OK, I’m not too interested in getting into a big discussion of Obama’s Special Olympics comment on Jay Leno the other night. But for the short time that this story will be out there, it’s worth putting in my two cents.
When Bill Clinton made his South Carolina gaff; when Geraldine Ferraro made her gaff on The Today Show; when locally, Bob Lonsberry has made his many comments on the radio, I’ve always said that it’s not about whether you find the comment offensive as the speaker, but whether the listener finds the comments offensive. The same is true for Barack Obama, and irrespective of how many people are saying “come on, let’s get over it,” clearly some people found it offensive.
The Obama people are making statements of contrition, which is more than I can say for any of the aforementioned politicos. But this isn’t one of those “have my people call your people” situations: he’s going to need to just come out and put this one to bed with a heart-felt apology.
I know his handlers will say that this will “feed the beast.” I say fine: feed the beast. And at the end of this very short story, let the record show that our president had the courage to be a decent person and simply apologize for a simple mistake.