Saturday, March 21, 2009

Special olympics

I finally got around to watching President Obama's appearance on Jay Leno's show last night, which I had Tivo'd from the night before. Frankly I don't think his Special Olympics comment is the big scandal that some have made it out to be, which seemed pretty off the cuff. What's more striking to me is that such a comment has animated people far more than the fact we are set to run trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see along with any number of other pressing issues.

1 comment:

Pro said...

Remeber Don Imus' Comment?

Obama said: "He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It’s one that I’m not interested in supporting."

Therefore, laughter and the lack of reaction from Obama’s remarks suggest Americans have a set a rules for race, class and gender: If you touch them you will pay.

And another set of rules for individuals that have a mental or physical disability: If you touch them, it’s ok if you apologize. Oh, and by the way, it’s okay to laugh at the jokes that come at the expense of the latter.

It is just cruel.