contrast between the two. One is a real person who happens to be a politician, the other is a politician who happens to be an ***hole.

Babino on March 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Third sentence…

Akzed on March 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

You do understand the difference between the President of the United States and radio talk show hosts right?

You do understated conservative radio talk show hosts and commentators regularly take massive amounts of shit for things they say right? Often lead by people like you and Obama.

You’re just being held to your own standards. That nasty tatse in your mouth is crow.

TheBigOldDog on March 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Hey 343?

I know it’s waste of good bandwidth to ask this, but could you please post an actual link – and not some liberal pundit’s spin – that will back up your accusations? Thanks.

AubieJon on March 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Palin’s segment was very sweet. Nice lady.

littleguy

Perfect…You said it much better than me.

RedSoxNation on March 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

That is not the point; the real issue is simply YET ANOTHER INDICATION THAT HE IS NOT UP TO BEING POTUS.

He lacks the genuine maturity, humility, and compassion that the nation is STARVING FOR.

singlemalt_18 on March 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

In your opinion Bush was mature, humble and comapasionate? LOL

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.
-Tell that to people who lost half of their wealth under this financial crisis which started UNDER BUSH

-Tell that disabled people whose hope were diminished because the arrogant Bush wouldn’t use federal funds for Stem cell research.
-Tell that to the families who have lost sons in the Useless Iraq war which should have never been waged.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Meh. This doesn’t even BEGIN to cross my threshold for offensive content.

Kinda dumb for a President? Oh yeah. But then I think it’s dumb for a President to dick around on Leno while the financial sector burns.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Obama is the Idiot in Chief! Classless and uncouth.

I miss Sarah. Palin 2012!!!

jencab on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Sarah is proud of being a special Olympics soccer mom.

In word association, class and character don’t associate with the Chicago Way.

seven on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

There’s a reason he is the first sitting president to appear on a late night talk show. Until now there’s never been a classless idiot in that position.

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

What a contrast in styles and honesty.

Zero the offensive lying hypocrite vs. Sarah the graceful, caring leader who speaks from the heart.

Mr Purple on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot? Granted, he did not set out to mock Special Olympics kids.

Akzed on March 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I’m not smart enough to know if he meant to mock them or not. All I can only go by what he did, not what he intended to do.

TheBigOldDog on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

It’s an issue of the heart. Palin genuinely loves and cares about people. Obama genuinely loves and cares about himself.

“Out of the heart the mouth speaks.”

NebCon on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot.

in that case we can conclude Laura Ingraham called Megan McCain fat and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

More High Standards.

nolapol on March 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Trig is a beautiful baby!! So pudgy and happy & lucky to have such a good mom & dad. Man, I love kids; just the thought of selective abortion to kill kids like Trig makes me weep for America. These kids have a right to life, period, just like you and me and our kids. What kind of “civilized” society preys on its weakest citizens? Why, ours!!

Ris4victory on March 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

God, she would have made a great VP. Makes me want to cry. How anybody can say biden is more competent or more intelligent than Palin has their head up their ass.

Question to our house trolls: Are we feeling buyer’s remorse yet? If not, how many more days of obama’s slurs, mis-steps, mis-speaks, and terrorist-ass-kissing before you feel that buyer’s remorse?

ErinF on March 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

The word STARK… does not even give justice to the difference in character and intergrity these two individuals possess.

Good GAWD what have we done.

katy on March 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Go back to Axelrod , you got a war to lose.

the_nile on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

this thread is a microcosim of why the Democrats whip the Republicans at politics. too many useful idiots on the right

jp on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.
-Tell that to people who lost half of their wealth under this financial crisis which started UNDER BUSH

-Tell that disabled people whose hope were diminished because the arrogant Bush wouldn’t use federal funds for Stem cell research.
-Tell that to the families who have lost sons in the Useless Iraq war which should have never been waged.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Spin, spin little ahistorical progressive.

The financial crisis started under Carter. It’s not a new development Bush magicked into being, but a complex problem with roots quite old and tangled.

Your other arguments are nothing but brain dead pathos and you look like mewling idiot for making them.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Hey nice343, you need to go back to the Daily Kos for newer talking points. Katrina? Seriously?

Babino on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

To some people, class is something you skipped in school, and love is a tennis term.

Teleprompter Withdrawal is a horrible disease.

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

HAHA! Obama is like school in the summertime, and I bet he sucks at tennis.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

And we are back to the Liberal versus Conservative contrast exhibited by style over substance.

In the first video (Obama) you have style and no substance.

In the second video (Palin) you have an overload of substance with just the right amount of style.

Obama, setting a new low standard. No more unscripted TV appearances. Full production with edits required. Get Hollywood on the phone, now!

DWB on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

That Palin video was fantastic! She’s amazing.

CP on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.

1) Natural Disaster
2) Nagin f’up
3) Blanco f’up
4) Federal f’up

Note: anyone who waits around for Federal help for anything will be waiting a long time and be very disappointed.

Greg Toombs on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Bush, sadly is not our President anymore. Get over it.

kahall on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

jp on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Says the idiot who can’t or won’t find his shift key. Just like TOTUS, Democrats can’t lift a pinky to find common courtesy.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

WIB! That’s a good criteria for judging this and much of what Obama says or does – What If Bush Said It (or Did It)?

I would guess that if Bush (or Rush or Palin) said he bowled like someone from the Special Olympics, the reaction would be much, much different.

DarkKnight3565 on March 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Hey nice343, you need to go back to the Daily Kos for newer talking points. Katrina? Seriously?

Babino on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

You don’t know about the super secret hurricane machine?

kahall on March 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Remember when Palin spoke at the RNC convention and her teleprompter went too fast, and she had to complete her speech off the cuff? How do you think obama would have handled that situation?

ErinF on March 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I was not one who thought Governor Palin should have been nominated for VP. I thought that the national spotlight was not something she handeled very well.

However, the more I see of her the more impressed I have become. I think that the American people will become as equally impressed the more they see of her as well…. if the MSM allow it.

Vince on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

find extend common courtesy.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

its like Special Olympics or something!
Is how I heard it,

where is all the Liberal social activite`s on

Hopey-Changeys watch on this latest gaffe!

canopfor on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

The Bible says that “taking up someone else’s offense is like grabbing the ear of an angry dog.” You don’t speak for those people, and they don’t need you to speak for them. You assume way too much for yourself.

Still waiting on the link.

AubieJon on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

I think its just another step in Obama’s childish days in the spot light.

This.

The Middle finger when he mentioned McCain and Hillary.

The Lipstick on a pig joke.

Obama apparently wants to run the country with 3rd grade tactics by making fun of the other kid to act popular.

Rbastid on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Why is it that when absolute narcissists try to “make fun of themselves” they end up making fun of someone else?

tgibson1962 on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Everyone tries to pass Obama as the cool guy who always says the right thing.

In truth, Obama is the awkward outsider trying to fit in and the result is someone who repeatedly and nervously says inappropriate things.

He’s simply unserious, and he’s clearly immature.

Unfortunately, we’re stuck with this POS.

BuckeyeSam on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

It was a gaffe. On the other hand, Barry has been quick to judge others for less.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The joke is totally forgiveable, just like his Nancy Reagan crack was. That’s not the issue.

The issue is the double standard the press has. Sarah Palin pauses at a Charlie Gibson question and is considered an idiot. She stammers at a Katie Couric question and is considered an uber-idiot.

Obama, in a friendly interview without a probing question to prompt him, gaffes on the mentally disabled and it’s barely mentioned in the MSM. On the DailyKos, I read hundreds of comments and more than three-quarters of them used the occasion to rip on Bush and Limbaugh.

That said, the wall of invulnerability that surrounded him is crumbling. Even Keith Olbmerman mentioned this gaffe last night. Obama’s free ride will end.

MaxMBJ on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Do I need to mention that Obama did nothing for the suffering in all the states hit by that terrible ice storm? He was too busy partying for the Super Bowl.

Do I need to mention that Pres. Bush did not ban stem cell research…he only banned federal funding of it. Research still went on.

The financial crisis may have started during Bush;s term, but Bush inherited a recession when he took office. Democrats were as culpable as the Republicans.

Plus..the soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were proud to be there and are proud that they won the war.

becki51758 on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

That was a great video of Palin. Obama, not so much.

myrenovations on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I didn’t find the comment offensive, just stupid. I’m not outraged at it because it wasn’t PC. I’m outraged at it because Obama will get a pass for it from the media that Bush NEVER would’ve gotten.

ThanksMo on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Another red herring of a post from you. This may surprise you, but people can be critical of both Bush and Obama.

Anyways, why do you even bother? And where did singlemalt_18 even mention Bush? Your BDS knows no bounds.

strictnein on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Trig is a beautiful baby. So happy. He is blessed to have a family like the Palins, as they are blessed to have him as their son.

Spectreman on March 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

In your opinion Bush was mature, humble and comapasionate? LOL

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.
Tell that to the mayor of NO and the governor of LA. They failed to protect the people which was their most important job.
-Tell that to people who lost half of their wealth under this financial crisis which started UNDER BUSH
I think you mean under a Democratic controlled congress that took over in 2006, and the Community Reinvestment Act that was started by Carter and given steroid shots by Clinton?

-Tell that disabled people whose hope were diminished because the arrogant Bush wouldn’t use federal funds for Stem cell research.
Arrogant Bush feels, like the majority of us, that the government should not pay for freaky Frankenstein science experiments.
-Tell that to the families who have lost sons in the Useless Iraq war which should have never been waged.
A “Useless Iraq war” that the lion’s share of families were behind and proud of the fact that Iraq does not suffer daily with Sadam Hussein and his two evil sons.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

If President Bush said this!

You just know,there would be a manufactured OUTRAGE!

canopfor on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

G*d, could I hug Gov’r Sarah Palin?

She speaks so much for the real America where stuff happens… and you deal with adversity.

HotAirJosef on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Remember when Palin spoke at the RNC convention and her teleprompter went too fast, and she had to complete her speech off the cuff? How do you think obama would have handled that situation?

ErinF on March 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Immediate paralysis or a call for an immediate blackout or, most likely, a black out as all the network producers would have had an Obama spokesperson (probably Axelrod) screaming
in their ears to cut the video feed.

BuckeyeSam on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

In your opinion Bush was mature, humble and comapasionate?

You meant, compassionate, and comparatively speaking, yes, Bush was Mother Teresa.

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.

You mean those who lived through the fastest national response this nation has ever seen to a hurricane?

Please, try and prove me wrong.

-Tell that to people who lost half of their wealth under this financial crisis which started UNDER BUSH

What about those losing the other half, their jobs and seeing a devalued US dollar become more devalued by the day under Obama?

-Tell that disabled people whose hope were diminished because the arrogant Bush wouldn’t use federal funds for Stem cell research.

Liar. Bush did fund stem cell research, the kind that produced results. Do some research before you embarrass yourself, assuming you are capable of shame.

-Tell that to the families who have lost sons in the Useless Iraq war which should have never been waged.

The one Obama has continued, using the same (if not later) timetables for withdrawal that Bush had outlined?

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Got anything else?

Esthier on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

For those who say “no big deal,” I’ve got a simple question:

Are there teleprompters in meetings between world leaders?

I know when Obama sits down across from Putin, etc. he’ll have his advisors close by, but won’t some of the conversation be unscripted? He’s already given the half-blind Brown DVDs that won’t work in English players.

Aren’t the chances unacceptably high that Obama will make a monumental gaffe and insult a world leader who happens to have nukes at his disposal?

cs89 on March 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I don’t think he meant anything by it, but for the smartest man alive, he certainly commits an awful lot of gaffs

lahlon on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

this thread is a microcosim of why the Democrats whip the Republicans at politics. too many useful idiots on the right

jp on March 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

And too many useless retards on the Left.

seejanemom on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

conservatives should be the one defending Obama over this since they are always ‘troubled” by PC. Obama is the president he doesn’t make as many gaffes. The right wing nuts on radio will be torn into pieces the next time the make a gaffe. Which is bound to happen any day from now. So keep being “outraged” by Obama’s gaffe but I bet you will stay quiet when that bigot rush limbaugh makes one. Like you did when he wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.
-Tell that to people who lost half of their wealth under this financial crisis which started UNDER BUSH

-Tell that disabled people whose hope were diminished because the arrogant Bush wouldn’t use federal funds for Stem cell research.
-Tell that to the families who have lost sons in the Useless Iraq war which should have never been waged.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

TROLL W/TALKING POINTS

singlemalt_18 on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

There’s a reason he is the first sitting president to appear on a late night talk show. Until now there’s never been a classless idiot in that position.

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Hopefully, this will be a lesson to him about not demeaning the office of the Presidency again.

Oh wait, I forgot who I was talking about.

ladyingray on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

AubieJon on March 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

You won’t get it because it doesn’t exist. That is just another part of the leftist litany advanced by David Brock, the Nazi Collaborator’s (Soros) media butt-boy (pun wholly intended), of which there is no proof. If there was actual proof of Limbaugh saying this, MSNBC would play it every five f%$#ing minutes.

Nice is a liar.

PimFortuynsGhost on March 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

i think it is safe to say Barry lost the 2012 election in the first 60 days of his Presidency…

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I just love the trolls on posts like this…”but, but, but…so and so did it too…WHAAAAA!”

Just like the little children they are mentally. That’s not offensive, it’s a fact.

kirkill on March 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

When I watch the Palin clip, I think: she’s just way to decent a person to be president. I hope, for her sake, that conservatives can find someone else to put up in 2012 or 2016, who can win and serve competently. Then she can stay in Alaska with her beautiful family, and won’t have to go through the crap that Republican presidential candidates and presidents always do.

But, on the other hand, she knows better than anyone else what she’s in for, if she runs. So if she does, I’ll be backing her.

notropis on March 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I didn’t find the comment offensive, just stupid. I’m not outraged at it because it wasn’t PC. I’m outraged at it because Obama will get a pass for it from the media that Bush NEVER would’ve gotten.

I fully agree. I don’t think most families caring for mentally-challenged loved ones will give two seconds thought to this slur. People get way too offended over things these days. But which party brought on the oversensitivity to political incorrectness?

That being said, a POTUS should have character enough to give thought to what he is saying before he says it. He should also be spending his full energy working to fix a broken country, not looking slick on late night talk shows, or upping his bowling score, or worrying about NCAA championships.

ErinF on March 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Still waiting for the link, foreskin.

AubieJon on March 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

With his smoking, every puff takes off 10 minutes of his life. Everytime he speaks, it takes 10 minutes off his second term.

sherry on March 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The no-class presidency.

curved space on March 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM

sure guys, lets just pat Obama on the head and say “no problem buddy, we know you didn’t mean it, we take your word for it” even though they never, ever do that for the republicans.

its not like we want to hurt his approval rating and in the process reduce his political capital to stop the slide into socialism and hopefully defeat him in 2012 or anything. Why on earth would Conservatives want to work towards removing Obama from office?

jp on March 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Going on the Tonight Show was classless for the President of the United States–the comment just shows what a man-child is in the White House.

mainliner on March 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Do I need to mention that Pres. Bush did not ban stem cell research…he only banned federal funding of it. Research still went on.

becki51758 on March 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

And clarify even further that under Bush, stem cell research WAS funded. Stem cell researching is more than just embryonic stem cells. Liberals like to pretend that isn’t true, but don’t let them.

Under Bush, stem cell research, the only form to yield results, WAS funded.

Esthier on March 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Nice is a liar.

PimFortuynsGhost on March 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

And a douchebag.

kahall on March 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Watch both videos – contrast & compare….

O = One
B = Big
A = Ass
M = Mistake
A = America

How much better this country will be with Palin.

izoneguy on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

It was a gaffe. He didn’t mean it as a cheap shot.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Of course not – it would have been a cheap shot to say At least I didn’t use the bumpers like the retards do..

Why are some people so willing to excuse whatever crap comes out of his mouth. What are your standards for when a gaffe become an insult? I guess it’s a gaffe if it doesn’t apply to you or yours.

katiejane on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

i think it is safe to say Barry lost the 2012 election in the first 60 days of his Presidency…

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The only problem is the MSM and a large majority of Americans don’t pay attention when it’s a Democrat stepping in it. To hammer home Ed’s main point, when it’s a Conservative or Republican, it’s non-stop 24/7 ranting “we need the fairness doctrine”…

kirkill on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

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