On Obama’s rather odd comment to Jay Leno
I’ll make this quick. I’m not going to belabor the point. You’ve heard the comment.
I know the guy’s under a lot of pressure, and is trying to carve his path, in the early days of his administration… it’s the hardest job in the free world, after all. The spinmeisters can wave their magic wands, and they already have; the fact remains that a person can’t make fun of the Special Olympics without indirectly, perhaps unintentionally, making fun of Special Olympians.
I have friends, this blog has friends – quite a few of them – with special-needs children. I can only imagine the shock of having their president, on camera, compare what he believes to be his failings with a program known for bringing out the best in people. I am troubled that he’d think it’s normal to use that reference in casual conversation with someone whom he barely knows, with a studio audience – and the world – watching.
Anyone who gets routinely quoted – and I’m not even going to begin to think I’m on par with most – but anyone who writes or talks, with others noticing, knows that we have to choose every word we type or speak very tactfully, so as not to give our critics fuel for their fires.
That this is a phrase that he thought was perfectly normal to use in public is the most troubling part to me. If this is what he’s willing to vocalize, it leaves me wondering what’s going on in his mind.