Special Olympics to Rahm Emanuel: Apology not accepted

posted at 5:46 pm on February 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Or rather: Apology unacceptable — literally.

Not a fight I would have picked, but it’s fun to watch Rahm squirm, I guess.

Seeking to damp down the controversy over Rahm Emanuel’s reported, months-old use of the word, a White House official yesterday told me and other reporters that Emanuel had called Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver to apologize.

“The apology was accepted,” the official said yesterday.

The vice president for communications at the Special Olympics, Kirsten Seckler, told me that this account of the conversation is “inaccurate.”

“Tim didn’t accept his apology,” she said. “Tim can’t do that. He can’t accept an apology on behalf of all people with disabilities.”

Having been informed that his apology can’t be accepted, Rahm duly apologized again and promised to sign an online pledge to end the use of “retarded.” Which is super, but (a) given what a sharp comic sensibility can do with the word, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon, and (b) the fact that Rahm’s malice was directed at lefty activists and not at the mentally disabled is going to lead a lot of people to shrug this off. It’s a White House version of that South Park episode when the boys started calling obnoxious Harley riders “fags.” Is a slur that’s traditionally used to denigrate group A still offensive when it’s reappropriated for group B?


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Yikes! There’s some cognitive dissonance.

ontherocks on February 3, 2010 at 11:38 PM

I like how you prefaced your observation with the word “yikes” and added an exclamation point too.

I might borrow that.

happyfeet on February 3, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Now who’s excited? Proper attribution is duly expected.

ontherocks on February 3, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Yikes! That’s a bold stance, taken as it is in complete absence of cable news superstar Sarah Palin’s explicit approval of the word “yikes” with or without the bold exclamation point.

Someday I too wanna roll like that.

happyfeet on February 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

You’re not gonna go very far until you get over this SP obsession. I like her, but I really don’t think about her unless people with your affliction bring her up. Give the subject a rest. It’ll do ya some good.

ontherocks on February 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

If you wait too long to speak up it’s too late.

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

You’re starting to sound like sadfeet, and it has me a little concerned.

ontherocks on February 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM

the day after the November elections the presidential campaign begins in earnest… and then things and money and decisions begin to move very quickly and next thing you know we it’s four more years of a maleficent dirty socialist ensconced in our little White House and poor Sarah Palin is wondering wtf just happened.

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:05 AM

oh. that should just be next thing you know *it’s* four more years of a maleficent and etc.

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Nobody is thinking about what Sarah Palin will be thinking about in 3 years but you, so relax, don’t let that cloud your already blurry “thinking”.

ontherocks on February 4, 2010 at 12:12 AM

oh but they are

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Alcohol alert! Yikes!

ontherocks on February 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM

says Mr. ontherocks?

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Hmmmm.

So Rahm called Democrats “retarded”. And then apologized to the developmentally disabled?

So basically Rahm apologized to the “retarded” for calling them Democrats?

I love it!

memomachine on February 4, 2010 at 12:35 AM

happyfeet on February 4, 2010 at 12:26

It’s rocks like a cliff. I hope I didn’t just crush some bigger than life image, but we’re talkin’ rocks.

ontherocks on February 4, 2010 at 12:45 AM

Words have meanings.

Cindy Munford on February 3, 2010 at 5:49 P

And elections have consequences.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2010 at 4:25 AM

I guess Rahm’s behavior will now be to drop the “F” word before retard? Which of course would proved to the world that Rahm may be one himself (no apologies here, PC people). He is definitely a ‘slow learner’ – - just like his boss who doesn’t understand by now that you don’t trash Las Vegas.

kens on February 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

What would have happened if Karl Rove would have said this?

Wade on February 4, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Looks like there are a lot of retards involved in this story.

Hucklebuck on February 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

The Special Olympics The Obama Administration is getting an awful lot of attention from The Obama Administration their toilet mouths.
BobMbx on February 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

FIFY

You know what they say about “children” who crave attention…If they can’t get positive attention, they’ll get it any way they can.

Nalea on February 4, 2010 at 10:44 AM

What would have happened if Karl Rove would have said this?

Wade on February 4, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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Palin’s head would have exploded.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Dave,, your beloved mediawould hve exploded as well and it would be a front page issue.

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Dave,, your beloved mediawould hve exploded as well and it would be a front page issue.

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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Duh, obviously.

He’s a little higher on the star f*cker ranking than Emanuel.

It would have been an internet explosion vs a 6 o’clock news explosion. Just like Emanuel. Blogs all over the place whining exactly like this one.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Hey what did Palin do to point this out?

Oh yeah – she wrote something on her FaceBook page – or was it Twitter? Or both?.

LOL

I love how all the libbies want to damn Palin for the controversy – but, I’m sorry – it’s really your beloved news media that’s making this a big deal!

+1 for little old “irrelevent” Sarah Palin! Seems to me that Facebook page of hers and her Twitter account have more power than MSNBC and Keith Olberman do!

Who’s irrelevent now?

HondaV65 on February 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM

We’ll see very shortly if Palin walks the talk.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Dave if Rove had said this do you think it would have been reported on CBS, NBC, and ABC? When the lefties do this it tends to be ignored and in the old days before alternate media it would have been. The lefties must shudder because they can’t monopolize and control the media anymore. It appears that SP walks the talk.

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Dave if Rove had said this do you think it would have been reported on CBS, NBC, and ABC? When the lefties do this it tends to be ignored and in the old days before alternate media it would have been. The lefties must shudder because they can’t monopolize and control the media anymore. It appears that SP walks the talk.

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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bla bla bla

No. This is an internet only blogger wet pants thing.

Palin has not walked the talk yet, fool. She has yet to comment on Rush.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Palin has not walked the talk yet, fool. She has yet to comment on Rush.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I love your make-em-up rules for you adversaries. I bet you are a hoot at a party!

daesleeper on February 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Palin has not walked the talk yet, fool. She has yet to comment on Rush.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I love your make-em-up rules for you adversaries. I bet you are a hoot at a party!

daesleeper on February 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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Facts: you don’t believe in them.

Dave Rywall on February 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Daves made up rules are the same as the MSM,, report only the postive lefty agenda and ignore the sins of the left. Its that simple.

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

garydt on February 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Dave reminds me of a perpetually agitated Archie Bunker doing nothing but yelling at the TV.

daesleeper on February 4, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Rahm Emmanuel is sofa king we todd ed.

CatchAll on February 4, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I think from now on I shall be niggardly in my use of the word “retarded”.

Dominion on February 4, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Is a slur that’s traditionally used to denigrate group A still offensive when it’s reappropriated for group B?

Isn’t the point of a slur to associate group A and group B? Hitler would not have been offended if you called him a Nazi, because that is just an accurate description. Now, it is used as a slur because the insulter is implying an association between the objective meaning of the word and another individual or group.

Mental retardation is a description. (To retard is to slow) It is a diagnosis, not an insult.

As to the use of the word “retarded”, what I find offensive about it is the implication that being associated with people with mental handicaps is meant to be an insult. It exposes the mindset of the insulter, that those in that category are less, and therefore not to be associated with.

dcman98 on February 4, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Rahm is developmentally disabled.
If he didn’t have a knot in his shrts, a bee in his bonnet or a pitch fork up his anatomy, we wouldn’t be able to function.

What a pathetic set of crutches. Obama hired him in spite of his disabilities.

seven on February 4, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Take that apology, wrap it with a fish in a newspaper, and enjoy Rahmberina!

bbh on February 4, 2010 at 10:34 PM

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