Remember when I said that Barack Obama’s appearance on Leno may end up backfiring? The probability of that just went up exponentially. Jake Tapper of ABC News reports that our dear president insulted the disabled during his interview.
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.
Trashy. Obama’s teleprompter and the White House declined to comment.
Update: And now we have comment:
“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. “He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world.”
Clearly. That’s why he compared someone who is bad at a sport to the Special Olympics. Because he in no way wanted to disparage the program. If you’re going to spin, at least spin well.
Update X2: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey adds:
You know how you can tell when a President has a bad day? When his comparison of an American corporation to terrorists is the second-stupidest thing he said…
I wonder if NBC will edit that out, for Obama. Nothing would surprise me.
Sigh. One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it. Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would have done with the Irish PM Teleprompter gaffe (the press has helpfully embargoed the video, so Obama doesn’t have to see it playing 24/7, as Bush would have – had Bush so gaffed). Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would have done if Bush had given the Prime Minister of Great Britain a lousy pack of 50 “Classic” DVD’s that didn’t work in the UK?
I’m sure we’ll find out if NBC tries to do some clean-up for The One. Wouldn’t surprise me, either.
Way to go, Soul Fixer.
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