President Obama, it seems, made a disparaging public remark on Leno this week.
When asked about the White House bowling alley and the plans to replace it with a basketball court, the President said that he'd actually been been practicing and bowled a score of 129 recently.
Respectable, I guess. Like anyone really CARES about his bowling, except for maybe the Bowling Lobby, which I'm sure exists somewhere out there and will be filing an official complaint against yours truly at any time now.
He said it was like "watching the Special Olympics."
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, he shouldn't have said it. At least not in public and not on Leno (what a weird looking guy, eh?). We're very P.C. It's unbecoming of any public figure, let alone the POTUS to spew such drivel. He's a big meany. Whatever, whatever, whatever, and whatever.
Lets face it, folks: It's not the end of the world.
Surely there must be bigger and better things to be outraged about.
Universal health care, and the lack thereof, for example.
Getting taxed to death without receiving anything worthwhile in return (retirement, anyone?), for example.
Sarah Palin's mounting legal bills, for example.
Now I know that the President of the United States, the leader of the "free" (hardly) world, is held to a higher standard than us regular folk. Rightly so. After all, he's got the most eyes cast upon him, and has more responsibilities than just about any regular person could possibly imagine. I certainly wouldn't want to be the guy having the task of straightening out the world economy, cleaning up after the last, um, President.
As an aside, at a meager salary of $400k, he's grossly underpaid.
However, what he said was Not. That. Bad.
Besides, the world could probably use a few more off-color jokes(Archie Bunker lives). At this point, political correctness has been applied to just about everyone and everything in America, so we're all equals. Hooray. Maybe we'd laugh a little more instead of just being constantly "outraged."
It's not like he said that he looked like a retard (ok, lemme have it). And in all likelihood, it was probably a very accurate description. I'm guessing that the "Obama Cool" does not exactly translate well on the bowling lanes.
It really would be in our best interests to stop getting "outraged" at the smallest, insignificant things (yes, I know, the Special Olympics are not insignificant. Give it a rest.) We need, instead, to be getting "outraged" at real, tangible things: corruption, racial inequality, gender inequality, funding for the arts.
The fact that we fear the government when, truly, the government should be fearing us.
These are the things that are important and significant. Hurt feelings and "outrage" via press channels are not. It's grandstanding, it's being a blowhard, and it's silly. It's also a bit irresponsible. Ultimately, we let those who are in charge off the hook for not getting things done right the first time around.
When will we learn.
So it goes...
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