According to Jake Tapper, Obama and Leno talked bowling.
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 had no comment.
I wonder if NBC will edit that out, for Obama. Nothing would surprise me.
Perhaps President Obama, who received a rather tidy Book Advance just before he was sworn in, (does anyone else remember how Newt Gingrich got castigated for ‘using his office to sell a book’?) should donate some of the proceeds of his advance, say…I dunno, 90% – to the Special Olympics, to show he doesn’t really think that it’s okay to joke about “extra chromosome people” like Al Gore did (yes, I remember everything). Or, at least, that he should not insult disabled people by comparing them to himself, or to political junkies, in general.
As a political junkie, I can say that.
Sigh. One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it. Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would have done with the Irish PM Teleprompter gaffe (the press has helpfully embargoed the video, so Obama doesn’t have to see it playing 24/7, as Bush would have – had Bush so gaffed). Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would have done if Bush had given the Prime Minister of Great Britain a lousy pack of 50 “Classic” DVD’s that didn’t work in the UK?
Another story the press isn’t actually covering…
Without the help of the press – hiding his mistakes, never asking a tough or uncomfortable question, not even curious enough to ask to see his grades in college – where would this guy be? I’m thinking he wouldn’t be in the Oval Office, right now, that’s for sure.
So, tonight, he gets forty minutes on Leno. Next week he’ll have all four networks ditching programming and losing money for him. Again.
When things get hot, when the polling isn’t going right, when he feels unloved, or he needs to be happy, he gets on his big, expensive-to-run Air Force One, with his limos, etc, and he steps before the camera.
Gonna be a long four years.
President Bush was no cool cat, but he was a master of self-deprecating humor. I give Obama credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love to ignore it, I really would. And I’ll start ignoring these Obama gaffes just as soon as the press gives them the same unending coverage they gave to Bush’s. When the double-standards end.
That’s maybe the projection I worry about, sometimes.
And now, I guess I understand what all the folks on the left used to feel when they claimed the president “embarrassed” them.
Ed Morrissey writes: You know how you can tell when a President has a bad day? When his comparison of an American corporation to terrorists is the second-stupidest thing he said…
I can’t wait to hear what Barack’s Teleprompter has to say about all this!
UPDATE: Please, clue me in, here…is this satire?
“…this president has done more to advance the cause of the developmentally disabled in America than has any other president in the history of the United States.”
He’s been in office 60 days! What is it with these grandiose statements? It’s a joke, right? The WH did not really say that?
Hugh Hewitt notes that Saturday is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Nice of Obama to bring awareness!
“Waterhead” Jokes? Stay classy, you two!
Ann Althouse: Doesn’t believe that Obama is avoiding MTP because David Gregory is “too easy.”
A problem with How Obama Thinks.
UPDATE II: I have to ask again… is THIS Satire? This stuff cannot be real!
Wizbang, with Lorie and Kim – who has a disabled kid. They go easy on Obama, because they’re nice people.
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