Was Obama’s Intent To Mock? Was Rush’s? You Decide
As predicted here last night, the right-wing echo chamber is in full attack mode because of President Obama’s remark on “The Tonight Show” that his poor bowling score qualifies him for the Special Olympics. Even though the White House issued an immediate apology, that was not enough to stop attacks on his character.
CALLER: He meant exactly what he said, and it shows the character of this man.
RUSH: Yeah, I agree. I think he’s a cold guy. I think he’s got a chip on his shoulder. He’s got a little anger out there — and remember: there was no apology forthcoming until people started calling the White House. This is something. If it had been me and I had said that, I would apologize in the middle show. “Jay, look, I’m sorry about that. I’m trying to make fun of myself. I’m a lousy bowler. I’m just trying to make fun of myself.” I would have done it right then and there. I wouldn’t have said it in the first place, but…
CALLER: I feel this man’s presidency has been driven by response to what he thinks is racial prejudice.
Of course, the president did apologize to the head of the Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver, who said the apology was “very moving.” This, unlike Limbaugh’s mocking of Michael J. Fox, who he called “shameless,” and for which he has not, to my knowledge, apologized.
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