3/20/2009

Two Amputee Swimmers Walk Into a Bar ...

It is nearly 10 am Eastern time on Friday. In the sentence below, fill in the blank with any Conservative white Republican name, past or present, and then tell me that person would not have been forced to resign and walk away from the political arena had he/she said what President B. Hussein Obama, the Comedian in Chief, uttered during his Tonight Show appearance yesterday.

While chatting with host Jay Leno, __________________ compared his lack of good form while bowling in the White House alleys to something that looks "like Special Olympics."

I am guessing that a prompt letter of resignation by BHO is not forthcoming. I would hardly even expect an apology. But if Mr. Fill In The Blank above had said it, he'd have been gone before breakfast.

Who is the next target of the Obama comedy writing team? How about the elderly? Cancer patients? Victims of Bernie Madoff? Badly deformed U.S. servicemen home from Iraq?

4 comments:

Frank said...

Um...here's your unexpected apology:

"On his way back to Washington on Air Force One, Obama called the chairman of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver, to say he was sorry — even before the taped program aired late Thursday night."


Hmmm. Before the taped program even aired, President Obama called the chairman of the Special Olympics and apologized himself. A classy way to handle this matter.

I think an ad lib that was meant to be self-deprecating but was in bad taste doesn't typically warrant a letter of resignation.

BTW, who would you propose for a CWR Mr. FITB that was "forced to resign" for something similar?

(Oh, please, pick George Allen)

Your closing paragraph is a disgrace.

Stu Cohn said...

Frank-- Um. . . More grade inflation for The One. Why doesn't the President apologize to the same group of people in front of whom he caused the harm -- i.e., the world, in public. He must be spending the weekend in the same cave to which he retreated to sign the budget bill last week.

If I, even inadvertently, insult a co-worker in public, do I make proper amends by speaking to that person privately and then having him/her let everyone know that I had "said something". That may be your model of leadership (or "class"), but it's not mine.

Btw, try Trent Lott who was forced out of the Senate leadership for a vastly more benign comment than the inadvertent insult issued by The One.

Frank said...

I believe you made my point. Lott's "benign" comment was a window into, and reminder of, his racist soul (see his voting record). I don't know why that particular comment was the one that finally did him in, but had the President and VP backed him (and if he had apologized) he could have ridden it out.

As for your second paragraph, I think you realize that the Special Olympics wasn't conveniently held last night where he could go and apologize directly to the people he hurt. Sarcasm aside, it's easier to apologize to a person one has offended (per your example) than to a diverse group of people who probably had a range of reactions to the "joke".

And stop calling him "The One". It's childish.

Sammy Sosa said...

Regarding Trent Lott’s comment (you seem confused, it’s easy enough to look up), in December 2002, intending to compliment Strom Thurmond on the occasion of Thurmond’s 100th birthday, Lott committed a malaprop by praising Thurmond’s life work. (Al Gore, Jr., who might have had more compassion, see below, called for censure; Tom Daschle said he believed there was no racist intent.) Four days later Lott publicly apologized and later stepped down from the Senate leadership. Regardless of what you think of Lott, the disparate treatment of such incidents (within the politician’s own party as well as in the press) is undeniable.

In April 2004 Christopher Dodd publicly praised Robert Byrd as “a leader for any time”, even the Civil War, despite Byrd's past membership in the KKK and his efforts to derail the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Unlike Lott, Dodd suffered zero consequences for baring his “racist soul”. Are you equally capable of seeing into the "racist soul" of Byrd or Al Gore Sr., who voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or other bigots-in-good-standing of the Democratic Party such as James E. Carter, Cynthia McKinney, James Moran and Al Sharpton?