President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.

He bowled a 129, the president said.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.

When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.

“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said.

Lorie Byrd and Kim Priestap puts this in the proper, calm perspective:

Look, considering all the other things he has done and said the past two months, this comment is probably the least of his troubles, but I just have to wonder what the reaction to this would have been if it was President George Bush who said it. It remains to be seen how much attention and what kind of reaction the comment will get.

Kim adds: I understand President Obama was trying to make a self-deprecating joke, so I don’t want to make a bigger deal out of this that what it is, but, man that was cringe inducing. At least it was for me since I, like millions of other parents, have a disabled child. I mean his joke is right up there with Joe Biden asking a wheelchair-bound man to stand up. Obama certainly didn’t do anything to quell the teleprompter jokes.

I, too, could make a joke and tell the president to skip the comedy routine and stick to his day job, but he sucks even more at that. These from our friend at Obambi blog.

I agree with Kim. Here is a young man with Down Syndrome. He at that time worked part time at a local market bringing in grocery carts. Several of the young people he worked with took him for pizza bowling every Friday night. It was a deal at the bowling all the games you could bowl and all the pizza you could eat between certain hours. He got a lot of encouragement from his peers and consistently averaged over 100. He also participated in Special Olympics in earlier years. I take offense to Obama’s remark and I know for a fact that this is a true story. When he started doing Special Olympics, I wondered how good a coach they had working with these people. He was a full time coach at BOCES with the handicapped and I soon saw that it took a very special person to do this and was impressed with his patience working with people that were very often uncoordinated.

bowlingHe never used gutter bumpers, but in the very beginning sometimes ended up throwing his ball into the next lane.

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