Obama Gaffe: Doocy’s Double Standard?

“Was he [President Obama] making fun of this [sic] disabled?” asked Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy today.  Doocy took great umbrage at President Obama’s comparison of his bowling skills to those of Special Olympians on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night and categorized it as “awful.” However, Doocy failed to similarly call out FNC contributor Bob Beckel a year ago when he made a similar derisive comment to Doocy. In that instance, Doocy said that he himself was a “biathalon” Olympic athlete and Beckel laughed, “At the Special Olympics.” [In a missive to the author, Kirsten Suto-Seckler, Director of SO’s Global Marketing and Awareness deemed Beckel’s remark “demeaning” and said that it would be addressed by Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics (SO).]

Of course, Bob Beckel does not rise to the same level as the President. Nevertheless, Doocy should have criticized both for remarks (even if inadvertent) that impugn the cognitively challenged. Hopefully, Doocy will acknowledge his earlier lapse in judgment.



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9 Responses to “Obama Gaffe: Doocy’s Double Standard?”

  1. Piperfromtn Says:

    I have a special-needs son. I’m appalled but not surprised that Obama made fun of Special Olympics. Steve Doocy needs to call Obama out, as does Rush and Sean and Mark Levin.

    Making fun of Special Olympics shows how Obama really feels about children who are less than perfect, a Margaret Sanger-like disregard for those who don’t measure up.

    I would bet that in his mind, the next logical step is to rid ourselves of such people: eugenics.

  2. lala Says:

    How can Rush call Obama out on this comment when What Rush said about Michael J Fox Parkinson? I might also add that Palin stop funding for people with special needs.

  3. piperfromtn Says:

    Lala: my Dad had Parkinsons and died from it.

    You missed what Rush actually said about Michael J. Fox which I will let you research for yourself. Go to Rush’s website and you can see for yourself what he said(which your argument is so 6 years ago, BTW).

    As to Palin stopping funding for special needs children, that would be absurd. A unfounded rumor during the campaign.

    BTW, she won’t be in office until 2012.

  4. Jax Says:

    He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the special Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them. Watch: http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

  5. hgb3 Says:

    You’re correct, Pres. Obama needs a little lesson in ‘Political Correctness’ for such an insensitive comment made concerning Bowling as performed by the ‘differently abled.’

    I recommend “Sensitivity Training for Dummies” (Macmillan, 2005) or the “The Idiots Guide to Political Correctness and Acceptable Speech” (Alpha, 2007) and obtainable through the website: http://www.idiotsguides.com. Both books are good.

  6. Al Says:

    I didn’t think the president’s remark was such a big deal, and I see people with wide-ranging disabilities every day. Those seeking to find offence in language will find it.

    The reason we never saw the oft tongue-twisted President Bush make a gaffe of this nature is because, at his core, he’s a straight shooter who’s completely comfortable with himself. President Obama’s performance that night was contrived… and that’s not a necessarily a “good” or “bad” thing; It is merely a fact.

    Btw, I originally typed “comfortable in his own skin”, a common cliche’, and self-edited after remembering our current president is a black man and thinking someone might find offence. Sad. This political correctness doesn’t seem appropriate for a people who claim to cherish freedom and free speech.

  7. hgb3 Says:

    Al, I could barely agree more with you. Excellent point all around. This current Orwellian spectre of political correctness, although mostly ‘benign’ (so far), which stifles free speech through its loud demands for a ‘public apology’ upon occasion of an off hand ‘insensitive’ comment, and which threatens ‘punishment’ for the offender if so not immediately offered, should be strongly resisted by both conservatives and liberals alike, whether the ‘offender’ is Don Imus, Howard Cosell, Jimmy the Greek, or President Obama. It shouldn’t matter.

    See the Soviet Union, China, and all Marxist societies since 1917, Hitler, etc. etc. etc..ad infinitum.

  8. Al Says:

    Thanks, hgb3. I disagree that it’s mostly benign. There are teams of vultures sitting in wait for pundits, politicians, and other personalities to make even the slightest of misstatements. Their goal is to use these as opportunities to trivialise and render impotent the views of those with whom they disagree.

    They don’t really care about the feelings of a young woman that Ann Coulter or Laura Ingraham may have said something a little too harshly about, or what Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or even Juan Williams said in a slightly awkward way. No, they only care that what these public figures put forth can actually makes sense to some people and feel the success of their own agendas are threatened if listeners and viewers are swayed by those opinions.

    Discourse in dialogue is healthy, even when some are mildly offended. Opportunistic character assaults used for purpose of diversion is a grotesque view of right and wrong.

  9. True_Liberal Says:

    Clearly, Barack Obama holds Don Imus to a higher standard that he does himself:

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