Obama’s Comedy Gutterball
Somehow I’m guessing that we’ll be hearing more about this from the right-wing echo chamber.
ABC’s Jake Tapper reports:
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.
When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.
“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.”
Not quite an apology. The only question is whether that will come tonight or tomorrow.
UPDATE: Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver says the president apologized to him shortly after the Tonight Show taping.Click here for reuse options!
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