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Posted by Matthew Gilbert  March 20, 2009 06:13 AM

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Throughout his campaign, Barack Obama used new media in new ways. Last night, as president, he used the old media in a new way, appearing as a shmoozy guest on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Rather than going to an entertainment outlet that has at least a thin veneer of reportorial heft (Katie Couric), he went straight to the loose late-night talk-show circuit, where he could reach an audience who might not bother watching a more focused and detailed conversation. He reached them last night, of course, and he is reaching them today, in online clips from "The Tonight Show" all over the Internet (see above).

Despite sitting in a seat previously occupied by the likes of, you know, Paris Hilton, Obama slipped a number of big timely messages into his banter with Leno, such as: "Our future is bright if we take some smart steps right now" and "If we can get back to those values that built America, then I think we're going to be OK." About Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. he said, "I don't think people fully appreciate the plate that was handed him." And he said he was "stunned" about the AIG bonuses.

In general, the president continued to note that it took the country a long time to get in this mess (as in, "not my fault"), and it will take us a long time to get out of it (as in "be patient"). His best line -- which is certainly destined to be his most repeated line -- came early in the interview, when he said about Washington: "It's a little like 'American Idol,' except everybody is Simon Cowell."

Jay Leno -- who couldn't have asked for a better "moment" a few months before he turns over "The Tonight Show" to Conan O'Brien and starts up a new nightly 10 p.m. gig -- was Leno. He did his Average Joe thing and expressed concern about government regulations, and he mentioned the mean Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life," who only charged 2 percent interest. He asked the president if people should be putting their money under their mattresses (no!), if it's cool to fly in Air Force One (yes!), and if people let him win when they play games with him (maybe, ha ha).

Did you watch? What did you think?

ADDED LATER: Here's the clip of the Special Olympics gaffe that's getting so much attention this morning, here (in the comments section) and elsewhere:

And here is a link to a story about Obama's apology for the blunder.

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91 comments so far...
  1. I thought the President came across very god

    Posted by Bill March 20, 09 07:36 AM
  1. Why do I suspect that if a Republican president made a crack about the Special Olympics, Matthew Gilbert would lead with that?

    Two Globe/boston.com articles about Obama on Leno, no reference to his "joke." Hardly surprising.

    Posted by Dave Pasquantonio March 20, 09 07:36 AM
  1. What about the "Special Olympics" comment made by the President ? Why not highlighted in your print capsule of the interview,too embarrassing is suppose !

    Posted by MannySwan March 20, 09 07:37 AM
  1. The Obama playbook-Blame Bush Blame Bush Blame Bush. It's pathetic. Wasn't the messiah a senator for the last four years, two of which that were within a Democratically controlled Congress? Yet he takes no responsibility for anything. Geithner is an idiot..

    Posted by IndependentThinker March 20, 09 07:38 AM
  1. Nothing mentioned in the article on Obama's Special Olympics "joke" - why?

    Posted by Don Knotts March 20, 09 07:39 AM
  1. No, I wouldn't watch. Why is he continuing his campaigning on entertainment talk shows? Perhaps because he realizes the multi-trillion dollar spending bills are NOT good for the country and he has to snow the public yet again into accepting them? The "All Obamas, All the Time" that the MSM has shoved down our throats has already gotten beyond tiring.

    And please give me a break about the "stunned" about the AIG bonuses - his OWN PARTY representatives wrote the damn bill! Christopher Dodd put the provision to pay the retention bonuses *back* into the bill - and then lied about even knowing about them. Please don't say that the Dems didn't know about it. Even Obama had to have known about it (perhaps after the fact, but to say he's "stunned" is just fallacy!).

    Posted by Linda March 20, 09 07:39 AM
  1. I dont see any mention of Obama's insulting comment about Special Olympics. I guess the Globe isnt going to point that out. Good reporting Globe!

    Posted by Jerry March 20, 09 07:42 AM
  1. Joking about the Special Olympics, real progressive, a true voice for hope and change.

    He's an embarrassment and a fraud.

    Posted by JDJarvis March 20, 09 07:42 AM
  1. Big surprise, not even a mention of the shameful Special Olympics comment. If any Republican made that comment it would be all over the news. "unbiased" news reporting at its best

    Posted by NJ March 20, 09 07:43 AM
  1. and no metion of his disgraceful, diaparaging comment about special olympics - the media really picks and choose well what it reports - HORRIBLE - If this was nayone else they would have been impeached today!

    Posted by P. Issed Off March 20, 09 07:44 AM
  1. You skipped the part about when he made fun of Special Olympics athletes. It was a very insensitive comment.

    Posted by Roy Nelson March 20, 09 07:44 AM
  1. How do you write an article about Obama on the Late Night show and not include a single line about how Obama made a huge mistake by mentioning his bowling is so bad he should be in the special olympics? It disgusts me how much the media protects every single mishap our new leader makes. If Bush had made that comment that would have been numerous articles about his insensitivity.

    Posted by beantown hero March 20, 09 07:46 AM
  1. Who writes this article? You have a piece on this and don't even mention the "special olympics" comment? I mean, It didn't really bother me, but that was the only "news" worthy story about the apperance!!?? come on, this is sad!!

    Posted by Josh March 20, 09 07:47 AM
  1. What no mention of the Special Olympics and bowling comment? If that was a Republican on the show and said that it would have been the headline. This is such a liberal rag. No wonder why no one buys this paper.

    Posted by John March 20, 09 07:48 AM
  1. How about the not so nice comment about his bowling akin to the special olympics? If he were a Republican, that would be all over the news.

    Posted by egomaniac March 20, 09 07:49 AM
  1. I did watch and I felt like I was punched in the stomach when he made that Special Olympics comment.

    Posted by Ted Strohman March 20, 09 07:50 AM
  1. What do I think?

    I think it's disappointing that you and the Globe have chosen to completely ignore his gaffe about comparing his low bowling score to the product of a Special Olympian. You found time to mention "His best line", but couldn't manage a single sentence about his worst.

    I know the majority of readers support the President, and will likely not care about his remarkably offensive statement, but when exactly did the newspaper industry stop being about reporting the news?

    Posted by Steve O March 20, 09 07:52 AM
  1. You forgot the most insulting line, that he "bowled a 129 like the special olympics". Don't let facts get in the way of your OBAMALOVE.

    Posted by youcube March 20, 09 07:55 AM
  1. I think his comment about the Special Olympics was shocking! How does a President say something like that?

    Posted by Melissa March 20, 09 07:55 AM
  1. I really liked the revealing inslut to all the kids, including my daughter, who have competed in the Special Olympics over the years. He's not the good guy he pretends to be.

    Posted by H March 20, 09 07:57 AM
  1. Type your comment here...Barack Obama's comment mocking the special olympics was extremely shameful. The face of our nation making a joke about disabled children is an abomination to our great country. This guy is a fraud - typical politician.

    Posted by brady007 March 20, 09 07:57 AM
  1. I really liked the revealing inslut to all the kids, including my daughter, who have competed in the Special Olympics over the years. He's not the good guy he pretends to be.

    Posted by H March 20, 09 07:58 AM
  1. The Special Olympics remark was shocking. It was in usually bad form for the president. My brother and I were watching and cringed, looking over at each other. It's unfortunate, not only because of the obvious, but because it will be blown out of proportion by those hungry to attack him.

    Posted by Peter March 20, 09 08:00 AM
  1. Typical liberal media don't even mention his rude comment about how his bowling game is like the special olympics

    Posted by B March 20, 09 08:09 AM
  1. How convenient that the globe leaves out the "special olympics" gaffe. Typical liberal whitewash.

    Posted by PHELAN March 20, 09 08:09 AM
  1. If GW Bush had taken a swipe at Special Olympics like he did, Matthew Gilbert would have led with that. Here it's not even mentioned. Not THAT"s fair and balanced reporting.

    Posted by Tom T March 20, 09 08:11 AM
  1. someone has got to let this guy know that the election is over and he can stop campaigning. i think he's going to go all four years campaigning every tough decision, before making that decision. take both sides of the fence, let the entire country debate the issue, then blame the masses when the policy fails. 'not my fault' politics. he was elected on the platform of change. apparently change means lack of courage to stand up and make a firm decision and be accountable for that decision. stop trying to be everyone's best friend and be a leader. talkers talk and leaders lead. which did we just put in office?

    Posted by trader99 March 20, 09 08:12 AM
  1. Wow not one mention of his offensive "Special Olympics" reference to his bowling. Had a republican made such a statement it would have been headline material in the Globe for weeks on end. Way to be "fair and balanced"

    Posted by joeybagodonuts March 20, 09 08:15 AM
  1. This guy is a real donkey. He's on Leno while the financial world burns under his nose. What happened to getting the troops out of Iraq in 16 months? Obama is George Bush III.

    Posted by libraryman2 March 20, 09 08:18 AM
  1. WAIT,,,, no one is goinf to talk about the "Special Olmypics" comment???

    the president of the United States compared his bowling skills to the skills pocessed by those in the special olympics.

    ALL YEE WHO HATH RETARDED CHILDREN, PLEASE BE A LITTLE UPSET ABOUT THIS??? Yes, president Obama, its fun to make fun of retards, (with your college buddies, in a bar, in a loud bar.)

    At what point does the 'cool' president take heat from any media source?

    Posted by SoxFan12321 March 20, 09 08:19 AM
  1. How could you possibly summarize the appearance without mentioning the Special Olympics gaffe? That will surely be the most-quoted line from the interview.

    Posted by H.T. March 20, 09 08:20 AM
  1. Obama is truly the coolest president ever... I hope his policies succeed, because he will eclipse JFK by far.

    Fun interview

    Posted by dinoeck March 20, 09 08:20 AM
  1. Obama is good in this type of venue.
    But your political bias is showing. (This is the Globe, after all.)
    Amazingly, you manage to not even mention the Obama flub...calling his bowling skills akin to "Special Olympics".
    If Republican George Bush had said this, guaranteed it would be the lead headline.

    Posted by Bob March 20, 09 08:21 AM
  1. I love how the Globe failed to mention President Obama's reference to the Special Olympics.

    Posted by mplrn March 20, 09 08:23 AM
  1. The only thing people are talking about is the dumb remark disparaging Special Olympians the Savior made. That will mandate future appearances for elected officials on such shows. Actually I am surprised he did not have that deleted on this prerecorded show.
    Even the verbal bufoon lil' george was smart? enough to avoid such exposure.

    Posted by Phinneus March 20, 09 08:24 AM
  1. You failed to mention his insult to special needs people, when commenting on his bowling game being like the special olympics.

    Posted by Pedro March 20, 09 08:25 AM
  1. What a joke the presidency has become under this stooge - cleary he is still obsessed with campaigning with his fawning media than actually being the CEO of the United States.

    Posted by Agentfostergrant March 20, 09 08:28 AM
  1. How come you didn't mention his "Special Olympics" line? Oh, thats right, he's a Democrat and this is the Globe.

    Posted by globie2 March 20, 09 08:28 AM
  1. I'll be up front and say that I didn't vote for Obama, but I hope he is successful as president. That said, I think Obama's appearance on Leno was the wrong kind of milestone for the presidency. What's next...a spot on the View? I think that kind of appearance is not only un-Presidential, it once again confirms my belief that Obama would rather be a populist celebrity and hob-nob with the Hollywood elite. I want my president to focus on these critical issues in media formats that allow for serious debate...not doing things like picking basketball brackets and yucking it up with his Hollywood pals. Last night set a bad precedent.

    Posted by Ritchie March 20, 09 08:29 AM
  1. This exchange, which very few media outlets seem to mention, made me sick:

    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.


    Posted by Paul March 20, 09 08:31 AM
  1. I have a lot more respect for Special Olympians than I do for this Buffoon-in-Chief.

    Posted by RM March 20, 09 08:31 AM
  1. Yea, the disparaging remark about Special Olympics was priceless ... what a great example he sets!

    Posted by Todd C Olds March 20, 09 08:33 AM
  1. Funny you never mentioned the "Special Olympics" comment. I think it's fairly noteworthy when the leader of the country makes a joke about some of the weaker people of those he's been called to lead. And yes - I want him to succeed - I would hope every American does as well.

    Posted by junkman March 20, 09 08:34 AM
  1. No mention of President Obamas comparison of his poor bowling and the special olympics..

    Posted by Ed March 20, 09 08:40 AM
  1. It's a non-stop campaign to make him look like a great guy. If Obama's always out there working on his persona, the media will report on it, taking away from the mess this guy is creating.

    Posted by vmanv March 20, 09 08:43 AM
  1. Obama is full of hypocracy; The nation is in the middle of an economic "crisis" and he choses to fly out to the west coast to be on an entertainment show. He campaigned on (the blame game) saying everything is Bush's fault and then goes on Leno and says we need to stop (the blame game). On top of that he make a joke in poor taste about the special olympics. I hope people wake up and stop drinking the koolaid! We just elected a president with no experience, no compitence with foreign policy or the economy, and a extremely divisive agenda.

    Posted by Scott Bailey March 20, 09 08:47 AM
  1. Get a sense of humor people..the Special Olympics comment was a JOKE !!! Since when did we lose our ability to laugh...PC had GONE way too FAR !! Watch the Family guy..that will loosen you people up....

    Posted by mc March 20, 09 08:49 AM
  1. Obama has become an embarassment. The groupies may think that comedy shows and daily townhalls with his pre-selected audience look great since they love image but people who are more serious and reflective see Obama as immature and inexperienced. And his current love of the camera is an attempt to use his charm to distract from his inadequacies for the job of President. He is very unprepared and is showing the world that he is a nice, likeable guy but is not serious. We don't want a President to be a comedian or to have large, expensive parties at the White House every Wednesday night with "friends" or to spend millions of dollars on Air Force One to attend rallies and townhalls in campaign mode while cracking jokes. But this is all he knows. This is how he won the election with the groupies still in awe at the Obama image without knowing what he stands for but singing the "amen chorus" to everything he says. But most of America is a bit more serious and will judge him on his actions, not telepromter-speak. So far, we see a very unprepared man who is flailing about still hoping that his nice-guy image will bypass his actions and overt bold-face lies (ethics in his administration, no lobbyists, bipartisonship, no earmarks, etc). I believe his camera image will turn against him since he continuously exposes his doublespeak.

    Posted by Marge Wood March 20, 09 08:52 AM
  1. IT IS CLEAR, WITH THIS TYPE OF REPORTING, THAT THIS WEBSITE WILL BE FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GLOBE RIGHT DOWN THE DRAIN AND OUT OF BUISNESS. SIGNING OFF....

    Posted by PETE MACDONALD March 20, 09 08:52 AM
  1. The "leader of the free world" should not make disparaging remarks about someone because of their disabilities, race, or religion. It's disgusting.

    I have much more respect in Special Olympics participants than the coward, Obama, who is going to bankrupt the country for his relative short-term eight year gain.

    Posted by Mike G. March 20, 09 08:54 AM
  1. Can Mr. Obama stop acting like he's still on the campaign trail? For crying out loud he is our President. Start acting like it! The guy goes on Leno. He goes to the mid west to drum up support for the stimilous package. He attends a NBA basketball game and sits courtside like some damn celebrity. Mr. Obama....You are the president of the United States of America...SIT YOUR BUTT IN THE OVAL OFFICE AND DON'T COME OUT TILL YOU HAVE FIXED THINGS.

    Posted by Luke March 20, 09 08:55 AM
  1. Dag, at least we know what all the bitter Republican losers are doing this morning. :lol:

    Posted by El_Amin March 20, 09 08:55 AM
  1. As a polio survivor, who once worked with CP kids I did not take offense at the president's off hand Special Olympics remark. Get a life everyone, and if this is all you have on our one hope -- Obama -- to pull this country together then he must be doing well. Stop pretending shock over nothing. If you don't like the President just say so.

    Posted by Frank Schaeffer March 20, 09 08:59 AM
  1. Ok, how many times will we have to read that he made a gaffe. 44 mentions. One would do fine. Everyone slips up sometimes. No one is perfect! Not even you!

    Posted by Anne March 20, 09 09:00 AM
  1. How is it possible for you people to scroll all the way down the page and not notice that 45 other people have commented with exactly what your about to post.
    maybe if you type in all caps you'll get your identical comment some attention.
    what are you retar... never mind

    Posted by wtf March 20, 09 09:05 AM
  1. [54] Anne, I think we all made the comments before any of them were posted. And [47] MC, if you don't think there's a difference between the President and Family Guy ... well, what can I say?

    Posted by Dave Pasquantonio March 20, 09 09:08 AM
  1. As a parent of a special olympian bowler and a teacher of special needs students, I am appaled at the remark our president made about special olympics bowling!!!! I recently attended a special olympics bowling tournament in Dayton and some of those bowlers' scores were in the 200's. Shame on you Obama and Leno for making and allowing the remark to get a laugh!!

    Posted by Sue March 20, 09 09:11 AM
  1. Try writing the whole story next time... that insensitive *bleeping* comment about special olypics... i feel bad for parents and family of kids with special needs today more than anytime in my life thanks to our illustrious leaders insensitivty... can't wait to see his photo op on the white house lawn with special needs children. plastic *bleep*

    Posted by ahsnat buel March 20, 09 09:15 AM
  1. Every time I think of Obama I am reminded of the movie "Brubaker" which is based on a true story about a warden who tries to reform a corrupt prison in the late 1960's. There's corruption everywhere he turns, and the prison trusties -who are dead-set on protecting what's theirs - fight him every step of the way. Those of you who have seen the movie should know what I am talking about.

    Such is the world that Obama inherited and after watching him on Leno I am convinced that if it is possible for any one person to pull it off, he can, and will. It won't be easy, maybe even get a little nasty at times. The system is messed up and he has his trusties (a certain political party that can't seem to come up with any original, constructive ideas) to deal with. In his short time in office he seems to grasp the very essence of the problems - e.g. his comments on entitlement, and the need to return to building real instead of imagined wealth. Hear Hear!!

    Obama has more common sense than any president since Lincoln, and I expect his solutions will be grounded in reality, and no, we're not heading down the path of socialism. The 19th century robber barons left a big mess in spite of all they built, we cleaned that up and I don't hear anyone complaining about those reforms.

    Obama still has my vote. And to the outs - look, you had your time, you messed up - now please just get out of the way and hush up while we clean up this mess.


    Posted by Mr. Charlie March 20, 09 09:16 AM
  1. I don't know which is more amusing. The outraged Republicans who can't stand the thought of a Democratic President that the majority of the country thinks is doing a fine job only a few months into his first term, or the outraged politically correct who think he should be burned at the stake for the "special olympics" comment. Both factions should get a life.

    Posted by Truefaith March 20, 09 09:16 AM
  1. Some critics have said that "the honeymoon is over" for Barack Obama. Let me tell you, he never had a honeymoon. After his wedding day, he immediately went to work on all the issues and promises he made during his campaign. Never has any president of the United States been pressured to tackle such an enormous dilemma that this country faces.
    I feel he's making the right moves in order to get us out of this recession.
    What do you say we all support our president and give him a chance. When this economical mess is straightened out, maybe he can relax take the honeymoon he deserves.

    Posted by Roger Godin SR. March 20, 09 09:17 AM
  1. Hey MC, Read the responses, folks didn't take this as a joke including myself. Sense of humor? Grow up, and get a life.

    Posted by cc0009 March 20, 09 09:21 AM
  1. Oh please like you all haven't said or at least laughed at a joke about the handicap or a black man or the jews...

    We finally have a real human being in office and you people let your panties get in a bunch because of a little joke.

    It wasn't mentioned in the article because you people make it into a bigger deal then it actually is.

    It's not like he started an unjust war and is responsible for the deaths of innocent people...

    Posted by Brittant St James March 20, 09 09:22 AM
  1. What a travesty , The state of our existence is at stake and we have Hussein's time spent talking with Lawyers and dating Leno ,while the county goes to pot !!!
    We have the other idiots ,Pelosi,Reid,Frank and Dodd running things back in D.C.
    Where is Bidden???
    Let's exam what's going on, we have Russian Planes flying over our Navy Ships ,I guess they are on the way to Cuba and just stopped by to say hi ??
    Mean while we are in control of our Navy, we got them running into each other in the middle of the small ocean ???

    Bama

    Posted by jimmy vaughan March 20, 09 09:31 AM
  1. UNBELIEVABLE that a man as well spoken and decent and funny and intelligent as President Obama could be considered insensitive because of a slip of a comment such as the one about the special olympics. I love this guy for everything that he is and is trying to do. All of this criticism tells me that there are jerks out there who will watch your every move and then pounce on you like a buzzard at the slightest infraction. The guy is HUMAN!!!!!!!! I'll be you all would be happier with McCain in office and WHAT A DISASTER THAT WOULD'VE BEEN. I am proud of the way that he handles himself with humor, humility, integrity and grace.

    Posted by Valerie H March 20, 09 09:33 AM
  1. the 'gaffe' lasted about a nanosecond. He talked about many many things that were important. I think to present this story appropriately you would write about the many things he talked about that effect people's live everyday, and mention in some very minor title, if at all , that he gaffed. I watched teh interview, never noticed the gaffe. Would never have noticed it had the media not been making such a big deal.So is the media reporting hte news? or making it up?

    Posted by Mary March 20, 09 09:44 AM
  1. Republicans need to GET OVER IT!
    Democrats need to admit it was a STUPID comment.

    When I heard the “Special Olympics’ comment (joke) from Obama I knew Republicans would jump all over this. And had a Republican made the comment Democrats would have jumped all over it as well.

    I don’t think the joke is a big deal. Was it in poor taste? Yes. Is it offensive to the Special Olympics? Absolutely. Does it make him a lousy president. No. Will Republicans make a HUGE deal of this. Yes. Should they? No, but this is partisan politics. Was the other 99% of the interview good? It doesn’t matter because all we will remember is the president compared his bowling skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

    Does Obama’s comment make me think more or less of him? No, only an idiot or someone just looking for an excuse to pick a fight would. I’m sure the moment Obama made the comment he immediately regretted it. Haven’t we all said something that we wish we could take back. The truth is we expect better from Obama. Bush? Well that would just be par for the course.

    What we should be outraged about is the way the media has handled this and the way they handle all politically sensitive issues. It is obvious that Matthew Gilbert chose to deliberately leave out the most controversial comment the president made. Talk radio & Fox news will give this far too much attention and use it to demonize the President. The left leaning media will choose to ignore it or just brush it off as no big deal. The way it should be handled is the President should apologize (which he has) and then we should move on to more important issues.

    Listening to Republicans and the hypocritical religious right bash someone for a stupid comment just because the are affiliated with a different party or viewpoint is one reason I joined the libertarian party.

    Posted by Michael March 20, 09 09:45 AM
  1. Every one of you are so focused on finding 'mud' on the president, your hatred has blinded you. I never heard the special Olympics thing until I saw the headlines. So you are essentially making this an issue because you Ann Coulter, Rush and all the fear politics victims WANT Obama to fail.

    Posted by Jackie Shaw March 20, 09 09:48 AM
  1. This is typical, the LIbs are rushing to the defense of their Golden CHild Obama! Instead of doing college basketball brackets and appearing on the Late SHow, maybe he should be working the US out of a depression. No more excuse, dont look back, aka" the country took a long time to get here" well Barack "Jesus" Obama, lets get us out of it.

    Posted by matt March 20, 09 09:48 AM
  1. Some critics have said that "the honeymoon is over" for Barack Obama. Let me tell you, he never had a honeymoon. After his wedding day, he immediately went to work on all the issues and promises he made during his campaign. Never has any president of the United States been pressured to tackle such an enormous dilemma that this country faces.
    I feel he's making the right moves in order to get us out of this recession.
    What do you say we all support our president and give him a chance. When this economical mess is straightened out, maybe he can relax take the honeymoon he deserves.


    **Politically correct?? Since when is comparing your horrible bowling game with retarded children acceptable on any level?? I drank the kool aid and voted for Obama but I can see by his actions of the past two days (nice job giving a loop hole to the AIG execs) that maybe it wasn't the smartest move on my part. This shows I will not blindly follow him no matter what he says or does.

    Posted by joeybagodonuts March 20, 09 10:11 AM
  1. These comments are HYSTERICAL. You do realize that had a republican made the same comment and the Democrats criticized it, you'd all be screaming about oppressive "political correctness." Ok you disagree with the President on his policies but the mock outrage is simply ridiculous. This country has problems a lot bigger than this but I guess that's the republican way. Focus on the little thing because you don't have any ideas or solutions of your own.

    Posted by eubie March 20, 09 10:11 AM
  1. I love how the offensive remark is just left out of so many publications this morning. It was disgusting and hurtful. This is the man that people thought would bring hope and change and all he is is another moron making terrible remarks. Nice Hope Obama. You are the worst.

    Posted by laura March 20, 09 10:17 AM
  1. I think a very important point here is that this is the REASON sitting presidents DON'T go on such types of shows. We don't need to be buddy buddy with our president. He's NOT one of the guys, a pal.

    He's the leader of the free world and he has more important things to be doing then chumming around on late night variety shows. When you get lax and chummy you start talking like you do when you've got a beer in your hand and watching a ball game on TV.

    One other thing, it's nice to see the mainstream media proving all it is right now is a glorified OBama cheerleading squad.

    Posted by Cee March 20, 09 10:23 AM
  1. Hey Bill (comment #1) - was that a typo or a Freudian slip?

    Posted by Mikey March 20, 09 10:28 AM
  1. I'm really floored at those of you that continue to defend this idiot! He's going on talk shows; he's picking NCAA brackets, he's saying "it's good to get out of Washington" at town meetings - when he's RARELY IN WASHINGTON! He's *still* campaigning - and yet you think this is a good idea. He should be FIXING things, and yet he continues to court Hollywood, the MSM, anything that puts him and his wife on our TV screens and magazine covers.

    Are you KIDDING me? This is NOT what POTUS should be doing...and yet he does it. And you continue to think everything is all holly-jolly good. Wow. "Lemmings" doesn't even begin to cover it. That Kool-Aid must have been really good, huh?

    Posted by Linda March 20, 09 10:35 AM
  1. Some folks trust in reason, others trust in might.

    Some folks look for answers, others look for fights
    - Robert Hunter

    Kinda says it all, doesn't it??


    Posted by Amused March 20, 09 10:43 AM
  1. Complaining about Obama on TV? Heck, Bush took TWO years worth of vacation time during his presidency and that means he did NOTHING. Yeesh. The Special Olympics comment was rough, but Obama called the head of the program and gave him a gracious apology, and supposedly a group of them will be coming to the White House to help him improve his bowling scores. He's working hard, no one can honestly say he isn't. It's only been 59 days, folks. I'd rather see him on Leno talking to the people then at Camp David practicing his putting.

    Posted by R. Solomon March 20, 09 10:51 AM
  1. Wow, as president you would think that he would be smart enough to know to think before he speaks. What a douche! He is the most arrogant and stupid president in the history of the U.S. And all you democrats calling republicans hypocrites....ha...that makes me laugh. We have morals and limitation. You have if it feels good do it. That's whats wrong with our country.

    Posted by Diggy March 20, 09 10:54 AM
  1. As bad as the comment was about the Special Olympics what I think some people are missing is his arrogance and his drive to turn our country into a socialist state. Yes, he was campaigning for his agenda and that's sad given the economic situation we are currently in. His administration should be putting every effort into getting us out of the mess we are in before even thinking about changing health care, education and re-distribution of wealth. Bush may have made some mistakes, but this guy is going to wreck our country. Hopefully, we can get him out of here as soon as possible.

    Posted by Jo March 20, 09 10:55 AM
  1. Don't worry just like the Globe, Obama will be out of business soon enough.

    Posted by Mat March 20, 09 11:21 AM
  1. Is anyone surprised that the Republicans are “outraged”. Please! Is this really that big of a deal? He said something stupid and apologized. Grow some skin!

    I agree 100% with Michael #67. The Libertarian party is they way to go!

    And to Linda #75. “He’s picking NCAA brackets” Are you kidding me!!! The guy can’t take a half hour to fill out a basketball bracket. Does it really bother you that the president shows an interest in the most popular college tournament in our country or are you just fishing for something to be “outraged” about.

    Posted by dirk diggler March 20, 09 11:42 AM
  1. i am english and can't beleive what obama has said about disabled people, plus the way he insulted our country with them gift. america can go and fuck them selfs.

    Posted by wayne March 20, 09 11:52 AM
  1. Hey dirk diggler (#81) - the issue is not that he's picking NCAA brackets; but why the hell does he have to do it on TV? Again - just another opportunity to "be on TV" - THAT'S the issue I have. He's the frickin' POTUS - and yet all we see are him making picks, flying to CA to be on an entertainment TALK SHOW, etc.

    Why not just do it in a White House NCAA pool as many of us are making their picks in an office pool? WHY does it have to be covered by sports stations, entertainment shows, and the like? WHY do we have to know about the damn dog, the damn swingset, the damn bare arms, that he bowls a 129....because he ovbiously craves the spotlight - while getting nothing done.

    Posted by Linda March 20, 09 11:56 AM
  1. A Freudian slip, or parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is believed to be caused by the unconscious mind.

    Some errors, such as a man accidentally calling his wife by the name of another woman, seem to represent relatively clear cases of Freudian slips. In other cases, the error might appear to be trivial or bizarre, but may show some deeper meaning on analysis. As a common pun goes, "A Freudian slip is when you mean one thing, but you say your mother." A Freudian slip is not limited to a slip of the tongue, or to sexual desires. It can extend to our word perception where we might read a word incorrectly because of our fixations. These slips are semi-conscious, which is to say that these thoughts are consciously repressed and then unconsciously released. This is unlike true Freudian repression, which is the unconscious act of making something conscious.

    Posted by Dackelmommy March 20, 09 01:56 PM
  1. Hey you all ............take it easy.......this president is the one to help us all. You Republicans.. idiots are just ready to jump on his little mistake and comment. I am one of those Special Olympics people and am not offended by his comment, but thinking that he brought himself down to our level. ...carving spotlight is not his intention, but communicating will all in every level. I think he is so cool coming to Jay Leno's show.......just like anyone else that comes to the show. He does not need to prove anything but communicate with all American People. We had enough of Bush and his admin….Bush was really stupid.

    Posted by John March 20, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Does anyone wonder what the media would be doing if Bush had made that comment.
    Maybe, just maybe, our President should worry more about doing his job, instead of trying to be a celebrity.

    I

    Posted by Kevin Griggs March 20, 09 03:48 PM
  1. ya just need to shut up he is doin very gud way better than any1 we had before n even if ya dont like it n ya writin ya lil comments he still gonna be the president ya have no say in this ahhhhh hahahaha

    Posted by candy March 20, 09 03:50 PM
  1. Lighten up America. I'm a handicapped Republican and certainly NOT offended. Everyone has to pick apart every little word and thing, it's pitiful.

    Posted by M March 20, 09 07:55 PM
  1. Oh come on people. Most of you flip the channel when the Special Olympics is broadcast. "Dedidee" makes you giggle. Your children use the term "retarded" or "gay" to describe just about everything. The term "special" is used heavily among adults. My own mother works with mentally handicapped children and has been known to call something or someone "retarded". In fact it used to be her favorite phrase but you won't catch her saying it at school. I admit it is off-color to say on nat. TV. But I can't deny that I've never said anything like that. Let him cast the first stone. IT WAS FUNNY and only offensive to those who are worried about everyone else's salvation when they should be worried about their own. At least our current president has enough cognition to know that he isn't mentally handicapped he just bowls like he is, unlike Bush. 88. I love you.

    Posted by Sherrie March 21, 09 10:51 AM
  1. watching that I thought Obama mentioned the special olympics only because of the way Leno was congratulating him sarcastically on his bowling score, nothing THAT bad..

    Posted by TPizzle March 21, 09 04:58 PM
  1. Interesting article. It's like a breath of fresh air from those lonely 18%'r's that still think the Republicans and Bush did anything good for this country. After failed wars and bad policies. After violations of more peoples rights and more useless debt and death, which benifitted none but the richest 2% of Americans, It's nice to know that these unthinking and uneducated loadmouths are right there attacking the President and doing everything they can to bring this country low.
    I just keep asking myself, what do the writers of these article point to that justifies their hostile attitude? What do they get from standing for, what has to be , the closest the country has ever come to being a dictatorship?

    Posted by Marcus March 23, 09 10:33 AM
 

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