On the Tonight Show, Obama made a joke at the expense of Americans with physical and mental disabilities (his bread and butter, come election year if you ask me--oops, I just did it too!).
Here's the exchange.
LENO: Now, are they going to put a basketball -- I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down.
THE PRESIDENT: No, no. I have been practicing all -- (laughter.)
LENO: Really? Really?
THE PRESIDENT: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)
LENO: No, that's very good. Yes. That's very good, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)
LENO: No, that's very good.
THE PRESIDENT: No, listen, I'm making progress on the bowling, yes.
While many are complaining that it was insensitive, almost everyone seems to be letting Obama off the hook in a way that they would not have dared had the words come from Bush or even Vice-President Biden.
According to the Associated Press:
"Maria Shriver says President Barack Obama's joke comparing his poor bowling score to that of a Special Olympics athlete was hurtful, although she is sure he didn't mean it that way."
Has anyone noticed yet? Look at him, Thomas.
See his hands? No holes.
See his feet? No holes.
See his side? No hole.
I'll tell you what the real insult is.
It's suggesting that Obama's game was at Special Olympics standards, when this article clearly demonstrates that even Special Olympians bowl better.
And I suppose that it was inevitable, so here it comes.
A man with down syndrome has challenged the president to a bowling match!