Having watched the video of Obama’s “Special Olympics” comment
I’ll say this:
He was making fun of himself, and since his ineptitude at bowling is legendary, I’d say he was perfectly justified in making the remark. It was a choice bit of hyperbole.
Was it funny? Not especially, but not every joke’s a winner. Some are there just to keep the mood jovial & light-hearted. I think this did that.
The IMPORTANT question is: did the audience think it was funny?
No – because no one heard him say it.
The audience was too busy laughing at Leno saying “No, that’s very good. Yes. That’s very good, Mr. President.” and making an exaggerated ‘I’m trying not to laugh out loud’ gesture of covering his mouth with his hand.
In my semi-professional opinion as a self-described humorist, I’m giving Obama a pass on this one.
The question is, will his perpetually-offended grievence-constituency base do the same?
Shockingly, 21% of HuffPo’s Kool-Aid-drinking, Obamessiah-worshiping readership say “no”.
While I’ll always consider these people idiots, at least on this one occasion, I won’t be calling them hypocrites.