I’m late to this, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t run my mouth just a bit about President Obama’s Special Olympics gaffe on “The Tonight Show.”
Saying his low bowling scores were “like the Special Olympics or something” was obviously a stupid thing to do. But human beings–even polished world leaders–often say stupid things in extemporaneous settings. Of course, it was also a callous and juvenile thing to say, and that’s why it can’t be dismissed out of hand.
“Political correctness” is such a tiresome cliche that anything you say about it will inevitably be cliched. So I’ll leave it at this: it would please me greatly if all “retard” jokes in all their guises (and that’s essentially what Obama did–he made a “retard” joke) were removed from the culture. While realizing that it probably won’t, I’m hoping Obama’s unfortunate remark will help us to that end.
Mostly, the only thing I’m certain about is that you could add Obama’s and my bowling scores together, and we’d still lose to Kolan McConiughey.