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Obama on Leno jokes about being a bad bowler- "like the Special Olympics or something"

From Jake Tapper - Obama appears on Jay Leno and jokes about being a bad bowler saying it's "like the Special Olympics or something."

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.

Look, considering all the other things he has done and said the past two months, this comment is probably the least of his troubles, but I just have to wonder what the reaction to this would have been if it was President George Bush who said it. It remains to be seen how much attention and what kind of reaction the comment will get.

Kim adds: I understand President Obama was trying to make a self-deprecating joke, so I don't want to make a bigger deal out of this that what it is, but, man that was cringe inducing. At least it was for me since I, like millions of other parents, have a disabled child. I mean his joke is right up there with Joe Biden asking a wheelchair-bound man to stand up. Obama certainly didn't do anything to quell the teleprompter jokes.

I, too, could make a joke and tell the president to skip the comedy routine and stick to his day job, but he sucks even more at that.

Kim adds again: I saw Bernie Goldberg on Bill O'Reilly the other night say that Obama going on Leno was a win-win for him. It's safe to say Bernie overestimated Obama's ability to speak extemporaneously. Be sure to stop by Barack's Teleprompter's blog tomorrow.

Update: Jim Treacher has been on fire on Twitter tonight on this topic. Tammy Bruce said she is going to be reading some of his comments on her radio show tomorrow to show those who are not on Twitter what they are missing. Do you all remember when some comics said the reason they didn't make as many jokes about Obama as they did McCain and other Republicans was because he just wasn't as funny? The past two months he has provided them with a year's worth of material and if you don't believe it just check out Treacher. Heck, the TOTUS jokes alone could be stretched out for months.


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Comments (62)

It just keeps getting bette... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

It just keeps getting better... for the chinese.

"if it was President George... (Below threshold)
justpasssingthrough:

"if it was President George Bush who said it"
I don't think there are ear plugs capable of handling the noise. Let alone a drool bucket big enough for Chris what's his face.
On the other he have been talking about Sheriff Joe.

D'OH!... (Below threshold)
justpasingthrough:

D'OH!

Is this any suprise from th... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Is this any suprise from the party of Al "extra Chromosone" Gore?

"It remains to be seen how ... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

"It remains to be seen how much attention and what kind of reaction the comment will get."

NONE!

<a href="http://www.cnn.com... (Below threshold)
Rick13:
You know, I disagree with h... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

You know, I disagree with him on almost every damn issue you can think of.

He is the epitome of style over substance.

He is in completely over his head.

I've called him classless before.

I've yet to call him an ass.

Until now.

This man is a 100%, Grade A, certified, free range ass.

What an utter embarassment for this country.

And I thought this was just... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

And I thought this was just going to be a very special celebrity segment of "Jaywalking". Boy, did I underestimate the situation.

I'm sure Obama will apologi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm sure Obama will apologize for his thoughtless remark tomorrow, as soon as he can FIND A WAY TO BLAME BUSH.

The man has no class. But then, most empty suits don't. Every time I see him, the term "con man" pops to mind.

I wonder if NBC will even a... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I wonder if NBC will even actually air it tonite...

Hm, that's a thought, P. Bu... (Below threshold)

Hm, that's a thought, P. Bunyan. It will be interesting to see if that little comment is deleted.

Remember, if the MSM doesn'... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Remember, if the MSM doesn't report it. It didn't happen. All about that "Spotlight on Government" thing. You know, "if it wasn't for us, the government would walk all over you" thing. They like to bring that up occasionally, and especially now that their tanking financially. Just remember, the MSM is looking out for us. Hahahahahahahahahha.

Is it true that the "footba... (Below threshold)
pgg:

Is it true that the "football" that holds the nuclear launch codes for Obama had to be enlarged to accomodate a spare teleprompter?

If it isn't true, it should be.

What a doofus.... (Below threshold)
914:

What a doofus.

The next 4 years cann... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

The next 4 years cannot pass quickly enough.

Wasnt there a group of peop... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Wasnt there a group of people who were disabled themselves or family members of the handicapped who had some big issue with Obama over protections of the disabled or something? Didnt he want to abort all babies that would be born with a disability? I vaguely remember this being an issue. So it doesnt surprise me that he is that insensative. I dont think he meant it that way, but as the libs used to say BUCK FARACK!!!! He clearly is an evil and stupid man. Seriously, even W didnt screw up this much in his first 2 months and he was under a microscope without the protection of the MSM.

*Listening now*Gei... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

*Listening now*

Geithner's doing a GREAT job.

Obama's "Brownie" moment?

BTW, CNN's homepage has his... (Below threshold)
Dave:

BTW, CNN's homepage has his AIG populist rant, not his insulting the disabled as its lead story. I would bet my life's earning ol Dubya would have been up there for insulting the disabled.

I am a devoted Democrat<... (Below threshold)
Barbara:

I am a devoted Democrat and I did vote for President Obama but I was personally hurt by the special olympics "joke" or whatever it was. I am a college student right now who has a younger sister that is disabled and both of my parents have been laid off therefore I am working 35 hours per week to help my family out. I believe maybe instead of making jokes about his bowling score being similar to that of a Handicapped/ Disabled person the President should get back to lettting people know what they can to help our troubled economy and leave the insults about handicapped people to the creators of southpark!

Jesus Christ....You know da... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Jesus Christ....You know dang well the President was poking fun at his own bowling. You wait like vultures ready to pounce on any little thing he does because you have NOTHING else. Get a life!

Shawn...if you wanna talk about someone being an ass...look no further than your Kentucky Senator Bunning.

You folks make me so upset!... (Below threshold)
Mel:

You folks make me so upset!. You are looking for anything to tear our new President down. Remember he is human and not perfect. Anyone with common sense would know President Obama had no bad intent for persons of the special Olympics. He was trying to make a joke at his own expense. It was a slight mistake that will be made much bigger than it deserves by those who are looking a criticize the President. My god, let's give this guy a chance to help us. This is like biting the hand that is reaching out to save you from drowning in an economic crises and so many other bad positions that the United States is finding itself in. Remember, the President has inherited all these problems and is working hard to solve the common mans dilemmas. Bottom line, you hurt the President, you hurt the country. He does not deserve this unfair judgment.

I just saw the show .... I ... (Below threshold)
wackoae:

I just saw the show .... I wonder how people can even claim think that this was a good thing for Obama.

If anything, the show just showed the world that Obama has no clue about what is going on. His lack of knowledge was so obvious that even Jay kept trying to help him, but couldn't.

He was gagging for words most of the time and it was pathetic the way kept trying to use "Cantifladas" (ie: nonsense talk) to make-pretend that he had some knowledge about the topic. Then he kept switching topics when he could not come up with an answer.

In conclusion, my view of Obama is now lower than it was before I saw the show. The guy has no clue about anything (love the talk about cars with 150MPH, then selling the "energy generated by the car" to the grid BS) and just proved that he can't speak without a teleprompter or a script.

And how refreshing is to find out that Obama has time to play basketball, go bowling, play games and hang out with his friends.

As a mother of a little gir... (Below threshold)
Nancy:

As a mother of a little girl with special needs, I took his comment as quite insensitive, and the farthest thing from funny I have ever heard. Even though I have a wonderful, loving, and generally happy daughter, I at times, spend my evenings reassuring my daughter when kids refuse to talk to her, because it takes her too long to say something, or they refuse to play with her, because she cannot possibly run as fast, or keep up her end on a team. What a class act we have for a president! As our new leader, he has shown the country that making jokes about special needs people is fair game. All I can say is shame, shame on the media for not exposing who this man really is.

This man put us a few TRILL... (Below threshold)
Quinn:

This man put us a few TRILLION dollars in debt bailing out all his campaign contributors and you are actually worried about his feeling on disabled Americans? This man wants to pass a bill screwing all of our service connected disabled veterans! We wont even be a sovereign nation by the time this puppet gets done with us. Look at the bigger picture and try to stay focused on it. We will be waking up soon shivering from our 'American Dream". Google Alex Jones

Stay classy, Obama.... (Below threshold)
braininahat:

Stay classy, Obama.

See, a simple innocent slip... (Below threshold)
Mel:

See, a simple innocent slip of the tongue now being completely blown out of proportion by people who are biting at the bit to criticize and tear down. Maybe we deserve to be in this crises situation. I'm Very sad and disheartened.

Blow out of proportion - yo... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

Blow out of proportion - you bet, but it would be a never ending story if Bush did it, of course wtf was he doing on Leno in the first place? So yes by all means go after him for it, just playing by the rules the liberal setup, payback can be a real bitch sometimes.

In the end though this will just serve as another distraction and suck up news cycles instead of focusing on the serious.

Heck of a job Barry and Heck of job Timmy! Indeed.

This has been like watching a really bad series of episodes of Benson.


Somewhere in Chicago, a com... (Below threshold)
Thomas Jackson:

Somewhere in Chicago, a community is missing its community organizer.

Mel / Justice"You kn... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Mel / Justice
"You know dang well the President was poking fun at his own bowling. You wait like vultures ready to pounce on any little thing he does because you have NOTHING else. Get a life!"

Geez where have you folks been for the past 8 years?? Go back through the comments from say 9 months ago and look at the liberals comments about Bush.

Justice58 ever heard of google.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/users/profile/justice58?action=comments&display=blog&sort=newest
"How Mark Foley Represents The Entire Republican Party
Mark Foley is a disgusting pervert! The Republican party has gone to hell in a hand basket. Please hurry up November elections, so the Democrats can be voted in.

posted Oct 04, 2006 at 22:13:31"

Should we call Obama the Sp... (Below threshold)
JB:

Should we call Obama the Special Olympics President? Considering that "smart diplomacy" with Russia and Great Britain...

I am an Aunt to two handica... (Below threshold)
Prairie:

I am an Aunt to two handicapped nieces who attend the Special Olympics every year (downstate Illinois).

To see my nieces smile and bursting with pride participating in races that tax their limits is amazing.

Perhaps to those able bodied and mentally capable individuals it doesn't sound like much of an accomplishment. It means EVERYTHING to these children and young adults.

President Obama is a huge disappointment and it is shocking that he would use those words. Once again, those that cannot speak up for themselves are demeaned and fodder for jokes. I am outraged.

The the liberal trolls here... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The the liberal trolls here, please review the past eight years and you will see it is your people who set the bar for this kind of thing. GW was hammered day in and day out from day one by your people. So many unfair and underserved comments even to the point of calling Laura Bush a murderer. So, save your faux outrage and buckle up. There is not going to be a break for this stupid man. ww

Did he make any more fat jo... (Below threshold)

Did he make any more fat jokes about female singers while he was at it?

Mel #21: "you hurt the P... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Mel #21: "you hurt the President, you hurt the country"

Trust me Mel, Obama will hurt the country plently enough without our help.

"Bottom line, you hurt the ... (Below threshold)
John:

"Bottom line, you hurt the President, you hurt the country. He does not deserve this unfair judgment."

Hey Mel, go to hell. When that asshole thought it was a good idea for veterans to pay for their own medical care, after all their sacrifices, you are damned right I am more inclined to rip him apart because he is one smug elitist sonofabitch.

Mel I dont need a hand to s... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Mel I dont need a hand to save me from drowning in the economic crisis since, like most intellegent people, I built my own Ark for just this occation and I know how to swim. So you can accept the arm of the savior, but when he taxes your income and your bonus 100% dont come crying to me.

Barack admitting to bowling... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Barack admitting to bowling a 129 is funny.

Why is mentioning "special olympics" in relation to the outside world so bad?

Free Willy!
---------------------
Lori,

Sadly, no! busted you twittering from the barricades on the subject of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives".

Have you ever considered that twitter might be primarily a homing device for Obama's domestic Predator force?

"Bottom line, you hurt the ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

"Bottom line, you hurt the President, you hurt the country. He does not deserve this unfair judgment."
Posted by Mel | March 20, 2009 1:30 AM

Good thing you're going to be getting socialized medicine soon, it'll keep you from paying for the treatment of the whiplash your sudden 180 degree change in attitude had to have caused.

Double standard much?... (Below threshold)

Double standard much?

Look, here's the deal: in a sane world, Mel and Justice58 would be right, namely, this is an innocuous, albeit insensitive, remark that is being blown out of proportion.

But of course we don't live in a sane world, we live in a world created by mel and justice58 and other BDS disease carriers who spent the last eight years trashing and vilifying President Bush every time he opened his mouth.

So now the shoe is on the other foot, and it's hugely hypocritical of the BDS carriers to whine and complain that their tin god Obama has to endure the same treatment that they took great in dishing out to the previous president.

So my advice to mel and justice58 is: suck it up, kiddies, it's going to be a long four years.

Mark Foley is a disgusti... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Mark Foley is a disgusting pervert! The Republican party has gone to hell in a hand basket. Please hurry up November elections, so the Democrats can be voted in.


Retired Military,

What is wrong with my comment? It's truth. The country voted republicans out in 2006 and in November 2008 also. And I think it is disgusting what Mark Foley did. His behavior was deplorable from my point of view! So what's your point by posting this?

He knows he is a handicappe... (Below threshold)
epador:

He knows he is a handicapped individual an couldn't help the analogy slipping out. It is insulting, however, to compare Obama to millions of congenitally or medically intellectually-physically challenged individuals. He has the tools, just hasn't chosen to develop and/or use them appropriately.

I find it amazing that the ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I find it amazing that the "progressive trolls' come out bleating about 'beating down' their Savior.

Hey, what did you do for the last 8 years? Oh, things are "different" now. Now "dissent is no longer patriotic".

Hypocrites.

Not having watched his "gue... (Below threshold)

Not having watched his "guest gig" on a talk show, did he spend any more time comparing bankers to suicide bombers?

justiceDid I say a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

justice

Did I say anythning was wrong with your comment?
I am merely making the dems have been bashing the republicans for 8 years (you among them) and now you whine about our bashing Obama.

BTW I think Foley's actions were disgusting as well. But umm what was the cry of the left for Barney Frank having a call boy ring out of his apartment. What about Bill Clinton? Werent his actions (per the left) merely consensual sex between adults? As far as Foley with underage pages, hey 12 year olds can make the decision to have an abortion but a 17 year old cant make a decision to have consenual sex. I thought the left didnt have a problem with gays. Are you a homophobe there Justice?

That was my point. The hypocracy of the left especially with the outrage directed against republicans because we dare point out that The Annointed One messed up after the past 8 years of Bush bashing.


Mel""Bottom line, ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Mel

""Bottom line, you hurt the President, you hurt the country. He does not deserve this unfair judgment.""

Tell you what. Go to democrat Underground and read the past 8 years worth of comments and then after lecturing them for their action come here and talk to us.

The media use to comment on... (Below threshold)

The media use to comment on how Cheney was Bush's brain. I guess the teleprompter is Obama's brain.

JusticeBTWy... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Justice
BTW

you missed part of your comment (or the name of the thread you replied to

"How Mark Foley Represents The Entire Republican Party
"

Nice to know that you consider all republicans perverts.


I think what president Obam... (Below threshold)
Terri:

I think what president Obama stated about the "special olympics" was disgusting. I have friends who have disabilities. He needs to focus on being "president," if he knows what that is. Sorry guys but I didn't vote for this guy. I think he needs to get his priorities in order. People that are a certain way shouldn't be the brunt of obama's jokes. I think he's trying to hard to fit in.

Really don't care much abou... (Below threshold)
welby:

Really don't care much about his 'Special Olympics gaffes', I just hope he keeps doing the late-night comedy shows, posing for magazine covers, visiting Thailand or where-ever--anything that will keep his clueless hands off of our free market...

seems like Obama would be a... (Below threshold)

seems like Obama would be a night show guest since he's so good at rolling with the punches

What an Asshole! And anyon... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

What an Asshole! And anyone who defends him for the remarks is an asshole, too!

I just noticed that Yahoo h... (Below threshold)

I just noticed that Yahoo has (had? I got a screencap) a story up comparing his insult of Special Olympic athletes with a gaffe like Bush using the word 'misunderestimated'. Yeah. Those are equal.

The stupidest part of Obama... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

The stupidest part of Obama's remark, is that every bowling competitor in the Special Olympics could probably kick his butt to the moon:

Special Olympics bowler: I can beat the president!

"He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300. I could beat that score easily," Michigan's Kolan McConiughey (KO-lahn Mc-KAHNA-he) told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D971TJ1O0&show_article=1

The idiot in the White House is becoming less useful every day he tries to be "trendy" in a tv appearance. In other news...oh, never mind. Who give a sh*t about his AIG buddies, anymore?

Politicians have a hard tim... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Politicians have a hard time getting away with a shock joke like this that would get big laughs from a comic such as Howard Stern.

But umm what was the ... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

But umm what was the cry of the left for Barney Frank having a call boy ring out of his apartment. What about Bill Clinton? Werent his actions (per the left) merely consensual sex between adults?


Disgusting & downright sickening as well. It doesn't matter whether it's a republican or democrat....wrong is wrong.

What Bill Clinton did was also morally wrong, because he is married. There was no law broken according to the law of the land. God's law..Yes...but it was between 2 consenting adults.

Lorie, the funny thing is t... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Lorie, the funny thing is that both you and I will laugh at the antics of MONK over at the USA Network for example, which is a absurd stereotype of many forms of dysfunctional behavior problems by persons suffering from mental illness. Comedy is often inappropriate and makes light of some very sad and serious things.

The first few times I watched MONK, I was slightly offended by the awful stereotypes of mental illness due to my college background in psychology, but I slowly learned to laugh at this program as merely entertainment.

The values of entertainment are not always the same as what is politically correct or right. I realize that fact.

Umm? justice58...last time ... (Below threshold)
914:

Umm? justice58...last time I looked lying under oath was a crime. remember scooter libby?

"Politicians have a hard time getting away with shock joke like this that would get big laughs from a comic such as Howard Stern."

Your right. Obama should have said He bowls like a nappy headed ho and He probably would have got a pass and real laughter.

JusticeOnce again ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Justice

Once again your remembrance of history is simply amazing

"There was no law broken according to the law of the land"

Try Perjury, and subjornation of perjury.

Do you think he lost his law liscence for an affair?

Come on guy are you really this stupid or is your memory just that damn bad.

Paul -The problem ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Paul -

The problem is - comics are paid to be comical. Howard Stern, last I checked, was a shock jock who is SUPPOSED to be offensive. Monk is an ACTOR, paid to act a certain way.

Obama is President. I'd really prefer he stop dicking around like some second-rate comic shock-jock wannabe and start ACTING like he takes his damn job SERIOUSLY!

Retired Military,F... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Retired Military,

First~I'm not a guy.

There was no law broken according to the law of the land

Stop trying to play Gotcha!

I was speaking of the consensual sex between 2 adults. Although it was morally wrong.....because Bill Clinton is married.... consensual sex between 2 adults is not a crime.

I was only speaking of the sexual act...that's it.


Justice"I was only... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Justice

"I was only speaking of the sexual act...that's it.
"
You stated

"What Bill Clinton did was also morally wrong, because he is married. There was no law broken according to the law of the land. God's law..Yes...but it was between 2 consenting adults. "

Now how many times have we heard this argument used by the left in explaining away the ENTIRE Clinton Lewinsky episode? A million or so. By the left, the press, Clinton defenders, etc etc etc.

And how many times have you heard republicans say it wasnt about the Sex but about the perjury? At least that many.

If you want to say no law was broken except God's law and you are talking about Clinton please be more specific and state you werent talking about the perjury instead of saying you were just talking about the sex.

ANd I apologize for messing up the gender.


I was speaking of the co... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

I was speaking of the consensual sex between 2 adults. Although it was morally wrong.....because Bill Clinton is married.... consensual sex between 2 adults is not a crime.

It's been long established as a matter of both law and ethics that no consensual relationship can exist within that kind of power disparity. It's always either a quid pro quo arrangement or based on an implicit threat, and is against laws championed by the sort of people who supported Clinton, among others.

So the example given is, an executive may not use the power of his position to coerce sexual favors from underlings, unless they are a Democrat.




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