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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How many weapons of WMD’s have we found since being in Iraq? nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Um yellowcake… Not a very bright one are you? Why are beating up Bush over Obama’s gaffe?

canditaylor68 on March 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

No I have the facts. And there is nothing perfect about the neo-marxist.

Poptech on March 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM

some “facts”…from anonymous sources

try this

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

broncojason on March 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

My argument to those who always claim there were no WMD found in Iraq: Sadam Hussein and his two sons were Weapons of Mass Destruction and we found them.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Crap,thats random,not radom!

canopfor on March 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Why are beating up Bush over Obama’s gaffe?
canditaylor68 on March 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Because he can’t defend Obama. So now he and the other Trolls are trying to hijack the thread.

Troll Rule #1 – Always blame Boooooosh!

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM

nice343 is in love!

Vince on March 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I did but then again I’ve made jokes like that before. He obviously was not trying to offend Special Olympians.

Poptech on March 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM

It shouldn’t suprise me that you willingly admit that you have no class.

katiejane on March 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Verily, I say unto you, its Obama’s War now. He and the Democrat-controlled Congress could have ended it long ago, but did not and have not to this very day. Obama lied, folks died?

littleguy on March 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I don’t believe that he rolled a 129 in the first place. He’s a liar and a cheat. I believe it as much as if he told me that he made a hole-in-one and he was the only one on the course. He’s a punk and a pimp and always will be.

thomasaur on March 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Troll Rule #1 – Always blame Boooooosh!

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Troll Rule #2 – When you are losing an argument or can’t think of anything even remotely sensible, see rule #1.

kahall on March 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I did but then again I’ve made jokes like that before. He obviously was not trying to offend Special Olympians.

Poptech on March 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM

It shouldn’t suprise me that you willingly admit that you have no class.

katiejane on March 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Yep. Like I said, Poppy and The One, perfect together.

littleguy on March 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I keep hearing right wing nuts saying the Iraq war was neccessary for “America’s Freedom”

I disagree with that assessment. I’d argue that it was necessary to show that we take the treaties we sign seriously. Saddam broke the cease fire agreement, thus, the cease fire ended. It’s really not rocket science.

How many weapons of WMD’s have we found since being in Iraq?

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Plenty actually. We’ve found plenty in there.

No, we haven’t found nukes or anything that was necessarily a threat, but we did find proof that Saddam had not destroyed what he was bound by the cease fire to destroy, which is what gave us the right to end the cease fire.

Esthier on March 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Insult the British (DVDs) – Yes we can

Insult Nancy Reagan (seances) – Yes we can

Insult Hillary (finger) – Yes we can

Insult special needs kids – Yes we can

faraway on March 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

What does this have to do with the President making fun of his bowling skills?

Reaching desperately.

getalife on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Behold the born again intentionalist! It’s a belated St. Patty’s Day miracle!

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM

faraway on March 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Dont forget insult the military (suggesting to make the wounded pay for their own combat injuries) and the military family survivors of those who died(close gitmo set terrorists free, then decide that the words terrorist and terrorism are not PC)

canditaylor68 on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Insult the British (DVDs) – Yes we can

Insult Nancy Reagan (seances) – Yes we can

Insult Hillary (finger) – Yes we can

Insult special needs kids – Yes we can

faraway on March 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

you forgot a few

Insult Sen McCain for war injuries – Yes We Did

Insult a Gov of the US for being a woman – Yes We Did

Insult Americans (bitter) – Yes We Did

Insult the Constitution – Yes We Did

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Whatever. I’ve reminded you of the impact such thoughtless language can have on several occasions.

Maybe next time I remind you phucks about how thoughtless it is to use the word “retard” as a pejorative you’ll muster up some introspection instead of complaining about political correctness.

The Race Card on March 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I know that I’m usually pretty hard on you TRC. But I think you got things right for once. I would prefer, however, that you refrain from calling me a “phuck.”

If this is an actual emergency, hang up and dial 9-1-1.

The Race Card on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I’m not sure what to think about this really. It was definitely in bad form of Pres. Obama to say what he did and in comparison to Gov. Palin’s video, he comes across as a bit buffoonish. I’m starting to wonder if he doesn’t have Gov. Palin on his mind subconsciously quite a bit of the time, actually. I wonder if he had seen her video before he went on Leno.

victoria330 on March 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

How many weapons of WMD’s have we found since being in Iraq?

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

In the opening days of the war, we uncovered buried 55 gal. drums of pesticides. You do realize pesticides are precursors for nerve agents, right? Why would Saddam bury pesticides?

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

In your opinion Bush was mature, humble and comapasionate?

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Yes.

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

Like 9/11 happened UNDER BUSH? Bush had nothing to do with this financial crisis, any more than he was responsible for crashing airliners into buildings. Bush’s tenure saw the rise of Obama Waters Franks LLC, the real cause of the crisis. Bush tried to regulate and prevent — remember Sarbonnes-Oxley? Prevention didn’t happen because the Dems were protecting and nurturing the NINJA mortgages which melted the economy.

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

Plenty of funds for stem cell research — just no federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Private funds could still be used for that purpose, as well as those provided by foreign governments. During the Bush era, both California and Great Britain (not to mention quite a few others) routed funds (in the billions of dollars) into embryonic stem cell research, favoring it over any other type. In fact, one stem cell researcher in Great Britain, Colin McGuckin, is leaving Britain because he can’t get funding for his non-embryonic work. What do California and Great Britain have to show for all the money they’ve sunk into this pit — NOTHING! In addition to morality and ethics, science itself is against anything coming out of the research path you think is right — because any organs or tissues built from embryonic stem cells will be the organs and tissues of a unique human being, and there will be rejection issues if they are transplanted into any other human being.

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

Your opinion, but certainly not mine. I notice that Barack hasn’t done the complete withdrawal within six months like he promised, and Americans are still dying there even though Bush is long gone. I’ll just stick that burr under your saddle and let it fester. And, by the way, what do you think about Afghanistan?

-Tell that to the people who suffered through Katrina.

Hmm… Kathleen Blanko’s Wikipedia article.

Ray Nagin’s Wikipedia article.

Finger pointing aside, Katrina was one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US mainland. We look at New Orleans as a bellwether for how the Feds responded, but if you look everywhere else, people have recovered nicely. New Orleans has a history of severe hurricane damage due to its altitude and location, and needs to be abandoned and rebuilt elsewhere, but nobody’s willing to do it.

unclesmrgol on March 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM

It’s not a comment a President should make but in my mind the more important point is if Bush had said this, every MSM outlet would hoist their torches and pitchforks on the White House lawn and demand his resignation.

Since Obama is the one who said it. . .(crickets)

. . .(still waiting). . .

macummings on March 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Insult the Constitution – Yes We Did are

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Fixed that one for you.

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM

If he had joked that Sarah Palin is a Bible-thumping, trailor-trash, pig-in-lipstick, retard whore of Bigfoot, he would have gotten a clean pass and been named comedian of the century.

whitetop on March 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The Race Card on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

You need to send that r-word link to whitehouse.gov.

The Race Card on March 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

faraway on March 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Insult Jessica Simpson – losing the weight battle.

carbon_footprint on March 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Do you even read these, or do you just post via free association?

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Note the time, each day, that getalife begins to post. It looks suspiciously like she gets home from her Mickey ‘Ds’ night shift, turns on a posting bot, hits the “generic response” button, and goes to bed.

Yoop on March 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

snickelfritz on March 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I can recall leftys bitching that Bush didnt help in Darfur. They wanted him to go in there to save those tortured people. Funny, how none of them cared about the people of Iraq that were being tortured or gassed.

becki51758 on March 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I have yet to see this story in the headlines of any MSM outlet. It’s as if it didn’t happen.

Loxodonta on March 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

in comparison to Gov. Palin’s video, he comes across as a bit buffoonish.

victoria330 on March 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Just a bit?

UltimateBob on March 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

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

Ed you made a funny… err LOL!

upinak on March 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Insult Shred the Constitution – Yes We Did

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Fixed that for ya.

UltimateBob on March 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

And now the stock market has dropped over 2000 points under Obama

It is pretty meaningless to look at how the market has fared under a president who has been in office for a couple months, but for the record this is completely false.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

snickelfritz on March 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I remember the libs begging Pres Bush to do something to help Darfur. Those people were being tortured..we need to help.

They sure didnt care about the Iraquis who were being tortured and gassed by Saddam.

btw..I heard that several special olympic athletes scored perfect games bowling. Had higher scores than Obama. Now that is funny.

becki51758 on March 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

It is pretty meaningless to look at how the market has fared under a president who has been in office for a couple months, but for the record this is completely false.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

How so? DJIA was around 9000 at inauguration, dropped to just under 7000, but has regained to about 7400 right now.

It did drop a couple thousand points under Obama, but it is only down about 1500 for his term at this point.

cs89 on March 20, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Bush has a lot of blood on his hands

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

You think Saddam torturing killing thousands of people…you think raping women, and you think having torture chambers where they release dogs to tear apart children in front of their parents to obtain information is just fine and decent.
When an Olympian athlete doesn’t metal, he is dragged around a ring, nude over a bed of gravel until is skin is raw…that is a humane way to run a country.
A country where mass graves, so large they needed bulldozers to dig and bury the bodies…where they poisoned gas the population into submission, you want that society back, you want Saddam to be back in power, to abuse, kill, maime, rape, men, women and children.
Where now the great majority have stated they much prefer democracy over the previous system, and peace and freedom is now taking hold.
But you would rather have Saddam back in charge, running his country how you feel a country should be run?
…you will never admit it, but maybe you would like Obama to do the same to who did not support him…you would like to kill many of us, you would like to behead some women, rip apart a few of our children, you would like that power over conservatives, come on, admit it.

right2bright on March 20, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Troll Rule #1 – Always blame Boooooosh!

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Troll Rule #2 – When you are losing an argument or can’t think of anything even remotely sensible, see rule #1.

Rule #3 In case of doubt or an overwhelming Obama gaffe, see Rules #1 and 2.

I can believe that our esteemed 5th columnist are still using the no WMDs-in-Iraq schtics, morons.

El Coqui on March 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Amazing level of pure stupidity: There was never a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. President Bush was, in fact, the first president in history to fund embryonic stem-cell research. The Bush compromise was to order funding restrictions that prevented the further DESTRUCTION of HUMAN embryos in order to obtain their stem cells. Federal funding of research using existing stem-cell lines was permitted. The science was thus pushed in a more fruitful direction, such that stem cells that have the same properties as embryonic stem cells can now be obtained by morally acceptable means.

The germans liked to “experiment” under their National Socialism. All Bush did was to try to protect the most vunerable of us from the Megenlas of the world. Obama has no such “moral” issues. Wonder why?

Haunches on March 20, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Most comments on here are along the lines of “If Bush did it…” Which is a valid point to make. But how does that defend the viewpoint of the 55% who voted that this is offensive?

There are two separate issues: whether it’s offensive, and how the media is reacting.

On whether it’s offensive, I’m pretty sure that most people here normally think that PC issues are bogus and would not normally find a comment like this actually offensive. Maybe it demonstrates poor political skills given the hypersensitive culture, but that would indicate “tone deaf” (which is what I chose).

On how the media is reacting, while it may be true that the media’s response is completely inconsistent, the reality is that you *approve* of how the media is treating this, which is to mostly ignore it! Based on numerous other threads where a politician said something “un-PC” it seems that the vast majority of people here would rather the media and the Sharptons cool it and move on. So your response to this should be: good job by the media to not overreact, note that previous overreactions were politically motivated, and let this be a reminder for next time for the media to behave similarly.

In other words, instead of filing it under “What if Bush did it?” you should be filing it under “Remember this when the next Republican does it.” The difference is that the latter actually gives credit to *proper* behavior, isn’t just whining about the past, and is actually constructive.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:45 AM

It was a dumb comment, no I wasn’t offended. Just like Meghan McCain about Laura Ingrahm’s dopey fat comment, get over it and move on. There are far more important things to worry about and discuss than this slip up by the Great Orator (sans TOTUS).

Weebork on March 20, 2009 at 11:48 AM

It is pretty meaningless to look at how the market has fared under a president who has been in office for a couple months, but for the record this is completely false.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Do you mean the part where the stock market was at 9500 on Jan 20 2009 and 6500 on Mar 1 2009? Or it’s not fair to blame the fluctuations on the sitting TOTUS? Or that the policies, fear talk, stimulus, et al. had anything to driving the market south in that time? Just looking for clarifications.

ammon_of_cs on March 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

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

…………. and not a telprompter in sight.

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

in that case we can conclude …. and Rush Limbaugh wished Ted Kennedy was dead

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I don’t wish Teddy to be dead, just abandoned in the backseat of a partially submerged, overturned Oldsmobile, at night. I’d also wish that the driver would swim back to land, get a good nights sleep and have breakfast before calling for help.

TugboatPhil on March 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

cs89 on March 20, 2009 at 11:41 AM

The Dow Jones opened at 8200 on Inauguration Day and is 7400 now. The NASDAQ opened at 1520 and is at 1480 now. What do you mean?

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Oh hi. Woke up late today. Do I bother to read through these comments to figure out how the lefties managed to turn Obama’s “special olympics” joke into a Bush diatribe? Or is it safe to assume that every time Obama sticks his foot in it, someone on the left will start foaming at the mouth about Bush?

Topic: Obama. Leno. Palin. Special Olympics.

The token Bush Hallpass for The One is expired. Obama is a big boy and is ready to get his own grades for his own performance.

ace tomato on March 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Do you mean the part where the stock market was at 9500 on Jan 20 2009 and 6500 on Mar 1 2009? Or it’s not fair to blame the fluctuations on the sitting TOTUS? Or that the policies, fear talk, stimulus, et al. had anything to driving the market south in that time? Just looking for clarifications.

ammon_of_cs on March 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

You forgot about the promise to double the capital gains tax on investors. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the drop either.

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Do you mean the part where the stock market was at 9500 on Jan 20 2009 and 6500 on Mar 1 2009? Or it’s not fair to blame the fluctuations on the sitting TOTUS? Or that the policies, fear talk, stimulus, et al. had anything to driving the market south in that time? Just looking for clarifications.

ammon_of_cs on March 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I don’t know why you think the stock market was at 9500 on Jan 20 2009.

To answer your other questions, I think it’s so simplistic as to be meaningless to blame market movements in a two month period on the president. There are exceptions, but when the market had already lost more than 5K points and the economy is in a preexisting crisis, I think it’s ridiculous to blame a further 800 point drop on the actions of the president.

That being said, I don’t approve of the fear talk or the stimulus. I just don’t think you can blame the market on him with any degree of confidence at all.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

obama: classless.
Leno: Chin looking for ratings?
Palin: definition of class.
Special Olympics: You’ll never have more fun than volunteering for this event.

ammon_of_cs on March 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

On whether it’s offensive, I’m pretty sure that most people here normally think that PC issues are bogus and would not normally find a comment like this actually offensive.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I thought changing the name of terrorism to “man-made disasters” so as not to offend actual terrorists like Bill Ayers was beyond PC to the point of absurdity. It is no surprise that Obama is so classless and politically “tone deaf” after hanging out with criminals or attending Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years.

That is the only explanation for Obama’s insensitive joke at the expense of the disabled — he knows no better, since all he’s known is scum.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

conservatives should be the one defending Obama over this since they are always ‘troubled” by PC.
nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Nice attempt to divert the focus when you fall behind.

I’m guessing that you haven’t been reading these posts.
The vast majority have been dismissing this comment as little more than a gaffe. The outrage is over the fact that lesser comments have been blown into national outrages by Barry and the MSM.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The vast majority have been dismissing this comment as little more than a gaffe. The outrage is over the fact that lesser comments have been blown into national outrages by Barry and the MSM.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

That’s true, but I don’t understand why 55% have voted that this is “offensive.” It seems like more people should have voted for “not offensive but tone deaf” (which is what I chose) given all the comments.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Falling in love with Sarah all over again.

RobCon on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Hey Allah, what’s the official Hot Air accepted answer? I want to vote, but I don’t want to piss you off, homey.

redrock on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

…A country where mass graves, so large they needed bulldozers to dig and bury the bodies…
right2bright on March 20, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Well where do you think the bodies are buried for our collateral damage against innocent citizens that we (specifically bloodthirsty Jarheads) have inflicted on them in the past six years??? Do you think that guy threw those shoes and faced jail time FOR NOTHING? Pull your head out…..

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

We don’t need a ‘hip’ president, we need a competent one. This guy’s such a rookie.

obladioblada on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Liberals don’t understand that there is a difference.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

..and we are talking hundreds of thousands on innocent Iraqi men, women and children…

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Yeah, I know. I just like pointing out that he’s missing a link.

AubieJon on March 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

He’s the missing link? Now that you mention it, I can see it too.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I think 55% is a low figure compared to how really offensive his attitude and policy leadership is.

workingforpigs on March 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

“Making progressive on the bowling”
At least his is making progress on something.

RobCon on March 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

That contrast makes me weep for my country.

What have we done. What have we done…

gridlock2 on March 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

That baby sure doesn’t lack attention. What is he wearing on his head though?

Blake on March 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Special Olympics: You’ll never have more fun than volunteering for this event.

ammon_of_cs on March 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

F A C T !!!!!

alexraye on March 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

It seems like more people should have voted for “not offensive but tone deaf” (which is what I chose) given all the comments.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Because you apparently have not spent time with the disabled or been moved by another human being overcoming their personal challenges. You think that is a thing to be scorned or mocked.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Well where do you think the bodies are buried for our collateral damage against innocent citizens that we (specifically bloodthirsty Jarheads) have inflicted on them in the past six years??? Do you think that guy threw those shoes and faced jail time FOR NOTHING? Pull your head out…..

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

..and we are talking hundreds of thousands on innocent Iraqi men, women and children…

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Say, Captain Ed, when a commenter achieves this level of trolldom straight out of the gate, can we dispense with the formalities and immediately award him/her/it with banishment? Please?

Maquis on March 20, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Watch it dude, you’re channeling Murtha. You don’t want to be as big a dumba$$ as him, do you?

loudmouth883 on March 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

On whether it’s offensive, I’m pretty sure that most people here normally think that PC issues are bogus and would not normally find a comment like this actually offensive. Maybe it demonstrates poor political skills given the hypersensitive culture, but that would indicate “tone deaf” (which is what I chose).

Kind of sad that so many seem to think mocking those who can’t defend themselves is only a matter of being PC or not. That logic implies that there is really nothing wrong with ridiculing the handicapped, they should be suck it up and be a good sport about peope laughing at them.

katiejane on March 20, 2009 at 12:17 PM

-How exactly was Iraq a threat to America prior to the Invasion?

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

By aiding and abetting terrorists.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

What in the world does this have to do with Obama’s stupid comment or Sarah Palin and her beautiful baby?

You can’t defend Obama so you’re following Troll Rule #1 – Always Blame Boooooosh!

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 12:20 PM

I sure hope Barry’s campaign committee paid for the flight to LA. The whole thing was nothing more than a campaign commercial.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Because you apparently have not spent time with the disabled or been moved by another human being overcoming their personal challenges. You think that is a thing to be scorned or mocked.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Nice job going right for the ad hominem! Are you really prepared to claim that I haven’t spent a significant amount of time with the disabled?

More importantly, your response doesn’t relate to the part of what I said that you quoted. I said that most of the comments here have said that the comment itself is no big deal, but the media’s reaction is the important issue. Given that, 55% being offended is high.

Do you disagree that most comments here have been along those lines? I am not the only person to think this:

The vast majority have been dismissing this comment as little more than a gaffe. The outrage is over the fact that lesser comments have been blown into national outrages by Barry and the MSM.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Rush just ran Sarah’s audio clip and is talking all about this. It is a great monologue. He is savaging the Country Club Elite on both sides.

kingsjester on March 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Now that I think about it, though, what in the world is the President of the United States of America doing chatting informally on a late night comedy show?
Decorum?

Count to 10 on March 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

you know, i might’ve joined this fray, but count to 10 encapsulates my first and final thought about this whole incident. it’s why i haven’t been able to muster the interest in what else he might have said. he’s on leno, he’s doing his sports predictions, he did that stupid superbowl thing.

eh on March 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Ed and HotAir is becoming show prep!! Can’t hurt.

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Hey, Ed. Rush just credited you, by name, and Hot Air.

jintrabar on March 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM

eh on March 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Agree with both of you. And now the genie is out of the bottle, there is no telling where POTUS will be dragged.

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Personally, I found the term “waterhead” more offensive than “special olympics” !!!

golfer39 on March 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

To be clear – I despise this man on almost every level a man can be judged. However – this was kinda funny. The first real , unscripted humor I have ever seen from Barry.

Of course it reveals his childish and mocking side. The trouble I have is that the idiot messiah is chatting with Jay and George and Brad at all. Ever. For any reason. He trivializes the office on a day to day basis while tumbleweeds are blowing thru the empty treasury offices during a supposedly grave financial crisis of his own party’s making.

He is not a serious man. The affable author of lightweight bio fiction being interviewed by Jay is fine.

That this man is CIC is horrifying.

DeweyWins on March 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Heard the clip thru Rush…gone to lunch.

Wow wow wow…millions of dumbasses in this country aren’t we?/sarc or no /sarc depends on your viewpoint.

Geesh!

PALIN ’12/PROVEN CONSERVATIVE AS VP

ProudPalinFan on March 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

That’s true, but I don’t understand why 55% have voted that this is “offensive.” It seems like more people should have voted for “not offensive but tone deaf” (which is what I chose) given all the comments.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Where did you get the idea that we (readers of HA) are the only people voting?

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

..and we are talking hundreds of thousands on innocent Iraqi men, women and children…

Blueneck on March 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Not that you are likely to notice, but the Lancet study that popularized this number was withdrawn when it was discovered that they made up the numbers behind it.

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

The discussion about the market has died down since I introduced facts into it.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Obama was being distracting. Quick check your wallets.

darktood on March 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

How many black people do you see in a “country club”
karl rove is as dumb as they come. He part of the reason the republican Party is becoming a minority party.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

We don’t care about race, nice jackass, we care about character and integrity, kinda like Martin Luther King did.

You are the ones exercised over race. Notice how none of your comments are arguments, they are just emotional outbursts that have been thoroughly destroyed by rational people here on the blog.

Nice, get help, you need it.

Richard Romano on March 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Where did you get the idea that we (readers of HA) are the only people voting?

MarkTheGreat on March 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I misunderstood how the AOL poll worked. If it’s a broader poll, then I’m satisfied, because HotAir of all places should be one where people don’t play the “offended” card. It’s good to see that that’s playing out in the comments.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I keep hearing right wing nuts saying the Iraq war was neccessary for “America’s Freedom”

-How exactly was Iraq a threat to America prior to the Invasion?

How many weapons of WMD’s have we found since being in Iraq?

Bush has a lot of blood on his hands

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I know it is pointless, but I am going to lay this out ONE MORE TIME. Clearly you have believed every lie, and forgotten every truth about how we came to invade Iraq. But, just for yucks, let’s go over this again.

At the end of the first Gulf War, it was clear that Iraq had been involved in a large program to develop all types of WMD. There were significant amounts of material, equipment and infrastructure remaining in Iraq. As part of the cease-fire agreement, Iraq was required to verifiably dismantle this program, provide proof that they had done so, and cooperate with international inspectors, who would verify that the WMD program was eliminated. If Iraq failed to comply with these requirements, the agreement called for sanctions up to and including the resumption of hostilities.

In the intervening years, and all through the Clinton Administration, Iraq dragged it’s feet and refused to cooperate. They were sanctioned time and again for not complying with the requirements of the cease fire. That was why their imports were restricted. That is why Clinton established the no-fly zones and bombed Iraq in Operation Desert Fox.

By the time 2002 rolled around, it was clear that Iraq was never going to cooperate with the international inspections or verifiably dismantle it’s WMD program. At the same time, it was clear that our European allies and particularly the Russians were waffling on the sanctions regime, and that soon all sanctions and restrictions on Iraq would be rendered moot. The Oil For Food program was being corrupted, and it was only a matter of time before Iraq defeated the sanctions regime, which would have left them free to resume their WMD program.

As the sanctions were failing in the Fall of 2002, President Bush went to Congress to ask for authorization to use force in Iraq to enforce the provisions of the cease fire. This authorization was not given because Iraq had possission of actual WMDs. It was given because Iraq had demonstrably not complied with and had actively sought to evade the requirements of the cease fire. The President received authorization to resume hostilities, as provided for under the cease fire, in order to compel Iraqi compliance.

In late 2002, the United Nations Security Council authorized military action in Iraq in UNSC Resolution 1441. This was not because Saddam was sitting on a ticking nuclear bomb, but rather because Iraq had refused to cooperate with inspectors or turn over documentation demanded by the UNSC.

Before the invasion, the United States again laid out the technical violations by Iraq of the cease fire agreement. These included the development of pilotless drones and long-range missiles that were specifically prohibited.

This was the basis for the war in Iraq. It is only after the invasion that the anti-War left started whining about how we didn’t find any WMDs. Finding WMDs was not the justification for the war in the first place. Naturally we guarded against the possibility that Iraq may have possessed these weapons in order to protect our soldiers. But our abundance of caution does not mean that the invasion was about actual possession of deployable WMDs.

But the lie that President Bush lied about WMDs has been told so many millions of times, that now it has become the truth. Unless you actually go back and read the record, and see what was actually being said at the time.

As I said at the beginning, I know that this post is pointless. There is no way that nice343 will ever budge from the position that the lack of large quantities of WMD in post-invasion Iraq invalidates the US reason for going to war. You might as well ask him to deny gravity. He just knows it in his bones. And it is a lie.

gridlock2 on March 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What a beautiful person, inside and out. Unbelievable, we get the narcissist Obama and the idiot Biden, instead of this great American. Go Sarah!

PatMac on March 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Really? Hundreds of thousands killed by “jarheads”? You really believe this stuff? You also think we bombed the world trade center and a missile hit the Pentagon, right?

The US lost 291,557 in WWII in both theaters. Try to get some perspective, read a little history, quit getting all your news from Ariana Huffington and see your doctor about some meds.

Can we please get rid of the super-nuts?

Haunches on March 20, 2009 at 12:47 PM

That’s true, but I don’t understand why 55% have voted that this is “offensive.” It seems like more people should have voted for “not offensive but tone deaf” (which is what I chose) given all the comments.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I voted offensive because I think he is offensive. I find having a phoney president as TOTUS offensive, period. A gaffe about the special olympics is not offensive unless it’s from the socialist messiah. I guess it’s PC to make fun of the handicapped now. Who would have thought?

Haunches on March 20, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I keep hearing right wing nuts saying the Iraq war was neccessary for “America’s Freedom”

-How exactly was Iraq a threat to America prior to the Invasion?

How many weapons of WMD’s have we found since being in Iraq?

Bush has a lot of blood on his hands

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 10:58 AM

You obviously studied history at Moe Howard University.

Let’s review what actually happened. These are all facts, by the way, not hyperbole like what you’re babbling.

The intelligence the evil Bush used to convince Congress to approve the Iraq War Authorization was primarily based on data from the previous (Democrat) Administration. In fact, Mrs. Bill Clinton, the Junior Senator from New York, said when casting her vote for Bush’s War that she based her decision not on what Chimpy claimed, but what her husband’s intel people told her.

In 1998, (Democrat) President Bill Clinton said Iraq was a threat to the US and to the rest of the world. I know that was before you were born, but look it up.

That same year, Mr. Clinton’s Justice Department, in their Federal Indictment of bin Laden, specifically cited a working relationship between him and Iraq.

The leader of the 1993 WTC bombing entered the US on an Iraqi passport.

Likewise, Billy Jeff and his fellow Democrats all claimed Saddam had WMDs. Also in 1998.

And yes, we did find WMDs when we went in, and neutralized them. Their names were Saddam, Qusay and Uday Hussein.

You have another problem-you’ve obviously never read Clinton’s 1998 indictment of bin Laden, have never read the 2002 Resolution (which cited over 15 different justifications for invading Iraq), and have never read the translations of the documents we captured after liberating Iraq.

Of ccourse, you’re afraind to read these documents. After all, they would absolutely demolish all you’ve been taught to think by your Leftist masters Kos and Zsa Zsa Puffington.

You’re dismissed now.

Del Dolemonte on March 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM

My Daughter was in the audience last night. She called after the show. She summed it up in two words “Arrogant Putz”.

Riderbob on March 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM

C’mon guys. Liberalism/Marxism/Communism are all mental disorders. B. Hussein is qualified to speak with authority when when referring to the Special Olympics. He wasn’t deriding people who participate in the SO, he was speaking with pride about his performance and letting them know that he would be there this year to compete.

Sporty1946 on March 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM

How many black people do you see in a “country club”
karl rove is as dumb as they come. He part of the reason the republican Party is becoming a minority party.

nice343 on March 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I can answer that for ya since this applies to where I live…2 families, on my side of the course. Now if they are MEMBERS of the country club, well that is a question I can’t answer.

ProudPalinFan on March 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Oh I forgot to mention since I am all over the place doing chores…If the Obama administration KNEW they screwed up, they backtracked. Therefore, the “gaffe” IS offensive.

Lemme see:

+Veterans
+Servicemen and women
+Special Needs children and adults
+Stockholders
+Religious, faithful folks
+Keep going adding stuff, please…Rush is pis$ed and I am afraid of the consequences! xfingersx for a 2nd Address To The Nation!

ProudPalinFan on March 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

You know what I really can’t stand about our new President? How much he smugly loves himself. His self-deprecation rings so hollow, so false. He clearly thinks he’s the greatest g-damn thing that has ever come on the scene.

By contrast, I think Sarah Palin is a genuine, sincere breath of fresh air. Can anyone find anything to criticise about that clip of her? Other than bitter miserable childless by choice and regretting it middle aged liberal hags who live and die by whether abortion is legal. Yes, Ashley Judd, I’m talking about you!

CarolynM on March 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM

The discussion about the market has died down since I introduced facts into it.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

You mean like, Obama’s record for the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years?

littleguy on March 20, 2009 at 1:11 PM

You can add the British, the Russians, and the Brazilian President. Oh, and people who want to make money are “greedy”. Add people who pay their taxes, bitter clingers and Rush listeners.

Oh, and I’m not a member of a country club. Does that make me black or just oppressed? If I’m oppressed in any way I want some stimulus. Just let me know…

Haunches on March 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Nice job going right for the ad hominem! Are you really prepared to claim that I haven’t spent a significant amount of time with the disabled?

More importantly, your response doesn’t relate to the part of what I said that you quoted. I said that most of the comments here have said that the comment itself is no big deal, but the media’s reaction is the important issue. Given that, 55% being offended is high.

tneloms on March 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

It is an ad hominem, because you are defending your personal opinion that the President’s insensitive remark on a talk show during a financial crisis was a tempest in a teapot.

I am saying you are either callous or ignorant. If it is the latter, then a likely explanation would be that you have not spent time with the disabled and seen how inspirational some of these “special” people really are. Regardless, your failure to understand that Obama’s comment was inappropriate shows you are still callous, even if you have spent time with the disabled. Right is right no matter what, and you are wrong.

chunderroad on March 20, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I just checked St. Andrew Sullivan’s and not a peep about this.

Brat on March 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

The contrast between these two–Obomber and Palin, I mean–could not be more clear.

james23 on March 20, 2009 at 1:18 PM

You know what I really can’t stand about our new President? How much he smugly loves himself. His self-deprecation rings so hollow, so false. He clearly thinks he’s the greatest g-damn thing that has ever come on the scene.

By contrast, I think Sarah Palin is a genuine, sincere breath of fresh air. Can anyone find anything to criticise about that clip of her? Other than bitter miserable childless by choice and regretting it middle aged liberal hags who live and die by whether abortion is legal. Yes, Ashley Judd, I’m talking about you!

CarolynM on March 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM

zackly, Carolyn.

james23 on March 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM

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