Can This Be The Beginning of More Understanding?

United States
March 21, 2009 9:58am CST
On Jay Leno Thursday night President Obama made an inappropriate joke about Special Olympics. He has made an apology. I understand thoughtless jokes that were not intended to hurt. I think most of us make them. Special Olympics is one of my favorite charities, and I am not an Obama fan, but I would really like it if his slip and his apology would help get us past the constant call for someone to resign when they make an inappropriate comment they should have kept to themselves.
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@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I'm not at all an Obama fan however, I really don't see the big deal about his joke. Like the person above me said, he was making fun of himself. I was more upset about his saying we have to get back to no earmark bills. And about how he praised Geithner who didn't pay his own taxes until he got caught. And, about how he acted mad about the AIG bonuses when he signed the bill protecting them in the first place.
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• United States
22 Mar 09
there are a few more important things he should get a handle on!
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• United States
21 Mar 09
To be honest, the president didn't do anything wrong. He didn't make a joke about the special olympics.. he made a joke about himself. He was making fun of himself. I'm not a fan of Obama, but this is getting so ridiculous. He was saying that he bowled like he was handicapped... that is all he was saying. It's not like he had intended to insult disabled people. Some here on mylot are actually saying he said he bowled like a retarded person. He didn't say that at all.. it's getting out of hand everyone saying what he said, or what he meant when he said it. He didn't mean anything.. it was just making fun of himself. He called himself a mongrel too.. is anyone of bi-racial background getting upset about that? I haven't heard the bi-racial community getting up in arms saying he is calling them mongrels.
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• United States
22 Mar 09
I agree that he did not mean to insult anyone, but that does not mean they were not insulted. I believe he should have apologized, which he did. I think that should be sufficient.
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@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I don't think inappropriate jokes are ever okay, however, not every joke is inappropriate either. Jokes target someone or some group and that is what makes it funny. We must have a sense of humor about ourselves as long as the joke isn't downright tasteless and I have heard very bad jokes in which I was embarassed for the person telling it. I didn't see Obama's faux paux so I can't comment on the actual event, but sometimes I have to wonder if we take the humor out of life, what's next? I am a blond but I can still laugh at blond jokes because they are funny. I don't take it personal or seriouly.
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• United States
21 Mar 09
In this case, the President was trying to make light of his own abilities, but his choice of the Special Olympics was inappropriate. The Special Olympians surely did not take offense, but probably many parents did, as well as some who volunteer to work with them. I am just wishing that someone could make a mistake without their political opponents calling for their jobs.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I understand what you are saying about such remarks. However, I think that by becoming part of our "entertainment" by being on Jay Leno, our President is only going to make many other such blunders. It's not the forum for a President. When he retires, maybe. I don't want an entertainer for my President. If he was a candidate, that would be one thing. But setting aside time from his Presidential schedule to become just another celebrity on Late night TV is lowering what little respect we have for the Presidential office. Is he a "famous" person with paparazzi? Or is he a public servant? We need to dedide. So does he. No one really wants to hang out with the boss and be buddies. And the boss doesn't really want to do that either. When it happens in an office setting, the roles and boundaries become blurry. This situation seems similar to me. But I agree. We shouldn't call to everyone to resign when they put their foot in their mouth. It's ironic that we want them to be human but not really just like us.
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• United States
21 Mar 09
I didn't have a real problem with the appearance on late night tv, though I doubt I would have done it had I been in his job. I think those at the top are to be held to higher standards. And I think his attempt at humor was tasteless. But I do think he is human and should be given the same consideration I would want if I made the same mistake. Golden Rule and all, you know.
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