Obama Derangement Syndrome?

There should be a Special Olympics for the Republican wingnut freak who came up with the dumbest, most hypocritical reaction to Pres. Obama’s infelicitous  joke on Jay Leno last night — infelicitous, as in an unfortunate, ill-chosen simile in the context of a self-deprecating humorous comment on his bowling abilities.

Patterico acknowledges that the remark was not intended as a slur on Special Olympics participants:

Now, I said last night: this comment was stupid, it was in poor taste, and it showed a tin ear. But it was not OUTRAGEOUS. Clearly, Obama meant to mock himself. The fact that he mocked Special Olympics participants was not intentional — just thoughtless and idiotic. And not very articulate.

But the lure of cluelessness is too strong (emphasis in original):

Still. Had Bush done this, it would have been on the front page.

And instead they [the Los Angeles Times] bury it in the 14th paragraph of 16, in a piece by a television critic.

The bias is pretty clear. If you can’t see it, poke your eyeballs out and get better ones.

As I explained, using easy-to-understand words, in Patterico’s Comments section, “Had Bush done this, there wouldn’t have been an apology before the show even aired.”

And that brings us to Mary Katharine Ham, whose opening sentence passes dumb and goes straight to liar (emphasis mine):

This morning, Obama had to apologize to the head of the Special Olympics for his flop of a foray into stand-up, Bernard-Manning-style.

He expressed his disappointment and he apologized, in a way that was very moving,” Shriver said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It’s important to see that words hurt, and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seen as humiliating or a put-down of people with special needs do cause pain, and they do result in stereotypes.”

Obama told Shriver he wants to have some Special Olympics competitors over to the White House for basketball or bowling.

This is not mere sloppiness, mind you — this is deliberate lying. The paragraphs Ham quoted, above, are the second and third in that Politico article. Here is the first paragraph (emphasis mine):

After comparing his bowling to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, President Obama called Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver to apologize before the program even aired.

Obama did not apologize “this morning.” He apologized last night, from Air Force One on his way back to Washington after taping the show, “before the program even aired,” before anyone had even seen the show, heard the remark, or reacted to it. Before the media even had a chance to write about it.

This is not journalism. This is vile partisan hackery.

3 Responses to “Obama Derangement Syndrome?”

  1. tas says:

    Thus fiasco proves once again that politics is retarded. Err, wait a second..

  2. tas says:

    See my latest post, it gets worse.

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