Obama Addresses Gaffe, Still Good President

President Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

..."He expressed his disappointment and he apologized in a way that was very moving. He expressed that he did not intend to humiliate this population," Shriver said


On Friday, the top bowler for the Special Olympics said he could beat Obama easily.

"He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300," Michigan's Kolan McConiughey, who is mentally disabled, told The Associated Press. He has bowled five perfect games since 2005.


Good for Obama for apologizing. Let's also note that there was an entire conversation, of which this fragment of a sentence was a tiny fraction, in which our new president demonstrated a real understanding of the plight of the American people as a result of the Republican Depression, and also demonstrated that the Obama administration has a reasonable chance of actually moving things in a very positive direction.

Let me tell you something: Obama is going to be out there all the time, compared to Regan, Bush, the other smarmy republicans who could not really be trusted 'out there' with 'the message' because they were, well, dumb fucks. So folks, get ready for the occasional gaff among a sea of common sense, helpful commentary, hopeful rhetoric, and most uniquely and insanely novel, real policy explanations that are detailed and honest. How strange to hear that coming from the prez zee dent .

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Exactly correct. How refreshing to have a real president.

By gruntled atheist (not verified) on 20 Mar 2009 #permalink

President Obama does seem oblivious to the plights of minorities in America on occasion. <start rant>I am kind of angry on reflection that he didn't just apologize like that to the LGBT community after callously inviting saddlebacker Rick Warren to the Inauguration, but at least he did apologize this time.</end rant dwelling on the past>

On a lighter note, I think bowling has become the President's kryptonite.

From the context, I think you meant gaffe.

By Ted Powell (not verified) on 20 Mar 2009 #permalink

NPR had a show discussing the interview, the commentator said that it was nice that the Pres was lucid. Hilarious, we are happy that the leader of the country can make sense when he speaks. Oh how your standards fall after 8 years of dictatorship!

I was very impressed with one of President Obama's live press conferences (the only one I've seen), where he addressed the press, with a touch of humor, a touch of impatience and a large helping of articulate intelligence, as adults and above all as people.