Sarah Palin Slams Obama Special Olympics Joke

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin criticized (rightfully so) President Barack Obama’s gaffe about the Special Olympics on Friday. The former GOP Vice-Presidential candidate slammed the Commander-in-Chief for off-color remarks he made on The Tonight Show this week.

The president has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Palin said in a statement Friday. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.”

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

Gov. Palin, whose youngest son, Trig, was born with Down syndrome last year, appeared in a video promoting this year’s winter Special Olympics games in Boise, Idaho.

I’m still not convinced that Sarah Palin is even from this Planet, but she’s got a point here. The remark was really irresponsible. The folks who participate in the Special Olympics work hard in the face of incredible odds for the recognition they receive. Their talent should not be ignored or belittled….

To Mr. President’s credit, the fact that he realized the error of his ways before the show aired–and called the Special Olympics’ director–to apologize says a lot about his character…