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It boggles my mind that people waste their time worring about every word that comes out of his mouth if it doesn't involve our countries policy.

People sometimes miss speak, it happens.

I don't agree with his policy, but this is one thing I won't fault the guy for nor will I even crucify him with the teleprompter thing.

People make mistakes because they are human, lets focus on the well being of our country and quit worring about this extra crap.

Even though there were some scrutiny in regards to his being on Jay Leno, I don't think it was a bad thing and he seemed to get a little personal with regards to how it feels being the President.


Over all not a bad interview, should have left politics completely out of it though.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
Special Olympics jokes are awesome. Nothing but pure funny.

"What's better than winning the gold medal in the Special Olympics? A: Not being retarded."

Comedy gold right there.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
I completely agree with the OP, but I can't help but wonder what the general response would be if it had been George Bush that had made that remark.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
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I completely agree with the OP, but I can't help but wonder what the general response would be if it had been George Bush that had made that remark.


Great Point.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
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Special Olympics jokes are awesome. Nothing but pure funny.

"What's better than winning the gold medal in the Special Olympics? A: Not being retarded."

Comedy gold right there.


Come on dude lets be honest, how many times have you called someone or yourself retarted?

I don't think that he meant anything by it, but being that he is in the public eye oh boy it really should be taken to heart.
 
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
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Shushnik wrote:
Special Olympics jokes are awesome. Nothing but pure funny.

"What's better than winning the gold medal in the Special Olympics? A: Not being retarded."

Comedy gold right there.


Come on dude lets be honest, how many times have you called someone or yourself retarted?

I don't think that he meant anything by it, but being that he is in the public eye oh boy it really should be taken to heart.


You know I have. But that doesn't mean we all shouldn't.

Yes, we shouldn't rake Obama over the coals for this. We should, however, use it as a moment of realization that mocking a group of people for their flaws isn't the best character trait in ourselves. Something to improve upon.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
jtakagi wrote:
I completely agree with the OP, but I can't help but wonder what the general response would be if it had been George Bush that had made that remark.

No one would have noticed. Bush II was like a hybrid from BSG.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
Shushnik wrote:
Special Olympics jokes are awesome. Nothing but pure funny.

"What's better than winning the gold medal in the Special Olympics? A: Not being retarded."

Comedy gold right there.


Wait. Obama told that joke on Leno?
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
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Wait. Obama told that joke on Leno?


No, Obama was talking to Leno about the presidential bowling alley and he said that his average score was so low, it was "like the Special Olympics or something".
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"You don't call retarded people 'retards.' It's bad taste. You call your friends 'retards' when they are acting retarded." -- Michael Scott
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
HE works in mysterious ways. We do not always understand why HE does what HE does, but I have faith there is a higher purpose, that we simply can not see.
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Re: Obama makes puts foot in mouth with Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno.
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Yes, we shouldn't rake Obama over the coals for this. We should, however, use it as a moment of realization that mocking a group of people for their flaws isn't the best character trait in ourselves. Something to improve upon.


One thing I really like about Obama (and I'm not necessarily an Obama supporter) is his willingness to admit that he made a mistake, or when he takes responsibility for something that went wrong. That doesn't excuse whatever fault was made, but it's a nice gesture that you don't see often enough in politics.
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."
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When you're the leader of a nation, I hold you to a higher standard. For me, President Obama's remark was in poor taste. Even though I'd probably make a joke like that myself (in the right company).

Mitigating factor:
* All the words were real, and meant what he thought they meant.
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.
 
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


No sir, I will not drop it. Until the blowhards drop the Messiah crap.

Here is my substantive analysis. Another Obama screw up. He apologized for it. It shouldn't have happened, he ain't perfect. *shrug*

Next.
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.


You are right you couldn't have.
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jjloc wrote:
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.


You are right you couldn't have.


You're mistaken man, I don't like Obama's politics. I really dislike the fact that he is more of a celebrity than President.

My post was simply speaking on part of his miss speaking or use of improper terms. It happens, raking the dude over the coals for some little comment as tasteless as it may be is not worth my time. I am more focused on how he's currently f'ing the country by his ACTIONS.
 
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Yes, we shouldn't rake Obama over the coals for this. We should, however, use it as a moment of realization that mocking a group of people for their flaws isn't the best character trait in ourselves. Something to improve upon.


There would be more reason to use it that way if Obama himself had mocked a group of people. He was mocking his own ability, and if you don't like his utilization of the Special Olympics in that regard, I think it's a fair point, but not one that will meet with universal agreement, and not one that I think should.
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No sir, I will not drop it. Until the blowhards drop the Messiah crap.


And now, as they say on tv, you know!

vandemonium wrote:
Here is my substantive analysis. Another Obama screw up. He apologized for it. It shouldn't have happened, he ain't perfect. *shrug*

Next.


Yeah! That's what I'm talking about. Keep up the shtick but toss in substantive analysis for me too, because that's the stuff I need. If you don't tell me what to think directly, I will get confused.
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jjloc wrote:
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jjloc wrote:
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Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.


You are right you couldn't have.


You're mistaken man, I don't like Obama's politics. I really dislike the fact that he is more of a celebrity than President.

My post was simply speaking on part of his miss speaking or use of improper terms. It happens, raking the dude over the coals for some little comment as tasteless as it may be is not worth my time. I am more focused on how he's currently f'ing the country by his ACTIONS.


You are entitled to your opinion.

*shrug*

I like how he is f-ing the country with his ACTIONS so far.


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What would the reaction have been if Obama had said, "I look really gay when I am bowling?"

As the father of a daughter with autism, I am sensitive to the word "retarded" and prefer "blond." (I am happily married to a woman with yellow hair and have three children with yellow hair. None of them are blond, but all have their moments. )
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vandemonium wrote:
jjloc wrote:
vandemonium wrote:
jjloc wrote:
MisterCranky wrote:
Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.


You are right you couldn't have.


You're mistaken man, I don't like Obama's politics. I really dislike the fact that he is more of a celebrity than President.

My post was simply speaking on part of his miss speaking or use of improper terms. It happens, raking the dude over the coals for some little comment as tasteless as it may be is not worth my time. I am more focused on how he's currently f'ing the country by his ACTIONS.


You are entitled to your opinion.

*shrug*

I like how he is f-ing the country with his ACTIONS so far.




I hope your children will too. Obama will be remembered for a long long time and not because he was the first black President either.
 
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jjloc wrote:
vandemonium wrote:
jjloc wrote:
vandemonium wrote:
jjloc wrote:
MisterCranky wrote:
Van, what is with that shtick already? Are you ever going to drop it? Did you even watch the appearance? I'm sure you must have something substantive to say about it, if so. My only reaction to the comment was, "here comes the backlash...I wonder if it will be from parents and relatives of Special Olympians, or just the usual blowhards who get indignant about things that have zero bearing on their lives."


Couldn't have said it better.


You are right you couldn't have.


You're mistaken man, I don't like Obama's politics. I really dislike the fact that he is more of a celebrity than President.

My post was simply speaking on part of his miss speaking or use of improper terms. It happens, raking the dude over the coals for some little comment as tasteless as it may be is not worth my time. I am more focused on how he's currently f'ing the country by his ACTIONS.


You are entitled to your opinion.

*shrug*

I like how he is f-ing the country with his ACTIONS so far.




I hope your children will too. Obama will be remembered for a long long time and not because he was the first black President either.


Yep, I hope so too!


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What would the reaction have been if Obama had said, "I look really gay when I am bowling?"

As the father of a daughter with autism, I am sensitive to the word "retarded" and prefer "blond." (I am happily married to a woman with yellow hair and have three children with yellow hair. None of them are blond, but all have their moments. )


I'm gonna guess, the gay community would have been as mad as a gay community mad about oh, I don't know, Pastor Rick Warren Selected for Invocation, or something like that, and rightly so.

Let's see what was my substantive address of this issue, ah here it is:
"Another Obama screw up. He apologized for it. It shouldn't have happened, he ain't perfect. *shrug*"

In other words, I fully 100% acknowledge that this was a faux pas. A mistake. A poor choice of words. It is fine to be upset by it because it was indeed a bad mistake to have made. I'm not sure what more there is to say.
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