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Special Olympics vs. Macaca: D is for Double Standard
(FROM: North Star Writers Group)
After President Obama compared his bowling skills to the Special Olympics during a strange and awkwardly light-hearted turn on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show couch, my first thought was Don Imus and the grilling which accompanied his “nappy-headed hos” comment a few years back. Writer Bob Maistros, in this piece, compares the reaction to Obama’s verbal diarrhea to the now-famous “Macaca” gaffe made by former Virginia Sen. George Allen; his comparison is great, of course, but the real reason this article stuck out among the rest was Maistros’ conclusion — a phenomenally crafted piece of writing summing up the fledgling Obama presidency as well as I’ve seen from anyone. Check it out:
As a public service, allow me to suggest an alternative story line: Sleek Barry’s blunder underscores that he is an arrogant yet incompetent ingénue four years removed from the Illinois state senate, who when unscripted opens his mouth largely to switch size-13 feet, and who put an even more gaffe-prone walking political punch line a heartbeat from the presidency; who appointed a team of tax evaders – one of whom offered a next-generation bailout plan that set Wall Street to snickering – and who demagogued on the AIG bonuses after having preserved them, thereby putting future financial community cooperation in jeopardy; who allowed Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to stuff his inflationary stimu-lust and omni-bust spending packages with more pork than Bob Evans; who would negotiate with murderous madmen without pre-conditions and whose administration is “resetting” relations with a brutal despot who murders defectors and journalists and recently overran an ally (and symbolized the policy shift by making a gift of “reset” button labeled, in Russian, “overcharge”).
And who pledged to redeploy forces to Afghanistan with no clue how to win there and decided to turn the lights out at Gitmo with no plan to protect us from the death merchants there.
Unquestionably, our president is sorry. And two months after hearing him mangle the oath of office, so am I.