Obama's Latest Gaffe about the Handicapped

Posted on March 23 2009 9:53 pm
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During an appearance on Jay Leno‘s “Tonight Show” last week, President Barack Obama jokingly likened his poor bowling skills to those that one might expect to see on display in the Special Olympics. As you may recall, this wasn’t the first time that a member of the Obama Administration had made an ill-conceived remark involving handicapped people.

Just before the 2008 presidential election, at a campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri, the gaffe-prone VP candidate Joe Biden asked wheelchair-bound paraplegic State Senator Chuck Graham to “stand up” and be recognized. It was an honest mistake, as I’m sure was Obama’s “Special Olympics” gaffe. What wasn’t a mistake was an Obama campaign ad that poked fun at John McCain for his lack of computer skills.

In that ad, McCain was mocked as a computer illiterate who was out-of-touch with the modern techno-savvy generation. “1982, John McCain goes to Washington,” a voiceover stated. “Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn’t… He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer… After one president who was out of touch, we just can’t afford more of the same.”

This ad was the very personification of insensitivity — which, according to the Left, is supposedly the exclusive domain of conservatives. McCain’s inability to type on a keyboard, of course, can be traced to the same source that rendered him unable to do other relatively simple physical tasks such as combing his hair or tying his shoes: He suffered severe and permanently debilitating injuries as a result of the torture that was inflicted on him during his 5-plus years as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton.

You’d think that by now, a president as allegedly “brilliant” as Barack Obama would have learned to actually think before he speaks on the subject of people with disabilities.

What’s particularly noteworthy about Obama and his allies is that they are quick to pass judgment on others who also say dumb things. In 2007, for instance, Obama opined that controversial radio host Don Imus should lose his job for insensitive remarks he had made about some black players on the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Should Obama, too, lose his job? Probably, but for other reasons.

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