March 20, 2009

Friday's "Question of the Day!"

Posted: 04:49 PM ET

"Tonight, President Obama seems to be everywhere!   But, is he paying enough attention to the nation's economic crisis?1tvlarrycustom1 There's growing criticism about how he's spent his week.  From a gaffe on "The Tonight Show," which was a first-ever appearance on the late-night talk show by a sitting president, to an ESPN interview about his NCAA picks, to town hall meetings in California held as controversy grows over who knew what and when about bonuses paid to AIG executives. Criticism is growing - even from members of his own party!

So we're asking YOU in our "Question of the Day!"

"Do you think President Obama is wasting time on late-night talk show appearances, town halls and sports picks?"

CLICK HERE and sound off!  Then tune-in tonight to the live show at 9 p.m., ET!  We just may use your comment on the air!

"THE TONIGHT SHOW" GAFFE: Want to know what people are saying about President Obama's "Tonight Show" gaffe on Special Olympics?  CLICK HERE to be taken to the post and video link to the president's appearance with Jay Leno!   We have a few posts tonight for your comments!


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Linda Minier   March 20th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

I like seeing the President on late-night it shows he has humanity and wants to connect with regular folks. The Bushes were snooty and only hobbed nobbed with the rich and used regular folks for their own motives. This President is genuine, remember when the Republicans a community organizer wouldn't know how to govern. ( even though he is is Harvard graduate lawyer). We need people willing to perform community service, like the Peace Corp and so forth. We need to encourage this President and stop playing politics and stop the bashing. Their is an Armenian expression, "When the horse is running you don't throw stones at this forehead." Stop the criticizing and make constructive criticism and stop being MEAN. I think the Republicans have got the market cornered on MEAN. They made excuses for George Bush and his administration and look what they did!! Call Leno Late night meet the press with Jay Leno. Respectfully, Linda Minier

Jackie   March 20th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Pleassse! As usual the media is making something out of nothing...I thought he is appearance was refreshing...Heaven knows we need it.

After all, he is a, please get off this piece about nothing.

And, I am staunch Republican!!!

Heather   March 20th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

He is trying to stay normal. It's not hurting anything. No more goofy jokes though please!

susan rowlson   March 20th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Ater watching the press the past few days covering the Octomom and Natasha Richardson's death I think it is time to enforce a law like 10 feet away at all times or go to jail.These people need to learn respect for ALL....TY

Sucker-punched American   March 20th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

Mr. President, let's start doing not just saying. NO, I do not think there is enough attention, and no real focus on the real problem. People are the real victims and all we seem to be worrying about is Corporate America and Wall Street. People are very close to not being able to afford FOOD not just houses. That will be the real problem, and real crisis. Not AIG.

In the OC   March 20th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

Mr. President, quit the pandering and stay off LENO. You have already been elected. time to stop the "I have a dream, and start more doing".

To sound off on AIG, dude(!) it was under your watch!! Was left in on purpose, quit the pandering and disception.

By the way a mortgage is not like a toaster. The mortgage did not explode, values did. Last time I checked and read a set of loan documents. There was not guarantee that all homes were going to keep appreciating. People were greedy and bought more than they could afford. Credit cards, they opened and took more debt that they could afford. The toaster did not explode.

Ed - Sidney, OH   March 20th, 2009 6:04 pm ET

It's like watching Larry King without suspenders. But hey, if it gets his pont across to a wide range of the public then go for it! It was kind of like a fire chat talk with jokes

Yea for FannieMae   March 20th, 2009 6:19 pm ET

Did anyone read that FannieMae Exec's are also getting bonuses? I am sure that whiole making time to prepare for Leno, that Mr. President you knipped this one???? Or not?

Andre Marentette   March 20th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Mr. King: Nobody understands how the banks create 90%of the money supply with Fractional Reserve Banking. The private banks have a 10% reserve requirement. For every $100.00 deposted they can create $1000.00 in loans and credit. With the bailout money they received from the Government , they could have created Trillions in loans and credit. We are in a Debt money system. Money is only created as debt. Article1 Section 8 of the US Constitution gives Congress the power to create money and spend it into circulation as FDR did when he was president and needed to end the great depression. When you look back in history this money creation by FDR resulted in decades of unprecedented economic growth with very low inflation. The Federal Government must take over money creation from the US Federal Reserve which is a private Corporation owned by 12 private Federal Reserve Banks who created interest bearing debt. Congress could create these funds at no cost.

Karin   March 20th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

President Obama refused to live in a bubble and he is the kind of person who can walk and chew gum all at the same time.
President Bush spend a 1/3 of his Presidency on Vacation and I didn't hear to many complaints then.

Betty Phillips   March 20th, 2009 7:06 pm ET

I am more than disgusted with Obama. I have never been able to tolerate his arrogance and now HE makes my stomach ache. This man is so hung up with his looks, arrogance he forgets there are millions out there who would nvever have stooped so low as to cast a vote for him!! I have a 16 year old daughter who is mildly AUTISTIC, she is the light of our hearts, she is more than beautiful and has the IQ of a genius, however, she shows autistic traits, does that make us less proud of her??? he– NO!! Just today I heard Lady Obama say the children in school teased her with the remarks that she talked like a WHITE girl, soooooo!!!!!! relax Michelle, guess what you may speak a little like your are white, but, you ARE NOT WHITE, so deal with it.
Obama should be thankful for his girls, but, to put other less perfect children down is so like what he stands for-Not much!!!!! Betty

V. Crain   March 20th, 2009 7:11 pm ET

We all want to know about Pres. Obama & his family because we like him so much, but that doesn't mean he has to be scrutinized to the extent the media does. Give him a break! He can't work 24/7. I don't think what he said on the Leno show was such a gaffe. The man is human and he is not perfect like you would like to make him.

He needs to be given some time to prove himself. I think he will be just fine when it is all said and done. Those Rep. don't have anything on him and they're the ones that need to go to work and educate themselves instead of critizing the Obamas all the time.

V. Crain from Texas

Marge   March 20th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

It's great to have a President be so visible and connect with the people. I have full confidence in his leadership abilities. We are so blessed to have him during this Country's critical time in history.

Gardner Brannon   March 20th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Regarding the president's apology to the Special Olympics, it seems that we Americans are becoming ridiculous with political correctness. Do we have to be so "thin skinned" about everything? It was obvious that the president was poking fun at himself and nothing more!

gewe   March 20th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

I,d like to see him do more shows like lenos he not a phony cowboy like bush

Carol   March 20th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

People will complain when a president is not visible enough and apparently do the same when he's an open book. I think President Obama is trying to be what he is, a regular guy, one who has intelligence, open mindedness and great love for his family.
I am sure the president is living up to his JOB requirements and then some.
Maybe he won't walk out of the White House with a full head of white hair when his terms in office are done because he takes a walk from the stress every now and then.

Gardner Brannon   March 20th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Regarding my previous comment, I failed to mention that I am a Republican!!!!

Mike   March 20th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

No, the President is not "wasting time". We loved him with Jay last nite! He was casual and relaxed, just down to earth. Not a stuffed shirt using written words by speech writers. A modern day President Lincoln! His message was understood. You people need to back off, Jay was asking questions & the President answered. No, he didn't speak of everything that needs done but he said it all "won't be done over night". He didn't cause these problems but he wants to fix them for ALL OF US.

dolores   March 20th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

Dick Cheney used 4 letter words...Mr. President,,pls. bring the troops home & end the war ! good luck !..

amb   March 20th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

President Obama should be taking more time to READ the bills he signs, and not be running around the country as though he were still campaigning – and then attempting to be funny with Leno.

Brad   March 20th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Yes, he's wasting time! AND spending more money on his travels and necessary protection than is needed right now - both for federal and state and local law enforcement. If we're so broke as a nation then STOP spending our money with unnecessary travel to do variety shows and pep rallies with the faithful. GET TO WORK! Heaven knows WE have to.

Lois   March 20th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

I believe President Obama is all talk and not enough walk. Judging by the recent mistakes that have been made dealing with our failing economy, it seems that he doesn't have control of the administration.

Keith B   March 20th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

I took no offence at the comment by President Obama – he was poking fun at himself..... once again the easily offended and the Politically Correct police go after a high profile person with feighned hurt and indignation.

maya   March 20th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

I think we as a nation should be very proud of the president, not just for his different approach to his job, but for the way he tries to reach to everyone in this country. He is so much down to earth. Everyone who watched Jay Lano last night understood Obama. Not like Bush, who was afraid to answer a simple questions. Obama is not going to fix all problems overnight, so we have to be patient.

Nancy   March 20th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Hi Larry: I'm from Canada.. No President Obama is not wasting time. He is putting himself out there for the people, not just sitting behind a desk. If anyone can straighten up the mess, he's your man.

Linda   March 20th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

Obama is doing the celebrity circuits to distract the tax payers of there lapse in judgement with AIG. Obama and congress should have scrutinize wall street like they did main street.

ann   March 20th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

I still think Obama is great. If you have to be so careful in choosing your
words, someone will always be offended no matter what you say.
Please people have a sense of humor – the world sure is a sad place
without finding fault about everything. Lighten up!

Linda   March 20th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Pretend he was Bush and he made that comment I bet 95% on this blog would be upset

Gloria, Utah   March 20th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

Re: Pres Obama appearance on Jay Leno/Sp Olympics comment: Doesn't the media and talk shows realize that most of the viewers are sick of listening to all of you bad-mouth or slam the President? My comment is 'Get over it, move on to more important business'. I'm sure you will not post my comment. You post only what you want to hear, but I feel the better for saying it. Support our President or I'll continue to 'change the channel'.

Jo, London Ontario   March 20th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

I love your new President – the more he's seen the better people will understand what he's about – I love how he's an ordinary person doing an extraordinary job. I've commented that he's staying within his country to try to "fix it", but it seems no matter what someone does, there's always someone ready to pick at it – he is human, an ordinary human – stop picking apart everything he says and making the "big deal" about it and let him get on with his job – he's a good man, a very good man and he and his wife are excellent examples to look up to – taking care of busines at home!

frances brown   March 20th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

I'm so sick of everybody being so sensitive and hypercritical and ready to pounce on someone! I watched President Obama on Jay Leno's show last night I thought he was funny . I wish everyone would just CHILL! Give the poor man a break- he has the world on his back and he needs support not pettiness.

Linda   March 20th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

@ Lois

Bush was no talk and all walk, so you think he had a grasp on the adminstration when he was President.

Kristen   March 20th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Atleast he is out there–he made a comment that, sadly, we have probably all made at one point or another.

Ian   March 20th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

A president's words are always powerful, think before you talk.

Mrs. Malkawi   March 20th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

what are we children wearing our hearts on our sleeves, plus he said he was sorry.

Tammy Caskey   March 20th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

People need to get over themselves everyone is made fun of at some time. He meant nothing mean. It was a joke!!

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

As a father of a disabled 7 yr old daughter I am offended but not shocked by his comment . It seems without a scripted speach he isnt very sincere or aware of the pain he causes when he speaks for himself.

Mrs. Malkawi   March 20th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I love that our president is HUMAN for the last 8 years do not forget what we had and his words about things like Iraq or Katrina

R. VanSickle   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Please get over it! The President did not mean any offense to the Special Olympics. Who cares what Sarah Palin has to say? She lost, get over it. I have no respect for the president of Special Olympics for jumping on this for his 15 minutes!

Mia Luftic   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

My Poli-Sci professor Hugh Jakoc said it best, "If the worst thing they can pin on this guy is a "Special Olympics" comment. He's doing a great job so far.

Nida   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Obama's is human. A joke is a joke. He is entitled to a hour off.

Joan Dziekanaski   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Many of us are really disappointed in Pres. Obama. Instead of running around the country giving speeches and signing bills surrounded by applause, he should stay in Washington and get his Treasury Secretary and the Treasury Department in order; without that, he cannot succeed in anything.

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Come on -– This is just nothing. He is right – wee need to get to out core values

Glenn Nelson   March 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Larry, I too was at the University of Miami when Eunice Shirver and Ted Kennedy announced the Special Olympics. I have supported the Special Olympics with contributions for years. The Presidents comments were wrong but in diffence of the President he said special olympics and not THE SPECIAL Olympics. There is a difference. The media has blown this entire issue out of proportion. Let the story die already.

Don from Iowa   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I think President Obama has his hands full. You can't expect him to work on everything all the time. He needs a break just like every other human being. Getting out in the public and doing things other presidents haven't done is very refreshing and a welcome change from the past.

karen NC   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

GOOD GRIEF !! how would all these people who are "upset" feel if everyword they spoke was recorded, and talked about.. i am a parent of a special needs child,, and he did not use the word retard on the show. ..i take no offense.. he doesnt have anything to be sorry about.. how much does this guy make as leader of special olymipics ?

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

People need to get over this comment that Obama made, just hit up already damn. This is so dumb.

Jim Stevens   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Obama is a teleprompter reading performer not a president. so why should we be surprised when he prefers a comedy show rather than being a serious leader.

Marian Bailey   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Get over the special olympics remark already. Everyone mis-speaks at one time or another.

Rick   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

It was an oversight made by many-we'll all grow beyond it

Mrs. Malkawi   March 20th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

if arnorld can forgive him he just restored my faith in the republicans

Fernando F.   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

is known that people in the special olympics don't perform at the same level as people without any problems. Is called handicap. That's a fact. There is nothing demeaning about that. Red is red, blue is blue. He was making a joke about his game, about himself. Get over it you sensitive people.

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

“Do you think President Obama is wasting time on late-night talk show appearances, town halls and sports picks?”

ABSOLUTELY NOT. I got more from see the President on Jay Leno that I have ever from any State of the Nation address

Stephanie Pyle   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

OMG! he was making fun @ himself! not the special Olympics. ppl need to not take things so personal. That's what wrong with this country!

Michelle   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

People are blowing Obama'a remark COMPLETELY out of context. Obama ment no harm to Special Olympics!! Give me a break!

jd, oklahoma   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Being on late night talk shows, is inappropriate for a sitting president.

Andrew   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

if a republican sad that they will laugh it off

Eddie   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Just a joke, not malicious, GET OVER IT!

andrea dethloff   March 20th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I think people are too sensitive. My husband suffered and survived a massive stroke nearly 20 years ago which left him extremely handicapped. we are not offended when someone uses the phrase...'I about had a stroke'...which by the way people say alot!!

CATHY CULL   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

We all knew Obama was a "Mr. Hollywood" wannabe. He loves the spotlight and he loves being associated with the Hollywood elite. His appearance just shed light on how insensitive he is to those with disabilities. Big Mistake!

Glenn Nelson   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

The medium is the message and the President has to get the message out. He must communicate with the people, unlike our last president

Jeanette Mazur   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

We have been fighting for a "down to earth" President. Now we have one, and I am sure he meant no harm by what he said.

chad   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

im glad im not an american making a big deal over something so small and stupid like what he said who cares it was funny!

Anne   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

If that was President Bush,he would have been ripped from one end to the other on every station and channel. I am also wondering who is paying for Air Force one to fly him all over to be on his talk show performances ? That's an awful lot of unneeded pollution.

sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Mr president loves special olympics... it was a mistake!! Everybody makes mistakes...Mr obama is the most thoughtful man i know..

TiredinNC   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

All play and no work shows Obama is a true Democrat

doreen   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

...not a waste of time...he is reaching the people through many different venues...actually a pretty smart move...but enough about the "special olympics" remark...let's get over it and move on...

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I think that it is obvious that the President meant no harm to the Special Olympics. He sets good example by his APOLGY. period

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

only the losers who have nothing better to do have to complain about this and people who dont like Obama and want to make him look bad.


you know what im changing the channel, this is soooooooooooooo sad.


Neal   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Anyone who has listened to Obama speak even once knows he is a humanist, so this alleged furor over the special olympics comment is disingenuous at best. To make this man out to be some insensitive loose cannon is laughable, the ceo of special olympics needs to lighten up. As for Obama being overexposed etc, he was criticized for NOT instilling calm in the population over the economy, now his appearance on Leno was a measured explanation of the bailouts etc for those who don't watch the pundit based news shows, which is most of America who still think that the bailouts were to help "wall street" not realizing the connectedness to the financial system as a whole which holds sway over "main street". Let's stop searching for controversy be more attentive to the job at hand, the job of restoring America's greatness as it's clearly been squandered in a myriad of ways over the past 8 years or so.

Lynne   March 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Not wasting time at all being out and about with "every day" people, he is showing that he is human, down to earth, and one of us.

And the issue about the special olympics! Please, you can't tell me that Mr. Shriver has never told a joke..............a polish joke, a little Johnny joke. Come on!!! It was a light hearted statement, and by continuing to talk about it is ridiculous! I have a severally handicapped sister and was not the least bit offended.

Linda Robinson   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Obama should stay away from late-night talk shows and sports picks. His gaffe on The Tonight Show was unfortunate, but likely not intended to be mean-spirited. He apologized, so the world needs to get over it.

Governor Sarah Palin should stay out of the discussion. She put her foot in her mouth frequently when she was running for vice president. She should shut up and stay in Alaska, where hopefully, we in the lower 48 will never hear from her again.

Anthony   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

If this were anyone else, nobody would care

k tillman   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I did not find it offensive and I am a family that knows about special needs and how ruff general population can be unkind. But that comment was ment in a total different context than what it was played up to be. There are so many areas that need fixing for those special people and worrying every little word that make into something is not it/

James from TN   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I'm disabled and I was not offended. take a joke. I mean hello it was Jay Leno for god sake

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Arnold says it best !

Mrs. Malkawi   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

what is happening today he has been in office 60 days and you act as if its been six years expecting miracles from water turned into oil. to him putting a money tree in everyones yard. please your delusional

Glen C. Schaffner   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

John F. Kennedy would make the same kind of remark, because he has the same deprecating humor as Barack Obama. i heard and there wasn"t anything offensive.

Katja   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I think President Obama is a wonderful man who is doing a superb job!!! His presents on Leno’s show was outstanding, we could see a real person, witty and smart, who is reaching out to people by not only promising all kind of things, but first of all by being himself. Just give him a break!!! Do not pick on each of his words! He did not say anything wrong whatsoever! May be just sentence did not turn out the way it was suppose to be. Just thank Mr. Obama on being who he is and support him on everything he is doing!


kathy sc   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

how would everyone feel if EVERY word they spoke was recorded ? give this guy a break, he is human, and trying to do good things . you never saw BUSH out in public, or trying to keep us informed.. he should be out and speaking not is a bubble all the time..

LKL Blogger   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Obama should be the one in the special olympics

Fernando F.   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

hey media, don't let the shiny object in the room distract you. Keep your focus... Madoff, AIG, white collar criminals, corrupts politicians giving Ceo's a free pass so everything is "legal",... billions of dollars going to a few, ... focus! focus! you can do it media!

Shirley F. Levy   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I want a President whom I can respect! He should not be on late
nite tv shows.

emiliem   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I think Obama’s “joke” goes to show you can be incredibly smart and well-educated and still make disability the butt of your joke.

And in all fairness the White House issued an apology or clarification or whatever this morning. Did he mean to insult people? I’m sure he didn’t. But my point is that as a casual, off the cuff, funny thing to say, thats what popped into his head.

That’s the mindset of many/most people who grew up without knowing peers with disabilities.

Pam   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Yes, he's wasting time. I don't want a President who is the guy who hangs out telling jokes and talking about sports. I want a President who leads.

chandra   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

The economy is not changing over night because it didn't get that way over night. He has a right to live life like the rest of us he has family hobbies and needs as well.

Shelia   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Obama's ment no harm!!! The President was making a comment about him self!!!

Allan Kretchman   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry, don't we have other things to talk about. President Obama has been in So. Calif for 2 days and covered many important issues. You media talking heads only like to bring this type of controversy because it makes for a good show.......not true! Do you really think the President mean't any harm....? And Sarah Palin.......come on, now you are really stretching.'
This President has done more good in 59 days in office than the previous administration did in 8 years.
Lets focus on the bigger picture! And not that Special Olympics isn't a wonderful noble cause, it is.

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

So NOW the white house must hire someone from the Special Olympix -- why ? as a pennance for the President ?

Cathy Peters   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

We have all made comments like Barack Obama did last night, It makes him real and I don't believe the comment was in any way meant the way it has been taken by some.

Eddie   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Simple mistake, why so sensitive? Apology made, move on.

Janice   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Geeze, give Obama a break – let's show more class that he did when he trashed Don Imus. Liberals always get a pass when they open mouth and insert foot. I'm more interested in my 401K.

mark   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

a total non-factor....

Jtb   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Offended? Good! You have the right to be offended, and other Americans have the right to offend you! Let's get our eyes back on the ball people....

Abe   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

He's doing fine, considering this is the biggest crisis in any of our lifetimes.

The American People NEED to see their President out there, on the job, doing things, because ultimately, the main problem we face is fear and confidence.

A President who's actually ON THE JOB and NOT CLEARING BRUSH is a win win for America.

Carole Kortz   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I thought President Obama was great on Jay Leno's show. It makes him "human" and more in touch with the people. Obviously the people love him. I voted for him and am proud of it and the way he is working to get our country back on track after the Bush/Cheny fiasco.
He's just what the country needs now. He's warm and friendly and doing his best. What more could you ask for?

michael withers   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

i dont think he is wasting too much time on these things. You have to remember he is THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT of the u.s.a. (the special olympics comment was bad)

vera shabazz   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

He is President not GOD he will make mistakes, geez Louise! Get a grip!

Dave   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I think Obama should spend less time trying to be a media star and more time being President. I get the Impression he thinks image is as important as substance.

Aspen   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry, what is the difference between saying that "I ran like Michael Phelps" and the difference between saying "I played like I am the name of someone in the special olympics?"

Why does the media and people in need of media attention and their own self always look for nothing to make soemthing of?

If he had said he swim like Phelps, nobody would have bothered, right? Why make a big deal out of it?

Obama did not put disabled people down or made a bad comment about them. Get over it people!

robin ramon   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am deeply disappointed in President Obama and his cruel comment about the Special Olympics, an organization that has given so much to people like my child. I have been an Obama supporter but at this point am rethinking this choice.

Maxine Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am so dissapointed in both he & Michelle- They dont need the "entertainment" media to support them, They need to keep it professional – It is like parents who try to be friends with their kids– We need guidance- not good friends!

David Rus   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Obama appearing in a late-night show only shows that Obama is a man of the people and even though he holds the most powerful position in the world, he is still just a man. I think that was his intention to show the people of America and the World. Bridging that huge cap between the people and its leaders.

David Rus
The Netherlands

Nancy T   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

President Obama's bailout package has millions of dollars going toward affordable housing and nothing toward opening group homes. In NY state there's only money for 10 beds.& hundreds of people waiting. I felt President Obamas comment sealed what I was thinking – he doesn't care about the handicapped.

Lisa   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I do not think President was trying to be funny at the expense if special olympics. Think he was just trying to come up with an analogy for how bad he bowls and picked the wrong thing. THere are so many more important things going on.

roy   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

God intednted for him to say that, so people will not forget the special olympics now everyone will have thier attention on them.

Bonnie Martin   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Has it got so bad that people have to take offence to the comment made by President Obama? I'm not American but I enjoyed watching him with Jay Leno and found myself thinking how refreshing to listen to the President of the USA chatting like an ordinary every day person.
I'm sure each and every one of us has made a gaffe at sometime and not meant it. I think he is trying his best and so far doing a great job. Give the man a break.

deborah burlinski   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I don't understand how Sarah Palin can say she is "shocked" by President Obama's comment about special olympics on Jay Leno show because just yesterday she announced Alaska is turning down millions of dollars of stimulus money for education funding for special needs children. Our superintendant of schools is the person who is shocked.

Teresa Cunningham   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My husband and I have a 11 son that has several disabilities, we didn't not think that what the President said last night on Jay Leno was hurtfull to our son. We have heard worst. People are only picking on him now because of the AIG problems. So people need to worry about that and not what he said. I don't think there needs to be a job made for someone with disability just because of a slip in his words.

Mike   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Another example of his personal agendas and it shows he does not have Americas interest at heart. Appears to be letting other do the decision making.

Victoria of California   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I can't pretend he is Bush! That is impossible!

On the Leno show, I watched the entire show and did not realize that it was a big deal because I understood it in the CONTEXT that President Obama said it.

And then you have clips of Palin and other obvious "No sayers". Did you hear what your guest said, that he had equal amounts of complaints and those that didn't blow this comment out of proportion!

You should have watched it! I am turning the channel. Really I am sick of hearing the same old, same old. Mr. Obama actually can chew gum and walk at the same time!!

Bruce   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

The president is confusing celebrity status with being the leader of the free world. President Obama neeeds to refocus his energies on being the president and presenting the image of the leader that we hoped he would be when we elected him. His unfortunate comment on the Tonight Show and coverage of him filling out March Madness brackets are distracting.

Beverly McCormick   March 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Let's focus on the President's agenda and the good work that he is doing; not a comment that has been taken out of context.

Patrick Miller   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

It just amazes me that the news media will do anything to get attention. There should be a ban on news and capital hill needs to give this country back to the people, not to politicians pocketing our hard earned dollars and wastefully spending it on other countries. Our government could care less about this country. They've proved it. Middle class.....are you ready for the big tax hikes and taxes on medical benefits? It's going to happen. Be ready. Save your money, especially that extra 8 bucks a week. What a joke.

Bonnie   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

My gosh give the man a break. He is a good person and meant no harm. People just lay in wait for a slip of the toung.

I thought it was wonderful and very enjoyable.

Fran Chin   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Not at all. He is using all the available mediums to remain open and inform every American. Therefore appearing on Leno is just reaching out to one specifi audience. I think he should do more of this..

Kerri   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I think the president is not wasting time, but in fact utilizing his public appearances in such a way that he engages the people in his presidency. Appearing on "everyday" shows he involves the "average joe" in his administration.

kateinboston   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

As a parent of a special kid I am offended and disgusted at the President's comment. I wish I had not voted for him!

dfeweer   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What makes me fuming mad is that if President Bush made the same remarks that Obama did, Nancy Pelosi would be all over President Bush for his remarks.

Yet, she has said nothing of Obama's degrading remarks about disabled individuals.

What a complete disgrace by the democrats.

This just shows you how much bipartisanship there really is in our government.


Jan   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The Tonight Show comment ? Really ? That's what are are focing on with everything else going on in the world, it was a joke get over it. When did this country become so sensitive.

Carrie F. Aadland   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


I am a liberal Obama democrat. I'm also in a wheel chair at age 53. I am shocked that Obama could be that stupid. Ross Perot never sunk that low. Anyway, I'd go along with Tim Shriver's suggestion–employ disabled persons in the White House. Obama has to address this-it won't go away.

Mike   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

It's too bad Obama is on the witness stand each and every second of his life.

Lydia   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

This is not the first time the President as put his foot in his mouth if I recall..he said something about Jessica Simpsons weight...... lets face it the man is showing his true colors.

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Obama's appearance on Leno while the country is in such bad shape was like watching Bush read "My Pet Goat" while a disaster was happening. He better start taking care of business and stop the PR BS.

Obama's comment on the Special Olympics was inexcusable! Sure he is going to "help" them, but it just looks like he is trying to save his own skin.

Brount   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

For God's sakes Larry King, give your new prersident a break and lighten up! If you were really serious in discussing the Obama presidency you would be talking about his overture to Iran today, a move of tremendous international consequence to the U.S. and international relations instead of blathering on and on about an innocuous remark regarding the Special Olympics. The man is human, he made a mistakle, get over it!

Have you joined your CNN colleague Campbell brown in eviserating your new president at every turn ?

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


Evan   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Why is everyone making a big deal about President Obama's comment about the Special Olympics? The economy is sinking, and people are losing their homes, and going hungry and this is what the media is covering!!! I am glad to know he is human, and I am very proud to call him President!!!

Gary   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Larry, America really needs to lighten up on this politically correct stuff. The President was making fun of himself, nobody seemed to be upset by the "everybody in Washington is Simon Cowle and American Idol", lets just give it a break.

JC Wright   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think Obama was horrible and showed how low class he really is, when he was on Jay Leno's show.

No president should ever be on "comedy" shows, and speak like he did last night. He does not have a clue how to act in public. He thinks he is a dictator and we must do what he says, plus showing his ignorance by be-littling the Special Olympics, like he did. I volunteer with those children and my neice is a Special Needs child.

My family is very offended.

Tiffany Whiteman   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think obama was just saying that he respects the special olympics and didn't think he knew what he was saying and he just made alittle mistake like all us people make in the world do and we do learn from it.

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

For heaven's sake, the President is HUMAN. I can't believe that he can't make fun of HIMSELF! No one knows more than President Obama how serious are the times we live in, but he is still a living human being and should be allowed to "live" his life WHILE he is serving as President. No one is one dimensional and neither is he. For all the Bush "mis-speaks" – certainly we can let an intelligent, articulate man make a little fun of himself. You all are taking yourselves much too seriously!

Eddie   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Hasn't had the ball long enough to drop it, RELAX PEOPLE!

Leslie Ann Nichols   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Regarding Obama's comment on Leno: the gracious people who understood that President Obama meant no harm speak to those of us who give him credit for his ability to accept responsbility for mistakes and are refreshed by his awareness of his inappropriate comment. Dr. Leslie Nichols, Sherman Oaks, CA

David A. George   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

As the parent of a boy with Down Syndrome I am disappointed and outraged at the Presidents comments. He campaigned that he wanted to bring all people together. If someone had gone on Jay Leno and made an African American joke we would be having boycotts, marches and people would be losing their job. It is no coincidence that the Kennedy family and Special Olympics have let Obama off with a slap on the wrist.

Perhaps the President should stop filling out March Madness brackets on ESPN, stay off Jay Leno and 60 minutes and start saving our economy and the millions of jobs being lossed.

Liz   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Mr. Obama needs to stop campaigning, get to work and think twice before he opens his big mouth trying to be funny. He is the President of the United States, not a comedian. His comment on Jay Leno was cruel and hurtful toward those less fortunate than he. His recent behavior is a disgrace to this country. So far he has done nothing but double talk, spend exorbitant amounts of money and he just keeps campaigning! Someone tell him he got the job! This country needs to see something REAL.

Susheel Swain   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

We should leave the Hon. President for the OOPS!! that happened yesterday which was unintentional which he immediately apologized. He has deep respect for the special need Athlete.

We should leave this incident and discuss other important issues facing the nation.

Kitty   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

His comment on Tonight Show...offensive......he should not be appearing on talk show...he should be working to straighten out the mess this country has become.

Donna Porter   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Yes, I absolutely think Pres. Obama is wasting time being on a talk show. With the financial crisis in the United Sates I would have hoped he would be taking it much more seriously. The time to make an appearance on a talk show is after he has accomplished something positive, and after things have stabilized some . The blunder he made last night, just proves what I have thought all along, his lack of inexperience will get him in trouble.

jbar   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

No, not at all people need to stop disrepecting the President.

Amber the OKIE   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I do believe President Obama loves people with special needs just as much as he does everyone else.

I do not think he said what he said to be hateful or hurtful, but as Mr. Shriver said I think our culture does not have a sensitivity to people with special needs.

The word retarded simply means slow, but if you use the word then you are accused of attacking someone.
I have people in my own family with special needs and they cannot bowl a 129, and would not know that what the President said could even be considered offensive. It is just like adults finding sexual content in children's movies, and then thinking that children would analyize the movie the same way and also find those sexual contents. It is ridiculous.
I as an educated, open minded person, took what he was saying is that in special olympics the scores are different and the expectations are lower because these are people with limited capacities. I think most Americans do not bowl over a 129, and these are not people with special needs, so I am sure many people with special needs might think bowling a 129 is pretty darn good. ( I know, I hang out in bowling alleys). I think the people who are blowing this way out of proportion and making a bigger deal out of this than needs to be made, are people who are against the PResident and who will say or do anything negative to The President and First Family because of their own insecurities, jealousy and hatred.

If you were offended then maybe the comments apply to you.
As for the former President getting along so well with special olympics, that is because he himself was very special!

Andrew Markle   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Our president made a comment that 95% of the population has made. It was not said out of hate. Don't be a Simon Cowell. We finally have a president that actually looks and responds like a human.

molly   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Palin is being disingenous...of course he didn't mean it and to turn is comment into something political is unfair.

I'm a big fan of special olympics, but Shriver needs to get over it, he needs to be more gracious instead of looking for a publicity opportunity. When something rude was said about Tiger Woods last year by a Golf Channel announcer, he replied I know she didn't mean the way it came across. That's what Shriver needs to say. Special Olympics is only going to benefit from this because the President will make sure of that...I'm sure he feels awful, but the Press and Shriver needs to forget about it...come on...there's more to talk about!

Susan   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think President Obama is completely lost! I don't think he knows what to he is trying anything and everything and is failing miserably at all of it. The comment on the Leno Show is just another example of how he cannot think about what he is saying if it is not scripted for him. As a disabled person – a person who had polio as a child and who has suffered my whole life with the stigma of a visible disability – I am really tired of the attitude of people like the President. He may try to "pretend" to be P.C. (Politically Correct), however, more than once, I have seen that he is just another elitist who is trying to make all of us do things "his way"...and it isn't going to work. And that is my opinion!

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

obama on the talk show circuit ? Does this mean he will do Ellen, The view, Chelsea Lately, I dont think so !! This is just the beginning of many years to come with the chance of putting his foot in his mouth! Believe me, he will do it again.

Mills   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

The President is hands on and loves the American people! The two President Bush never were in touch and hands on with the American people. RE: KATRINA

Delores   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I am appauled at President Obama's comment regarding special olympics as I have a special needs granddaughter who deserves more respect from our president .....I also believe the the President of the United States and the first Lady are our royalty......for him to go on talk shows, hold town hall meeting and etc. is obvious he thinks of himself as a Hollywood celebrity........ He should be taking care of politics and not promoting himself and making "dumb" statements.

Cathy   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I thought it was great to see him on his own without reporters.

I don't think he was intending to minimize Special Olympics with his statement. He was trying to put himself down–which is his typically self-deprecating humor–but Special Olympics ended up being "collateral damage". I have done it many times myself and have great empathy for him.

Fidelia Fowler   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

obama needs to stay in washington and "mind the store". also, his comments concerning Special Olympics was mean and thoughtless.

Leana Olivas   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think many are making far too much of Presidents joke about himself. We have two children in our family with Downs and are involved in Special Olympics.
We need to stop being so overly sensitive and making an issue out of every tittle.

anthony horton   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

i am sick and tired of white people making a big deal about everthing

Mike (Louisville)   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Some people or organizations cant wait to criticize the President for every word that comes out of his mouth! Lighten Up Special Olympics and dont be so sensitive! The President had NO MALICE in his heart when he made the comment about Special Olympics on Jay Leno! He is a GREAT PRESIDENT!

ozzie   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Hypocrates! If it would have been a Republican or President Bush joking about Special Olympics, you would have taken them to task! You are all in the tank for this President and he creates a different crisis every single day!!! It's the economy – stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TAMMY & JEFF PERRY   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET


James from TN   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

America is so used to Bush's one track mind tthey got to get used to multi tasking agian.

lisa   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I thought it made the President seem more approachable. I don't want a person in the White House that thinks they are better than everyone.

Elton Dearmon   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

To all the people so vocally negative to the Obama administration:

Why were you so silent about the Bush Administration while they were destroying our country, breaking our laws, lying us into needless war and removing the oversight that has helped caused this current financial disaster???

Here we have a president who not only is intelligent and dedicated to the average Americans, while the Bush administration were none of the above.

JA   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

President Obama is a warm and caring person. No way did he mean anything hurtful to anyone!

Emily   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Larry i am a Special Olympic Athlete myself, and i feel that President Obama didn't mean what he said. I am sure we have all said things we didnt mean at one point in our lives. We should leave him alone he has other bigger problems to deal with than that right now, and i feel like hes a good man.

Gary   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

President obama's comment on the special olympics was very funny and was very well timed in the show. I wish that people would just let this die, there are far more important things in the world to worry about than jokes about special people. Why waste the energy, money and time about something stupid

Gary in seattle

Brenda   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I think President Obama is losing focus – it's like he's been on vacation this week. His comment on the Tonight Show, while it might have been a slip of the tongue, I think it shows his true color. If he didn't think that way, he never would have said it in the first place. I think as President of our United States, he should be more focused on AIG, our economy instead of appearing with Jay Leno, holding town halls, basketball, etc. I am disappointed in him this past week. He is passing the buck – I don't think he knows what he is doing.

Juanita   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I believe the president was just commenting on his bowling skills and not on a particular group,

I don't think the media should take it out of context, He's human too!!!!

Shawn woolum   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET


I must admit I was initially appauled by the comments made from the highest position in our country....however after some time I can only imagine what pressure this man is under. I have a seventeen year old son in the special olympics here in columbus and perhaps his unthoughtful comments will turn more attention to our special community and their needs....We hope

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Beverly McCormick, Are you kidding? How do you take a swipe at the Special Olympics out of context?

What good has he done? What has he accomplished? I must have missed it.

R J   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

We need things to change and this is a new generation. Too many of us resisat change. President Obama is damned if he does and damned if her doesn't. You can go on any tv station and speak. He is the Chief and the buck stops with him. He is talking to everyday people and not staying Washington. Good for him.
Everyone has an opinion and if they would stop, think, and get to work we could move ahead.

Cindi Cappuccilli   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I think that the United States needs to get control of how the news media horendously blows everthing out of proportion!

T. Peterson   March 20th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

President Obama is NOT running for office. It is time he stoppped campaigning and goes home and goes to work. He can no longer avoid responsibilty for the the new "crisis of the day"!!

Myra   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Wish people would give Pres. Obama a break, they jump on him for every little thing. He sure did not mean any harm by anything he said on the Leno show. Also it is good to see him in another setting.
He is a great guy, I wish we had someone like him in charge of Canada. best regards, Myra

Angelina   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

We probably have the best president we've ever had and this just goes to show how people are not perfect! No offense, I'm very emotional to people with special needs, however, we do not need to put our country at risk by hiring people with a limited intelect capacity.

CATHY CULL   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

In re to Linda's posting above:

March 20th, 2009 8:56 pm ET
"Pretend he was Bush and he made that comment I bet 95% on this blog would be upset."

BRAVO, LINDA! You said it best!

LEOLA WATERS   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

It should be obvious President Obama meant no harm to the Special Olympics. If former President Bush was critique during his 8 year tenure as much as President Obama in his 60+ days, the economy wouldn't be in the shape it's in today!

Lind   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I agree ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! He got elected by reaching out to the public via modern means. I remember I LOVED Bill Clinton on Arseno Hall!

"Unpresidential?" on Jay Leno? What century is this person in?

He talks straight forward and he got the younger people back into politics...he takes his message to the public.

Carl Magyar   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

It is important that the president chooses his words carefully. I am concerned that a lack of awareness while attempting to be charming on Jay Leno would be far more serious result if sitting at a table across from the president of Iran.

Will in MD   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Why would President Obama not appear on The Tonight Show. He is America's President and it is great to see him on these kind of shows. As far as the March Madness picks, he is just like any other red blooded american. He likes to pick his favorites and he likes to fill in the brackets. What is wrong with this? I think people questioning him doing this is the problem. Being President is no easy job, this gives him a chance to unwind. People are so up tight.

As far as the comment about the Special Olympics, I don't think anything he said is upsetting. People need to relax. This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. I knew as soon as he said it, some group was going to say something. That's america for you. By the way, I have a special needs child. Relax people.

Shuca M   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I think the people in this country are getting way too sensitive about too little. Anyone who acts half way retarded gets picked on. Let's move on please! Tell me when I am going to get my stimulus check so I can pay some bills. . .

carter   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Pres Obama is fully capable of perfectly attacking this nations problems, visiting Leno and chewing gum at the same time. He is awesome.

Andrew Sedmihradsky   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I can't believe this is getting as much airtime as it is. It was all over the newspapers here in Australia. He made a mistake and has apologized for it. I think there is a lesson for many in the government there.

Give him a break. His visit to Leno probably helped him make contact with segments of the population who wouldn't normally tune into a political show or maybe even the news.

joshua kumi   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I think the president made a mistake, and he was a man enough to apologize, so please let it go. He just another human being. And I'm tired of people that think that he has to be lucked in his office 24/7. He's focus and had done things that Bush couldn't do in 8yrs. Let him have fun.

Mrs. Malkawi   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

last time i checked our presidents where human and we all deserve to have a little light time and if it bothers you than move. turn off the tv do not watch it. it makes me so happy to see a family in the white house.

Sue   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Did anyone think that maybe the president was talking about the pride he felt in getting that bowling score (be it low, as it was) and that he compared it to the jubilee that we all recognize and love when we see children and adult complete their competition during any of the Special Olympic games. The feeling is contagious. That was what I felt from his comment and his expression.

Jamie   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am blessed to care for developmentally disabled adults for a living and I can honestly say that it is the most amazing and rewarding job a person could ask for. Everyday, have the opprotuinity to laugh, cry and celebrate the little milestones which in their worlds are major. Shame on President Obama for being so insensitive and thoughtless with his remarks regarding Special Olympics. I would like to invite him to spend a day at the program that I work for so that he could witness first hand the kind of little miracles I get to see on a daily basis.

Stella   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

No. I think CNN is wasting everyone's time trying to figure out if Obama is wasting his time. Was it a mistake for him to appear? No. It was a mistake for him to say what he did about special olympics, but that is all – a mistake. I think if this shows anything at all, it is that he is human. As for Palin's response, all I can say is Hello Pot! We should all be as harsh on her if she makes a gaff...or I should say WHEN....

Brenda   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

He thinks because he is PRESIDENT HE CAN SAY ANYTHING! His apology will not do any good at this point. HIS POINT WAS WELL TAKEN!!!

Matt   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

This should never be forgotten for as long as Barack is the US President. He based his entire campaign on 'Change' and it cannot be denied the fact he is a minority helped him in this election. There is no excuse to this and I hope he is held up to these words for years. I am ashamed to have a man like this respresent me as an American. Im glad he can laugh about it, the only thing im laughing about is the 'change' he promised. Obama is disgraceful!

judy smith   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am really sick of all Americans "stretching the news" i.e., Obama did not do a "joke" or anything wrong! I am just "fed up" with Americans making something out of NOTHING that is said in jest. We have a Wonderful and Promising young man to lead us. Let us give him a chance. Mr Schriver said that he stated that Obama basically made fun of the handicapped. HE DID NOT> STOP the LYING news media!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glenn Nelson   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Seems to me that the President is working at least 5 days each week, maybe more. So what if he gets out on the road 1 or 2 days a week? Re: Appearance on Leno, maybe he reached people who don't read a newspaper or watch CNN. Did you consider that?
Re: Special Olympics, bravo for all who feel as I do that it was a joke on himself. Come on America, lighten up. That is not serious, our banking crisis that the President so well explained on Leno was good.

Lisa   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Obama is making a fool of himslef trying so hard to prove that he is the most likable celebrity around.....what about running this country? Give me a break!

Ali   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I strong feel that President Obama is becoming too much and perhaps a bit conceded (kind of annoying). I voted for him (but desired Hillary Clinton), as I believe he should NOT be on the Leno show as President of the US. It's just becoming too much of a personality, rather we need someone serious, attentive, responsible, noble and take a step back! FOCUS AND RELAX, YOU ARE TURNING PEOPLE OFF! PLEASE!!!

Alka Nischal   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I find it sad that our country and its politician don't waist a minute in scrutinizing a president who for once is working for the people. Everyone is focused on a statement that was made in jest about the special olympics, while forgetting his stand on all kinds of discriminationse. President Obama, is not infallible, he is a human being like all others and he has aplogized...what more is there?

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I dont trust Obama and AIG and Geithner and their "never waste a crisis" point of view.

When i was in hospital, i met my psychic. She has augsberger disease but she is also psychic and she said Obama is fooling everyone.

This is a way to help NATO.
I think bailing out Europeans before Americans is shameful.

Tom   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

NO!!! Absolutly not. He needs to get the word ot to the people. Not everybody watches 3 hours of Wolf Blitzer drivel.

However what really p___es me off are these people whining about his Special Olympics comment. It was an offhand remark with no harm intended. I have been a quadriplegic for more than 25 years and it would not bother me in the least if he had used my disability in his remark.

Get a life people and you too Larry! Lets talk about the real problems not these made up items just to sell more air time.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

President Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show was another means of reaching out and connecting with the American people. He did, however, make a thoughtless comment last night. I do not believe that the President meant to be disrespectful.

His appearance last night on the Tonight Show is not an indication that he is losing focus on the economy and other problems at hand.

I am disgusted by the scrutiny and the nitpicking aimed at The President of the United States by politicians and by the cable news pundits.

Diana   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I watched the show... I do not see President Obama as the hurtful person you are making him out to be. He made a mistake. He apologized... let it go please... He is here to make things better... We all make mistakes it's those people who recognize it and apologize for them that make good people which he is.

Ben   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I watched the "Tonight Show" last night and did not notice the comment the President made about Special Olympics until I saw the reruns and heard all the noise today. Perhaps I would have if I had a special needs child but I think the press has made it worse than it needed to be.

Daniel   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Wow. How many times did Amy Holmes rehearse that last little speech about Obama and the types of personalities that appear on Leno? She got a lot of pleasure out of that.

Eddie   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Republicans say, " You stay here and don't leave til you figure out this mess we caused."

Tom   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I am sickened by the presidents comments about the handicaped.
I have a handicaped child and I am tired of people giving this man a break on what ever he says.

jd, oklahoma   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

As you can see, Obama is being compared with Seth Rogan. He needs to worry less about how the public thinks of him and be the president, not an entertainer.

Sam M., Hawaii   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Senator Inouye's name is actually pronounced Ee-no-way.
Its ok Amy, its a hard name.

Claire   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think Obama is using the media wisely. We're all hungry to know
him better and The Tonight Show helped. It waqs informative and
delightful. As for the Special Olympics "gaffe" is concerned, am I the
only one capable of seeing it as Obama identifying with them ... as in:
Not everybody is a whiz at everything, but that doesn't mean they
shouldn't try. And a 129 at bowling isn'[t something to be ashamed of.

Mary Lou   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think the President needs to be 'presidential' and stick to his territory;
A late nite talk show is not the 'Presidential' format for the issues facing this nation.

As bright as President Obama may be, he is still 'wet behind the ears' and needs to recognize that our leader needs to be in D.C. fixing this country's ills............

linda   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

My only daughter has had 3 brain surgerys and she is in an electric wheel chair. She has a degree in computer art. She can't find work to do at home. President Obama's policys will help her so much more than any Republican policy ever would. President Obama's remark on the "tonight" show...just meant that he is "very challenged", when it comes to bowling. (probably because he is left handed, like myself). The Republicans have taken the Presidents statement... and made a mountain out of a mole hide the fact that....IF SOMEONE GETS DISABLED, NO REPUBLICAN POLICY WILL HELP THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie Miller   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I am so sick of people looking at President Obama with a fine tooth comb! Why didn't you all crawl up bush's behind with all of the major mistakes that he made? Bush is the reason that the country is in the shape that it is! You know as well as I do that the President didn't mean anything by the remark that he made on The Jay Leno show! And as for Sarah Palin, she need to focus on the coverup that she made about her unwed pregnant daughter! If McCain was elected President, it would be business as usual! So shut the hell up and give the man a chance! You act like he made the country broke! Put the dam blame where it lies!! You make me sick!!

Tony   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

The President is explaining what is happening alot more than the last administration we had in office for 8 yrs..........C'mon Tucker and Amy give him a break!!

Jill Nixon   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing a great job at reaching out to all americans. Some people do not pay attention to news media – but do watch late night shows after work like Jay Leno. President Obama talked about his economic plan to these americans. As far as the "special olympics" mistake ... He made a mistake – he apologized to Shriver – it should be forgotten. I think there is so much on his plate right now = we need to give him a break. I mean – come on- he has been office for 60 days – give him a chance. If Michael Jackson had another child Obama would be last page news!!! LOl

Ana Maria   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think that it was of bad tate for Mr. B. Obama to joke about the Special Olympics. It is a sensiytive issue and does people deserve respect and recognization for all their efforts. It is as bad a s joking about race. I am sure taht is the issue was about race, it would have even more of an issue. I am very disappointed about the comment: in his position , it is important to think before speaking.

Viet Nam Viet   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

As a disabled american vets who sits with others monthy for my prothesus adjustments , WE take whole hearted offense to a short sighted wannabee president. and NON veteran without and 'phyical' challenges only 'mental' Shall we disabled and special needs people start calling him "JEFFEY" Thanks USA

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET






MOVE ON ITS OVER...............................................................

WHY DONT YOU TALK ABOUT SOMETHING POSITIVE???????????????????????????????????



GOOD BYE...........................

Jerry L. Soltani   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry, is it possible that we could put a positive spin on the "alleged gaffe" made by President Obama last night on Jay Leno show? Perhaps it would be cool for all those youngsters working their hearts out in Special Olympics to know that their President plays as well and as hard as they do.

Jayme Davidson   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Obama should be ashamed not only about the comment but the waste of taxpayer dollars to travel there. Shame on you, you should be extremely embarrassed! Maybe you have special needs or your children – how would you feel? You are an absolute embarrassment to this country.

Jan   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Give me a break. This is the first President we've had that doesn't hole up in the White House once elected. He is coming to the people and the Republicans can't stand it. Leave him alone with negative remarks about being where the people go.

steven Kleeberg   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

as usual we are the land of the offended, give me a break or rather give the president one, why do we get hung up on some slip of the tongue, rather than focusing on the real problems of our country. people out of work, children starving all over the world, wars in several countries... and what do we worry about ?! Everyone who was offended needs to take a pencil sharpen it and shove it in their ear, per lewis black. thanks

nomorehate   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

CNN is getting to be like the Baskin Robbins of news.. one subject.. 31 different flavors of one subject. Recordings are cheaper

T. Peterson   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

what does "moderation" mean?

Dennis Mutulo   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

President obama's remark on Jay leno is just a simple mistake of the tung, yet everyone is blasting this man..He is the most wonderful president to come along in 100 years, why don't you stop finding things to keep him looking bad...Dennis Mutulo

Terri   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I watched "The Tonight Show" & I did not feel in any way he meant to disrespect anyone. Haven't we all slipped up & immediately wanted to take back something we said ? The thought never crossed my mind that he was implying retarded, dumb,etc...I have a cousin with Down Syndrome & believe me, if I thought for one second he meant any disrespect I would be offended.
Please everyone; let's not dissect every single word, physical mannerism, etc... The country has enough problems without blowing something trivial out of proportion.
The President is human–he has the weight of the world on his shoulders–let him have a moment to relax. He's being judged way too soon.

Aspen   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry Obama was making jokes at HIMSELF and NOT the disabled. People like to make a big deal out of nothing when they have nothign to do.

What is wrong with Obama going on Leno or othe rshows? That mixed woman in the glasses on your show I NEVER like to listen to her. She always talk a load of pants! She has no clue of WHO she really is and this is why she beats up on Obama. She is looking to be favourite in a cut throat industry but that will not gain you popularity miss. It is takign it from you.

Linda   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET


Your guest Amy is ridicoulous, there have been many politians that have gone on Jay Leno and David Letterman what the hell is she talking about. Why do you have her on anyway, she never has anything intelligent or enlighting to say. First I want to know what the Rep have come up since the President has been that formulates a idea of any way to help this economy recovery, the health and education problems. All they have done is whine, complain, whine and complain, not 1 orginial idea out of the lot of them

jeff   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

hey, obama is awesome. the comment just showed us he is just a normal person. nobody's perfect..... but sorry i had to change the channel the white thing at the bottom of the screen was like really bothering me. too bright!, love the show. and obama.

Maurice   March 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Come on, Obama is doing an amazing job. How lucky we are to have him....get over the political correctness which is crippling this country and gone over board....and remember one important thing, WE COULD HAVE HAD SARAH PALIN in the wings....just a heartbeat away. How scary is that ????

Sonya   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

No, he can do whatever he wants to do...he IS the President after all and WE the people put him there. I am a special needs parent and my husband and I are not offended at the comment. He is doing a good job getting out and being with those that are indeed needing to know that the President of America is still a regular person.

mary brandemuehl   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET


M Kilby   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Much ado about nothing.. If it is so bad why did they not bleep it out before it was aired?? It is like them telling us to save our money and then blaming the economy on our not buying stuff!!!
He is working on too much at one time and then if he wasn't he is not doing his job.. He has a right to go where he wants when he wants after all he is the president!!!

George P   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

No Larry I don't think he's wasting his time. But I think CNN and a couple of other respected networks can do a bit better than taking every little thing he says and turning it into a national issue. C'mon people you have been infected by Republican negativism political desperation.

James from TN   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I'M NOT OFFENDED by obama's comment. I am however disabled and laughter is my way to deal with my condition.

Elaine   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

There are so many serious problems, so when Pres. Obama jokes about his bowling skills LET IT GO!!! No one can be politically correct 24/7 AND he isn't doing too much. Health Care, Energy & Education MUST be a part of the economic package, otherwise, the US will be so far behind other industrialized countries that it will not be competitive in the 21st Century. We finally have a brilliant President w/Vision – Most people trust him rather than Congress!!!

kathleen   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Why is everyone so upset , Obama was simply saying when it comes to bowling he is Physcally challenged, isn't that what the Special Olympics is all about ? Challenged individuals trying to do things in the same Field as those who are not ! you don't to have a physcal prpblem to be physcally challenged !

Daniel   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Why shouldn't Obama get the chance to make an off-color joke? We've been suffering through 8 years of an ongoing off-color joke named George W. Bush. Give him some slack.

Rosalyn   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I believe the president should take a break from time to time. How else will he remain sane? It's refreshing to see President Obama taking a break from all the caos of the problems we're currently facing.

Janette K.   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Not only do I feel President Obama's comment regarding Special Olympics was in poor taste, I believe he's spending too much time on PR and too little on the issues at hand. He needs to realize his town hall meetings are just so much talk...just like being on Jay Leno's show. More action and less gab would be looked upon much more favorably.

Izet   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

The comment made by President Obama on Jay Leno is being made into a much bigger deal than it truly is. There are far more important things to worry about and this had been given much more attention than needed. Obama is human afterall, give him a break.

Sharon   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I heard Pres. Obama's comment that was said so quickly I barely picked up on it. My first thought was that he was referring to his own ability in that he may have had a change to compete in the Special Olympics. I NEVER took that to mean anything demeaning.

Nora   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET


They still make fat jokes on talk shows and no one gets upset! At least the Special Olympics gets funding – I pay for Weight Watchers on my own!

billie harvey   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

My brothers happens to be Downs Syndrome (age 56) and he likes to joke around and also makes fun of himself . He thinks it would be funny to see the President at the Special Olympics trying to participate.
We don't think the President did anything wrong.

Rachel   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

2 days in Cali? So what, there is life outside of DC. The economy was shot before he took office, and only time wil help correct this catastrophe. He is working on the problem, but jobs cannot be created over night.

ariel craig   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

So what he is the president..president bush did a lot of wrong things..its not a big deal...for the people who dont like him you are trying to find something small to make it big...STOP!!

Leslie Anne   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I'm a big supporter of Pres. Obama but was disappointed that he chose to spend time chatting and playing with Jay Leno. He'll have time for that in 8 years. I hope this behavior doesn't continue.

Harpriya Sidhu   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

President OBAMA has a sense of humor and a great one. So why wont you just take a joke , laugh and move on.
Yes he is FOCUSSED enough , its only 59 days and everyone is going crazy trying to write his report card. He is great and doing everything he can to the best of his ability and beyond. CHEERS.

bill   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

okay, the guy is connected, quit thinking he must be in the oval office to work – it's the 21st century. 'unpresidential' to appear on leno is absurd, just is complaining that he shouldn't be on a show with anyone else! next, you'll say presidential candidates shouldn't appear on leno. RIDICULOUS. get a grip, move on, laugh a little, and accept his humble apology for what may be a thoughtless joke but isn't. he's in fact embracing the spirit of special olympics – albeit with a tone that may have been seemingly mocking – of embracing successes AND failures.

calm down.

loretta   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why is it acceptable for Mr. Obama to appear on Leno when he is campaigning..but not after he has been elected?
The people watching are those who put him in office...and I think it's constructive for him to try to get the general public to back him in his programs.

Jackie   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

everyone needs to get a grip, everyone know's he did mean any thing by what he said.

Jayme Davidson   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why don't you just resign? You can't seem to keep your foot out of your mouth. The President should have much more class and self discipline.

Laura from Los Angeles   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I truly believe that the President meant no harm and is a very decent and compassionate guy. He made a blunder and that's it. However, I appreciate the attention to this topic of special needs people and Special Olympics. We should all understand the idea of inclusiveness and diversity. We are all "differently-abled" and the country needs to incorporate "people first" language.

While we are at it, we should not make fun of people who suffer from escruciatingmental illness or with mental conditions. There families do also from the turmoil as well as the stigma.

Just so you know, it can happen to anyone, even YOU could suddenly have a breakdown! If you have ever gone through it or had anyone in your family stricken with severe mental illness, disease, mental or physical, you would know and understand how heartbreaking it is. Have compassion America!!!!

Judy   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

President Obama is doing the best he can with what he was dealt. He really made me laugh last night on Leno. I know special needs people and they are just as much human and can dish out and take a joke like any other person. Give the man a break !! he is only human.

Judy NY

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I am sick of people laughing at people with special needs, physically and mentally.
Would Obama the Clown laugh and the media laugh if Obama implied he played like a Homosexual or a Jew.
Maybe he bowls like a Homosexual Jew.
i will let this slide, but whenever he talks without a prompter his true self emerges. TYPICAL WHITE PERSON?
clinging to religion!!!!
Obama is a fraud!
I can feel his lies!!!!!!!!!!

Matt   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Democrats say: Don't worry the American tax payer will fix this with time. Lets go on vacation...again.

Sandra Fennelly   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Doesn't anyone get it yet? One of the big reasons President Obama was elected, is because he seemed like a REAL person. What's wrong with going on Jay Leno or connecting with normal people? Do you want someone like President Bush who was hardly seen? You do know he was on vacation 30% of the time he was President, don't you? President Obama has the right to do these things at the end of the day, quite frankly. Lighten up, people!!!!

Terrence Carter   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I think it is funny how the media try their hardest to find falt in everything Obama do. That comment was nothing compared to what other networks and radio personalities have said about him and the way that he is trying to improve a failing economy. He is the first president that has encouraged younger people to get involved in politics and how it effects their future. WAY TO GO OBAMA...KEEP LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

Lisa   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

We can do whatever we put our minds to. I have full confidence in our president. There are so many people in Washington that I think they should be able to handle it if not they should not be there. Can you imagine at a corporation if the CEO said we can only do one thing at a time with the thousands of people we have working here. That company's stock would not be very valuable would it.

Don   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

The Jay Leno remark was off color and should never been made. But it was just a slip. Know one can belive he doesnt care about those people. But he should never been on the Tonight Show anyway. He need to focus on the economy. Leave healt care and everything else on the back burner. For get about AIG bonuses. Thats pennuts.

michele   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

He needs to focus on Washington spending instead of making jokes about special olympics.

Harrison   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Oh for pete's sake, you folks need to lighten up. Hasn't everyone at some time or another made a statement or remark they regretted? He made a sincere apology. Quit beating a dead horse for the publicity of your program.

Diana   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Lighten up! I'm totlly disable & I saw the President last night on Leno, people are just to sensitive and I don't think that he appeared & made comments at 'our' expense...please get over yourself.

jack brant   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I'm sorry but I don't recall Tucker Carlson or Amy Holmes questioning President Bush's professionalism when he did the soft shoe outside the white house or gave Angela Merkel a back rub.
President Obama is a man of the people and the Tonight Show hits the masses. He's human and it shows.

Niles   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I for one do not mind him to have a lighter moment. With all the issues he has to deal with, I worry for his health and possible mental breakdown, It is reassuring for me that he can still laugh. He can then lead us for another day. Give him a break!

A M   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I recently relinquished my citizenship to be apart of this great country, its culture and its freedom ....

Have I made a mistake as the political risk in this country has reached level higher than Pakistan and Venezuela probably with the politicians wielding power to engage in stupid laws to engage in populist outrage !!!

Eddie   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Pres. is speaking to the people on these shows, have you seen Leno's ratings? Pres. is reaching millions.

beth   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Excuse me but, All play and no work makes Obama exactly what he is... a Democrat! Let others work and pay taxes so he can play!

Tiffany Whiteman   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I belive that obama is a great president and really just slipped it out. He made a mistake and will learn from it like all people do when they make a little mistake like i did i had wet nails and touched my face and had white nail polish on my face and rubbed to hard to get it off and now i have a huge rub burn.

Julie Crane   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I am embarrased to say that I voted for President Obama... I have a sixteen year old special needs daughter and I am truly offended by what he said.. Nothing he has done at this point has helped my family out and now he has even hurt us.. My husband has been a manager in the car business for twenty years and at the age of 56 brought home his first minimum wage paycheck for the month of March. Thank you President Obama for helping us to become one month closer to losing our home... I can't see where any of the decisions you have made up to this point is helping anyone out.. Perhaps you should reconsider your career choice and get yourself an agent instead..

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Let's see, if Imus says something politically incorrect he gets fired, but when Obama says something politically incorrect he gets a pass. Can anyone say "double standards?"

sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Republicans want President obama to be as stuck up as they are but that ain`t happening...

michael   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

This was Obama... Real people, good sense of humor. was good to see him as he is, and I respect him for that. The special olympics hold a special place in my heart... after all i did compete in them; should we be offended; of course not, was just a good guy, with a good sense of humor, and really said nothing degrading to us that participate. Good luck Obama, we need it...

Victoria of California   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

David, I scanned through all these comments and the majority didn't think it was a big deal of the Special Olympics comment. Why did you mislead the listeners? HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF! Why don't you see the ENTIRE Leno conversation!!?

David Snider   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Larry, The American people who think President Obama should be back in Washington should realize that this President, unlike George Bush, is able to actually walk and chew gum at the same time. He is actually doing more work in his head, talking with Leno than Bush did in a year.

flavio Aguilar   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Im in the mental health system and have mental disorders. I saw Obama last night on leno and his joke was not to hurt us. I speak for my Mental Health community in NYC when i say I love President obama and a joke is a joke and my friends are not hurt by it.the media needs to stop making this too big.

Sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I feel its urgent in the case of the USA especially at this point in time that the President has the "absolute best face be put forward". It was great to see him be human ,,,but the question everyone is not reliazing is
"How did that comment improve the image of AMERICA acrosss the world?" .

LEOLA WATERS   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

For everyone that's complaining, I'd like you to ask yourself, how many of you have said something you wish you never had said? After all, the President is human. There are so many of "you" who are willing to throw that first stone, who are living in a glass house.

Deb Brubaker   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Just curious – Has President Obama every been to a special olympic event? If not, I encourage him to do so. If he has, maybe it's time he revisit those olympians.

Parent of a special olympian

elizabeth   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Larry .

The comment president obama made i feel, was a comment i am sure at times
we are all gulity of however, spoken the majority of time with out thought. No malice meant. Maybe, nerves took over.

Give the guy a break. We learn by our mistakes.

Being a african american I am sure he understands and has been on the receiving end of many a cruel comment.


Sydney Australia

Alyce Flynn   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

NO!!! And I wish these REPUBLICANS would realize he is cleaning up after their president! He is at least visible and trying to get the job done!

Julie and Marian   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

President Obama made an honest mistake on the Tonight Show, and has expressed his regrets. Your show and the media are bringing too much negative attention to this, instead of focusing on more important issues.

Bover   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

When I see these repub talking heads refer to Obama appearing on "tonight show" as "unpresidential" it's a joke. @0 million people watched him, most people DO NOT watch the political pundit shows and so most people are clueless and misinformed. Its only the self important talking heads PAID to appear on the political pundit shows that think that people are actually watching them, yes that means you Amy Holmes.

gisela   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

What ever hapend to america's sense of humor. No wonder this country is going thru this bad spell. Lighten up people! If you cannot laugh about anything this days, take a gun a shoot yourselves.

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET


THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Cal Anton   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I would hope the President would have this kind of exposure and take a few hours to reach out to his constituents as part of the job. He works for us and we need to see him. The last guy just disappeared at his ranch for weeks on end.

angela mancuso   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I am happy to have a president that is modern, uses tv to reach the vast numbers that it reaches, and by the way Amy, Jay Leno is one of the most respected talk show hosts in the history of tv. Up there with Carson. Whats up with that remark??

martin caine   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Think the Pres is human, and was refreshing to have a guy who talks with us and not at us, was his remarks poor, yes, but the overall interview was great, finally sounds like someone not so removed that understands what is and has been going on in this country,,, also, cmon, no president is chained to a desk 24/7,, this is just snooty out of touch people making these remarks

Sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I'm disappointed that the President is taking time to go on Jay Leno, etc....I think it demeans the presidency to go on all these talk shows...I wish he would show more class by declining these invitations and show more strength as President that he is in charge of all the issues facing the american people.....and does other things for relaxation.

Char   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

No , he is not wasting his time, we finally have a President who can walk and chew gum at the same time. It sures beats a President who hides behind the White House doors and only talks to the public when they have to!

Cheryl Shambora   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

President Obama should take every opportunity to reach the American people because the so called "liberal media" *cough cough* fails to report the truth. Until reporters in all of the media outlets begin to actually "report" news, we will continue to be bombarded with the talking points and never hear the actual news. This goes for you as well CNN.

Diane   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

We need a President, not a buddy!

ann dorrian   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Obama's thoughtless comment and broad smile were painful to hear and watch. A quick call to apologize does nothing to erase the image or lessen the pain to all he offended

CB   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

President Obama is doing the right thing!!!!!! Will you people stop acting crazy and chill out. Did you just hear the stupid comment that Amy Holmes just made about who Leno has on tonight. All Carvelle and King could do was just laugh at her ignorance.

Rick O'Banion - Canada   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

You just had a president who spent 1/3 of his time on vacation, 1/3 under a rock, and the final 1/3 trying to put together coherent sentences.
It is good to see someone like President Obama out there...somewhere...anywhere!

Kathy Schukman   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

In contrast to Pres. Obama, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney rarely showed themselves to the public and look what they were up to! Pres. Obama has nothing to hide, so he is not doing so.

Monica Birakos from Whittier, CA   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

President Obama is working hard for all of us! His choices to talk with voters and his appearance on the Tonight Show are important outlets to reach all of us. Do you really think he is not working while he is traveling? Please! He has the ability to multi-task, unlike W.

Maxine Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

People need to be accountable for what they say! ESPECIALLY Our President- as a business person- I am careful of how I speak 100% of the time! he is held to a high standard ..PERIOD!

Molly from Ct.   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I don't see a problem with the President being on with Jay Leno. Its a good way to talk to another group of Americans about his policies. I also don't think that he should be spending every single waking hour working on his 'job'. Everybody, no matter who, needs some down-time and 'time off'. To me, it would be like heading to Camp David for a weekend or to a ranch in a large state.

Diane Deweese   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

The remarks, the President made were cruel,and insesitive.He
should be ashamed.Special needs people,didn't ask to be born
that way.How can we expect people to treat them any different,if
the President makes fun of them on T.V.

James   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

First of all, I see nothing wrong with Obama being on Leno and it shouldn't be much of an issue. Besides, it's not as if Obama went on the show and did NOT talk about the economy, banks, education, energy, health care, ect. As far as the remark, while I thought it was a mistake on his part, don't make too big of a deal out of it. It's nowhere as bad as the monkey being shot in the newspaper add that we were told to get over when there was outrage.

Donna   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I am frankly sick of paying for this man to entertain ...Mr. Obama is not a celebrity. What gives him the right to fly on our dollar to the Jay Leno Show. I AM OUTRAGED>>>instead of trying to be a movie star...and entertaining Stevie Wonder...he should stay in Washington, DC. If he wants to entertain...why not take our soldies from Walter Reed that are ambulatory and invite them to the White House for dinner. He is a disgrace

mitchell bergman   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

My name is Mitchell Bergman I am a single parent raising a 15 yr, old child. WHO IS A QUADRIPLEGIC
I watched the show last nite and heard what the prsident said ,
it is truely amazing that every word is critisized .The President was speaking about himself and no one else. ("ABOUT HIS BOWLING") for goodness SAKES, it's not enough the country has so many problems that YOU all just want something else to point out. To make him look bad.
AND NO (we want him out there talking and reaching out)

Cheryl   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

President Obama has been working hard since he won the election and took Office. He knows that everything affects each other such as health care, energy, education and the economy. He needs to take care of the spirling heath care cost which will affect the budget. People will gain access to doctors with his plan.

He push for energy will create jobs. It will also benefit the US. We needs that can not be outsourced.

babzie   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

He's doing too much, he's doing too little. He's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't. So what if he was on Leno, he was in Pomona to visit an electric car manufacturer, so this wasn't a special trip. He's connected with the American people, the world for that matter. Traveling all over the world, everyone's response is how wonderful our new President is. I'm Proud!

Linda McMillan   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I admire Obama and think he is doing a good job. It may be that he is "putting himself out there" too much and unnecessarily. Republicans are looking for every possible opportunity to pounce! There is no doubt about that.

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Its easy to sat those comments when you dont have to raise a child with severe handicap.

Howard Chud   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

While the special olympics comment was a huge gaffe, do people actually think Barak Obama should be working 24/7? That he should have no real life like the people he represents? If he could fix all of the problems he inherited by working 24/7 he would.

Nancy Janiszewski, Kaukauna, Wi   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Please everyone, give President Obama a break! I think it's about time we have a President who makes himself available to the public. And as far as his being on Larry King-what's wrong with it? He has an adgena and he wants the public to be aware of what is going on. He has people he selected who were given the responsiblity of running the different cabinet positions. Managers and CEO's do this everyday and it's called "delegating responsibility". I have faith in President Obama and let's all remember, he inherited this plate of garbage. No one complained when President Bush spent a third of his term on vacation. Let's all remember, we elected a Preident-no one him gave him Godly authority. He looks to his God every day for guidance. And regarding the remark about special olympics, he wasn't defaming anyone, it was a figure of speech. How many times have we called ourselves ie:"retards" when we've done something dumb or wrong. We're not making fun of a group of people. It's a slip, Let's remember "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". I don't know anyone who would pick up a rock or sprout wings.

karen mc   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I am a disabled woman myself with a child who had a learning disability . She refured to her school bus as a SPED bus. I think everyone should lighten up. I Thought the comment was funny !

Barbara   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

President Obama's gaffe and attention to celebrity shows denotes his lack of experience in dealing with people of all persuasions, international matters, and national matters. As the utmost representative of our country he needs to be diplomatic in all comments that he makes. He is not allowed the freedom to be sarcastic. I am a retired school teacher. I always had to be aware of what I was saying in the classroom and remain neutral and use diplomacy in discussions. That is what was expected of me. That is what I expect of our President.

marty sandridge   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I wish everyone would just stop all this jumping on Obama at every little turn in the road. He is human after all. Obama is awesome and doing a great job. Ease up.

Teresa   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Please respect the Office of the President and stay off late night shows!

Theresa   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Come on people! You could tell the minute it came out of his mouth, he knew it was a mistake. Can't we just back this kind and gentle man up and be proud of who we picked to lead us? I , for one, am proud of this man and his family and believe he would never mean to hurt anyone knowingly!

Stephanie Spencer   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry King get a life I don't see or hear you making a show on what Jay Leno says on any other nights, or any other late night host!! Presient Obama is doing a great job of repairing what the last republician President took 8 years of breaking down behind our backs!!! President Obama is making government accountable for themselves and I like it! When has any elected official ever made this promise.

Vanessa   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I can't believe how short people's memories are! So, Obama took a few minutes out of his schedule to go on T.V. That's the fastest way to reach most Americans anyway. It's so much better than George W. Bush who spent more time at his ranch in Texas than he did in the White House. What do people want? Here he is everyday coming out and talking and trying to move forward. I really think it's the old adage....he's damned if he does....

Marjorie Irish   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I do not think that President Obama meant anything by his comment other than the fact that he feels handicapped by his bowling skill. That is what he was trying to say, but, as usual, people jumped on it as being controversial. It is obvious in his life and his work that he has no bias toward any group. He is the most outgoing, caring President we have ever had. Please stop picking apart everything he says. It makes it very difficult for him to get close to the people when he is being put under a microscope every time he opens his mouth.

Verna Charter   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

It doesn't matter to me and really doesn't make any difference. I don't think he has the answers anyway – his only answer is to spend, spend, spend. I do think he should pay for his Thursday night parties with his own money.

Linda   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

How refreshing to have a President who actually listens to his constituents and doesn't keep himself closed off in a bubble! I loved seeing President Obama on Jay Leno – he was witty, intelligent, and clearly explained the issues confronting our country. He's also done more in his first months of Presidency than any other President – certainly more than Bush! Give the man a break!!

Laura and Nate   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

We are 150% behind the President...he has a golden heart and truly cares about ALL of us. Actions speak much louder than words and President Obama has demonstrated that in a very short period of time, with all of us positive actions. EVERYONE has made verbal blunders no matter who they are; it takes a great man to admit it and want to correct it right away, (with a sincere apology)
Forgiveness is a divine trait.

anna   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

l think everybody should get over it. l think he entitied to some free time. l think it was something came out the wrong way. the man puts in plenty of hours and desives some relaxing time..He is doing a great job.

B Tierney   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Why is it the only thoughts that are featured live are those that are critical of the president when the overwhelming majority of the comments support his appearances? I smell a ratings game and its obvious.

Camilla   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I was watching President Obama on Jay Leno last night. As the mother of a child with special needs, I did cringe when the President made his comment about Special Olympics.

However, I was impressed today when I heard Mr Shriver mention that President Obama called him and apologized BEFORE the comment aired. The fact that the President took the initiative BEFORE hand speaks very highly of him and his sincerity.

As for his love of basketball and making NCAA picks... get off his case!! He has one of the most if not the most stressful jobs in the world. Compared to previous presidents "not having sexual relations with that woman" and who knows what else, filling out a basketball bracket is hardly cause for alarm.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

TUCKER said it the way I wanted too!
These are distractions!

FRFANCES BUNNICELLI   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


Daniel I.   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

President Obama has spent a few minutes on Leno's show that he gets blamed for, you guys (media) spent 2 days already to talk about it. The economy is not something that should be only on the president's shoulders, but each on of us should do something – including the meda.

Marta Trueba   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

My daughter has autism and participates in Special Olympics, she bowls. I was not affended, I think it was an honest mistake. This country needs to feel that everything is okay and our President is trying to convey that we will be alright, despite our economic turmoil.
The more we see him the more our nation feels he is in touch.
People need to lighten up, he is human too!

roy clausen   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

The Idea of a sitting President on a show like leno's was not that good to begin with, but it does demonstrate the old saying: if you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas. No offense Leno, but you are not that funny or very smart, watch Steve Colbert if you want funny, watch Charlie Rose for smart, Rose would have been a better venue for Obama, since he is such a serious and intelligent man.

Frank Vukovich   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I don't understand – Presidents have appeared on other comedy shows such as The O'Reilly Factor and Fox on Sunday.

Dana Harper   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I think that Obama's effort to bring his message to the people is refreshing. The past president seemed to hide in his office and avoid the press,so we didn't know what he was doing. Both of the Obamas are putting themselves out there to talk to the people to see what their concerns actually are rather than listening to the cable news stations that needing filler for their shows, constantly talk about the economy, and complain about little things. I think that his job is very isolating and to be effective he really needs to get out there and find out what real people are concerned about.

jeannie seeley smith   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Seize the moment. President Obama is a reformer.

We have not had one since Johnson. The winds of change are coming. Stay tune. Yes, he will not always make the right decisions to narrow the gap between the extreme wealthy and the struggling – but long term it will happen.

He is a quick study – he will learn quickly from his first mistakes.

One thing for sure – this is the first President in 50 years who wants to – more than life itself – make a horrendous difference in creating equity. In 20 years we will be referring to B.B. (before Barack) to
A. B. (after Barack.)

assaf   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

President Obama got so much energy, why not! maybe that will give him even more energy for the job.
May God make it easier for him for picking up other people's mess.......

glenda sabo   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

OMG....I have a disability and what he said was NOTHING. Come on people. Give it up! He has stress just like all of us. Humor has helped make me get thru my disability. I have Lupus and it is even a silent disability. Laughter is the medicine most people need right now more than anything!

Joe   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Obama's not a greatly skilled bowler compared to others. Similarly, special olympic athletes are less skilled than real olympic athletes, or else they would be competing in the real olympics. So really, anyone who has a problem with what Obama said, simply can not handle the truths of life. Most all jokes are poking fun at a group, person, or thing, but all in good fun. What do you want Obama to be, a robot with no sense of humor?

waynette paul   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

First, is the president not entitled to choose how he spends his down-time? For God's sake, he no doubt spends every waking moment as it is dealing with all the issues he's inherited from the previous presidency(s). people are so quick to criticize. It's not so easy to put yourself into someone else's shoes, let alone the president's. People need to back off and lighten up.

Joe Mwangi   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I would like to believe that the president works 24hrs a day but I know that he does not! Give the guy a break. Would you rather see him practicing his bowling at the whitehouse instead of appearing on Jay Reno?! Come on people!

Rey   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Making a comment mistake on Special Olympics is another setback for minorities seeking employment and minority businesses. Why? Because of the following? He enacted a Women's council, now he will have to enact a a Disabilites Council because of his Jay Leno show blunder, but what about a Minority Business Council for the diadvantaged minority businesses and a HIGH unemployment rate for minorities?

Emma   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

He needs to get back to work and stop trying to do a million things at once, quite avoiding the real problems. He already visited 57 states, so he has said, and he is suppose to be so intelligent?? He didn't visit Alaska or Hawaii so that makes 59 states, DUH

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Amen Linda thats right u r right they need to shut up and let the man do his job thet r trying to make a big deal out of it

Uso   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

President Obama is a human being and human being's behave exactly the way that he does. My gosh are we going to pick apart everything that he says and does? Good lord...

JoanKanter   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

America is being silly. The President is human and he has a life outside of the Whiter House. Being on Jay Leno is not a problem for me and should not be a problem for america. Americans are being petty and judgmental anda it's time to stop the nonsense. President Obama is fine and will do well and he is taking care of the economy.

Chill out Amerca. Enough is enough. By the way, I did not find the comment on Speial Olympics offensive at all.

STEFFI BIERIG   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I thought it was great that President Obama came on to Jay Lenno. He relates extremely well to people. He is an extremely intelligent man and he can handle his job in Washington as well as being out in the public.He can explain matters much more directly to the American public when he gets down on their level on a program that many of the regular American public watches.

Special Needs Mom   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

No, I don't think the President is wasting time and I also think the President did not mean to hurt or demean the Special Olympics children. Good Grief folks, he is human, just like the rest of us.

Jan Harris   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think it's wonderful the President has taken the face time w/the public. Via the tonight show, and the town hall meetings. To many Presidents in the past have taken the "eletist" attitude, and President Obama has said and shown that he "is" one of the people, and for the people, and not "above" the people.

glenda   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think the President stays on message wherever he goes,It is refreshing to have a pres that can multi-task and stay in touch with the american people.And where is it written that he has to do what every other pres has done,I think going on leno was good idea just reminds me of why we fell in love with him during the campaign

Lisa Bartsch   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

How ironic that as I was filling out the forms for my daughter to become a part of the Special Olympics our President was making his hurtful remark for a laugh. It made me very sad. To me, it is the same as if he had used the "R" word or made a stupid joke about the "short bus". It's hurtful and ignorant.
Madyson's Mom

Laura Jobe   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Give me a break!!! President Obama has a plate that is so full I don't know how he begins to tackle the problems he has inherited. Unless those making negative comments think they can do a better job than President Obama, they need to shut up.

Todd   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think it is great for President to be involved in different forums. I do question the Tonight Show – Special Olympics comment. Isn't the Tonight Show recorded for rebroadcast later in the evening? Why couldn't NBC or the White House have requested any offensive comments be blocked from the rebroadcast to prevent controversy?

Kurt schwartz   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

This is too much already President Obama was wrong about the joke but why does this have to go all over the news for a 5 second statement?!!

Sam M., Hawaii   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Sure Seth Rogan will be on tonight but shows like Jay Leno is a media forum. Its a different way of reaching out to people who don't watch the news or don't have cable. Its a way of drawing Americans into the serious situations, especially with AIG.

I agree that people are saying that the President is doing too much and some people are saying he is doing too little...

connie campbell   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I'm glad to see a president with a human side, makes him more personable. I am 65 and I have never seen a president go so far out to do so much for this nation in so little time. I know he has our best interest at heart and is a hard worker. I will follow him to the end. I think he's great , keep up the good work Mr. President. We will all thrive with . Be human also.

shawnpcunningham   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

The fact that Obama is tackling so many issues is because he is rising to the occasion to do so. In the private sector, that is how business works. You must address a multitude of issues simultaneously and have a strategy to apply direction. I actually think Obama has not yet hit his stride, but he is remarkably adept at intelligently moving the ball forward.

People need to grow up in their perspective towards what to expect out of leaders. You cannot focus on some over-arching problem like "economy" and then pretend elements of the economy are not connected. That is patently ridiculous. He has to rise to the occasion, that is what he should do, and that is what we should expect.

R.Nigrelli   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

As a person with a special needs sister, and as a teacher of special education for 31 years , James C. is right " people need to lighten-up".

Mary   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Apparently one of the campaign promises should've been to teach american people how to relax. No wonder we are so stressed! Calm down!!
If he gets in touch with the people, they complaint, and if he doesn't he's a snub! make up your minds. What do you people want? another Bush? All he did was stay at the white house and sit on top of the issues. At least Obama is telling us what"s going on either on TV with some sense of humor or by actually doing things. Seriously, relax!

Joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I don't believe that President Obama knows how to waste time. I for one am very impressed with him and his actions. He was on Jay Leno's show to talk to the American people, (communicate) which has been lacking the last 8 years. I am an Independant voter.

bernie   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET


Jill   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

President Obama appears to continue campaigning. It seems he sees himself now as a celebrity rather than the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. I wonder when it will sink in.

Catherine Gail Joslyn   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Please tell me that the entire Larry King Live Show tonight is not going to focus on such trivia as President Obama's human error on Jay Lenos Show. Our President has gone to the people for a BIG reason.
Congress seems to be "filled with folks whose cheese is slipping off the cracker". We need to get rid of those bumbling dodo's, and find some more people who truly want to serve the people of this great USA.

Penny Mishkin   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think that President Obama's comment about the special olympics has been misinterpreted. He was making fun of himself and not any individual with a physical or cognitive disability. As an occupational therapist I care deeply about these individuals. I do not think the president meant to diminish in any way the "special olympics" and I think he has been quite gracious about apologizing for a misunderstnading, and trying to soothe the feelings of those who were inavertently hurt. I agree with Tim Shriver that this is not a partisan issue, but a teachable moment, however, we should not lose sight of the fact that President Obama really did not do anything wrong. If Sarah Palin truly cares about this population, she should not seize this moment as an opportunity to exploit it for political reasons.

high-stress   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

WE MUST ALL LAUGH...........5MIN. A DAY!!!!!!...JUST 5MIN.



Ronnie Santos   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

How many vacations did Bush take to the Texas ranch? Too many to count in my opinion. I lost track. So, lets cut Pres. Obama some slack. Lord knows he's proactive and trying to steer the country in the right direction.

Mills   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

HERE YE, HERE YE, DRAMA KINGS & DRAMA QUEENS, STOP BLOWING The President's minute remark completely out of porportion. President Obama is out informing the American People in which he loves 100%.

jbar   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

No, not at all people need to stop disrespecting the president.

millie   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I would hope that our president would act presidential, more sincere and take our world situation more serious. I am disappoointed in the way he is handling the money situation. I was hoping He would do better.

LaVerne   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Obama has restored a sense of joy and hope to this country. Give the man a break. He has done more the past 60 days that other Presidents have done in four years.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

How popular was G Bush after 9/11!!!


I think the media is shameful!!!!!

Matt   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Yeah he has spent a lot of money and giving others the stuff I have wored hard for. Obama is horrible. He cant blame Bush forever, he will try. Im still waiting for things to 'change'. You have your retirement back yet? International health care? Troops out of Iraq? I dont see change.

sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Ohhh!! and i think Amie holmes with the goofy glasses should lighten up a little bit.. she`s too angry...Barack Obama is our president and is gonna be for the next 8 years so get used to it... The best president might i add...

Connie -Houston texas   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

On Jay Leno is exactly where this side show belongs. As a parent of a special needs son, I am insulted by the economy and james Carvelle.

Judy Pietrykowski   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

As a Canadian, I am happy to see your president out among the ordinary people with ordinary problems rather than sitting in Washington!! I think his comment about Special Olympics he would like to have taken back the second it was out of his mouth. We've all done it!!!!!

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I think it's so funny that the President's self-deprecating joke is getting so much attention – BUSH couldn't put together a subject and verb and make a whole sentence – funny or otherwise – he was pathetic. OBAMA IS WORKING... and playing... and, uh, let's see... COMMUNICATING... and uh, being NORMAL! Wow – what a concept!

debbie mckinnon nova scotia, canada   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Hey everyone is making something out of nothing....I like your new President & he wasn't out to insult anyone. I think he just wants the American people to know that he's a normal person just like them.

Laura from Los Angeles   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

The President has the ability to multi-task. He must pay attention to at least 20 issues all at the tie same time. He has no choice. He is the President! Anyone, he is not alone. He has a whole team in his administration! He has other people working on a multitude of projects. Our country has many issues! He needs the support of the public and is extremely popular. What is wrong with drumming up support and unity in our country?

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

When are people going to stop believing in the "Obama of Oz?" They should pull back the curtain and take a good look.

ab   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Pres. obama is the people's president. It is important that he continues to connect with the public.

we are done with the stiffs, such as Bush

Frank W.   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

It should occur to everyone that Barrack is very energetic. George "W" was either in bed early or on vacation during the creation of our present woes. Barrack is handling the inherited mess by putting in EXTRA hours! I applaud his energy! Also, with all the leeway and support the Republican's gave Bush, they need to give Obama a chance. After all it's only 59 days (not 8 years)
Frank W., Riverhead

Faye J.   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Larry: In reference to Sarah Plain’s response to Pres. Obama's statement on “Special Olympians," She has nerve to talk after her continued insult to African Americans by the use of the words “soccer mom". These are racist code words that should have never crossed her lips! She is appalling by her continued disrespect for minority and racial groups other than her own Arian European culture.

molly   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Amy needs to know its a different generation and we want our President to be cool and human. To like what we like, to talk to us about real things. I'm a Republican and I had enough of "Presidential" stuff with Bush. I'm sick of policy listening because all press and congress do is put it down...I'm want a postive Washington DC!

Yea to James its all absurd!!!!!! And the special olympics comment
over reaction is absurd!!

rebecca guynn   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

someone should take a poll to find out how many people change the channels or pop in a dvd when the president speaks during primetime. He reached a lot of those americans by appearing on the leno show.

i have never heard so many petty criticisms in my life... i hope that there soon will be a public backlash against all the people who are criticizing and complaining.

but maybe that's what being an american is all about. complaining.

MRM   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Recent study's have shown that late night talk show appearance have increased the votes from the younger population. It has also appeared in polls that most of the younger generation gets their news from shows like Late Night, The Tonight Show and The Daily Show. We are in a new era where media is king. People who think he is wasting time need to check facts because President Bush was on vacation 40% of the time he was in office. As for holding town hall meetings isn't time that the President reaches out to our communities and hears us first hand. He is working for us and with us.

Carol   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Cable News over analysis night after night after night is ruining us, depressing us, dividing us more and more. Enough of octomom, Michael Phelps and Obama's screwup on Leno, etc. etc.

peggy   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I don't think he was trying to insult anyone but maybe he should stick to basket ball

Tina   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

least its not about the oil LOL

Dodie   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Absolutely NOT. I have confidence in President Obama. Why don't the people crying about his appearance on Leno, "scream" and make more noise about what he's done and continues to do to fix the mess Bush left us with. I like it that he shows himself, here he's reaching a younger crowd, those that may not give as much attention to the news. I appreciate that he's reaching out to everyone!

Mary Nunnery   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

President Obama has not yet realized that he is President and what that really means. I am sorrow to tell him that we do not need him to be cool as if he is hanging out. We need a grown up in the white house. There is too much at stake. He is no longer a community organizer, college professor or regular guy. He can do all of that again when he finishes the job of President of the United States. Every thing he does or states and how he states it can be a make or break situation. Sorry that he wanted this job. Now grow up very fast and act like a real grown up.

Esther Spickler   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

The comment by the President regarding the Special Olympics was thoughtless. The President's strutting around the country making appearances can just as easily make appearances on the grounds of the White House. I am sure the press will cover him there as well. To go around and continue to spend money as his travel certainly cannot be cheap is an indication that this man loves the lime light. He is so in tune to his public persona it is a sickening display. Just watch any news clip of him, he never turns directly forward to the camera, he just looks left and right. Thus his thoughts are strictly about his appearance and bolstering the Democratic Party.

Michelle   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I don't understand WHY the republican party/representatives are so bitter towards President Obama. Do they really think that their negative and harsh words are helpful at a time like this???
It has totally turned me off. Why can't we all get along? Why can't they support this president and hope for the best? That is all we can do; is hope and pray for the best.
Stop with the negative talk. I'm sick of it.
The man has only been in office...what less than 90 days.
Give him a break.

Sam   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Cable news is going to destroy this country. There are so many issues you could concentrate on and provide real information to the people. Unfortunately that would involve hard work and real journalism. So night after night you provide partisan fights and OPINION. How about the media doing their job.

And please no more Tucker Carlson.

ed carpenter   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET


Anil K Tiwari   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET


Give him break; from day one he is under scrutiny... he is taking all the steps which he can do...

slip of tongue does happen ...

Who ever is talking about fixing economy can happen only sitting in Washington. I am sorry it is not it cannot happen over night...

he is normal human being..... He does need time

Give him some time

Anil Tiwari

Aaron   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Leave Obama alone. With the way the economy is, too much is whats called for and a Late Show appearance is purely excusable. As far as the slip-up, let it slide. I'm 100% sure he meant nothing by the comment. EVERYONE has said something regretable, we're human!!

shirley jarecki   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

How many people can throw rocks at a glass house? Everyone has made a slip of the tongue, and are sorry after it slips out, including parents of special needs children, before they had the special child, or about a race or a religion. The president caught his slip and i'm sure he is very embarrased. It's over, he appologized, SO GET OVER IT.

Delores   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Just as I thought.....the liberals who thought a man running for president doesn't need to have executive experience, a quesionable background and a very liberal congress controlled in both houses by people of questionable motives, morals and ethics would play down a hurtful comment he made on Leno. I know, he is the Meshiah and can do no wrong and still our country no better off and he has not kept one presidential promise he made during his campaign. He knew where this country was before he ran and wanted this office, so why is he complaining about being left with this deficit????? Why is he letting AIG employees receive bonus? He is president, he can stop it.

R.Weber   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Speaking from a Canadian point of view! Give the man a chance to do what he has to do. He is a breath of fresh air that needs to be taken in by the American public. The economy needs a major fixing, and we are all hurting in many countries. If he can show a little humour during these times as well as showing resolution to many problems; it shows he's human as well as a leader.

Abe Oommen   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

President Obama's comment on special olympics was not in any way intended to hurt anybody's feeling. It was just an innocent joke.

nelson cepeda   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Enough drama. President Obama made comments on numerous important issues; the special olympics remark was a side comment, trivial. It is so refreshing to finally listen to a President who makes us proud nationally and abroad. This oversensitivity should be redirected toward the people responsible for the economic crisis, whose comments and actions should be criticised in the media 24/7 and the courts should hunt them down.

Wendy   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Go Mr. President, do any show you want too. People need to lighten up. He is refreshing and a joy to watch. The Republicans are behind all of the anti-Obama media. And you can take that to the bank. They will keep putting pressure on him as long as he is in office. They care only about their party, not the people in this country. They all need to be thrown out of office.

Amanda   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

President Obama is only human. He makes many appearances and speeches and eventually he must say something out of context. He appears to have good intentions in many areas. If anything he has brought attention to the way Special Needs people are viewed and cause us a society to think about that.

Brenda Nadeau   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I think the President and team our brilliant! Whether we like it or not the young people get their news from TV and not CNN or ABC etc.

The special olympics (I am a supporter) remark was unfortunate, I am sure however we all have made a joke about color, race, etc in our lifetime. There is no perfect person that hasn't said a joke example
"are you scotch?" or cheap jokes about Jews.

I think it is great that he tries to appeal to the young. He has been
under the spotlight more than any President and criticized. It take much more time to fight the negative media, than go on a 30 minute
TV show that gets to more people than the Presidents Address to the Nation

Jack McCornall   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

My father Phillip McCornall says Tucker Carlson is a Republican in Libertarians clothes.

Nancy Fields   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I'm appalled! This country is in a crisis. American people are frustrated, depressed and experiencing feelings of hopelessness due to this economy. What's wrong with a president sitting down and chit-chatting? He's the only one who is calming through all of the hysteria! What is the media doing? Criticizing! Creating hysteria! Lifting up the voices of a few crutchie old-gards...I'm sick of all the political rhetoric and especially commentary of the fab-four that includes the worst political analyst, Amy Holmes! All of them sound like Republicans. I'm sick of them and the media!

Donna   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

It seems these days everything someone in the public eye says is twisted and turned into something horrible and taken completely out of context. Then it's beaten into the ground for a week or better. Is it we have nothing better to talk about on all of these news shows so we have to make a big deal about it just for something to discuss? Clearly President Obama was not being nasty towards special needs people, he was trying to joke about himself. People are really being ridiculous, lighten up.

Kathy Weichbrod   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Our daughter is a Special Olympic athlete whose favorite sport is bowling and she voted for President Obama. Our family is proud of President Obama's bowling improvement. We are certain that President Obama was not making fun of the persons with special needs. Our daughter Gretchen has had the opportunity to win several gold medals in state wide competition. She is looking for a job. She would love to work at the White House. Who do we contact?

marie   March 20th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Oh, give me a break! There was nothing wrong with the President's going on the Late Nite Show! It isn't as if he's so engrossed in being in the lime lite that he's not concentrating on his responsibilities as the President! As a matter of fact, it shows how very dedicated he really is in getting the message out to the American People of his committment to working for change BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Alan Schwartz   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I find it refreshing that our President is out amongst the people he represents. This can only help keep him focused on those he was elected to serve. He certainly seems capable of dealing with more than one issue at a time. The "Special Olympics" comment made by President Obama on The Tonight Show last night was an unfortunate "human error." The emphasis placed on it by you and the media is truly ridiculous and demeans serious journalism given all of the really important issues facing our country.

Jonathan   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am sick and tired of the thin skinned and self serving attitude of so many of the American public. I have a special needs kid, but I surely took no offense at Mr Obama's comments about the Special Olympics. It seems that every minority in this country has nothing better to do than sit around and wait for a chance to make a big deal about some affront. If only those same people would put that same effort into the general betterment of this country rather than their selfish little piece of the world, we would all be netter off.

Cheryl   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Tucker need to remember the republicans spending money the last 8 years. He did not have a problem when Bush was spending money. He should have been a drill sargent when Bush was in office, maybe someone would have listened then.

Tucker is just mad that President Obama is concentrating on making things better for the American People and not the wealthy.

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Obama is disabled , he lacks COMMON SENSE !!

Norma   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Many people look at the Presidents appearances on the surface. He is going to the venues of the American people that aren't watching the political shows. The critics aren't looking deeper and realizing that by him doing any of these appearances he is on the offense. Compared to what happened with the stimulus package and the Republicans getting out to the public before him. He is now getting out in front of his budget plan before those against him speak negatively about it.

vamonticello   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Tucker Carlson was fired from CNN and his show on MSNBC was cancelled. Why are people even asking him his opinion on anything.

Adam   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry love your show! About our less than fearless leader spending time on less than important events and public appearences. I think he has loss all prospects of the job. First he inflated our debt and gave the money away like candy. Now he is on talk shows making dumb remarks about the "Special Olympics" which he had no plans of supporting up until he stuck his big foot in his mouth. I think he is expanding to many projects at a fast pace and will loose sight of most of them befor they have had a chance to take effect or show improvement. He is trying to snowball the public with fast talk and actions in areas that he has no knowledge of and should stay out of those areas. And one more thing this latest idea of removing the guns from the airline cockpit boxes? Is he completely lost it or does he have knowlege of his Muslim buddies future hijack attempts?

Keith   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I think some people are loosing focus on what was said. If he cant do more than one thing at a time, then he shouldnt have ran for President. And he just like other knew he could. Sarah Palin refused a large part of the stimulas money which part of the it supports special needs children. I guess she is only concerned if its only her special needs child. since she lost the election i guess she is no longer concern about the support only comment in guest.

Thank you


Courtney Dunham   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Has it occured to anyone that President Obama is making all these rounds to different media and arenas to reach the highest, most diverse amount of people out there, in a positive and proactive way, to let all Americans know what his plan is to pull us out of a depression? I think it's a very creative way to connect to ALL AMERICANS, especially after most of us were so unhappy and embarrassed with the Bush years. I have no doubt that he's still putting in 60-plus hours of work a week pulling us out of this difficult time, despite the media appearances. I'm wondering why this is even a question of inappropiateness?

Jefferson Holston   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Of course! Let's require the President to stay behind closed doors in the White House where he can mind the economy without pesky interference from inconsequential things like... contact with the American People. Is this really a newsworthy discussion?

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The last time I checked we had a pretty good communication system set up in this country. Not only do I not mind the President going on the road to talk to the country, I DEMAND it. I do NOT want another GW who closes himself off to the public. I VOTED that way.
Do I care that he's giving his picks on the final 4? Let me answer that by saying, thanks for the tip!! Gee, he really is a regular guy. He's not so out of touch.
NONE of this means he doesn't have his eye on the ball. I want and need a President who can do more than read a poll, flip a coin and give them what "they want to hear". He does have a cabinet. We do pay them to do a job. He's the first LEADER in a long time. I don't want him to fix the economy. He doesn't have the background. What he does have is the ability to listen to alot of smart people that do have the expertise. He should lead them.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Will people get a life. President Obama is a multi task individual. He can walk and chew gum at the same time. Maybe even make a late night talk show experience. He is smarter than average. In the end of the day the people voted for change not Washington critics. The base of President Obama is the people. Yes We Can

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET


this geithner and noone else being hired is A TRICK!


This is a con!
They cant staff the Treasury Depart,ment because THEY DONT KNOW WHO IS LOYAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i should play my videogames! this is too much!

Terry, Miami, Fl   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Terry – Miami, Fl

I would prefer my President to do things to decompensate from the pressures of the job. Imagine if he did nothing but work 24/7. I would be concerned he might "snap" and make a wrong decsion affecting us all. Aren't we taught that in order to reduce stress and be a "good worker" we have to take time for ourself and the things we enjoy! It's called good time management.

stop talking and get to work   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Get to work and solve the country's problems and stop trying to get more popular. He needs to concerntrate on a few major crisis!!

Terry   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

First of all Love your show.
I am offended that the president has time to go on the Jay Leno show and yet, he didn't have time to read the stimulus bill before he signed it.
I think ALL the politician need to slow down, take a deep breath and be knowledgable about all this spending before they sign any bills

Matt   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I think your the only smart one on here.

Mahone   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Some people in the U.S. are incredible like Amy Holmes. We now have a President who is willing to take up the challenge. Yet people are complaining that he's doing too much. Give me a break The president is being proactive and he's changing the status quo and they don't like it

Rey   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Provide Larry with qualitative comments rather than the obvious!!!

Nashta   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

How come when George Bush went on a vacation/ golfing just after 9/11 and he wasn't wasting time. Almost the whole world was grieving and Bush was vacationing. And now when Obama just uses a few minutes to divert his mind from the mess he has to clean up, how come that is waste of time?

Jon   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am a very devoted viewer of cnn and Larry King. I am very disappointed in the negative conversations over so much trivia regarding President Obama. Lets hear of important issues, not the slip ups that everyone does from time to time.

James from TN   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It makes me sick to even hear a republican speak on any issue after the last 8 years. SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!!!

Edward   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

President Obama may have gotten more positive mileage by bracketing the AIG executive's bonuses and selecting the "final four" top payouts.

Janice   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The term 'retarded' is used for many other reasons than to be talking about a mentally-challenged person. You can bake a cake and if it does not turn out like you wanted it to you can make the comment that it looks retarded.

Not that it is correct to use this term but it has been around for a long
long time. Perhaps if anyone should be shunned it should be the person who made the term popular to begin with. Yeah, good luck on that one.

Gwen   March 20th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The President is human like the rest of us. He puts his pants on one leg at a time just as we do. He is not God. If his critics could imagine the pressure he is dealing with. Its healthy for him to try to be normal and get away from those hypocrites in DC. He is giving it his all and we need to appreciate him trying. His joke was in poor taste but I doubt that there is nothing he would not do for the Special Olympics. Give the guy a break.

Leslie   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The media is abdicating its responsibiity to communicate the important information the President is providing about the economy and instead focusing on what was clearly a faux pas. After having essentially a non-English-speaking President for the last 8 years, the American public recognizes a verbal faux pas a football field away. Please help get the important information the President is seeking to communicate to the public in layman's terms (and most of us are laymen) out to the public, or you will share responsibility for an extended recession that is being fueled by misinfomation and fear.

Jay Dobensky   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

In an era where we just came from the President who set the record for taking the most time off from the White House, how can people criticize Barack Obama's unrelenting dedication to his office since the inauguration. He promised change, and he has delivered! He truthfully told us that there would be "missteps" and "false starts", and we voted for his truthfulness and candor. Regarding the Tonight Show or the ESPN interview, how can we fault the man who has worked so tirelessly for us taking a few hours to recharge his battery and connect with the populous that elected him. How is he not capable of still being an American simply because of his job. We are all dedicated to our jobs and he is certainly dedicated to his in a way we have not seen for decades. Does he need to be a robot in order to you? The bottom line is that Barack Obama is multi-tasking on the job and doing it extremely well, and if there was someone better for the job we would have elected them. Not bad for less than three months on the clock!

Jaz   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I wonder how many people voicing outrage at President Obama's gaffe regarding Special Olympics actually watched the show??

He did not say it to get a laugh...he was poking fun at himself when answering Jay's question about his bowling. His gaffe was unfortunate but not malicious in any way. He apologized to America and to Tim Shriver at Special Olympics.

It is obvious to me that those yelling the loudest (especially using all caps) are the same ones who will continue to yell...because it is about President Obama. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

Grow up. We have all said something at one time or another that we wish we could take back as soon as it left out mouth.

Nancy Janiszewski, Kaukauna, Wi   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Please, lets give the President a break. At least he is out in the public, speacking about his agenda. He delegates responsibility to the people who head up his cabinet, CEO's and Managers do it everyday. It's called delegating responsibility. No one complaine when Bush spent one third of his Presidency on vacation. Let's all stop this negativity. Remember the rule of holes-when your in one stop digging.

Erin Hale   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

My sister participates in the Special Olympics every year. As a family, we enjoy spectating, and coming out to support these dear individuals. It is touching to watch, and I cry every time. Watching the events also gives us many of good-hearted chuckles, and we enjoy sharing these laughs with eachother. If one chooses to be insulted by Obama's comment, they can carry that burden in their own psyche. There is nothing wrong with having a little humor in this world. I care deeply for my sister, and I find Obama's remark to be refreshingly human and unscripted.

Aspen   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Your doctor who you trust to write your prescription, your nurse injecting you in the hospital, your lawyer trying to get you or your family member off of charges, your mom, dad, husband, wife, role model in Hollywood is out at night getting drunk or taking illegal drugs into their bodies and OFTEN YOU have NO idea or do not even comment about it because you sympathise.......

Therefore, what is the matter with Obama being on Leno having a laugh AT HIMSELF?? Lighten up people!

He need to have a laugh too just like the rest of us! he is human. Stop askign him to play God!

Kathy and Ed Masiulis   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

American people need to stop bickering and nitpicking about the President and his activities. He is dealing with an inherited mess! He has no choice but to focus on more than one thing at a time. It's wonderful to have a leader who is capable of multitasking while speaking intelligently and connecting with the people. He is visible and working, a nice change.
And by the way, as far as the comment on Special Olympics, it's unfortunate people can't see it for what it was....poking fun at his own ability, not insultingn people with special needs.
Let's stand together as Americans and be part of the solution, not the problem.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

i bet the Council is responsible for all this nonsense!!!!!!!!!!
Damn them and the media!

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

To Darrell Macon, GA: Apparently you don't have the common sense to know "common sense" when you hear it! Everyone is disabled – but mostly people who only criticize others, rather than those who make fun of themselves. Better to make fun of yourself before others rip you apart. I feel sorry for you.

abby   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET


Shawn woolum   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Please let there be something positive for our special needs community come out of this....say no more

ty   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The president is playing clean-up man. He's doing his job and a very good job

richard   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Unlike our congress, at least Obama can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Jill Nixon   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing EXACTLY what a President of the United States should do--- TALK TO THE PEOPLE!!!! I have never seen a President who cares so much about what the PEOPLE think! He is real, geniune, and intelligent. I am proud to be an American with a President like Barack Obama!!!!!

Rose   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

President is a human being.

Amy Holmes is too judegmental and she is not holier than thou and including some of GOP.

You all expect him to be God because he is doing 100% better than Mr. Bush.

michael   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

not one president has been perfect obama is human and the load on him was handed down from bush now everybody wants him to be superman and change everything over night what he cant laugh and joke cause he is president wrong we all no that more pressure is on him cause of race but he stays strong giving that fact

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It's really great to see that the majority of the comments posted tonight show that most people are sick & tired and bored to death of all the nitpicking and pettiness aimed at the President. Talk about important issues and real news and say something positive for a change. It's not necessary to stoop so low in order to lure viewers. We would all like to see some quality on the air for a change.

jd, oklahoma   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

If the president keeps the general public enamored, he can get anything past them with out question. He will continue to appeal to the average joe, so everyone will support him regardless of what he does.

Paul   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

HI. Does anyone know that President Obama has appointed the 1st ever special assistant to be "focused" on americans with disabilities?! His name is Kareem Dale and he is to be the "ears" for Obama. So, see, he does care and I believe sincerely sorry for his comment. And by the way, Mr. Dale is partially blind. Lay off the President!

Richard   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Amy Holmes characterized President Obama's appearance on the tonight show as "unPresidential". Not so. Most Presidential. He represents the people (that's me!). He's staying connecting with us. Look at it as a fireside chat hosted by Jay Leno. I enjoyed it!

Ali   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I strongly feel that President Obama is becoming too much and perhaps a bit conceded (kind of annoying). I voted for him (but desired Hillary Clinton), as I believe he should NOT be on the Leno show as President of the US. It's just becoming too much of a personality, rather we need someone serious, attentive, responsible, noble and take a step back! FOCUS AND RELAX, YOU ARE TURNING PEOPLE OFF! PLEASE!!! Also, he needs to think before he speaks, he is too concerned on making people laugh and like him, they already like him – oh my gosh, he should have not said that about the Special Olympics – that was indeed very tacky. Yikes Mr. President – SLOW DOWN!!! Hillary would never act this way. Don't get me wrong, I like the President and his family, but this is very serious, please react and move forward with caution, respect, class and work hard as our new leader. We are in a serious crisis, please give us your full attention and perhaps stay in DC most of the time in your office, the Oval Office! You are trying to hard to seek attention that you should not be seeking. Thank you.

Hope   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

He is the President of the United States, of course he can do more than walk and chew gum at the same time. When is the media going to stop reiterating GOP talking points at every opportunity? It is important that the citizens (at least those of us willing to give the President the chance to succeed) believe that we have a President who is aware of the issues facing the nation. He has been more open with the media and the American people than any President in modern history yet the media slams him at every opportunity. He does not shirk the tough questions and he understands that in order to get his message across he has to bypass the traditional media because they are too focused on inside the beltway gamesmanship. Instead of being grateful that we have a President who is willing to tackle difficult issues we are criticizing him for doing too much. It's no wonder that traditional media is becoming obsolete.

Becky   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I seem to remember that President Bush was on vacation during the Katrina Hurricane and we all know how that turned out. President Obama being at town hall meetings and giving interviews is a good thing. We have a President who seems to care about us and I think he calms the waters when he is seen. President Bush communicated only with the right wing not with all americans. It is nice to have a President who communicates with everyone.

Fria Kermani   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Obama may have made an "off colour" joke...but our previous president WAS an off colour joke. I think starting a war over non existent issues and running a country into grave debt is far worse than a spontaneous and easy going president taking a jab at himself. People need to relax and and stop knit picking about "WORDS".

Renee*big sister of 'special olympics' brother*   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

In regards to Mr. President Obama's remark about 'special olympics' last night on Leno...

My little brother has always participated in special olympics and has won over 25 silver and gold medals in numerous sports. I am not upset with my President, I voted for him and I know his heart, also. I also think 59 days on and 2 days off in Cali isn't too much for that man. He is doing fine in my opinion. I know through experience that people don't always mean it to harm the handicapped, they just used a bad choice of words...and out of ALL of the people I have heard say something....I am not upset with him for sure...he is very loving of all people, that is how he won his job in the first place. I even slipped a giggle when he said that.

Ps. My little brother could out bowl our President! ha *JK* (He DEFINITELY bowls way better numbers than that!


Mesha   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Barack Obama is a grown man he can do a NCAA bracket or go on the Jay Leno show that is his business. He is working on the Economy. What people are not realizing that the economy will not be fixed overnight. People are getting on my nerves treating him like he is a child and can not go anywhere or do any thing. I like him as President because he goes out and connects with the people unlike former President Bush. I have never seen a President so disrespected like President Obama. People should give him respect.

Kay   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I think that President Obama's heart is in the right place. I am suprised that the Shriver/Kennedy family who so whole heartedly endorsed President Obama during the election would act as if he had betrayed them. If it was not so close to their family, they would be defending him. I think that a majority of Americans support the Special Olympics and this is not a major set back for the movement.

He is trying to put the Ameican people at ease and I am sure he feels terible about his statement.

Sal in Canada   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Jo Ann I love that " Obama of Oz"
I could not agree more and I am going to use that line!
So true.
I think people have to take a long hard look at the election and relize the truth why he won.

D.ferrara   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

No offense was intended by Obama, get over it. Very tired of the over sensitive, your a bore and a drain on this country. Equal rights or special treatment, pick one!

Geraldine Rozier   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

How is the President Obama's comment difference from Ronald Regan referring to Blacks as those people? When has there ever been an President to do so much good and such a short time?

Ken in Laguna Niguel CA   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Come on,, he didn't say it offend anybody..its being blown out of proportion..get a life !!!

Howard Chud   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Tucker is a fool. If government can't run banks why do we let them run education?

Sam F.   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Any why should he not sit and talk to Jay Leno – is Mr. Leno not a citizen of the United States of America & pay taxes – my word get with the real world – your country was made off the backs of the every day people and they have made it what it is today. Please be thankful you have a President that not only has brains but has the ability to understand and connect with the average citizens who made your great country. What I don't understand is why CNN is taking such a hard line on Mr. Obama – what Mr. Obama does with his evening is his business.

terry   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Tucker is the only one on the panel that's making any sense.
He's the best!

Bev - Canada   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Did Jay Leno defend the President and his off hand comment?

Stacy Cleveland   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

President Obama is doing great. He is facing everything that is looming over America today. If he were to only face a couple of issues people would start crying that he isn't doing enough. You can never satisfy everyone.

Kelvin   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Larry I like what the President is doing. Washington final have to work for a living and they can't handle it. This would not be going on if Washington would have been doing their job from the start. Great job Mr. President.

Sara Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Sarah Palin should not have gotten pregnant at her age. Doctors have documented for years that older women that get pregnant are more likely to have a Down Shyndrone child. Most women are verhy careful not to get pregnant at that age. Now, I love special ed children, I'm a teacher, but I resent women like her, and women who do drugs, drink, and other harmful activities during pregnancy and thus results in a child with disabilities that the taxpayers are responsible for. Special Education monies come right off the top of most education budgets for schools. Women who disregard doctors advice and their partners are selfish and want what they want.

This is not the same as a parent who through no fault of their own have a child born with disabilities. They have no choices.

These other people like Sarah Palin are the same as people that took out home loans knowing full well they couldn't pay for it. Let's call it what it is.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Now, is Obama like Reagan !!
yes or no!
explain how!

oh well.

what did Reagan and Obama do that the media says is similar!
my psychic said this is what we should find out.

Tammy   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I would just like to comment and say that I feel for all the parents of special need children. I myself have no children, but I sympothize with those who have special needs children. I hope that Obama's comment brings more attention to the Special Olympics children. I am sure all of you parents out there deserve it. I couldn't imagine being the parent of a special need child.

Daniel   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Obama inherited this crisis from the biggest do-nothing, incompetent moron who's ever led a country. He's done more in his first two months than any president in history. The people who are criticizing him were wildly applauding Bush as he drove our country into the ground. Its obscene that these people are given any consideration.

Rebecca   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I believe the President is doing what he can, when he can to keep in touch with the American people, and I applaud that effort. I don't understand the accusation that he's wasting time; We always have tremendous access to "the Candidate"; then the candidate becomes "the President" and disappears behind the gates of the White House seldom to be seen again among "the People". Leave him alone. Our President is working to correct so many serious issues for us, and he's doing it in a calm, good natured, down to Earth manner. I didn't vote for him, but I support all of President Obama's efforts and I support his visiting the public.

Maria Parini   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Obama wants to stay connected with regular people like us instead of keeping up uppearance and inviting a Cleargy at the White House and pray for the economy. Jay Leno has a respectable show. Aren't we all equal in this country ? or perhaps we have a class system like 3rd world nations.

Fahad   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Obama's comment broke my heart and I am not even with special needs!

Brenda Barrett   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I think it is about time we have a president that is "real"....
It took Bush 8 years to get us there ...a trip to California for a few days isn't going to get us out of this mess. And as far as his slip up comment...I'm so glad everyone that talks on your show never says anything wrong. The comment was not a remark regarding all special olympic or special needs people. It was a "joke".....get a life.

Harpriya Sidhu   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

STOP blabbering and start talking. The republican party transferred all the debt and mess to P. Obama and now demand overnight victory.
They are so good at blaming the president for evrything that is gone wrong. People like Mitt Romney or Sarah Plain who are just attention hungry snap onto him for some silly unintentional bloopers just so they could come on tv.

T,R.Parker   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

With all the problem we now have in the country, this is completely stupid of anyone who saw an insult in the president' s remark about bowling 129 and comparing it to the special olympics. GIVE THE MAN A BREAK. The republicans were in office for 8 years and you can see the mess we are in today. At least this president is making every effort to strighten the country out get it on the right track. It would help if a FEW republicans would join him in the job he is trying to do instead of crying over everything he does. There are a few republican who neet to GET A JOB.

Tim Emery   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I believed that it is great that the president is making himself more visible to the american poeple by doing shows like the tonight show. I think he is doing some thing that the ameican people despartately need right now and that is show the people that he is working hard for them.

Doris   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

The President was great last evening, I'm sure he didn't want to make
fun of those beautiful people, it was a slip of the tongue, it happens
to all of us. Some people are trying to make more out of it. Everyone
has to adjust to seeing their pres. being so open and normal. I am
a senior and love seeing a wonderful family living in the White House.

shirley jarecki   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

How wonderful that we have a personable President, that cares enough about the people to meet with them and explain, in plain English, what is going on. I am sure he is one of the brightest president that we have had or will have for a long time. I love his smile, and sense of humor.

Lydia Hildal   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am a disable person, and I think people should lighten-up. Disable does not mean you have no sense of humor. If you want to be accepted in the real world you can't have a thin skin about every little remark. I feel more insulted when my health care is compromised.

Lydia NYC

liz crane   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Great that President Obama visited the Jay Leno show. It was a good way for him to be seen and heard in a relaxed setting by so many viewers. He did not have any malace of forthought when he made the special olymics comment. May I ask, is there one among us that has never regretted somthing they said?

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET





funmi   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

The media should back off, leave the president alone, he is doing his job well. Why didn't you guys scrutinized Bush like this when he was racking up the bills? Double standards, just the typical shameful American way.

Bernard   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It's better to have the president travel around the country and make himself visible to the entire nation, rather than stay behind the scenes making secret plans and have half of the people not know who or what the president look like. It's the 21st century and I don't think we could continue to ignore and "demonize" these forms of media, as with the demise of paper newspapers, the TV and the internet have shown to be powerful and very influential. The naysayers of Obama visiting these shows will and always be negative on Obama. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

About the Special Olympics: The president stated his score is 129 and mentioned the words Special Olympics. So what's the controversy?

Julia   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Are we that insensitive of a country that we have to watch what we say. Years ago we would say anything and everyone new that we were kidding. maybe we should all not speak ever and become a silent country.It's pretty sad when we can't laugh at ourself. Give Obama a break. Bush left this country in a mess. We need to all come together as a country. We need to stop taking ourselfs so serously. Years ago we could say anything because everyone new that we were kidding. I'm 64 years old and I don't want to be silent. So lighten-uo America.

Cathy   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Are Americans ever satisfied? Pres. Obama is entitled to be on any show he wants.I personally think he did a great job and it was fun seeing him relaxed and just chatting.This man works every hour of every day.I wish we in Canada would see our prime minister as much and in venues such as this.It would certainly raise approval ratings. People need to see he's a vibrant, young, energetic man that they elected to change things.Isn't that whats he's doing?
Pundits need to shut up and let the guy do his job the way he sees fit and not ask for apologies after every sentence or slip of the tongue.

Mark   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

youre doing a heckuva job Timmy!

Carmen   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Absolutely he’s wasting an awful lot of time appeasing to his “fans” instead of the hard working American people that he claimed to be working for. He needs to stay in D.C. and take care of business, because the only business of the day is making our country economically stronger and safer, which he has so far proven to be failing at , and at a fast pace.

Paul Proudlock   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Are you guys President Obama's mother? He'll slow down and do less when he thinks he should I'm sure. He's a big boy, let him work. Also, his job is to provide the political will and vision of which he is doing a great job. Not always to do the work himself. He has surrounded himself with excellent people.

Justin Connor   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think we should give him a break. Everyone makes mistakes and when he apologized I'm sure he meant it. I don't think one person has ever meant anything negative that they have said about people with disabilities. Just imagine how Obama feels. I'm sure he won't do it again.

Perry R   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think our president tries to connect with all americans. I think his comment with regards to special olympics was a mistake. I admire a person who owns up to his mistakes and apologize. What more should he say or do?? I think we all make mistakes but we aren't under the microscope with everything we say and do 24/7. The president doesn't have a 9 to 5 job and my hat's off to for working overtime for the sake of all americans.

Carla A   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hi Larry, I'm from Minnesota. Tucker is sitting there with a smug look on his face as though his party is completely innocent in this situation. Bush had that same smug look. Why is it that everything President Obama does gets ridiculed? I would love to see how much Bush did at this point in this Presidency. At least Obama is doing SOMETHING.

Jim Huntley   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

President Obama has spent 95% of his time over the past 27 months concentrating on solving problems created and left unsolved by the past administration. For the President to take a few moments/hours having some fun...why not? Everyone needs to take a deep breath and release it slowly...relax.

Joan   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The President is never wasting time talking to the American people.
I understood more from that show than from the long news on and ons regarding AIG. He was rexaxed and talked honestly and openly
about our current economical disaster.
President Obama had no intention of insulting the handicapped. We are all are handicapped in one way or the other. Some more visible than others. Heart conditions, diabetes, obesity, and so many other physical conditions are serious handicaps.
I suggest we GET OVER IT and move on. We are lucky and blessed
to have this young, energetic president working for us
Indevendent Voter

Dottie Paris   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I watched the Tonight Show with President Obama as a guest last night. I heard the comment he made about the Special Olympic and it was said in jest. He meant nothing negative about the Special Olympics. Why do people make sure a mountain out of a mole hole!

He cannot do anything right in some people's eyes. I attribute it partly because he is black. Some people just can't imagine anyone black having such a position.

I say to those people who have expressed anger and concern over that incident to "get over it – get a life!

Cathy   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Palin needs to shut up and go away.Like she never said anything wrong? Give me a break.

Aaron   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Let AIG fail!!! We the people can build a better insurance group with less greed, more productivity, and more appreciate to have a home, food, and an AMERICAN automobile. Oh and by the way, I've always paid my taxes and I donate often.

LaVerne   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

As a special needs person I accepted the presidents apology. Secondary, the President is capable of multi-tasking several projects. He is doing a great job. What he does on a break with the "picks" or "Leno" is fine. The president is clearly a hard worker.

Sal in Canada   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Tuckers the best! A least he is honest.

Joanne Bell   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I think President Obamas comment on Jay Leno was beyond reproach, he wouldn't have said it if it wasn't in his mind and anyone who defends that is just as bad, because it is not defendable. His apology means nothing as it shows his mindset.. Next time he mind need to take along his teleprompter. I am a registered Democrat so I have no agenda, I just know disrespect when I see it.

Sonia Downie   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Which other President has received this level of scrutiny??

He was poking fun at himself. GIVE HIM A BREAK!!! When will youall stop harassing him?

Like it or not he is the President now. Get used to it!!!!

He is a bright man...... brighter than many of his predecessors. Leave him alone

I am sick and fed up with Amy Holmes and her nonsense advice.... Imagine Amy mentioning the word incompetence.....Please Amy get a life!!

Tucker's comments..... they have less substance than his stint on Dancing with the Stars. I don't want to hear him........

Kay   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

He (President Obama) has, as your panelist, James Carville stated,
a full plate of problems. The last thing this country needs at the moment is another entertainer. We also don't need another place to spend money frivolously that we don't have. We elected a "President". Wouldn't we as a nation be better served for him to tend to the business at hand?

norma   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Love Prez.
But, whose advising all these hollywood stops. He appears "punch-drunk", no doubt, cause he's exhausted from all real issues. But why not stay at home for a month and appear to be leading the country and the war against recession.
He's gotta get rid o' style for a while and get back to substance.

Sue Banting   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

President Obama is refreshingly human. He has the ability to laugh at himself and exudes grace and charm. As the media and journalists from all areas jump on anything they think is in bad taste, they are only showing their own narrow mindedness. And they show that they will do anything to give their own opinions on relatively irrelevant subjects. President Obama has a life beyond the White House and so should everyone else. Get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By the way kudos to him for the job he has done so far in getting the USA back on track.

Leslie Zold   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

So what. The president made a comment about his bowling score.
It's tiring hearing from all those bleding hearts. I thought it was funny.

harriet   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think President Obama did a great job on Jay Leno. Not everyone is a political junkie and he has a great way of relating to people and explaining things very simply.It is good for him to get out there. He apologized for the gaffe and as Gov Swartzneggar said he is a fierce supporter of the disabled and it was truly a bad choice of words. He realized it right away.

vickie   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

President Obama has probably given the Special Olympics more publicity than ever. I hope to see a special olympian challange his
129. If you think about it, look at all the special needs he is trying to
handle. I feel he is quite a special olympian myself.

B Newman   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

We could not let AIG fail because of how many insurance contracts they hold for the banks. The effects would be widespread concerning all of the banks. It is a special case. Tucker has no clue what he is talking about.

gloria   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

People need to get over this. He had absolutely no malice in this comment, it was just said in jest. I have friends who are special needs and I didn't take any offense at all when I heard the comment. There are a lot more things to be concerned about right now than this.

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Thank you, James Carville, for refocusing the discussion on the important issues – you always hit the nail on the head.

Siphiwe Dhlomo   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry I think it's not about the President, it's the anger and the frustration people are experiencing on the current state of affairs, it's bad Larry.

Teresa Levy   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I'm getting sick and tired of the media bashing president Obama as soon as he say's or does any little thing. He is a human being just like the rest of us and is entitled to a little humor every now and then to show his up beat personality. I have a son that is autistic and if it doesn't bother me what he said why should it have so much of an impact on people who don't know what it is like to live with a person with a disability. I don't have to examine my heart for some lack of emotion because of what he said, it just doesn't have that type of affect on me and i have a child with very special needs. You people just want to come down on this man in any way form and fashion that you can. I felt that it was a bad idea for him to be on jay Leno because I knew that there would be something being said that would be taken out of context. I watch comedy shows that imitate disable people all of the time and don't have one drop of hard feeling. If i see or hear something funny I'm going to laugh. All of you critics need to stop hating on this man. He's handsome. He's jovial. He's tall and I love him for who he is. He's not some stick in the mud, fuddy duddy that is trying to over prove that he can do a job to satisfy a bunch of waiting in the shadows bullies. He can do the job and step out of his role once and a while. Jay Leno set him up for that fall because i saw the look that Jay gave once the joke was told, He left the president all on his own. America is too crittical of everything that is not that serious. "LEAVE THAT GOOD MAN ALONE!

Krista Murray   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I work with individuals with special needs and I know that if you asked most of them if they accepted an apology from the President they would accecpt that apolgy and not hold a grudge . Something to think about I think

Lori   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Absolutely not! If Jay had said it would it still be topic of conversation! I don't think he ment to hurt anyone, he's only human let's move on from this and think of the positive he's doing I think he's been called a few things in his life.

Ruilt   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

As he mentioned the other day. Family's cant pick and choose which needs to be dealt with and unfortunately the government needs to work the same way, especially with the mess left by the previous administration (ie the wars, economic meltdown, etc). And with all the Republicans and their "No, no, no" responses is why Obama almost has to do all these apperances and townhall meetings to get his message out to the public, other wise nothing will get done.

Joan Blecha   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

think the real tragedy is that we have lost our ability to laugh at ourselves and to give our leaders the right to be human. Our political discussions have become shrill and our financial pundits have no answers for the economic issues, only criticism for any decision made.

Why would anyone with any intelligence want to take a leadership position in this country. Makes you wonder if our future is destined to be full of mediocrity because the smart ones weren't willing to pay the price of the armchair experts continually taking shots at them.

I watched the entire interview, missed the opening of LKL and still don't know what the objection is.

Denise   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Americans have chosen President Obama to lead this great country. Let him and his staff do just that. This country was founded by the people for the people. To that point, President Obama plans to look out for the people. President Obama has shown that he can do it all including Jay Leno and his college picks brackets. Lighten up on what he does, says and give him time to work his agenda. This country has a "buffet" of serious issues to tackle that overlap and run full circle. I applaud him for his efforts. Remember he has accomplished more than any other president within a 60 day period. President Obama's campaign platform was "change" and he’s doing just that.

Sara Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Give President Obama a break. He is working as hard or harder than any President.

Elnathan John   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Obama! Ah! The man is in real trouble. Yes he is trying too hard, however he needs to appear to be doing much. Even though he is not achieving much now, his job is as much about publicity and making the American public feel better.

molly   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Amy is so out of touch and negative I can't listen to her anymore.
James is the one talking smart.

I'm changing channels...sorry but Amy is absurd!

Nancy Counter   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

How ridiculous and what a waste of news time finding fault with the President's visit to California and connecting with people in a town hall meeting; also criticizing his every word and action. Must he ask you and the Republican Party for permission re. every comment he makes? I don't think so. He meant no ill will and there was certainly no "blunder" when he appeared on Jay Leno's show Thursday night.I totally support our President and his administration.

mard   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think Obama deserves a bit of a break, he is working for the American people on diferent scopes we all do something enjoyable after we put in a hard week dont we? Is he not allowed?
The American people
allowed Bush to do whatever he wanted for 8 years and noone questenioned his government and look at the mess we allowed...

Margaret   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

IMaybe after the Leno show Obama can take his message to the people Jay walking and get even more applause. Mickey mouse in Disney land would also appreciate a visit. A sideshow and distraction from the real problems of this country.
The Californians loved it.

Merv   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Let's give the Pres a break. He's got a brilliant mind and a good heart.
I can't stand how the media and all the blow-hards on the Hill nit-pick everything he says in a frenzied effort to bring the man down and further their own political interests. It's pathetic. The President needs and deserves every ounce of our support and encouragement.

Luke   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Yes, President Obama made a gaffe. But I think there's an enormous difference between someone making a gaffe – which we all do – and saying something with intentional cruelty, prejudice, insensitivity, or racism behind it. I don't think anyone could accuse President Obama of any of the above or even insensitivity to children and adults with special needs. He also supports the Special Olympics.

I have a special needs daughter. Sorry, but I'm not going to jump on the band bandwagon and crucify our President for something that was just used as an analogy of his bowling skills. The man has more on his plate right now to deal with than any of us can possibly imagine. I'm sure he is extremely sorry and not because he was "caught" publicly making the gaffe but because he's obviously a man who wouldn't hurt anyone intentionally. Something that we certainly couldn't say about our previous President.

Lynda   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I think everyone should lighten up a little. The Tonight Show is an American icon, and there is nothing wrong with the American President having a little fun. There needs to be a balance in every Americans life, and I hope no one believes this man should be expected to work 24 hours a day. I do understand that Americans are angry about the situation with this economy, and need to vent, but lighten up already! I've been unemployed since August 2008, and spend at least 8 hours a day, everyday, looking for a job. I watched the show, and enjoyed it.

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

can you walk? talk? feed yourself? sit?
Marlene you just dont know! Its not just the comment he made , its his ability to think its not such a big thing. If someone made a racial joke, other groups would be all over it. Its the same thing as racial prejudice towards the disable.

Jason   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Spending a few minutes to go Jay Leno and ESPN is hardly taking him away from his duties. He is allowed free time no matter what our current situation is. I really just think the emotions of some has been hyped up by the media. Bias opinion before open truth has unfortunately made Obama the subject of many irrelevant debates.

Anne   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I don't see anything wrong with President Obama taking alittle time for some activity like the Leno show. He has apologized for his 'slip' of the tongue and I am sure he feels bad about it. Who of us have never done that??????? Forgive him - Mr. Shriver has!!!!!! Congress is probably working while he does his traveling and I'm sure he won't be doing that all the time.


Stacy Cleveland   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

President Obama is actually going about it the correct way. Presidents in the past haven't been so concerned about letting the public as a whole know what he wants to do. Obama is just getting his word out to all of the people who aren't necessarily news watchers and what better a way than to go on a very popular talk show like Leno. Good for him!! Go Obama!!!

Aaron   March 20th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Give me one AIG bonus and I will donate and retire!!! Even if it is taxed 90%, its still gonna be way more than my annual income.

Average Citizen   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

So because Obama is president he can't be human? He can't enjoy his favorite past-times and a little time off? Give me...and him a break. To suggest he isn't paying attention the challenges of this country is ridiculous. He needs to unwind and keep his sanity like the rest of us. Also, it's fantastic to finally have a president who is out in view of the public, letting us know what he's doing, and showing us that he is an open, fun-loving, responsible man.

As far as the Special Olympics remark...yeah, maybe inappropriate, but turning it into a national news explosion is half of what's wrong this country in the first place.

Malcolm Perry   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hi Larry me and my mom watch you every night but we think your show is wrong for having this Tim guy on about the Jay L show comments. we thank the lord that we have good President in Office.
He has been in office for a short time and we think he is doing a good job. You put people on like Tucker who has no clue about how to run a country. all the Republicans can do is be negative all the time.There the ones that put us in this bad spot. And dont ever bring up Palin.
Thanks Mal.

Marcia Dauphin   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

At a time when all are concerned with how we're going to pay our bills, I think criss-crossing the country to appear on night shows is excessive. Why can't President Obama reach the public with press conferences in the White House? No one denies he needs to relax but his expenses doing that are outrageous.

Tanky   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I am sure everybody has their blooper-moments. I had mine just yesterday!

Relax, you have a great president doing his job and trying to connect to the people, step back and look beyond the words.

Melanie   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

President Obama can't STAY home and focus on the economy. He has to get out here and capture our young audiences in order to get them aware and involved.

Carol Jevne   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I live in a retirement community in South Carolina – Sun City, Hilton Head. It is a wonderful environment to live when you are retired. I live here as non-retired person wokring full time. I feel that there has been in incredible amount of money spent on travel for this administration. The government is having corporations in financial trouble account for their spending. I belive that as a country in recession, the administration is obligated to give the citizens an accounting of the costs this president is incurring since he has been president. If the president doing the traveling were a Rpublican the press would be all over this because of the outcry that would be made by the Democrats.

John NY   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Please get over yourself already....people are getting too sensitive and too PC.....lighten up and remove the stick from you know where.
the world is falling apart at the seems and the news media is stirring the pot showing the Jay Leno Clip evey 10 minutes...get a life!
The President has one of the most sensible plans in years....and people are saying that he is doing too much. Obama can multi-task....chew gum and walk at the same time.....unlike Sara Palin, the past 2 President Bush(s) and Reagan the people and party that got us into this mess to begin with!

Kathy in Princeton   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

President Obama's comment on Jay Leno saddens me. My teenagers know that they cannot joke at another’s expense without consequences. I simply expected more from him. How do I explain to my 13 year old to be respectful of his brother when the President isn’t?
Mom of three – one with Special Needs

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Amen, Erin Hale!

Carla A   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Yes, Obam can be anywhere. I voted for him because I knew he wouldn't keep in the bubble of the White House. He's out with the people. That's where I want him. He will straighten things out and it will happen sooner if the media gets off his butt. Let him do his job.

Lori   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

The more it gets dragged through the mud the more people feed off it...he's apologized which is more than what a lot of other people would do ..what if Jay had said it ..

Brian Allen   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

It's clear Pres Obama thinks Special Olympians are retarted and not as gifted as the rest of us

Sharon Morken   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The president should stay home. Every trip he takes cost hundreds of thousands dollars. He is wasting our tax dollars just as much as some of these companies. Who is minding the store while he is gone? Is he running this country or someone we did not elect.

carol kesling   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

president obama did not mean to hurt anyones feelings, he merely MIGHT have said something the wrong way........... no offense intended, GET OVER IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! there are worst things in the world going !!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS TUCKERS BOW TIE ?????????????? maybe he swallowed it, if not HE SHOULD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all these losers need to get a life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I believe that our president should stay in Washington and quit trying to run the country with his Blackberry. He won the election but it feels like he is still campaigning. But maybe he wants to be out of Washington to put distance between himself and the decisions that are being made .

sandra   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

We love you president Obama and think you`re doing a fantastic job.. A++++..

Deborah Stonehouse   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Give the president a chance. C'mon, 59 days in office! He needs to address multiple issues at a time, just like me: mortgage, bills, furlough days without pay. Jeez.! I squirmed when he gaffed about Special Olympics, but who hasn't said something insensitive when trying to be light and comedic? He is a good, decent man with more vision for our future than W could have with a telescope. I voted for Obama and I believe he will deliver.

Judy   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I agree with the person who said he should concentrate on the crisises on hand, rather than spending more of our money travelling around the country. Also, instead of constantly lying to us about what he knows....get the bonuses back from the AIG execs. He approved those weeks ago and now tells us he knew nothing about it. To me, it feels like there's a coverup. They're using our money for their own gain. I worry for not only our generation, but for many generations to come with the mess they are making.

linda   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry, I agree with Linda R's post at 9:10 pm ET. Gov. Palin should tend to the business in Alaska...and ALSO, LET ME SAY, SHE CUT FUNDING IN HER STATE.....YEP......FOR THE DISABLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

there is no one focused that president Obama, let's support him

Emily   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Unfornately most people in our society would rather watch Jay Leno than a news station. Perhaps our President is just trying to reach/relate everyone.

As for his special needs comment...that's a slip up that a lot of people make. I say the r-word on accident sometimes but it's only because I hear other people say it, so it just kinda comes out.

Jmejones   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Although I cannot comment for the special needs community because I have no ties, I do respect whatever feelings they may have. However, I do think that it was a slip of the tongue, where no harm was intended, and his immediate acknowledgement and apology should count for alot.

Vicki Munro   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The President is certainly entitled to some "down time" on occasion but only after he's exhausted himself working on the many issues at hand. With just 60 days in office I don't think that qualifies him to be exhausted and if it does, heaven help us!

MIssy Manziak   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry, you guys are making too much of this and judging by what the comments are here, there's low approval ratings for the media. The president doesn't have to be in Washington to handle the tasks at hand. Everything he needs is on the Air Force One wherever he goes. As for chilling out time, more men should follow his lead.

Debbie   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am so tired of everyone's judgements against President Obama. I really appreciate the Governor of California's comment that everyone has said something they shoudln't have. Who can say they haven't? He's human! Sarah Palin have you ever said anything you shouldn't have? YES! We all need to decide if we are going to support vs. tear down down. President Obama has a huge mountain to climb. I am just so thankful that he is our President and not someone else at this point. I can't imagine the tremendous pressure that he and his family are under. He didn't need this job, he offered himself to it. He's not perfect, who is? Can anyone honestly say they have never said anything they shouldn't have? I have a special needs sister, I did not take his comment offensively. It doesn't take anything away from my sister or anyone. It does'nt change the love they offer or the love and support we give back, it was a silly comment. Don't be a victim, love yourself and others enough to forgive and let go.

Mesha   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Do not blame only blame President Obama for AIG blame some Republicans and Bush for it as while

Rebbeca Caudill   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

If larry king was losing it then why the heck are you watching his show you moron!

4 day work week   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

i hear everyday that Obama is spending to much.................okay i get it but give me another solution to save your job and get people back to work.........i am working 4 days a week I am open to suggestions. If you don't have any..........well that's what you need to say all the time.....Nothing!

Kerasan R LaMar   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

We finally have a President who knows how to put a subject, a verb and an object together and speak in complete sentences. This angers the Republicans on your panel because they are REPUBLICANS!! Their argument is that The Pres. of the United States should not be on a program talking to the American people about the issues that are affecting them? Pres. Obama would be more popular with REPUBLICANS if he invaded 2 countries, watched an American city drown and let the entire global economy collapse. As for Mr. Tucker's ignorant claim of "socialism", he should explain the Earned Income Credit started under Gerald Ford and expanded and increased heavily under Ronald Reagan in 1986!!!!

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Darrell – that's the point – it WASN'T a big thing compared to all the really BIG things – it's people like you who can't wait to make something big out of something small. I live with disabled people all around me, so don't lecture to me. He didn't make a joke about anyone but HIMSELF – not anyone else. Get a life.

Emily Hale, 7 years old, San Antonio   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Obama is a good man, and jokes are good for everyone!!
Love Emily

Zion   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Last week he was accussed of doing too much, now this week, he is not doing enough. The critics (Republicans) need to find their message desperately.

Joe Rye   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

As a father of a disabled child who has been in the Special Olympics, I think many people are making a mountain out of molehill in regard of the remarks that President Obama made about himself looking like he was in the Special Olympics.

People forget that President Obama is a father, and also a human being just like the rest of us. There was no malice, or intentional disrespect towards participants in the Special Olympics. It was just an honest mistake, nothing more.

As for Gov. Palin's remarks about this? She still needs to appologize to the citizens of Alaska, for being suckered in thinking she was speaking to the President of France! Does anyone really think that Gov. Palin is speaking as a mother of a disabled child, or, as taking this opportunity to help herself run in the next Presidential Election?

In closing everyone should think about what they can do to help their fellow citizen while our country is in this finical mess.

Danielle   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I am saddened that my child will grow up in a time where our own president treats his position with such little respect. There should be a higher degree of reverence to the presidential office than what Obama is showing. The fact that he does interviews with Vanity Fair and spends time preparing for late night talk shows does not foster confidence in his ability to solve our nations problems. I don't want to see our president promoting his issues on any venue that minimizes the seriousness of the situation and makes him look like a red carpet contender.

Sandy Kahlon   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

He's doing fine. I think it's a smart move to be taking his message to the "real' people - they watch Leno and ESPN, for example. He shows them he's an actual person and always explains his positions even as he jokes around.

As far as the Special Olympics comment goes - oh for crying out loud; get real. Who really thought his comment was anything more than an unfortunate choice of words. I have a daughter with Down's Syndrome and I have participated many times as a hugger when she's been in the Special Olympics, and I saw his comment for what it was - an attempt at self-deprecating humor using a poor choice of words.

After the gaffes put forward by Bush, I'd think the GOP would blush before they'd make such a mountain out of a molehill. Partisan, partisan, partisan. Pullllease!

After the last 8 years and after the mean-spirited, cheap presidential campaign run by McCain and Palin, I withdrew from the Republican Party. I'm a registered Independent, now.

You couldn't pay me to vote for a Republican anymore. This was the Second election since I started voting in 1972 that I haven't voted Republican - I admit I voted for George W. Bush and I'm ashamed of myself now.

Song   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Look, there are people who make fun of gays, disabled, and other races in their shows or movies specifically. Where have you been not protesting against those shows or movies? We all know that it was just small mistake without intention to offend those people with special needs. I am so sick of these people who try to make huge deal out tiny remarks or tiny mistakes. Obama is making these trips to explain things to real Americans and be transparent what he is doing. Do we really want another Bush who hid everything and spent all the tax money + deficit?

Go find your brain before you complain about Obama. He is just trying to do best he can now. So stop pulling his legs and diverting people's attention!!

Sam   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Well said:

Nancy Fields

keon charles   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

look people just need to lighten up give president obama a chance he has gotten more backlash in two months than george bush in eight years so all the obama haters he's here for four years give him a chance and get with the program

Paul   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

HI. Does anyone know that President Obama has appointed the 1st ever special assistant to be “focused” on americans with disabilities?! His name is Kareem Dale and he is to be the “ears” for Obama. This I learned on the Special Olympics website.

Xenia Leputa   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Everyone is miserable about something these days. However, making a mountain out of a molehill over an off-hand comment is not productive. We need to take a chill pill, or something. Lighten up, Larry.

Aaron   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Next bailout.......taxpayers!! We're out of money too!!!

Uso   March 20th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

OMG I love Jillian she is the bomb diggity! So glad she's on your show Larry!!

Bill Harris   March 20th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Re: Obama's Special Olympics – What's the big deal? What are normal Olympics participants scores for bowling? Why don't you and all the other media stop making huge mountains out of mole hills.

Maxine Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Suzanne is bringing a new light to the woman of the world!! Go Suzanne!

Saga   March 20th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Yes he should be. We don't want a passive president like bush, but one that participate and reach all stages of society..

Ps: about the bank discussion of one company holding the country hostage, just look at the Brazilian bank system... You don't need to look too far to find a solid solution...

Ronke   March 20th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

l think we need to understand that Presidents are not super human beings even though we expect them to be. Stlyes differ even when we expect them to live out their tenures in a way defined by our own thinking patterns it shouldn't be. Right now the American people need to support the President to get them out of the mess the economy is in

Mike from Scappoose, Oregon   March 20th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

First of all - Tucker needs to be put on a leash! He is disrespectful and rude, and a smart-A$$... If he expects me to take him seriously, he needs to stop that disrespectful laughing at other commentator's opinions and let them talk. He has a very strange set of values, or lack of..., but I'm listening, and so should he!
The President is a lot wiser than people are giving him credit for. He has gotten more done in his first 59 days than was EVER believed possible, and he is now showing US, THE PEOPLE, that he appreciates us enough to spend a little of his vastly important time with us LISTENING!! Can you spell that word Tucker?

abby   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET


Sam   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Good night everyone – not in the mood for SS sales pitch on her hormone therapy business.

Lori   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

At least he's apologized!!I honestly don't think he ment any discrimination and I think it was a nice relaxed forum for him to discuss major concerns and certainly drew in the viewers!!

linda navarro   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This president has the biggest heart and would never hurt this precious organization or anyone. He has shown more compassion and human decency than most of the nation has in decades. People need to wake up and look in their own back yards . We all have slips of the tongue and that's all this was. it was not directed to anyone..he was talking about "himself." He is also big enough and human enough to say he was sorry and that too is more than what most of the nation would have done. Lsusan

Jon   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

What do you expect from a one term Senator who basically won a high school popularity contest

Justin C.   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

why blame Obama? If he was white nobody would have this problem!

Lena   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Perhaps the operative term that is missing in the panel's discussion is "globalization." To say that the feds is not in the business of overseeing businesses, or just let them fell should they be unable to survive on their own; is a testament to the lack of knowledge related to the consequences of globalization and how interconnected we really are – where some consumer's mortgages are owned by huge multinational conglomerates. To let them fell could virtually mean losing our freedom as a country.

Washington, DC

debbie lynch   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

my husband,who was a 54 year old , vital and successful business man,suffered a cardiac arrest with oxygen deprevation (anoxic brain injury) to his brain 5 years ago. he was an all american business owner , tax payer and compassionate employer. i am offended as his primary "caregiver" that the president,with such poor judgement, slighted the special olympics in such a light hearted manner. i , as his caregiver, have had to emotionally, physically ,sexually and financially given unconditionally of my life to care for this wonderful man that has been affected by such a terrible occurance. this is a situation that has affected not only my husband, but myself , our son, our grandchildren and our extended family and our friends. the president , who i want to support emotionally, has crossed a line that shows a lack of compassion for not not only the mentally , physically and emotionally challenged but also of the "wonderful caregivers "over our nation that care for these people. I hope that his apology was sincere for all of us.caregivers.

Adilla   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with the President going on Jay Leno. He was in California doing business during the day. He deserves a break. He has done more in his short stint as President, than President Bush did in relation to addressing the public and being aware of their needs. He understands the common man and that is the type of president we need. This President gives me hope. He does not panic, he does not get easily ruffled and this is an example that I would like my sons to emulate.

Nancy   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

President Obama is just trying to connect with the "ordinary people". Everyone needs to have an outlet and if that outlet is basketball, appearing on Leno or whatever floats your boat so be it. People just need to lighten-up.! As far as running the country I believe he is doing an excellent job. At least he is trying to accomplish something, with not much cooperation from the Senate or House of Representatives.

Anna Harrison   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I would like the President of the United States to act like a president, not like a rock star. The comment he made on Jay Leno was irresponsible and hurtful to the community of persons with disabilities. His promotion of one team over another in the NCAA Final Four is unfair. He should be our leader, not try to be "one of the guys".
Many people are hurting and the way he and Michelle are entertaining in the White House is an insult.

Sheila   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Larry, I have enjoyed your shows on CNN as well as CNN as a whole, but not lately. Leave the President alone. He has a right to make a mistake since he is human. Geitner has a right to make one, or to be human. These public mistakes only make those high officials better men; it works like cryptonite, or better yet, it humbles them and makes them go into their prayer closet and ask God, who is the only true Wise one, for help.
But, Larry, I'd like to continue to watch CNN, and hot have to put it in my trash can along with Fox news.

Cornelius Mueller   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Admit it: You are just not happy that Pres Obama appeared on the Leno show instead of your's daily
If he would have declared on your show that it's dark at night, you most likely would have been all praise and wasted another week of valuable air-time discussing it
Mr King, your country's previous administration did run the world into a big mess. Discuss that and the way how to get out of it with your talking heads. If you can't, in a positive way, go home and take care of your wife and kids, don't bore the world with your overdue presence

Molly   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry King you didn't play the NCAA Coach's full comment . He also stated that charting the brackets were no big deal and that everyone should bo it.

carolyn-AustinTX   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

How could we "loan" the banks/AIG the money. We would be making a foolish a loan as the bankrupt mortgage companies. You don't loan money to someone who has proved themselves to be irresponsible in returning a profit or being prudent with their spending.

Retention bonuses should go to people worth being retained.. and if the contract is for them to get a bonus to be retained, how can they be allowed to leave the company after getting the bonus? Everything about the businesses asking for help indicates they will only waste what they receive.

Bea   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Obama should stay off of the late night shows and figure out how to stop lining the golden parachutes for the already too rich bankers and inept business men instead of giving them a bonus fire them for not doing what they are supposed to be doing

murray Langston   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

mmmm lemmi see....President Obama made a decision to go on the Leno show....the Previous President made a decision to go to war with Iraq....which was worse....??? mmmmm

linda   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry, Gov. Palin has cut funding for the disabled in any comment she would make about Pres. Obama's comment on the Tonight a mute point.

sue h.   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Obama is doing a fantastic job of keeping the American people calm and hopeful by involving them in the whole process. Not long ago the media was complaining about the President not being public enough. I find myself trusting him and this comes from a voter who started out being against him. We need the media to back off and stop looking for something to turn the country against this two month old President!

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Having disabled people all around you isnt the same as HAVING a child that not one person in this goverment has stuck up for. Fundings cut left and right, schools funding. My daughter has 3 insur. plans and still not enough to cover therapies and equipment she needs. Its the same thing if a racial comment was even hinted at a minority, You take it personal. I take it personal because I live it dailey. Let him stay in his IVORY TOWER . and by the way, I voted for him!

Kim P. from SC   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi Larry, When the fallout started with the banks and then AIG, I had never heard of AIG. Allstate, State Farm, Geiko... where did AIG come from....... well, congress is still taking care of THEIR PERSONAL CONCERNS over their constituents. AIG is THE provider of insurance for congress, and all government. AIG has insured the BANKS, and AIG has insured other entities and STOCKS that most of our congressmen are associated with. AIG has been "sucking the blood" of our great nation.... and now we again bail them out.
I feel we need to make our congressmen more accountable to US!!! I want the president to be able to line item veto, and I want to see congress pass all bills as line item votes. They might really have to work for once!! Thanks, Larry

linda muise   March 20th, 2009 9:42 pm ET


Mesha   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Do not blame only blame President Obama for AIG blame some Republicans and Bush for it as well

k thrash from Mississippi   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Obama and staff make terrible mistakes almost daily. I had my doubts about him from the beginning and they all need to think before they speak and know what they are talking about. I would like to know where Gibbs got his degree, he is an embarassment every time he opens his mouth. By the way was Geithner's bank accounts levied like the rest of us who don't pay our taxes on time? Carville, your new president is making all out you look bad on the democratic side. The honeymoon is definitely over for Obama.

Kathleen   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET


Anneli Fail   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

My take of "The Talk Show" : President Obama knows a lot of people watch Jay Leno. I believe he gave J. Leno the questions to ask, so he can explain the people the economy, and how he is planning to handle it. Also he he told how the The Banks operate. He said ,for instance AIG didn't do anything illegal. Only the lack of "decency and consideration ran wild ". (Sorry my words, forgot what he said exagtly ) He explain these very well !!!!!!

Baseball & bowling were s.c. "comic reliefs" .
Thanks for reading

F. Beary   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The President is an A++++ educated man. He is not doing too much at one time. People who are competent can do more than one thing at once. President Obama is someone who had to be 5 times smarter, 5 times better, and because he has lived his life working harder he is able to see beyond the average. Most of the pundits are just barely above average.

I have listened to Joe S., Mika, early morning shows, afternoon shows etc, and most of them are less than average. Tucker is really a person that appears to have a 3rd grade IQ, and the guys on foxx – should be committed as they are simpletons. It is so difficult to try to help people who have been dumbed down so long to expect them to be competent. Today, we have an intelligent, competent President and those who are not very smart find it difficult to understand how someone can do so much, and still maintain balance.

He is doing what needs to be done.

Thank you,
Fun and Favorite

Mike from Scappoose, Oregon   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

P.S. - Larry..., I love your show!! Keep up the great informative dialogue as you have. We the people appreciate it.

kelly   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I thought his apearance was great . I didnt fully understand why we bailed AIG out. Now i know it wasnt just a political favor , It had more depth than that. He made it sound like , If they werent tied to so many other institutions they would have let them fold. that gives me some confidence in his decision making. that hes not above letting a company who made bad decisions pay for them .

keon charles   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

why cant the president have a life out side of the white house so let him pick football games, basketball games whats so wrong with that haters

Darrell   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I guarantee most of you have no idea of taking care of a special needs person, I do. They are human, you should be upset about calling them special needs. He meant no harm, grow up people. I also guarantee 90% of you making comments have done anything for or with the The Special Olympics. Before you throw rocks go out and volunteer to help train and be apart of the Special Olympics. Listen to what he actually said and don't twist it into something else. Grow up people.

Mary   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

People need to remember he is a human being. What keeps him popular and interesting is the commonality he shares with the people. Get off your high horse on President O'Bama being on Leno. So what? CNN has had Octomom stories, Wynonna Judd's weight problems, Kathy Griffen....its the old "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" !!

4 day work week   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I just take a good multi-vitamin and deal with what I can and don't let what I can't control get to me. Face reality and do what you can, when you can, while you can!

EVELYN KRIEGER   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I don't see anything wrong with that.

Anne   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It costs over $100,000 an hour for Air Force One, crew, fighter jets that accompany the flight, to be on Leno? I have no faith in the President nor his appointments. I served under eight presidents and this one can fix the problems if he would just work with the agencies. Place people from within the agencies in charge, they've been there, know the rules, regulations and have been vetted for job performance. Our grandchildren have been handed credit cards already maxed out by this President, Pelosi, Frank, Reid, Dodd, et al. AIG insures Congress' retirement plans. There should be a law that Congress cannot borrow from government agencies, Freddie and Fannie for campaign funds. The Washington Times listed 25 congress people who borrowed AIG funds, disgusting.

Linda Carver   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I believe the President is entirely capable of handling the problems that he has thus far enumerated. In real life we cannot be selective in confronting the problems which asail us on a daily basis. Life should be so kind as to present us only one problem at a time. What he needs is a talented staff in each of the problem areas which confront our country. Further more he needs a supportive citizenry rather than the hoard of critics which consistently assault his every move. I recall a time when the press was to report the news rather than interpret it. The arguments which dominate the networks magnify the problems, and do little to resolve the issues or promote success.

funmi   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Larry are you kidding me? Susan Summers has no medical degree not even a science degree, you call her an expert ?, expert in what?she should not be encouraged to spread her junk science, which has not been substantiated by research. Stop bringing her on TV to give false information to people about her fake bioidentical hormones.

John D.   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I do think the Obama's should stop acting like rock stars and start acting like a President and First Lady. Running around the country, meeting with Brad Pitman, Sheryl Crow and other stars and then having them at the White House when the President's not traveling really makes one wonder if President Obama understands the seriousness of his position. It has the appearance of his being very detached while his appointees deal with the many problems the country has right now. He mentions FDR and Lincoln frequently; I just can't see their choosing this path.

Even the vegetable garden is more of the rock star appearance. I am very familiar with the famous California chef, Alice Waters, who wants all of our food to come from an organic garden in the backyard. She is famous so now we will have the garden in the White House because Ms. Waters thinks that would be cool (per 60 Minutes). Fresh produce is wonderful and I make it a point to buy organic at the grocery or farmers market in the summer. However, it's not possible for everyone to have their own organic garden and we can still have a healthy diet. Also, I'd like to keep a few more people employed who drive the produce to us. Oh dear, now I see Suzanne is talking about her organic garden. And the beat goes on.... ROCK ON, Mr. and Mrs. Obama. We'll try to keep the country together.

Hurting   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

How can you have people ie(celebs) on your show trying to tell us how we feel about stress when these peopple have never felt it?
they do not worry where their next meal is coming from because it is "guaranteed " this is why I hate mainstream media it is such crap.
come and live my life for a day ...... I dare you!

Robert   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am tire of all of this mess already! Oboma, said he wanted to work with everybody!

Well hes not hes trying to do to much to fast. Trying to be a "BIG DOG", well its rediculious. Throwing all of our taxpayer dollars away, we will never ever see a dime of that back!

his stimulus package is for the birds! He talks a big game but he cannot back it up! Spend, spend, spend where is all the money coming from?

Heck I have been unemployed since July of last year, sent out over 300 applications as well as resumes no response from any of them.

Have noticed that most jobs now days require you to or ask if you are bi lingual or can you speak spannish if not no need in applying!

I will have hard time getting a job in my field which is construction cause all the hispanics are taking over. Do not mind them if legal, but illegals here working is a darn shame and our government want do a thing about it!

Where is my bailout your bailout? We all need to come together and ask our government for better handling of money. Came out today in yr 2019 at rate Oboma is going we will have deficit of 19 TRILLION DOLLARS! How you feel about that? Make me sick!

Quit lying to the people and tell us the truth! Be a MAN step up to the plate and tell all of us like it is, world be a whole lot better off!

LWBarrett   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Sometimes I get the feeling that he is still campaigning with the town hall and frequent t.v. appearances. I want him focused on our serious
problems before the media starts to pick him apart and treat him just
like another high profile star.........then we will have really lost! American's
are hurting..........there is nothing funny you hear?

On his personal attire........his clothes are too small for him. Coat sleeves are too short and so are his pant length. did ask us to blog.

PAT   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

We are the parents of a special needs child and we are extremely dissappointed with the president's inept attempt at a joke at the expense of thousands of Americans that have a mental or physical disability. Would he have made this same remark if one of his daughters had a disability? I think not! My daughter started a cheerleading squad for the girls at her high school several years ago that is still going strong and she used to go to the bowling alley on Saturday mornings, where one of the bowling alley would reserve a certain amount of lanes, so the kids with disabilities could enjoy a few hours bowling and she would help the kids that were more affected by a disability. For a guy that is supposed to be so smart that was the dumbest thing he could have done. While he was jetting around on Air Force One, we were here with our daughter just like every other day and night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for 23 years. Ask the president if he has ever gone on a Saturday morning to watch how much of a challenge it is for these kids to bowl. But the thing that makes it all worth while is the smile on their faces even if they don't knock down any pins. I thought the president was supposed to support ALL the people not just the ones that can bowl 129 or above!!

Nashata   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

My question to all those who are saying negative things regarding President Obama about the special olympics comment on Jay Leno. When hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were lost and continue to lose because of some crazy person's war on terror going the wrong way, how come he does not even regret, leave aside an apology. But one person is trying to clear that mess, trying to do everything right he possibly can, is willing to take risks to make it right; has a slip of tongue, which I bet everyone has done in their lives more than once, has apologized immediately but it won't go away. This man is doing everything he can to make our lives better. Is anyone even acknowledging, leave aside thanking, the big risk and sacrifice this man is undertaking???????????

Joanne From Ohio   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The hypocrits in Washington sure have their nerve as to look for fault other than themselves. They are the ones who voted on the package without even reading it and our President did the same thing!! He signed it without reading it! I hope this is a lesson for everyone..I wouldn't think of signing anything unless I new what was in it. It really makes me have doubt as to the people we elected to look out for us. I sure hope this isn't the change he promised!

MARK   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

LAUGH 5MIN.....A DAY........JUST 5MIN............




Aaron   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

What about the money AIG funded to the European banks? (FRANCE, GERMANY) Can we have that back too? After all, its completely out of economy now.

JIM   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET



Bea   March 20th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Obama should stay off of late night talk shows and figure out how to stop these already too rich bankers and business men from lining the golden parachutes , instead of giving them a bonus for a job poorly done give them what they really deserve A PINK SLIP so they can stand in the unemployment line and go to the food bank

Vicki Munro   March 20th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

What is he thinking??? Most people work before they play....he hasn't been at this long enough to "earn" playtime. Get serious about this country!!!

truthful   March 20th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Too bad Obama told the nation he bowled 129. I think he was trying to avoid too much praise on Leno. Some folks had much more fun seeing the reruns of the gutter ball he threw during his first game. Fernando F. said it best.

Claudia   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I fear, President Obama has tranformed himself into a "Jack of all trades but a master at none."

Bernice Martin   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

President Obama has done nothing wrong having a little fun out side of the ring. I think the news casters blows things way out, just to have something to talk about. Lets get real, this country is not dead nor is its people, are we going to pick at everything someone says, when its all out of humor, no harm done until the media picks it up and run with it. What we need to do as a country of people is to come together in a positive way and stop being so critical of others. Let’s check ourselves first. And who’s prefect? This President is working hard at trying to turn this mess around with the economy, so less give him a chance its too many people suffering.

Mary   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Who cares what she has to say?

donna   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

SERIOUSLY!!!!! these are hard-working people the advice these over-entitled women are giving is insulting and obscene!!!!!

Jane Hallas   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Has anyone considered that the very capable human (and therefore flawed) being we overwhelmingly elected as our leader was poking fun at himself and not at special needs people? My daughter works her heart out teaching secondary Special Ed in Houston and teaches horse therapy to autistic kids in her 'spare' time. She has funny tales to tell about how the kids make fun of themselves and each other about their special needs. At least they have a sense of humor rather than a sense of shame about themselves. We could all learn this, among other, valuable lessons from them.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Good evening everyone and Kelli! TGIF 🙂 🙂

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Maybe Obama needs his hormone levels check ?

Molly   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Larry King you didn’t play the NCAA Coach’s full comment . He also stated that charting the brackets were no big deal and that everyone should do it. Larry you are not telling the full story.

Alan Scher   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

You people need to lighten up. It was a light hearted off hand remark, not a new policy. It seems that you can't utter a word today without offending some group.

murray Langston   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Yo,,,I have a 10 yr old Downs daughter and I was not in any way offended by an innocent off handed remark such as was uttered by our President..... with all the crap that is going on and all the Republican mess that he has to deal with ...this is a ridiculous attempt by the Conservatives, so desparate to link him with anything negative....

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The question of the day is Do you think President Obama is wasting time on late-night talk show appearances, town halls and sports picks?”
Larry's on right now talking to Suzanne Somers about her hormones.
Who's wasting time here? Mr. Pot meet Ms. Black.

lupe gonzalez   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Perhaps it would be more palatable to the complainers if the President went on vacation or somewhere–maybe the 2009 version of Crawford, Texas–for weeks at a time. Apparently the country is more comfortable with that, instead of a President who conducts business and uses the media to clarify his message.

joan   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

i think the prez. is just paying back , for campaine prom. for help to get votes.jay helped him , he helped jays rating
sp o. what he felt came out of his mouth , sure he supped sp.o , but didnt he get alot of support from the kennedy clan ?

Eva   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Dear Larry,

What ! you guys can not take a joke?

Here is a the question of the day:

Does your expert staff and panel have a plan that could be forward to President Obama to help us out of this mess?

If not, Be Quit and get out of his way . A change is coming!

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Darrell- Let me clarify – I have a disabled child in my house that my government has let down, my insurance company has let down, my school system has let down – I am affected VERY personally by how he has nearly torn my family apart – KEYWORD – "nearly". So again you are assuming that I don't know what I'm talking about – again, you are exhibiting your ignorance and lack of common sense. I live it daily, too, just like you. President Obama lives very far away from an Ivory Tower – no, darling, that was the Other President. For the first time, I have a chance to make a difference in my son's future because of someone like Obama. Again, he made fun of himself and not of anyone else – he has more common sense in his little finger than most people have in their whole bodies. At least you voted for him, it might be the only thing you've done right so far. Now, learn how to see humor for exactly what it is. You should try it sometime – soon.

Andrea   March 20th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

To the President – It's time to stop campaigning. Get into your office and start working! Too much time is being spent running around the country saying the same thing over and over, that there is a crisis. It does nothing to create confidence in our country, or stabilizing the economy. No more commonplace showtime for the "Highest Office" in OUR land. Also, as a parent of an adult disabled daughter, I have worked for years as a volunteer, to change public attitude about people with disabilities. Comments and jokes about disabled people or about their programs, belittles the success enjoyed by these folks who deserve the respect that their extremely difficult circumstances have earned.

Hurting   March 20th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Oh yeah you do not have the stones to contact a "normal" tax paying individual such as myself much less show my comment.

What ever.....

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

@ Aaron

AIG owed these banks for at least a decade. My guess is that AIG was going down around 1998-2000 and they kept it a secret until now. That is one reason at the surmountable amount of money being given to them.

I say, divide AIG up, keep what we can, and let the rest fall...

Lee in Bergen County, NJ   March 20th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The banners on the lower portion of the screen are very distracting and beyond annoying. They interfere with the ability to enjoy watching the show!

Deborah Angell Smith   March 20th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The American people access information in so many diverse and individualized ways that President Obama HAS to use multiple platforms to reach everyone. While news junkies like me watch CNN constantly, the only way he'll speak to some folks is by appearing on shows like Leno, ESPN, the Internet and other venues.

At the center of the financial crisis is a paralyzing lack of confidence - and this President has a unique ability to reassure us all with his calm, assured demeanor. He is his own best spokesman and this is exactly what he should be doing to address the economy and everything we have to deal with.

Ikeida   March 20th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Even though President Obama is held to higher standards than any other person, these "critics" need to realize that he is still a human being and makes mistakes just like anyone else. I would have to check with Guiness, but I am pretty sure that every single person has said something that has been taken out of context or that they wish they could retract at one time or another. Once again people are worried about the wrong things....let's focus on the real issues like the economy and these wars instead of a joke that came out the wrong way. There are professional comedians that have bad nights.

Sunny (seoul)   March 20th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It's so very funny, watching Americans argue foolishly, Obama went to SHOWS, he ate in a Resturant and so on. Please, guys, the president and any office holders, even you, is advised to take abreak and ease off stress and relax the brain a bit.
Those who are shouting for Obama's head should first examine their's. WE ALL NEED A BREAK FROM HELTIC DAYS AND SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE.
The Americans are walking into the second stage of coping with hardship. So the best solution is not getting mad with your leaders or some guy, but yourself as one of the contributors of the big mess. cheer up and believe in yourself, do positive things that will help all of us. NOT SELFISH OR TOTALLY RELAYING ON SOMEONE.

Donald   March 20th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Regarding President Obama's comment about special needs person's ability to get a good bowling score: Some special needs children do have a disability. Some can be overcome and others can not be overcome. President Obama is stating the obvious about some special needs person's ability. He did not say that they could not achieve. Too much of what he said is being misconstrued about the comment. Grow up special needs parents. Stop putting on President Obama what you feel within yourself. You don't actually say it, but it's something that's in your heart. It comes out in the form of Deniling the true about your situation. You're applying your own opinion about special needs that is in your heart onto someelse who is expressing something different that you do not hear because you are too busy overlaying your own opinion, that only you said or felt, not the other person.

Darrell Macon,Ga.   March 20th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Marlene needs her hormones checked. Maybe Suzanne can help her.

cindi pilling   March 20th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I get the positive thinking approach and the exercise approach as well. It is something I practice on a daily basis. It does take the edge off however as things get worse and worse it gets harder and harder to both exercise and maintain a positive attitude. Here comes the but.....Suzanne many families could we feed on her facelifts alone. I think she is a poor representative and example because of here inability to relate to the needs and issues that are currently facing american families today.

With families losing their homes, 401k's, healthcare etc. putting Suzanne Sommers on to coach us on how we can remain positive is adding insult to injury. She said it herself, "I am at the far end".

Adam   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The three broads or four which ever talking about stress and dealing with the problem? It is easy for folks like them to talk about dealing with the problem since they all have jobs, steady income, homes and fixed for life. Why not bring in some of the folks who are living on the street day to day. Lost their homes and money to guys like Madoff, Obama's cut backs and bad businesses.

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hey Dodie!

Robin   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

President Obama needs to make a PUBLIC apology to all the disabled individuals who work so hard and take tremendous pride in their accomplishments in Special Olympics. It's hard enough all they have to go through each day with their disabilities alone, and then you add to that the discrimination they endure from society. The last thing they expected to hear was the President of the United States, of all people, basically making fun of their disrespectful and so demeaning. It just proves that ignorance and disrespect are still alive and well among the American people where the mentally disabled are concerned, from the every day citizen, all the way up to the highest office of the land. Very sad and unacceptable...period! I am speaking on behalf of those that may not be able to speak for themselves, including my child. To those who think people are making a big deal over nothing, you've never walked a mile in my shoes or those of my son. Signed: Proud mother of a handicapped child

Marlene   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Darrell – sidestepping our original discussion by commenting on me? Wow – very grown up. G'nite and sweet dreams.

Mesha   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Sarah Palin should not be speaking on the special olympics comment because I can recall her cutting funded for special olympics in her state of Alaska

Retta   March 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Thank God that my President is willing to use popular forms of media to educate the nation about the current economic woe. His ability to speak to all socioeconical levels should be celebrated–not criticized–As a health care professional for over twenty-five years, I see the effects of making the choice between keeping a roof over the head and buying over-priced medications–we all pay in one form or another. Banking probelems, housing, health care are all intertwined. Retirement. I watched my retirement funds slowly disappear-I now work two jobs. Thank you, Mr. Obama for coming out of the secure walls of the White House to listen to the people.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Obama has inherited a MESS! No president has ever inherited this kind of mess. There is more than just the melt down on our economic situation.

We also had N. Korea threaten us and who knows what else.

Obama has done more in one month, than Bush did in a year. Where was Bush for the first 8 months. I remember, he was on his ranch digging in the dirt.

Also remember, Obama has contact with washington 14/7

There is the cell phone (((( Hello ))))

Me   March 20th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I'm a special education teacher and I LOVE my students and love Special Olympics, it wasn't a big deal, the kids laugh at themselves when we go bowling and we all have a good time, bowling horribly most of the time... but it doesn't matter we are just having fun. You have to laugh ,people and not take everything so seriously. The special needs community and people who work with them, have thick skin and a comment like that means nothing. It actually just reminded me of our last bowling trip and how much fun we had, good thing we used bumpers. One of my students threw the ball down lone lane and it ended up in the next lane. lol

annie   March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Lately I get the feeling that Barack would rather be in Hollywood,
than in Washington, D.C....He's been told how cute he so often,
that he's been behaving more like a movie star, than a serious
politician..........If Obama would stay in Washington, where he belongs, and leave the night entertainment for entertainers, maybe he wouldn't be making stupid remarks....As a taxpayer, I'm not paying him to make jokes on t.v. ..... He's like the rest of the politicians who have a steady income, good health insurance and great retirement benefits......Better get to work, Obama, these are serious times...
jokes and humor can come later......maybe !

Jon   March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

You bleeding heart liberals make me want to vomit,If this would have been W that made this comment you would vave told him to ...........oh I don't know Perhaps Go "Kill himself"

Loredana Burke   March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I'm a parent who has a son with a dissability. I did not find the comment from the president Obama to be offensive, only because I know that Mr. Obama is a parent and i'm sure that Mr. Obama has friends with children that have dissability and he feels for them. I blame the media because the media always trie to find a hair in an egg. Mr. Obama did apologise and I hope that this is the end of this incident. I feel that Mr. Obama has a great heart and soul, I'm sure that only good will come out of this incident. Everything happens for a reason. And for him being at J Leno that's o.k. too. He is human and needs to be out and have some down time and be out in public. This is what is great about Mr. Obama he is down to earth and like to be with commeners and what is wrong with that? Mr. president I don't think i will ever meet you but what I woul like to say sir is "Good for you Mr. Obama. May God bless you and your family keep up the great work ".
Loredana Burke
Thornhill, Canada

John   March 20th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I watched the Jay Leno program last night and did not even realize there was a gaffe. I still think it is a Tempest In A Teapot. We have bigger fish to fry so get over whatever you think the President did and get on with all our real problems.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hey Kelli... how the heck are you...

Spinning the wheels in here as usual??? 🙂

Hurting   March 20th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hey Adam .... would you invite them to your home (or tent) for an evening of entertainment?? they need to know .....

Joe from Canada   March 20th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

You (Americans) need to remember that he his is only human and it took more than two terms to create the current mess – surely we cannot expect miracles after 59 days!!!!!

joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am so sick of the republicans criticizing the obama adminisration, i haven't heard a plan from them to get us out of this mess, all i hear is blah blah blah and no, we were all behind bush when 911 happened a crisis beyond belief, how come they can't get beyond they're partisan beliefs they absoutley make me sick, and who is their leader anyway, day to day it's someone else, when i see one of their so called leaders i see the face of rush and ann coulter,very scary, eric cantor looks like ann coulter with short brown hair, john boeanor looks like a tan rush's like the frat boys have been in charge for the last eight years and the professor finally showed up, go away for a while pubes and regroup PLEASE!!!!!!!

Sylvester   March 20th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Our President is human and deserves the right to cool off the way he pleases and being on jay leno or making sport predictions could be a one the ways to calm his nerves from the stress about the nation economic situation and the deficit he inherrited from Bush's administration, so be it. Please, people stay off his back as this appears to be petty.

Molly   March 20th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry, Palin has the nerve to make a critical comment on The President's comment. But she is cutting funding for Special Needs Individuals in Alaska. Palin you are a hypocrite!!

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Jon, please, consider you capitalist pigs fortunate that we don't come burning your houses down for the mess your W created.

ChristianGonzalez   March 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I find that the economy has affected my health.
I find the time now to hit the gym, 2 hours/day. It helps with keeping your mind clear of negative thoughts (economy).
Gets you to talk to others and maybe possible opportunities (employment). Also, makes you realize that you are not alone!.
Others have it worse.

Rose   March 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Some people are complaining that President should stay in his office. I would say he has got a intelligent comptent team to support his agenda. He can not do it all alone. He has elected people to work for/with him.

He needs support of people of U.S.A, instead we on spending too much time on trivial things.

Maria NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Larry and CNN team, as much as I'm a fan, I am not happy at all with your so called topic of the night. Why are you feeding into the negative frenzy that says that Obama cannot multitask and how wrong is he to go on talk shows?
Give me a break! I bet you wouldn't be saying that if he had chosen to be on your show to share his message with the American people.

I am frankly outraged at this feeding frenzy over nothing. I love the fact that Obama finds direct channels to stay in touch with the American people. I'm glad he chose Leno. God knows we could all use the levity, which unfortunately you guys at CNN don't have. Please stop nitpicking on every little thing. Give him a break. Let him govern his way and please stop holding him to the low standards politicians live by nowadays.

Although initially I didn't support him, I have come to respect him.

Let him do his thing. He's different. Remember we voted for change.
Find other more important and relevant topics, such as drugs, cancer, the abuse of law enforcement, the shennanigans of the Bush administration. There are better topics out there.

And please, no Tucker Carson. I might as well be watching FOX.

Straighten out your stuff and get back to the great journalism that made CNN what it is today. Try not to go the way of the F network. Thanks!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Larry... you said you read every word... well I have a lot of words for you... how about this???

The bonuses are just a distraction. Look at who AIG just paid below. Pretty Scary to me.

$12.9 billion to Goldman Sachs (NYSE)
$11 billion to Societe Generale Bank Egypt
$7 billion to Barclays – England
$6.4 billion to Deutsche Bank – Germany
$4.9 billion to BNP Paribas – France
$3.3 billion to HSBC.
$6.8 billion to Merrill Lynch
$5.2 billion to Bank of America ($12 billion including the Merrill Lynch)
$2.3 billion to Citigroup
$1.5 billion to Wachovia

((( AIG is synonymous with financial terrorism )))

I can also give you the names of all the executives past and present of AIG. Do you want them too???

I have been doing my homework! I want to know what is stealing from me!!!

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Dodie you betcha!

Denise Holmberg   March 20th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Dear Larry,
My son is headed to Afghanistan soon and having the Commander in Chief behaving like a rock star instead of a President is more than disconcerting. He inspires zero confidence in this Marine Mom with his chaotic domestic policy and slip-shod foreign policy. I need him to pay attention! I need to know someone is paying attention to the forgotten war in Afghanistan and our forgotten heros – I'm stressed over the economy – but way more stressed over the fact that the U.S. is more focused on AIG bonuses than on our troops that are dying in a war no one, including our President, is giving a thought to. Wake up Mr. President! I'm begging you.
Denise Holmberg

Hope   March 20th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Some people are acting like he was partying like crazy in California. He held two townhalls and visited businesses that are going to benefit from the stimulus, but by all means let's focus on 10 seconds of the last hour of his trip. The media seems super driven to create controversies where none exist and then talk about them for days. The media proved over the last eight years that they are indeed useless and it behooves all of us to find alternative sources of information because we are not being served. Bush lowered the bar so much that we believe an intelligent, thinking, and driven President is doing too much. Now can someone please explain the myth about the liberal bias in the media because I swear the media has their knives sharpened for Obama to a ridiculous extent.

Cathy   March 20th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

My daughter who is 24 and I were just talking about how much we appreciate that President Obama is making this effort to get out and talk to our citizens. We were comparing these outings to FDR's fireside chats. We are both sure that the comment he made was not meant to hurt anyone. He is what our country needs!!!!

Donald   March 20th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Amy Holmes used a bad analogy of the tarp money followed by another infustion of bailout monies. The facts are that the tarp funds were distributed without a thought thru plan on what is supposeto be accomplished with the money, other than, the money is suppose to help the economy come back. The 2nd infusion, the bailout had a plan behind it. Give the money an opportunity to be distributed properly. We have no choice, but to wait, do nothing and wait. That's like Mrs Nancy Ragen saying: "Just say no to drugs". We all know that drug use rose exponentially, thereafter.

elliotking   March 20th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I am depressed with the reaction of the press and astonished that Larry would join in on this trash. Pres Obama has taken on more than one human can handle and we as Americans need to support him in every way we can. If Larry and the media spent more time supporting the Pres instead of sensationailizing what they think will sell newspapers perhaps we could get a positive impression across. Lets not take every word someone says as an excuse to voice our own opinion. For heaven sakes can we work with him and contribute to his energy and excitement to do something for our country and give him time to prove himself.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Kelli... Just love your witt, spunk and humor! Its a rare bread!

I went out and marched against AIG in Santa Ana California. What was sad is that I got all my co-workers involved... so it ended up being an Orange County Employee March against AIG. LOL

We came across many people who only spoke Spanish and the moment we said AIG, they waved their fists in the air. Just too funny!!!

cheryl   March 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

yes president Obama is on track and focused .he is showing the american people he is with them .he is out there not hiding in the white house . the boy is human .... give him a break ... and time cheryl

Alice   March 20th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I have a son with disabilities who participate in special olympics. Also I am a special educator. We need to excuse the president for mis speaking. People do slip. I do not think the president meant anyting derrogitory by his statement. The intense scrutiny is too much! All of us at some time or another have said something that in hindsight we have regretted. I don't think the president meant to disrespect people with disabilities or means to do harm to the special population and those who love them.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Lets see,how about for a start,we stop letting illegal aliens send billions of our dollars to mexico every year,next we drill for our own oil instead of sending billions to the middle east every day .next we stop raising taxes on people who actually pay taxes to give to deadbeat dads and baby making machine moms who never work a day in their life,shall I go on?In other words the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money.Do you see the trainwreck coming Liberals.Bigger Govt. is going to break the bank

Mary   March 20th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

what is the name of Suzanne Sommers book that was being talked aboiut on the sown

Anne D   March 20th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Don't assume everyone who criticizes Obama is a Republican. Let's see, for starters, Warren Buffet voted for him and has had a few criticisms. It's a sad day if you can't find any fault with your party; again, brainwashed.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:10 pm ET


I completely agree with you. Plus, there is the invention of the cell phone which keeps him in contact with washington 24/7. We have too much black and white thinking. Just because Obama is NOT in Washington does not mean he is not doing his job. Good Grief!!! Give the guy a break.

I would NOT want all this responsibility. It would give me a heart attack. He keeps a cool head during this meltdown which is exactly what we need.

I am listening to Anderson, but I like just staying here and let Larry hear what I have to say... Yep, me, a big mouth!

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

You Go Dodie! That is great! Have you seen what France is up to?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Kelli! No.. let me in on what is going on?

Oh I forgot to tell you, we have an AIG office up the street and I kept the front desk busy while my co-workers were passing out (((BOO AIG pamphlets))) We all laughed all the way back to work

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Jon, what are you talking about the bank was broken on your watch pal.

Justin B   March 20th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Heck no; he is not wasting his time. Rather he is talking to ordinary everyday people about the ECONOMY. He doing more than one thing at a time.

Fiona Chisholm   March 20th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I can't imagine the difficulties the parents of special needs children endure on a daily basis, however, I don't think the comment was meant to offend....totally opposite. He was actually saying he could easily be beaten at this sport by these very special children. Hey kids...lets have a bowling tournament at The Whitehouse and kick some presidential butt. Tensions are high right now as the news is always depressing. Wars, Economic crisis,Unemployment, Housing foreclosures,executive payouts.......and so on. He has been in office for 59 days. Give him a break.......You put up with George wubba u...for 8 years and it was a comedy show as GW couldn't give a speach without flubbing something. GW would not have lasted a month here in Canada, the goverment would have been overthrown due to incompetance. There is no quick fix to todays trying times, but it is no comparison to the struggles of our ancesters. Civil Wars, World Wars, Stock Market Crash, Great Depression...Another World War,etc...they stayed positive and focused on what little they had. Focus on family, self=worth respect and care and concern for all. We can all help each other in some way if you think about it. Take some bread to a neighbourgh, check on the elderly, donate items to a local shelter. Live within your means. Make the way you live "mean something"
You are all going to be so petty about the way you live, then you need to trade places with our tropps in Irac and Afganastan. You will be begging to be down and out in "THE HOME OF THE FREE"

F Chisholm
Holland Landing,Ontario, Canada

Edward Gunter   March 20th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Absolutely not. President Obama is doing what he has to do to maintain his cool, if you will, and try to pull this country out of the worst economic malaise since the great depression. It's nice to have a president whose smarter than me. I haven't felt this since President Clinton. Clinton made some stupid mistakes and Obama will as well but he is the best we've got and we'd better stay with him.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

@ Mary Just go on the internet and do a search

@ Arnold better like what Obama gave us... I work for the government and we are in a melt down here. eeekkkkkk

Hey Arnold... send some of that money from Obama to us in Orange County. We are in dire straights! We are really hurting

vicki claggett   March 20th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

every one makes special needs son would have said!!!!! to know this group of people ,is to know they are the most forgiving group of people ...s oall you parents of special needs children.. get over your selfs your kids would

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

@ Justin B
@ Kelli

You both tell them!!! I completely agree

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Oh and Jon my dead beat dad ex husband IS REPUBLICAN!

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

wrong again liberal the govt forced banks to make loans available to people who should have never gotten them under Bill CLINTON

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:18 pm ET


I don't know if I agree with you that most of the comments have been made by "bleeding heart liberals". Why do they make you want to vomit when most are merely asking for fairness, tolerance and the voice of reason. People became disgusted with the former President because of the terrible job he did and the mess in which he left our country.

Let's show a little patriotism and get behind our president. He inherited a disaster and needs the support of us all.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

@ vicki claggett

I really respect any parent that works with their special needs children. It is difficult, trying at times, and takes so much patience.

I had the opportunity to see this up close last year when I moved to another agency for a year. I was so amazed at the parents. And am very impressed.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:20 pm ET



Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Dodie they have been rioting for 2 days...tearing down anything representing Capitalism...200+ stand downs throughout the country- a total of 85,000 people.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Of course everyone has a right to their opinion and free speech as long as its the same as yours

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ Jon

You said: wrong again liberal the govt forced banks to make loans available to people who should have never gotten them under Bill CLINTON

What rock did you find that under??

Clinton never FORCED any bank... THIS IS NOT A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!!! They were GREEDY and wanted to make tons of money on any loan they could get along with all the loan brokers. They were all making tons of money!

debbie stewart   March 20th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I think that if President Obama was a white President, then all of this nonsense of him making fun of the Special need's children, wouldn't be happening. Since he has become President, every thing that he does, say's and touches, people, have had something negative to say about him. The man haven't been in office sixty day's, and it is alway's something wrong with what he does. My niece has special needs, and she is twenty four, guess what, she said that his comment did not effect her (get over it, she says, and stop trying to make a mountain out of a mohill). Also if he wasn't able to do a variety of things, then nothing would get done. He is young, gifted and very smart, and he is able to do more than one task. Also there is nothing wrong with him going on the Jay Leno show, people have got to remember, that this is not the 1800's, he is not 70,80, or even 90 years old, this is a new era, and time. The bottom line is this, PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT A BLACK MAN IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY. Oh and lets not forget that this AIG problem was already in the making back in September, when candidate Obama, now President Obama was running. So I wish the Media will announce that more often.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:25 pm ET


You sound like some of my friends who say the exact same things...word for word. Where do you hear these things? It's very cult-like. Kind of scary!!!!!

John L. Coulson   March 20th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Seems possible to me that if your Senate really wants bi-partisanship, may I suggest the President set a precedent by reaching open handed across the floor and ask a Republican or two to lay down their swords and help usher in this new era to become the head of various Democratic initiated committee’s. At the very least work side by side with a Democrat on the same committee solving the same issue. The time for he said, she said is long past due and if Republicans want to keep getting their faces on CNN, why not be it for crossing the floor in friendship and to offer a hand to clean up this mess instead criticism which will surely only serve to stall all efforts. Where was it written into the constitution that one party must always drag down other party and always to the detriment of the people who pay their salaries? As they say – "If ya can't say something nice, then,,,,,," I say – "If you can only do so much, then please only do all that you can!" – JLC

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Anderson please step up!! Stop all this nonsense. Pundits are asking whether the President is distracted?? Has the media looked in the mirror??
Obama gave his picks for the final 4. Great! he’s human. Larry King talks to Suzanne Somers about her hormone levels…do I really care about that right now? NO…but, somebody does. Justify it all you want, but the final 4, hormone levels or an offhanded comment don’t put food on the table.
If CNN and the rest of the media are going to attack the President for being off topic, then they should internalize the same. STOP….i beg of you….STOP giving in to ratings. I know it’s easier to sell advertising space on a misstep, but if we’re going to do this together, you have to take a leadership role.
Get off your wallets and lose the “inside edition” tabloid crap!! Stop telling us how wonderful CNN is and be a force to bring about the change we need.
Yes, we need you to keep them in check. Yes we need you to ask the hard questions. I don’t need to know somebody’s hormone levels. Not at the moment I don’t.
If you can’t do that, get out of the way and give the guy a chance!! He said there would be mistakes. He said it wasn’t going to be smooth sailing. I refuse to give up on him. I can’t afford to. I will give him the time to heal us. If he can’t, I’ll vote again in FOUR years

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Clinton had not idea there were so many capitalist pigs/wolves out there ready to take a vacume to the banks and put the money in their back pockets...Surely no one would go that low...and then the luxury addicted fanancial sociopath Rebublican was born,

linda roberts   March 20th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

On Obama.Do people think a President should work every waking moment? As a mental health professional I would like to remind that a balance is healthy.Any President should have monents of laughter and social activities, this makes for a more balanced personand more capable of doing a good job.
As for Suzanne, she reads a lot of health books and talks to a lot of experts but she still doesn't know what she's talking about. You do a diservice to allow her on as an " expert" And lastly to those people who think that working in their organic is the answer to losing a job, home,car,college funds etc are so out of touch it's incredible. Agreed that a positive attitude helps to get through the hard times , so teach the skills,don't just tell people how to think or be is ignorant thinking. If they really want to help these people teach the skills. It took Suzanne years to become the obcessive complusive " expert" that she claimes to be after having breat cancer. People don't just suddenly know how to cope when disaster happens. These people on your show are totally out of touch.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@ debbie stewart

I agree with you. Also people have unreal expectations on Obama. They want immediate fix or cure... it will take YEARS!!! It took a decade to get into this mess. We can not expect to get out of it in a month.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

You mean cult like hey Mr President That person has more than me,take some of his and give it to ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

You mean cult like hey Mr President That person has more than me,take some of his and give it to ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbara Hines   March 20th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

I think President Obama's visit to the Jay Leno show was completely appropriate and I enjoyed every second of the show. It will clear that Leno did also. It was extremely clever to appear on the show just because he may have reached a group that wouldn't normally hear his message. He does have to have a little R&R for himself as well. Larry's guests tonight talked about taking care of yourself with exercise, eating correctly, etc. All of which is very true. I practice it daily or as best I can though it is rather expensive to eat healthy. Larry and his crew does a great job, so thanks Larry for keeping us informed.

Amy   March 20th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I don't see anything wrong with President Obama making appearances on talk shows. I watch talk shows to listen to what the guests have to say and when I'm watching a celebrity, it makes me feel like I am learning more about them on a personal level. Why SHOULDN'T President Obama sit down with Leno and show the American people that he is a person with thoughts and visions and opinions and I would MUCH rather listen to what the President has to say then what the average Joe Blow celebrity has to say... and as far as the comment about the special olympics is concerned.... GET OVER YOURSELVES PEOPLE..... President Obama wasn't making fun of the Special Olympics, he was making fun of HIMSELF!!!! People need to stop looking at EVERYTHING through a magnifying glass and loosen up a little bit.

Alan J   March 20th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

As I watch on your program Larry, all the experts talking and arguing on whats going on in the nation, does it make anyone else just want to scream ! After watching a minute it really isn't to difficult to understand why the nation is in the crappier when we look at all the experts we have at the top running everything from the country too all of the big companies.
I'm not the brightest bulb in the box but I can certainly see what the problem is. Ok, here's a couple little secrets about stimulating the worlds economy. (Part 1) If you have one person that you pay $10,000,000.00 per year to, that person should be able to perform the work of 10 people being payed $1,000,000.00 per year or 100 people being payed $100,000.00 per year or 200 people being payed 50,000.00 per year and so on. If they can't perform the task hired for, hire someone can and pay accordingly. Now of course there is no simple equation to figure this out but point is the same. (Part 2) One person making $10,000,000.00 per year, they will buy 1 car, 1 house, 1 fridge, 1 vacation, one of any or everything, point is 10 people being payed 1,000,000.00 will buy 10 cars, 10 homes,10 fridges, 10 vacations and 100 people being payed $100,000.00 will buy 100 cars, 100 homes, and so on. I do realize that there are degree's of purchases prices, but it's still not rocket science to figure out. Lose these obsence salaries and the people that figure they deserve them. Time for people to get real, before too damn late.

Edward Gunter   March 20th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Something for Betty Phillips: Michelle Obama is not white and I assume you are. I'm an old white southern man but I don't denigrate anyone because of the color of their skin. I'm sorry that you have an autistic child and I believe you when you say she is intelligent and beautiful. But let me tell you something: you need to get over it and try to live in the present, not the past. Most Americans including myself are very impressed with both President Obama and Michelle. They both are connecting with average Americans (of all colors) which we haven't seen for a long time.

Rich   March 20th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Republicans are "worked up" over President Obama appearing on Jay Leno.........lmfao!!

At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX while his chief terrorism head, Richard Clarke, was warning him of the Al-Queda threat. He wasn't given the time of day because he was a Clinton hold-over!!.........9/11 happened!!

Given a choice..........sorry GOP.......I'll take a bad economy of a 9/11 anyday!!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@ Jon

I think I can see you are very angry over the stimulus package. I am worried also. But No one really know what will work and what will not. We have never had this type of meltdown before.

in 1929, the dynamics were different. Actually the stock market crash did not cause the depression... it was the American people not wanting to spend any money that caused the depression. That is why you see Obama and news media say... start spending.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

@ Edward Gunter

You must be either well educated or an avid reader. You are an independent thinker!

I am speaking to Anderson 360...
Yep, I have to postpone my retirement too... UGH!!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Obama needs a break! I just can not even imagine the stress he is experiencing trying to fix this mess. His humor is a hallmark.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

A clinton Hold over that was handed Bin Laden on a silver platter And said "No Thanks I've got this Ugly intern in a blue dress thats Way more Important,

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:42 pm ET


I don't think that your theory is correct. Most people voted for President Obama therefore most people do not consider his race a factor.

Some people are very ignorant and can only get attention by making negative remarks about others. They are great at nitpicking and criticizing but can rarely offer a suggestion or a solution. These people claim to be patriotic but they are the opposite. They prefer to bring our country down. They are hateful and devisive. They claim to be religious but what God would condone such hatefulness?

I agree with you that the media should remind the American people that the economic crisis started long before this administration came to be.

Doris Mitchell   March 20th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

I am the grandmother of a beautiful 8 year old girl who was born with the mosiac form of Down Syndrome. She spent her first 17 days of life in Children's Hospital with tubes and monitors everywhere, fighting for her life. I thought Obama's thoughtless comment on the Jay Leno Show was extremely cruel and hurtful. I was raised to never laugh or make fun of someone less fortunate. Seeing Obama laughing about the abilities of Special Needs people felt like a glass of ice water thrown in my face! I think he needs to set up a special committee to send a personal apology to everyone that voices their concern to him at the White House. He owes us that much!

Kelli from Tampa   March 20th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Jon I have what I need I am a nurse, a single parent of one great kid and a fulltime college student almost a Master's degree (with a dead beat dad ex husband who is REPUBLICAN) I worked in a homeless shelter for 4 yrs, which ispired me to back to school to become an Art Therapist to take care of all you young kids your party sent t Iraq who now are homelessand living in the streets and the woods. They cannot get care at the VA because the VA became too busy- and took all their claims and shredded them. I do not want anthing from you or any from your shady Republican friends.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Government Does not handle money well,can you say "Social Security".............Medicare?...................if you and i handled our money like the Govt handles our money,we"d ALL be Homeless

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

@ edward gunter
In a long time? I would submit that they have connected unlike anyone in ANY time. I refuse to be impressed/dismayed by his skin color. I would rather focus on his thoughtfulness, intellect and actions.
I BELIEVE. I refuse to succumb to negativity. We all know we're going to be fine. This hurts right now. I was laid off. I don't really know how I'll get through until we do recover, but I know that I will.
We are the finest governmental model in history. That's not is fact. We all know it. Enough of the attacks. We're going to be fine.
What's wrong with supporting a guy who stepped up? Do you want the job?? I don't. He does. I will support him until they start opening vodka bottles in New Moscow, USA. Until then people, we are one. We do come together in hard times. It's what makes us the envy of the world. We'll get there. Take a deep breath and hold on until then.

Lou   March 20th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

I do think President Obama is spending to much time away from the White House. When McCain wanted Obama to do Townhalls,he wouldnt do it now he is. And arent the American people spending all this money on gas for the plane to be going all over the place? As far as being on Leno,Obama is the President not a celebrity. Its time to stop campaingning lets do the job he was elected to do. Thanks Lou

linda roberts   March 20th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

It's always fun to watch Amy make lemonade out of lemons.Her obvious republican bias shouts at us and we see through it. Go Amy, make lemonade and when you grow up and maybe take another college course on how to approach an argument without showing your bias maybe we can take you seriously.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

@ Jon We could have gotten Bin Laden 6 years ago if we had used our forces in Afgan. Instead of Iraq. Now Obama will have to locate Bin Laden.

harry & sally   March 20th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

get Tucker Carlson off the air, period. we did not enjoy Amy Holmes...the person who we miss, Mr King is ::RON REAGAN, JR...he is refreshing, intelligent, straightforward, honest & an Independent....he's so likeable..a joy..but we do not see him often..where is he ? as for the President, he apologized right away..he probably will host a special day for kids of special play in the white house lawn on the swings, slides & they will enjoy a delicious lunch w/music, maybe Stevie Wonder ! so they can sing & dance,,,,time to let loose & enjoy! life is too short !..

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

@ Doris

I have not seen the Jay Leno with Obama show. I only know, I have never seen Obama laughing at anyone with disabilities. I would assume that this might be misunderstood. He was raised in Hawaii with white grandparents, so he knows how it feels to be different. Sometimes, I have noticed that Obama will laugh at something and I think it is more to help him elevate the tension he is experiencing.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Hi Lou,

This is a new world and this young President is connecting to the American people in innovative ways. I don't see anything wrong at all with his appearance on the Tonight Show. He was elected to be the people's President and that is precisely what he is.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Joe in Hartford, CT

That's the spirit, Joe! I'm with you.

Marty Blevins   March 20th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

There are a lot of people that needs to examine their hearts. The President made a comment that he shouldn't have and IT DID offend people. There was no place for it. If a white president was asked about his basketball game and he laughed it off because he wasn't black there would probably be a riot in streets right now for making a racist comment. This was prejudice, just in a different form.

The fact of the matter is, a President who happens to be a minority should be the last one to make an off color joke comparing his skills bowling to a Special Olympics athlete. He needs to examine his heart and show a little more class.

The father of a Special Olympics athlete and a Special Olympics coach.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Some of you assume i am republican because i disagrree with what this administration is doing.I am Conservative.i believe in personal responsibility,the Freedom provided in the Constitution,and the belief that a Thriving economy requires the belief in the Inginuity and enterprising spirit of the People who create jobs for others thus providing "Stimulus"for that economy.The Government does not produce anything.If they did,based on their track record,their"Co."would have gone Belly up long ago

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

@ Fran, NYC

Yes, Yes, Yes. You said it!!! President is connecting to the American people in innovative ways

Majda   March 20th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

The joke made by President Obama on Leno is much ado about nothing. It is absolutely trivial in the grand scheme of things and I see no reason to discuss it on a reputable show. It has nothing to do with Obama's politics and is not even an issue. My support is still with the President.

Jon   March 20th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Linda,Which of Your Liberal Colleges would You prefer all of us non brainwashed individuals atten?

Jim   March 20th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

It's about time we have someone that is involved with the life of "real" Americans. We are not all politicians. We are not all lobbyists. This lets us know that President Obama is living with us. With the "gaffes", the predictions, the ups and downs we know he is not a part of the "elite". This elite I talk about is a group of "elected" people that are suppose to think about us, the American people, before they think of the rich and powerful. We need new laws on insurance, health care, banking, housing, education that work for us people that won't ever be rich. We need new policies on outdated views of how we deal with other nations, drugs, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies. We need more attention to taking care of the middle class people. President Obama gives us a fresh look at all of these. To think that anyone wants to go back to the recent past is offensive. Right now the rich and the very rich are working very hard to protect the "gains" they have made over the past 30 years. It would be a change if our media, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, etc would get back to being a check against the corporate and military institutions that seek to subvert or pervert our nation and it's people. Only with an active and free press can we have a knowledgeable and engaged electorate. We need them to get view past the propraganda and lies of those corporate and military institutions. In this way we can make decisions that better America. President Obama is starting us down this path. In making himself and his Presidency more open to the American people he is making a fundamental change in how see our government and forces the American people to be more involved. Maybe in eight years we will have a more vibrant and involved American people. I only pray and hope this is so. I do this for my children and theirs.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:12 pm ET


I never assumed or even thought that you were Rep or Democ. I don't think in those terms because I am neither.

You said... People who create jobs for others thus providing “Stimulus”for that economy.

This week, Obama side stepped the banks and went directly to the lending corporations through Fanny and Freddie. Now everyone can refinance and receive loans at low interest rates. That will stimulate

Marty Blevins   March 20th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

So Majda, you think people with Special Needs are "trivial"?
You don't think they have feelings?
Oh, I get it, you just don't care.
Your comment shows a total lack of class, a lack of caring, and a lack of intelligence.

The question of the day isn't about Obama's politics.........everyone just wants to make it that with their posts instead of focusing on the inappropriateness of the comment that was made. Everything doesn't need to be about politics.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

@ Majda

I completely agree.

Also I have noticed that Obama uses laughter and humor as a way to help elevate his internal tension. Just like many of us would laugh if we were feeling anxious....

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

You mention personal responsibility. Where were the guys at AIG who faced with the complete failure of their company, failed to step up and forgo the bonuses they were contractually owed? Yes, they have the law on their side. Yes, they are faced with an insurmountable task.....saving AIG. It would be easy to say, "well, I'm worth it because i took your liability from 2.7 BILLION down to 1.6 BILLION." and don't get me wrong, i bow to them. They have the ability to save us from our own short sightedness.
To think that if we don't pay them for saving America is not a good enough story to tell the grandkids....I gotta ask myself, "if i had the ability to get us throught this....and i put a price tag on that....who's gonna want to live next door to me?"....if the $ is all you care about, write a book afterwards....or better yet, put it on your resume'.....i saved america....i'm pretty sure u could write your own ticket after that...and rightfully so. I am not opposed to you reaping the benefits of your expertise....that's America. But, I do question you holding us hostage during the bad times. We need you guys to step up. Save AIG and pay us back. Do that....and I'll attend the ticker tape parade.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 11:17 pm ET


Do you not believe that Americans on both sides of the aisle believe in personal responsibility, freedom and capitalism? Of course we all do! I believe in all those things while very much supporting this administration and our President.

Linda   March 20th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

@ debbie stewart

Thanks for your comments. People are are put off by this President, and some of it does have to do with him being Black. People are just waiting for him to fail but he won't and this country will be the better for having him in office.

Majda   March 20th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

I do not think that people with special needs are trivial at all. What is trivial is the amount of attention given to this. It is ridiculous and unecessary especially since President Obama has appologized and it has been dealt with. There is nothing else that can be done so why not move on?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

@ Marty Blevins

Majda did not say that people with special needs are trivial! You are taking this very personally... and since I don't know you, maybe you have a reason to.

I feel Majda, and I am sure she can very well express herself... I read that she was looking at the "big Scheme of things" The big picture

Candace Odom   March 20th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

We lost our house after the real estate firm allowed their son to move into our home with his fiancee while we moved to Florida. Lindsey and Associates kept telling us they had no offers and no one was looking to buy. For a year, we were making 2 house payments. Then, a friend told us someone had been living in our home. I drove to Arkansas and their sons truck was parked in the driveway with his name on the tag. I took pictures then went to the Real Estate company. They had all their furniture in it and even changed the tile in our kitchen. I took them to the Real Estate Board but Jim Lindsey's Cronies and Buddies would not give us our equity in our home. We lost both homes and were homeless. We now rent, and have been playing catch up for a long time. I don't have my own car anymore. but we are surviving. My oldest son is going to graduate from college next year in Engineering and my second son is graduating high school, our daughter is captain of her volleyball team and a freshman in HS. Then, we lost my daughter who died from an asthma attack and her dad , my ex won't let me see my granddaughter cause his house was in her name at the time of my daughters death and so was the new house she had just purchased but he told the Probate Judge she did'nt own anything and I think he's afraid he will go to jail cause he has a prior conviction of Bank Fraud from the 90's during the Hud Scandels. Well, we will survive cause we have each other and we love each other and keep each other going. I know people think they have to own a home, a car but I don't have either one and I feel like I am the richest person in the world as long as I have my family.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:30 pm ET


Did Obama apologize...

Also I have noticed that Obama uses laughter and humor as a way to help elevate his internal tension. Just like many of us would laugh if we were feeling anxious….

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

@ marty blevins
so, beating the cr*p out of someone makes you leadership material? time to let go of such hostility....i made a mistake....i'm sorry....forgive me.
i looked it up....beating the crap outta someone is not "about being a human being and making sure that all human beings are treated with respect and dignity, regardless or anything else"
or did your words just overreach your meaning??? hmmm??

Majda   March 20th, 2009 11:33 pm ET


I am not defending that what the President said was right, but he said it and it's over. What good is going to come from rehashing it over and over again? And as you said this is about being human...Obama is human and made a mistake and at least he had enough regret over the matter and respect to appologize.


Thank you, you understood what I meant!

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 11:33 pm ET


Human beings are imperfect and oftentimes do not measure every word as a politician would. It is obvious that President Obama was just being human and not "displaying a prejudice" when he made that unfortunate remark about himself. As a parent, I can understand how you would be offended but I hope that you could find it in your heart to accept the apology he made today. It is obvious that President Obama meant no disrespect when he uttered those careless words.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

@ Candace Odom (((( W O W )))

You are a survivor! Yes, friends, family are always more important than possessions. You are also a very strong person!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

@ Joe In Hartford, CT ((( LOL ))) you would make a good lawyer if you are not already one.


Since you are taking Majda's comments so personally... I suspect that either you are disabled and someone very close to you is disabled.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 11:40 pm ET


You certainly have endured many hardships. I applaud your character, your courage and your spirit.

With admiration,

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

@ Marty Blevins

You are being very defensive and enraged. You do not have to express you have a valid reason...

Physical force does nothing...
Obama is human. He is NOT perfect. Clinton, Bush said things that offended people. To expect a president to be perfect is unrealistic

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

@ Fran, NYC

You have a beautiful way with words? Do you write professionally?

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

Thank you but no I own a business in New York City. I'm happy to see that most people here tonight are moderate and seem to be looking for the positive angle of each subject.

Jim   March 20th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

How many of those taking offense at such an innocent remark are just as guilty of the same? How about "we need to powwow" or "white men can't jump"? There are so many "small" statements made and most are just ingrained as a part of growing up. I know I've used the special olympics to describe my own abilities sometimes. It doesn't mean I don't respect or care about those special athletes. Their detemination and spirit dwarf anything I have had to overcome in life. Sometimes I feel I live like "poor white trash" but that too is a caricature. But it is true that the previous eight years under Bush and the religious right that my life is more like "poor white trash" than the multiple-home owning conservatives that feign indignacy. I use these "innocent" references as do most everyone I know. But I don't know anyone that uses them to hurt others. Let's get on with the real issues that we all face. To do less is to fail our children and our future.

mel   March 20th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

at a time when those words were unheard of: try partially deaf, speech impediment, spastic penmanship [yes, spastic!] , hyper active, etc. Yes, ridicule hurts. But I had a backbone that they learned not to mess with me. But I never got soooo sensitive that I LOST MY SENSE OF HUMOR!!! Especially when I turned up May Queen many years later–just smiling and laughing.

If the political correctness doesn't abate in this USA, we will have no
jokes left, no puns, no elbow in the ribs i.e. no laughter. [I'm talking fun–not bullying or cruelty] PC is useless and we do not grow tiptoing on eggshells with each other !

To Doris: nobody is putting down anybody.
Jim: Cut to the chase, Buddy–too long and boring
Ron Reagan IS terrific. WHERE IS HE.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

Usually in this blog many are moderate and it is nice that Larry King does not moderate everything so we can speak quite frankly.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 20th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

not a lawyer...just tired of the rhetoric. I understand the frustration....i share it. I'm unemployed. I'm frustrated!! I will NOT however, succumb to the media's need to sell advertising space. This is ALL crap people. I don't belittle the emotion involved for people who have mentally/physically challenged family members. I had an uncle who wielded down syndrome like the light sabre of his hero Luke Skywalker. He did so with grace, love and the innocence of an 8 yr old child. There is not a member of my very extended family that did not count him as anything less than inspirational.
We all learned alot from him. But, I have to ask, if I'm going to let an off-handed remark made by a man, that clearly did not intend to hurt anyone but himself, distract me from the fact that the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket?, then I should just open a good book and wait for the inevitable. Get over it people. I know you want to be distracted....I know he should have been more perfect. He's fallible....big deal. So am I.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 20th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

@ Jim...

I agree with you. Being 1/2 Miwok, I could easily do the rage thing, but it would only hurt myself... as anger either repressed or expressed is harmful.

I see from Marty's writing that he is very angry. It is either something recent or he never resolved. Hopefully he will be able to find a better way to restructure this.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 21st, 2009 12:03 am ET

let's ease up on marty...i think he got the point. He's just frustrated.

Jim   March 21st, 2009 12:04 am ET

me! Don't mean to be lonnngggg. I grew up in the 60's and 70's as a native american. Actually a half breed. I know what it's like to put up with caricutures and false knowledge of culture. Just want people to know that it's what people want for everyone that defines what kind of person/people they are. President Obama and his family want only what's best for everyone. That should be what we see and we promote. Thanks for your input.

annie   March 21st, 2009 12:05 am ET

linda is correct..go home Amy Holmes..I thought she was an Independent...she was negative against Pres Obama this evening, but I was proud of Gov Arnold S. of CA..he is a staunch Republican & had very kind, positive words to say about Mr. Obama.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 21st, 2009 12:05 am ET

@ Joe In Hartford, CT

Yes, point well taken. You appear to be a man with strong convictions and is living by them... not succumbing to others. That indicates your strength. I admire that. If I was unemployed, I would be scared.

I am deeply touched by your family's experience of your Uncle. They are very special people and have much to teach us.

I look to no book for help... I find that within myself

Fran, NYC   March 21st, 2009 12:05 am ET

Goodnight to all.

Colleen Custer   March 21st, 2009 12:07 am ET

Lots of razzle dazzle – takes attention off 3 Trillion deficit Obama has put this country under!

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 21st, 2009 12:08 am ET

I'm a little more frustrated with CNN and the rest of the media that lost focus.
Come on....really Larry King? Your question of the day is, "Do you think President Obama is wasting time on late-night talk show appearances, town halls and sports picks?” and then you have Suzanne Somers on to talk about her hormones. Who's lost focus here? He went to California to talk about what scares the heck out of all of us. You put a buncha hot women on to talk about hormones. Get with the program Larry. Keep the focus.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 21st, 2009 12:08 am ET

@ Jim

What nation do you belong to. I am 1/2 Miwok! I am half breed too...

Randy from Portland   March 21st, 2009 12:09 am ET

Discrimination comes in many different ways, how would he feel about a President coming on and making a racist remark?

Michael   March 21st, 2009 12:09 am ET

The special olympics comment was in poor taste, but it was obviously not intended to have any meaning to the disabled community. There are much more pressing issues that need to be addressed at this time.

Christina Mondics   March 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

I'm sure he meant absolutely no harm by the comment. He's only human!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

Good NIght Fran! Rest well

Joe In Hartford, CT

Obama was in Republican area... Orange County. He was 10 miles from my home.

Amir Hasnain   March 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

we know he is the president, but he is also an human being. sometime you say something but you dont really mean it. I think he only said that to the spare of the moment.


Pamela   March 21st, 2009 12:12 am ET

I think you and others are blowing this WAY WAY out of proportion. That is what media does – makes a huge mountain out of NOTHING!!
Get a life and report on more important things!!

Carla in OK   March 21st, 2009 12:12 am ET

I definitly understand where some people are coming from about the Presidents comment but I also bowl around a 125 to 135 and I do not have any physical or mental handycaps. To impy that someone who does could bowl as well could technically be portrayed as a compliment.

Abi S.   March 21st, 2009 12:12 am ET

It was funny.

Roland Tolliver   March 21st, 2009 12:13 am ET

It seems that he may not understand the difference between humor and insensitivity. It is a lack of respect for the people in our society that are deemed less worthy that tend to be the brunt of such "jokes". I'm sure he meant to be funny about his bowling inadequacies, but comments like these often just show the underlying sense of superiority of some people when comparing themselves to individuals that cannot defend themselves.

Perhaps his apology will bring some light to a subject that often get short-changed in budgeting, respect and daily life for those with disabilities. This is especially true in Illinois, which ranks last in providing for our special needs population. Most likely, it will be a short-lived bump in awareness, followed by a return to more of the same.

Our daughter has taken part in Special Olympics and we have experienced the joy of volunteers supporting her and the derision of people who manage to make rude, insensitive comments. Each day is a trial, but we appreciate all of the people that step forward to make a positive difference in our daughter's life.

Thank you.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 21st, 2009 12:13 am ET

@ Randy from Portland and Michael

I think this is our distraction from dealing with the mess at hand.

He is human, he is NOT perfect. I suspect he sometimes laughs or tries to be humorous when he is feeling tension.

Cyndi P   March 21st, 2009 12:14 am ET

Give me a serious break! Must we critique EVERYTHING he does? He made a joke, not a good one I will admit. Which is the BIG problem, stop all the DAMN jokes and get to work. Yes he just landed your dream job, but what about the rest of our...we are still looking for our next gig!!

paul   March 21st, 2009 12:15 am ET

the president is everywhere. doing everything. talking for everyone.
yet he has his press secretary appologize for him. what a joke.

debbie roberts   March 21st, 2009 12:15 am ET



Jennifer   March 21st, 2009 12:15 am ET

I am shocked and disappointed with the President's comments concerning Special Olympics. For him to compare his poor bowling score to the performance of a participant in the Special Olympics was completely inappropriate. The populations of American citizens, whom he supposedly represents and leads, that are involved in Special Olympics are to be protected and supported, not made fun of. The President obviously is unsympathetic of individuals with disabilities and the challenges he faces. Of course, many people think he can do no wrong, so I guess he will get a "pass" on this.

sue reibirn   March 21st, 2009 12:15 am ET

No more jokes, no more celebrity, no more Hollywood appearances, get back to work and act dignified and Presidential. Loved him, voted for him, but no more theatrics PLEASE!

kristin   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

I think that president Obama has the free world on his sholders and needs to bust moral in the US but he needs to be careful about it Does the presendent really need to be going on the Tonight show!!!!!!

Theresa from Lakeport CA   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

A slip of the tongue? A gaffe? I do not think so! I feel that when someone says something like this and then claims it was not meant like that shows what someone really feels deep down inside. As an everyday citizen I would never think of saying something like that. And he is the President of the United States. I think that the real, true and honest President Obama is emerging and he is not the President of Hope that he was made out to be.

Tucker   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

obama needs to get real no sport picks or late night talk shows get to the economy

Anna   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

The president of the USA should not be appearing on Talk shows....he should be reminded he is no longer campaigning! While I'm sure his comment on special olympics was not said with malice, I'm certain if it were said by Pres. Bush, the media would have shown
no mercy !

tam and kim   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

PEOPLE make silly, unexpected comments all the time. I am sure that President Obama did not mean to be degrading to any group of people. He was simply caught up in the midst of BOWLING silliness. In any case, anything that is always perceived or misinterpreted differently by many.

Alec cloke   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

GEEZ lighten up. The man has blood flowing through his veins. Can he not make a misspeak without CNN analyzing it to death.
Every American alive should thank their lucky stars he came along.
He probably works 16 hours a day. 3 cheers for him and I wish him the best of luck as do every one of my friends and colleagues.

From Canada

holly from Tampa Bay, Florida   March 21st, 2009 12:17 am ET

As a mother of a biracial Autistic child , I am so deeply saddened that the president would resort to such a tacky comment. Would he have made this comment if he had handicapped children whom participated in the Special Olympics?. I think he should be more supportive of a growing national populace who so need their voices to be heard and respected.

Emily Evans Kline   March 21st, 2009 12:17 am ET

There is no question that President Obama's off the cuff attempt at humor with the Special Olympics quip on the Tonight Show was a cringe-worthy moment in an otherwise breezy and refreshing interview. My first response was "oh no, I hope no one else heard that..." Clearly the President understood the gaffe and was proactive in making his apologies. He was caught being a human being. Everyone understands it was not said with malice, and his apologies were accepted, and in fact it is a good "learning moment." Let's move on! The media harping on this (and Mr. King – to devote the first 15 minutes of your show to it!) is rather indulgent. Next!

Carla in OK   March 21st, 2009 12:17 am ET

Regarding Amy Homes comments: I have no problem at all with Obama appearing on the Tonight Show. He is showing America he is a down to earth person like the rest of us. Maybe that is part of the problem is that forever the President has seen himself so much above the rest of us that he didnt see or care about us.

Terry   March 21st, 2009 12:18 am ET

I really don't understand why a whole show needs to be centered around one statement by the president. With all that is wrong right now in our country, are you really that concerned with ratings. To concentrate solely on this is ludicrous. Please do not take this to mean that he should not be held accountable, but this is taking it too far. Clearly the president has a passion for our country and all of the citizens. He ability to connect with people will be enough to help him sustain through all of this unnecessary scrutiny. He called the special olympics show person and has extended an invitation to the white house. This in itself proves that he is remorseful and understands the impact of the special olympics. If you really want to make a difference, report things that matter to the betterment of our citizens and/or keep the focus on those those who are suffering terribly.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 21st, 2009 12:18 am ET

Good Night Everyone. TGIF!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ann   March 21st, 2009 12:18 am ET

The best comment I heard last night was from Jimmy Fallon, who stated that Obama made history by being the first sitting president to appear on a late night night talk show since Thomas Jefferson appeared on Larry King Live! Too funny!

Mary Lou Pratts   March 21st, 2009 12:19 am ET

President Obama has shown that he is the "People's President." I'm 62 years old and have never seen a President or First Lady feed the poor or plant a vegetable garden with children. As for his comment on the Leno show, everyone has said something at one time or another that they wished they had not said. If you've listened to him in the past, you'd know that he isn't the type of person that would intentionally hurt anyone. He apologized for his comment. Let's accept his sincere apology and get on with our lives.

Barbara Moore   March 21st, 2009 12:19 am ET

We finally have a young energetic President that is trying to boost morale and get things done for us, Americans and you Larry King and others in the media who make their living off of picking our new leader apart should be talking about the great bills he has signed and how much he is trying to help us. I think you and the critics should all get laid off and go stand in the unemployment lines and then maybe you will see things in a diffrerent perspective. Could this be sour grapes because your income is over $250,000.00 ?

byron   March 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

larry he just made a joke so what tell everybody to get over it people joke like this everyday so what makes it so important that the president made a joke about it he's only human he's not God he's not perfect so tell everybody to leave him alone. And tell the girl with the glasses to stop being so serious take a chill pill.

T.J.'s Dawg House   March 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

It's nice to see the President at a level were you can have a relationship with makes me feel as though he does have America in his best your eyes to real life people!!

Mari Hurt   March 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

Hasn't everyone ever heard of the concept of "multi-tasking"??? We finallly have a President who has the skill.

LC   March 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET those who got us into this mess complain about everything those who attempt to fix their ineptitude.

Why doesn't Larry King ask Mr. Paulson where his $350 Billion went?

Can you get any pettier?

Kenneth Ruppel   March 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Obama's remark on Leno is his AG's "coward" comment coming home to roost. Why, now we know it's ALLRIGHT to "keep to our own" and get a laugh by putting down other people and groups, after all, OUR PRESIDENT DOES IT!
It was a shameless display of Obama as Celebrity. It took Dr. Phil 3 years to get carried away with himself. Obama is now beating him hands down.
"The emperor has no clothes" comes to mind. And the remark about keeping one's mouth shut so as not to confirm one's stupidity to his listeners.
Prez, stop being a star. You shouldn't be on talk shows. Now, you have no defense against refusing Limbaugh to speak on the air with him.

Firewoman   March 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Larry, I am so fed up with CNN and your obvious contempt for President Obama. You disrespect him by refusing to say President Obama; and you and your cohorts take every opportunity to jump on every little thing he says. The man is human, he made a mistake. You talking heads and your so called panels of has beens and wanna-bes get on my last nerve.

Evelyn Roman   March 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

I don't think the President meant to affend the handicapp people, My son is a special needs adult and he nor I were affended

Jim   March 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Dodie, I am 3/4 Ojibwe from northwestern Wisconsin.

Michelle   March 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Although I am not excusing President Obama's comment, I don't believe it was intended to be detrimental. However, I think it is important that he gives thought to any comment he makes, as he should know that everything he says will be scrutinized in every way possible.

joe metzger   March 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

i think he is driving the country in the ground and wasting time and money.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

good night dodie...back at ya!

Suzanne   March 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

It's frivolous usage of his time, in my opinion. He could spend more time with his wife and children for that matter.

DJ   March 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Obama is doing what he needs to do to get us back on track.. too long did the Bush administration sit back and do nothing.. we are in a mess and Obama is playing catch up.. trying to move us in the right direction. He is clearly not cramming anything down our throats but explaining our situation on all fronts.

Win   March 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Frankly, I see no hope for a country that takes so much time making news out of things like this. The President made a mistake, which he's apologized for. That's more accountability than the last administration ever had. The fact that a deal is being made out of issues like this just proves how out of focus we are as a people as well as dishonest. Do we or don't we all make mistakes? The real question is how many are brave enough to admit them? Of all the inspiring words and drastic moves he's made in the interest of sustaining our keel suddenly, he's a monster. Wake up! Please.

Dianne Sharpe   March 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

The President is just a man, he is not a saint, and like all of us at one or another we say something without giving it enough thought, things slip out.

President Obama is a good kind man and I don't believe he would intentionally insult any person or group.

Dee Randis   March 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

President Obama is President (also known as the father of our country) Break the country down to a troubled financial household with a father that is out having fun with his friends instead of stepping up to the plate and taking care of the bills. A divorce may be in the future for him if he does not live up to his word.

peggy   March 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

Hi Larry, it just amazes me how many people in the news media want to try to destroy your own President with all this foolishness. You seem to be so hard up for showes I would like to give you a topic for a great show, could you please address the fact of who is going to be the big winner when you destroy your President. He is going to be President for the next 4 year and he is the best you have had,SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH YOU PEOPLE.

Doug   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Gee, I'm not sure. How much vacation time did the last President before him take?

Carl   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

I wonder if Obama had his entire family flown with him, and I wonder how much of taxpayer's money was spent for air force one, secret service, limo, etc. etc. etc. for him to appear on the tonight show

Greg   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Obama is using television the way Roosevelt used the radio to
communicate to the people. I'm sure that both presidents are/were too
smart to care about the ramblings of small minded conservatives.

Sarah   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

President Obama was putting himself down, he wasn't intentionally putting down anyone else. Is it that hard to see? I can't believe some people are upset that Obama was putting his bowling skills down . . .

I think too many people are uptight for the wrong reasons, looking for the slightest gaffe to tear him apart.

Tosha   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

I believe that President Obama comments weren't meant to upset anyone. I have been watching Jay Leno since he took over Johnny Carson's spot. I'm not impressed by the disrespect Jay Leno showed the President while appearing on the Late Night Show. Ask some descent questions. Jay Leno always wants to catch his guests off guard, so he has high ratings. I will say, I loved when the President said he would like higher taxes for the extreme wealthy; like Jay Leno to pay more. Jay Leno didn't like that. It's time for people to realize you only need so much to survive, before it gets to their head. I have met very few people with class that have money. For some reason, they think their better than the poor or average AMERICAN. When will this attitude ever change? If it ever does, then they'll be more change.

June Reed   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET


It's so unfortunate that the minority were unable to understand that President Obama was underscoring the position on his bowling score, which is understod by all bowling teams as the low scorer is classified as the handicap. President Obama has been clear about his platform of inclusion. Though he may not be the greatest bowler, I heard his comments clearly as intended. No insult to any group, but rather a comment reflective of is effort related to bowling, ONLY. Handicap bowlers are universally understood. PLEASE DON'T ALLOW MEDIA TO UNDERSCORE MORE THAN INTENDED!! President Obama is doing an awesome job, even more than media reported. We are all fragile, no one IS greater in terms of fragility than the other, maybe I cannot not walk, but what about ALL of us who have limitations that walk in silience "un-labeled "by a tag of a "SPECIAL" group. RELAX and enjoy the recovery that President Obama is fearlessly facing.

June Reed

vicki   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET


Julia Mason   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Adored for his intellect and supposedly articulation, Obama is insensitive and uncaring. Isn't that UN-AMERICAN?

Karen   March 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Let's not believe all that is written. Some are writing as "parents of a special needs child" trying to make the President's comment deeply offensive. Let's not loose sight that the Rush Limbough's of the internet are capable of such a trick.

lrc15   March 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

The critics should give Obama a break and remind themselves that he is afterall – HUMAN. And, even the President deserves to have some down time once in a while. I wonder how many parents of special needs children made similar remarks BEFORE they became parents of a special needs child. Come on people. If you put anyone on a pedestal...they will fall. Be realistic and let the man be HUMAN.

Kimberly   March 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Doesn’t anyone recognize self deprecating humor when they hear it? For crying out loud, the President did not intend to offend anyone. He was brought up by a mother who rarely got mad at him, EXCEPT for when she thought he might be picking on someone that didn’t have it as good as him. Give him a break and develop a sense of humor. You’ll live longer!

Marilyn Murphy-Mancilla   March 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET

People need to "lighten up". I have a daughter who has autism and I am also a retired spec. ed. teacher. Through the years, I heard it all in regard to spec. needs kids, jokes from other colleagues on a daily basis. It was humerous, but never meant to be hurtful. I'm not that sensitive. The way, I see it is: "It is what it is". You have to be realistic and not be pitiful. That's the last thing, that parents want. I don't think President Obama meant anything hurtful. It was just something that I have heard over and over. "Lighten up", people. It's not the end of the world. The more you focus on "off the cuff" remarks, the more it does, in fact, become negative. Please be advised more Special ed. Olympians are proud and great athletes. I know, in my heart, Pres. Obama meant no ill feelng toward people with disabilities.

Sandy from Novi Mi   March 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET

This is the first time i have ever responded to any show. This really discussed me. So the President made a verbal mistake, Haven't we all, I believe he meant no disrespect. Their is more important subjects to talk about. Give the man a break,no one else is trying to help this Country.

Kim W   March 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

What are some complaining about??
It is unscripted shows, such as Jay Leno, that allows us a glimpse into a little bit more of a true identity of an individual. He may be president but that doesn't mean he can't have a little allotted time to himself and the public as well. He isn't meant to sit behind a desk 24/7. He is human......
Unscripted shows are unpredictable and sometimes things are said that say a lot about the person. I think what he said was truly uncalled for and he should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself.
A terrible thing ..........

Barbara   March 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

It baffles me that this country has survived this far. You Americans tear down everything good. You point your fingers as though you are perfect human beings. President Obama should not have worked that hard for two long years to serve people like you. He deserves better.
He was better off with his wife and children and family away from your madness and let you all go to hell.

William   March 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

Obama issue:
How many special needs kids do you know that can bowl a 129???

Duke Basketball:
Coach K is just mad that Obama is rooting for top rival UNC.

Toni Cannon   March 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

Oh my, the horror! "HOW COULD HEEEEE!!!!" Are you kidding me?!?!?! Our President talked about the economy for over 30 mins and the most we got out of it was a lighthearted comment? I SERIOUSLY doubt people with special needs are sitting home crying about a silly comment and if they are, then they have a mental disability also. And I speak as a mother of a special needs child. My Goodness, get off your high horses.

ram pabbathi   March 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

with all due respect to you larry why youand your guests make bi issue about president on jay leno show as it is comedy show everybody should give our support him in every which way possible not picking on jokes.Looks like your guests on the show dont have any better things to do than picking on president he is also humanbeing not a superman to fix president Bushes mess.
with great respect to your show larry
ram pabbathi

US Citizen/Veteran   March 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

Larry you seem to be a man who has lived and interacted with alot of people, and have understanding of the human nature. I appreciate how you allow your understanding and compassion to show through every now and again by some of your statements on your show.
That being said, in this day and age everyone is looking for a reason, justification to criticize, judge & destroy other peoples lives, what they say and do.
I believe they are going over board with that and need to stop it!
It is getting outrageous and hurtful to see news anchors have shows that are destroying other peoples lives and turning the public against them. I say this about The Presidents blunder and other people currently being showcased on the news now.
I thought news stations were to deliver the news of the day!
Now regarding the Presidents blunder, maybe he put his foot in his mouth ( I did just caught your show (12:30 pm) and have not seen the clip yet) but if he did, he is human ! Humans err ! Show me a man or woman who has NOT said or done the wrong thing at least one time in their live and I will show you how to live forever.

macey secours   March 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

I'm sure President Obama is as mortified as the rest of us regarding his comment about the Special Olympics. However, what makes him so endearing to the American people is the image he presents: that of being human just like the rest of us. Although I'm sure he never intended to offend anyone, he spoke without thinking...something that has happened to all of us, although usually not on national TV. His comments do not reflect his true character and I beleive the American people are well aware of that.

Karyne   March 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

I am confused about where all of this criticism of the Pres. Obama's appearances is coming from. The whole point of the Tonight Show program was to address the economy and earn support for his economic agenda!!! As were the town hall meetings......and now he's not paying enough attention?? What??!?!? PLEASE FOCUS ON NEWS THAT IS NEWSWORTHY AND STOP CREATING CONTROVERSY OVER NOTHING!!!

Skyler Sully   March 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

You know, I think it's really sad that we live in an environment where a large subset of people believe they are everyone's judge and jury. It's been shown that President Obama has done more in his first month than former President George W. Bush has done is the past few years. The man is working HARD. HARDER than most of the people judging him have and ever will work. He was on Jay Leno–so what? Do you critics believe you can work and still have time to go out to the bar after work? His public presence, I believe, is a beautiful thing. The last time I checked, President Obama is human–and so are his critics. Lighten up, go have a beer and find something else to complain about.

Will   March 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

I am truly tired of hearing all of the unwarranted criticism that the news media and some of the American people are continuing to say about President Obama. I watched Jay Leno and I do believe in my heart that the President had no malicious intent when he mentioned the Special Olympics. The President is obviously a multi tasker. GET OFF OF HIS BACK!!!

docnet   March 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

I think we need to give President Obama a break! He has inherited the worst problems of all time and needs some kind of stress relief. One comment for which he apologized and had no malintent, should not color the first 60 days of his term. I'm glad he has the ability to do everything most people are trying to do at home...go to work and then relax with a little comedy in the midst of economic and world crisis. There are only 24 hours in a day and he has to relax some time. Give him time to do what it is that he said he would do, and put away the microscope, look at the bigger picture with a longer time line.

Nancy   March 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET

You have got ot be kidding, what do you want Obama to do go to Craqwford for the next 3 mo's. Talk about Gaff's after the last 8 years we should be amazed that he hasn't made more.

wj   March 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

America has not changed I believe the President is being blasted for a problem he recieved when he assumed his duties. The Jay Leno joke was just his way of letting loose. And I can't believe that people thinks that Bush did a great job lol it's been like we've been at a stand up comedy show for 8 years.

Pearl   March 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

I have a very close friend with a special needs child, I have watched the child play sports ....this is how I took the remarks from President Obama – who is NOT a bowler – and he needs to practice a lot more in order to qualify for the Special Olympics.....I did not feel that belittled or in any way poked at these special individuals......
I, as a Canadian support President Obama, maybe he could have said it in a different way....but I do not feel that it was a derrogatory remark.....AND HE DOES NEED TO PRACTICE HIS BOWLING!!!!
He apologized and lets's get on with life – or is this going to hinder his leadership.....Mr. Shriver, Mrs. Palin expressed their opinion and let it go, they have jobs to do!!!!!!

Jean   March 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

Pres. Obama is for the people of the United States.Let him do his Job! So what if he goes on the Jay Leno show, it should make everyone feel he's a real person with a real life..I love the fact that he's so personable and down to earth..He apologize for the statement about special olympics..let it go! May the 1st.person who hasn't stuck their foot in their mouth throw the 1st. Boot!!

Patrick O'Brien   March 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

I am a father of a special needs child and I am also an ex athlete. I could easily see myself saying the same comment, When your trying to talk on an offand quick way you say things that sometimes you don't really mean,

ceci   March 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

A few minutes into your program tonight you lost me as a viewer. It was such an inane topic- with all the serious stuff going on. Really! Give President Obama a break, he meant no harm, obviously. Enough already!

Jim   March 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

g'nite Dodie. Thanks for your comments. We need more thoughtful and reasoned discussion to be the norm in our American experience. I appreciate the fact that 95% of the comments on this are of this type. Thanks to everyone who are helping us to shift our national discussion to just that, discussion. g'nite everyone.

Nicole langland   March 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

I think that America is overeacting over this whole special olympics thing. He was not being rude he was not saying that they were retarted he was simply making fun of himself. People need to suck it up everyone gets hurt once in a while it happens to the best of us. The americans that are complaing about this whole thing are the reason why are country sucks so much because we are a bunch of pansies and think everything has to be politically correct, and last time i checked we still have the freedom of speech, just because he's president does not mean he loses any of those rights.

Eli New York   March 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

I am so tired of all this booha over the Pres appearing on Jay Leno. Is he suppose to deal with the economic crisis at midnight? It was his lunch hour so move on. Furthermore, why are some of these critics complaining that he is not bringing things together fast enough. It is 2 months!!! Get a grip on reality already. Come on. You all gave Bush and the republicans 8 years to screw things up! He is not sitting back idling and waiting to be told what to do. He is leading and that is what we as Americans had voted for.

kathy lommler   March 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

The presidents remark was so inocent. By no means was it degrading towards those beautiful children. I enjoyed seeing him on Jay Leno. He is actually human and needs some fun to destress. Anyone complaining are such whimps,or Republcan. At least we see this president. The last one was in hiding planing a wedding for the last year ,why the country was declining.

ed,vancouver canada   March 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

obama is doing alot of things against his campaign promises.
look at where the economy is heading.
canada job losses are twice the american per capita
how more homes have been lost?
AIG 180 billion dollars.They knew about those bonuses,and only came up with damage control after the fact.
WHERE is all the stolen billions
madoffs prosecution is a total joke
earmarks and pork.....worse than ever
stimulus bill"line by line" another lie
More home losses coming,more job losses,and massive debt
look what is happening to the price of food
wait til the inflation kicks in.
you have been had but good.
and there is the muslim component.....that's never been answered

James   March 21st, 2009 12:41 am ET

I think President Obama is doing... what a President should be doing...working hard to stear our economy in the right direction...that is remained to his ideas will work or let give him chance....

Keith Dobson   March 21st, 2009 12:41 am ET

RE: Natasha Richardson
There are too many lawyers in the US!
Natasha said she was ok, as many women do when they don't feel well, not wanting to bother anyone. My wife said she was ok after complaining of a headache. I took her to the hospital anyway, where she suffered a brain aneurysm as we were checking in. Thank God she survived.
Stuff happens. Don't point fingers at paramedics, ski hills, and everyone else who happened to be there. It is a very sad incident that unfortunatley happens more often than we'd like it too. Pointing fingers and placing blame will not bring her back.

Louis Cimino   March 21st, 2009 12:42 am ET

I absolutely love that President Obama went on Leno, and shares his presidency with the country. His affability provides much needed levity amidst all the negativity we face, whereas in the previous presidency, it was just negativity and no levity at all. As for his special olympics remark, he was poking fun at himself. Everyone should just lighten up. He's a cool guy and a class act, and he's done more in this short time than any other president in history. What's wrong with a little levity?

kp from AZ   March 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

I've been watching your show tonite and i just cant believe that people are so hurt by what president obama said last nite. He wasnt talking about children /adults with special need. He was actually talking about himself. what is up with everyone being so senitive about everything he says. What about the fact that some repubican govs. willing to not take part of the stimulas money which will help special needs children. So dont talk about him like he doesnt care. Get on some of these radio people who are saying hateful things about him which is creating a very hostile environment. They are the very reason we cant live in a peaceful world.

Roger305   March 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

First off YES Obama's comment was bad but it was an honest

mistake, I think people should start worrying about other things like his

wife/her husband cheating on them or even better paying the bills or

family problems rather than focusing so much on a mistake or slip of the

tongue. How many times have you said something & the second you said

you wanted to take it back, but no one does I think his apology should be

enough , I don't care what Religion or what country you come from;

EVERYBODY makes mistakes . The thing is not to focus so much on

the mistake but forgive & forget I know you really can't forget something

like that so just put it behind us. If you start seeing the comment as what

it was 'an honest mistake then YOU all can move on.'

barbara anne   March 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

I'm hoping & praying that the Secret Service takes very good care of Mr Prrsident, a special man. only 60 days in office..amazing...what this young couple have done in such a very short time..very down to earth people...& the girls are so adorable ! god bless them ! what church do they attend in Wash DC ? maybe a different church every Sunday ??,

Jean   March 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

NO,NO,NO – Our President is a healthy YOUNG man – What a wonderful change.
I think CNN should go away if they can't produce more positive shows. The American people are hurting, we need help and CNN could do much more to help us cope with the problems that we are facing. I am so sick of all of the bickering and the media blowing things WAY out of proportion!!!!!!

Kenneth Ruppel   March 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Oh, and I forgot to say this before... Personally, I have not heard President Obama apologize for anything. I have heard Gibbs his mouthpiece, I have heard Shriver on LKL say he apologized to HIM. But I have never heard Obama say an apology. I once heard that Bush's presidency was nothing but a photo-op. Is Obama starting down that path already?

Pamela Brown   March 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

The President has been in office for 3 months, please stop making him the Mosiah. He is human and no he should not have made that statement of being "disabled" when it comes to bowling but I don't think he meant it to be harmful to the Special Olympics community or anyone with a disability for that matter. Why would he choose the Jay Leno show to display ill will toward the handicapped? I didn't hear anyone expressing being offended that Jay Leno brought up the subject of tearing out the bowling alley in the White house and making it a basketball court. Some may be outraged that Leno is implying that African Americans don't bowl they only play basketball. We can point the finger all day and all night and someone is always going to be offended about pretty much everything and anything this President does.

I don't remember anyone making a big deal out of the statement the former President Bush made when he made reference to why we should start the war "they tried to kill my daddy". So now we have sent over sons and daughter to fight and lose their livesin an illegal war because he wanted "revenge".

I don't recall Sarah Palin making a big deal when Senator McCain in one of his final debates kept referring to Palin's autistic child (I don't think Sarah Palin's special needs child is autistic). So many statements seem to go unnoticed but not if it's President Obama.

We get it , President Obama is doing too much. He is not supposed to be able to multi task like most of us main street humans do on a regular. Just stay focused, one thing at a time, stick with the ecomomy and let the rest of the nation's issues continue to go to hell in a hand basket.

Janelle   March 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

America needs to get used to having a young, down to earth President. He may have put his foot in his mouth, but haven't we all at one time or another. People with special needs family members should just lighten up about his remark. He was making fun of himself. This may be the best thing that could have happened to bring awareness to the S.O.

I enjoyed watching him on Leno, he is reaching out to America – good for him and good for us!

Kate in Maryland   March 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Hallelujah: For years I have waited for someone to realize that we are the only minority that even other minority's find it okay to make fun of and ridicule/

Notwithstanding, I have earned a B.A. plus graduate credits during my disability yand during a therapy, that I believe has made me more in touch and healthier mentally, than most.

I sit here tonight still unemployed, in spite of the government "Ticket To Work" Program , I participated in for 3 years; and in spite of my desire to work and have a normal life...all because I refuse to lie to employers about my disability. As a result I cannot even get an interview.
I am proud that I have managed to earn a B.A. degree, during years of desperate illness and depression that drove me almost to the depths of despair. I am proud that I survived overcame that with years of therapy and have become the strong person I am today, and will not lie and pretend it didn't happen or lie to prospective employers because being imperfect is just not acceptable, today.

This sends a sad and discouraging message to anyone who doesn't fit "the mold" of what is conceived as perfect or acceptable.

Everyone in every employment e agency I have joined and every governmental advocacy program that I have joined has told me I must lie about my disability, and my years in therapy. Because it is a mental disability it is un-acceptable...and with that every bit of self worth or pride and confidence I have tried desperately to hold on to has been destroyed.

One can only hope that some day I can say, I am not perfect, but I I STILL HAVE SOME VALUE IN THIS WORLD

Marina Shelton - Canada   March 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Your President Obama is in a catch-22 situation - no matter what he does there is always some "expert" telling anyone willing to listen how the President has it all wrong. It's this kind of arrogant mentality that produced Bernie Madoff, the AIG scandal and the Octomom!

He's been handed one heck of mess to clean up so give the man a chance before you spend every waking second analyzing his every movement, action and thought!!

Tell you what......I'll trade you Steven Harper and his whole cabinet for Barack Obama any day of the week!

Michelle   March 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

americans need to quit being whinny whimpy brats.....who cares what the president said? if he compared his self to the special olympics....that mean he sucks @ bowling.


mighty wizard   March 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

tell Palin to keep her mouth shut about our President,she is the reason her party lost election and she is nothing but an animal murdering rookie. I wonder if she doesnt realize that animals feel fear ,she makes me sick.

Phyllis Zimmerman   March 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

Of course President Obama is not wasting his time. Certainly he can be on a late night talk show on occasion and have sports picks and town hall acknowlegement. After all......he is a human also living in our world. As a matter of fact.....his common ground with his fellow man is one of the many factors that make him the excellent leader that he is. He is one of us who also is the leading figure of the free world. How trivial to dwell on a slip-up on the Leno show. As a human ...he slipped up. Big deal. How small of Sarah Palin to immediately jump on the defensive. The REAL problems in our country and in our world are effectively being addressed by President Obama. Give him a break.

WillIiam   March 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

Dear Larry,
I am so disappointed in your show. You continue to harp on irrelevant issues, such as, the Rihanna and Chris Brown story and now President Obama's appearance on Jay Leno. You continue to beat these stories to death. What do these stories have in common? I know that intelligent people are starving for true, unbiased reporting of the news. President Obama has to continue to deal with the racist news media while combating all of the back stabbers in the Senate and Congress. God Bless Him!!!.


Rose   March 21st, 2009 1:01 am ET

Maybe President Obama is trying to create a shift in people's minds –away from fear and apprehension, to trust, hope and faith.

Maybe he is trying to act by example?

No offense to you CNN but all of the negative talk about the economy and the current state of global affairs is breeding itself and perpetuating the problem. And it's serious implications. Debating the negative impact of President Obama's slip of the tongue last night doesn't do anything to help the economic situation. It is only breeding negativity.

Just now an 'expert' on your show just said to a viewer "you can't do anything to change the situation". Wow. I don't agree. We can all help by doing our part - to start finding the positive stories and by contributing as much as we can to those in need in order to create more positive stories.

We are all critical of the large companies that started the "economic meltdown" (who coined that?) - maybe we should be asking now, what is perpetuating it and asking the serious questions about what we are doing – helping or hurting??

And this does include the news. As much as it is your job as a news broadcasters to tell (sell) stories, it is the negative story that is scaring the Average "Joe" and stopping people from spending what they might normally spend.

As an example - what good is it to tell everyone that these times are going to create cancer in people? What about discussing how people are working together to help each other and how this crisis is creating stronger communities?

Perhaps it is the President's intent to try to portray to the general public that the "bigger picture" is getting better, because he understands how important a positive word, a positive image is to Average "Joe" and how much positive thought can influence outcomes. If anyone knows the power of the positive, it would be him. Why don't we try to encourage his efforts instead of detracting from them by portraying the negative aspects like a blunder on tv.

jackie schultz   March 21st, 2009 1:04 am ET

Suzanne Somers, Robin ??and the third woman who is a part of the Biggest Loser Show were the worst guests I have seen in a long time. Their commentary on stress and how to relieve it indicates that they do not have a clue on the subject of money, responsibility for one's children or how to manage a home when everything is falling apart. It was a waste of my time and convinced me that the LKLive producer must have been at a loss for a guests on tonight's broadcast. Sorry but we need more substance!

msnelson   March 21st, 2009 1:05 am ET

The media is suppose to support the President. The answer to the question is not I don't think Our President is a machine. I don't see any one person in this world can work without taking a break. This man works constanly, he could have been sleep somewhere but instead he want his people in the Best Country to have a understanding of what is going on in this goverment, that is why he is having town meetings, I respect the man and fully support President Obama!! The media need to watch what they choose to focus on. Don't make people who was sleep last night think that the President was just out right disrespectful to the Special Olympics, that was not the case, instead focus on all the positive things that were said by the President.

Julia Mason   March 21st, 2009 1:06 am ET

Why is the media and many folks so obsessed with a remark made by a sitting President who was making fun of himself. Is this a DNC diversion from the Speaker of the House saying that I am UN-AMERICAN for supporting ICE for enforcing immigration laws. While Nancy Pelosi is worried about babies being left without fathers, what is she doing about the drug gangs and addicts in California (her state) that are costing American taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars and making border states citizens afraid to shop at night or even drive alone. She and the administration should get out of their ivory towers and fancy airplanes and take a walk at night through Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Franciso, El Paso, Houston, and CHICAGO !

Martha   March 21st, 2009 1:16 am ET

Get real, people! With the likes of Limbaugh praying that he fails, President Obama needs to "get away" from the madness of Washington DC. No one squawked when Bush went to Crawford for a siesta. Why should it matter that Pres. Obama chooses to go on Leno's show instead? Fact is, the president's appearance on that show caused me to see The Tonight Show for the first time in YEARS. Maybe Larry King is jealous that the president did not appear on his show. That would explain the reason for this silly "question of the day" when there are so many more relevant issues to discuss. I am glad to see that the president is reaching out to his constituents, via TV or town meetings, because he is our country's leader and we–his supporters–want to see him, as often as possible, regardless of the means of communication. President Obama has accepted a thankless job–you need only read the replies here for proof of that–and if he uses silly metaphors in humor, they should not be blown out of proportion. It was obvious that his comment about the Special Olympics was made without malice. I, myself, laughed, and I am NOT insensitive to the difficulties that the disabled face every day.
We're all in this together, so maybe you should consider spending your leisure time (and it's obvious you have some) volunteering or doing some other good in your communities, rather than sitting in front of your computers putting down the president and each other. There are lots of social organizations–from your libraries to your schools and senior centers–that could greatly benefit from your time and energy. Talk is cheap! Action moves mountains!

truthful   March 21st, 2009 1:21 am ET

We have a president who is not AFRAID to admit his FAILURES and is not too "FULL OF HIMSELF" to apologize. We needed thousands of apologizes during the previous administration.

Joan Noisette   March 21st, 2009 1:29 am ET


Alicia Fields   March 21st, 2009 1:37 am ET

I have every confidence that President Obama can multi-task successfully. I want (like) a President who can do more than one thing at a time!

Renee   March 21st, 2009 1:50 am ET

I enjoyed and learned alot watching the President on Jay Leno. As a bowler I understood him to be speaking about his handicap associated with bowling and not the Special Olympics.

Heralio Serrano   March 21st, 2009 2:04 am ET

I am tired of Mr. King having the same freaks on Larry King Live over and over again. Suzanne Somers and Joel Osteen come to mind. Aren't there other guests he could have on his show? he seems to have Ms Somers and Osteen at least every six months.

kp from AZ   March 21st, 2009 2:23 am ET

I would just like to know where was all of you media people when george w. bush and friends were doing their dirty work. Ask them how much money they made in the last eight years. They should have to explain how they got so much money in their bank accounts. It's all a scam, wall street, the bank, oil prices, the war, and the houseing market. They knew all this would hurt the everday Joes. They wrote it off as casuality of war. While the poor got poorer the rich got fatter. Not one of you had anything to about Bush and his boys robbing us blind. Leave president obama along. Thank God that he came along when he did.

ginny fabale   March 21st, 2009 2:29 am ET

To nights show was awful. Susan Sommers does not live in the real world. Like you she has a big house (houses) with few $$$ worries.
Atleast you are real she is not. She must be taking tooooo many hormoms or is it himons. I am so sick of hearing people giving advise to us espically those who can go out to a fine restaurant and afford it.
Well back to my hamburg and rice.
I love your tv show. Keep up the good work. Have a wonderful day and keep remembering where you come from.

Berhanu   March 21st, 2009 2:32 am ET

I think the President is doing the right thing, for people to say that he is doing to much is just crazy. If he was not taking the current steps then the position would be he is "not" doing enough.
His visit to Jay Leno does not demeaned the Oval Office or is something that's beneath the presidency...If you want something that demeaned the Oval office...look at eight years of Bush...period.

President Obama is doing something that should have been there all along...he is opening up the white house and he is working for the American people...something that the last person in that office did not do at all...

ebrown   March 21st, 2009 3:15 am ET

There are a lot of problems in the world and we all slip up sometimes. I and many others think you are making way too much of this. Please focus on the issues that matter: the economy, the wars we have overseas, and the millions of persons that have to struggle for their everyday life existence. Larry, we are disappointed.

Delories Lincoln   March 21st, 2009 3:16 am ET

I do not think President Obama statement was meant to be derogatorily toward the Special Olympics. it was just a slip of the tongue. He said he was sorry and I believe him.
He took the right step in saying he was sorry. Remember he is human and he will make mistakes, but the point is that he has apologized for it. He is too intelligent to make a comment like that and mean it for harm.
He is a very honest, hard working President and we should appreciate the fact that he is doing everything he possibly can to put this country back together. I really love him and appreciate him.

Cruz   March 21st, 2009 3:17 am ET

Society has a great concern for the special olympians. The president has made a harmless remark. My question would be, if society feels so hurt about the president's comment, then why not feel that same concern about the disabled vet, homeless vet, homeless person?

Janet Kleen   March 21st, 2009 3:20 am ET

If our country is so in debt, he needs to demonstrate by his actions, and stop spending unnecessary money traveling all over the country.

Debra C.   March 21st, 2009 3:20 am ET

Pres. Obama is correct to get his message to the people himself. The ordinary person will hear for themselves what he is doing, NOT the twisted regurgitated crap that comes out of Fox "news". He is human..leave him alone so he can take care of business his way. I applaud him for his method of cleaning up all the messes he was left.

Vanessa   March 21st, 2009 3:22 am ET

I can finally say I love my President. Leave him alone. He did not mean any disrespect to the Special Olympics. It was a joke! Lighten up America. Mr. King I like you and I'm sure you have so much more to talk about. Let this go please. We are not use to having a President that love the people of America so some of us cannot accept our President being a people person. President Obama is a good person and he's sincere.

Ke Yu Chen   March 21st, 2009 3:24 am ET

I don't think the President is wasting his time in Town Hall, NCAA picks and Late Night Show. Obama still need to have his own time and he is sharing it with the American. Would you rather see him do his "own thing" and not showing the american?

Martin J. Lutterman   March 21st, 2009 3:24 am ET

I think everyone is being over critical of whatever President Obama says and/or does... He has done more positive in his short time in Office than Bush accomplished in his Presidency... To criticise someone because you think they are trying to do too much is absurd...
Leave the Man alone and let him do the job which he has been elected to by a great majority of the American People...

Carrie   March 21st, 2009 3:27 am ET

I think it is great that Obama acts like an every day normal person. Yes he is our leader, but it makes him more real when he acts like a "normal" person. As far as the brackets, come on, let it go he can have some fun and be a good President he walked into a total mess It doesn't mean he can't have a life and be a good leader.

Anjenise Wren   March 21st, 2009 3:29 am ET

Are we expecting the President to stay in the white house? Can he not go out and have a life like the rest of us? I believe that President Obama has every right to go to sporting events, do interviews, and to do what ever he can to let the people know he is just like the rest of us. He is not a man who is untouchable or unseen; he is a man of the community! I appreciate how President Obama continues juggle his career, marriage, and life. It should show the rest of us of how to be optomistic about our economy and woes and to continue to live life and be thankful for the lives we have. No matter how much money we have, best health care obtained, or jobs; we must remember that we are all blessed!

Elimay   March 21st, 2009 3:31 am ET

In regard's to the President's comment on Jay Leno, I don't think he meant any dis-respect to the special Olympics at all. That is not the way I took it. I took it that he was saying that he was not the greatest bowler but that he was working on it. Isn't that what the special needs people are about?; doing the best that they can do?
I can think of far more better topics to bring in to focus by the media than something that he said that is being blown up from what I think he meant.
Thanks for a place to voice my opinion, and it is just my "opinion."

maggie   March 21st, 2009 3:31 am ET

The President is a person like all of us and makes mistakes. I have a special needs child and I find that only people who don't make those comments. Think before you speak. People makes off hand comments about my husband with cancer as well but we know they just don't understand and mostly don't realize what they say. Let the President be human we are.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 21st, 2009 3:33 am ET

1. We want an accessable president. that's what we want and we'll take it any way we can get it at this point. We want him accessable, honest and accountable. We've been dealing with withdrawls thewse past 8 years.

2. Let's get the facts straight here people... It isn't that the president isn't aware of the massive deficit spending going on, it's that most republicans, some libertarians [which is just a republican wrapped in a different color coating] and democrats, and mostly any conservatives still aren't willing to admit that George Bush's deficit spending is the deficit that keeps on growing. THAT is what the congressional budget reports will point to; not some abject failure on the new presidents part.

And Tucker Carlson should never forget THAT.

Darrell Kitchen   March 21st, 2009 3:35 am ET

Every day you ask if the President is doing the right thing, or if he is trying to do to much, of if the American People are supporting him. Let me say that I think he is doing a much better job then the past President, we as a people need to give him and his Administration time and our support. we didn't get in this situation overnight, nor will we get out overnight, I'm not sure what American People you are asking, but you should ask the people that voted him into office. Anyone that took him comment to heart on the Late Night show is shallow, for God Sakes give him a break, did anyone treat Bush this way for getting us into this mess? Also, if he didn't focus in on so many issues you would say he is not looking at the things affecting the U.S. you would say he need to look at other things, so I think all of you Talk Show Host need to back up and give him and his Administration a break and see where he takes us.
For the record there is nothing wrong with him getting out to the American People and meeting them on there playing field, so his trip to LA was a good thing, it shows he want to reach all viewers and he is concerned not with just the people that have money, but also the lower class person that is struggling and those are the people you need to ask how he is doing, not just the Republican Party people. You should be more supportive of the President of the US.

Vanessa   March 21st, 2009 3:35 am ET

We sure have alot of people commenting on the President. The President needs to look at how much all of these commentors are making. I'm sure they are overpaid. James is earning his every dime. Keep up the good work.

Destin   March 21st, 2009 3:36 am ET

Obama has been president 2 months, hes not dropping the ball. Also, on the note of republicans complaining about him needing to focus more on his job than going on shows and filling out brackets, he cant spend every waking moment doing work. Your boy GW Bush took 879 days off during his presidency.

William Bean   March 21st, 2009 3:38 am ET

I am more concerned about him irresponsibly giving away our nations economy and security to individuals and organizations who have proved themselves incompetent . Congress should be ashamed for passing sweeping mega bills that put our country in hock for our childrens future with out responsible scutiny and consideration. Has our government lost it's collective mind?

Vanessa   March 21st, 2009 3:46 am ET

Are these ladies on this planet? I cannot sleep because of money problems. Eating is my number one friend right now, not the tredmill. I have a job and they cut back on our hours. My 20 year old son got laid off and his girlfriend is pregnant. However my boss got a raise recently and is now making $174,000. Maybe my boss and you ladies can relax and exercise but people like me don't have the mental or physical energy for exercise right now. Thank you.

Christine   March 21st, 2009 3:47 am ET

Give the guy a break. He is human. He has inherited alot of mess from George W. He is showing us that none of us are perfect. When he makes a mistake, he apologizes – unlike Bush and Cheney. I thought it was funny, the comment at the time . . . and I at the time was not thinking bashing people with special needs. And Palin coming in to say she was shocked? Well I was shocked when I read today that she refused money for the state for special needs children of which she is the parent of one.

William Bean   March 21st, 2009 4:21 am ET

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I am more concerned about him irresponsibly giving away our nations economy and security to individuals and organizations who have proved themselves incompetent . Congress should be ashamed for passing sweeping mega bills that put our country in hock for our childrens future with out responsible scutiny and consideration. Has our government lost it’s collective mind?

Can't CNN handle a lucid, honest well thought out comment or is that against your policy?

lana turner   March 21st, 2009 4:33 am ET

larry, i just don't get it, your coverage on natasha richardson let me so confused. i live in florida and do not know what a "green slope" is that she was skiing on, and she did not hit a tree or a rock and i thought snow is soft, so how did she injure her head? surely a tumble is more like rolling over and should not hurt the head. could you please explain better what hit her head? also there seems to be some confusion about how long it was before the ambulance came, i heard it was 4 hours later. also was she concious when she flew back to new york? when did she go into the coma? this story has not been fully explained leaving us to wonder about head injurys, what has to hit the head, or what does it have to be bad enough to go to the doctor, how hard does your head need to be hit. again, i thought snow was soft, it just doesn't make sense, thank you

Gerard   March 21st, 2009 4:40 am ET

How about this! The President rates his bowling as being so bad that he like most people who may take for granted the use of their mental and physical faculties or may feel more superior to the Special Community had humbled himself and stated on “National TV” that he could not compete with them. However, is it likely that so called”normal people” will be competing with Special Olympians. I think not! Making fun of the Special Needs Community is no joke. The President gave this community kudos when it comes to bowling against him. Get over it some of you haters; he was not trying to offend. It’s a shamed that some of you went to the extreme as much as he spoke lightly of these special needs people.

Tammy Hernandez   March 21st, 2009 4:41 am ET

I believe it was totally appropriate for President Obama to appear on the Jay Leno Show. During these hard times, many of us are looking to Leno for much needed laughter since he consistently delivers humorous material. By being on the Tonight Show, President Obama allowed us to see and hear him as a human who also happens to be the President of this amazingingly wonderful country.

My 24 year old son is Autistic and profoundly retarded. He of course continues to live at home with us. Our son actually bowls in the Special Olympics. Right now he goes bowling every Wednesday to practice for this year's Olympics. He just learned to spell his name recently; however, he has been bowling for years and loves it. Our family did not take any offense to President Obama's Special Olympic comment on the Tonight Show. He caused no harm to my son, nor our family and definitely did not intentionally mean to disparage the disabled. Let's get real. I asked my Autistic son if he knew he could bowl better than the President. My son, (who knows how to say President Bush's name and calls President Obama...President O.), laughingly said "Nooooo". As he didn't realize he could bowl better than the President. He now hopes to bowl with President O at some time. I realize this is not realistic but he can always hope.

Although my family did not find the President's comment distasteful, we realize other family's feelings may be different than ours. I commend President Obama for extending apologies to those he may have offended; yet, want him to know my family has dealt with disabilities for many, many years and find no offense and wholeheartedly support him!

Tammy Hernandez,
loving mother of a 24 year old Autistic/Profoundly Retarded Child
Port Lavaca, Texas

Mary Ann Rohrbough   March 21st, 2009 5:10 am ET

The more widespread communication we have from President Obama the better informed the people of the United States will be. This is something we significantly lacked throughout Bush's presidency and it is greatly needed at this difficult time in our lives. A sense of humor certainly helps all the stress people today feel. Thank you, Mr. President, for all that you do.

A. Schinagel   March 21st, 2009 5:20 am ET

Stop making such a drama out of this... are you hired by the republicans??? Typical american circus..

ed   March 21st, 2009 5:21 am ET

at least he"s not off playing golf

Carol   March 21st, 2009 5:22 am ET

Let's face it, if Bush said this, it would be all over the liberal TV saying how bad it was of him to say this. You won't hear that much about it though on liberal news, or The View. You people are so two faced!

Pedram   March 21st, 2009 5:22 am ET

Hi, when will Americans understand ,what is really important , the guy apologized , but you keep on going, has the AIG issue finished? is the special Olympics so important , to waste so much time. Listen to him more carefully, I hope he was our president.

Yugusuk Onesimo   March 21st, 2009 5:23 am ET

Absolutely not Larry!!!! Obama is simply taking it out to the American people and showing that connection between him and the lay man.

A. Schinagel   March 21st, 2009 5:27 am ET

Larry King please get some real issues..

patricia   March 21st, 2009 5:33 am ET

Simple...stop acting like an actor and start acting like the president of the u.s.

Katherine   March 21st, 2009 5:33 am ET

The Republicans are REALLY desperate. They have a problem with Obama being on the Tonight Show? How come they didn't have a problem when Bush was playing golf at the same time U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians were dying in Afghanistan and Iraq? Come on Republicans get off the war-path with Obama (and I quote Romney) "Focus, Focus, Focus" on more important things!"

Regina Schreiber   March 21st, 2009 5:34 am ET

Hi Larry
I watch every Night ,love your show :).Tonight i need to jump in .I cant believe their making a Mountain out of a Molehill ,im sooo sure Pres.Obama did not meen anything at all to any special needs Person he was just joking about his low Score .People are so awful asumming in so many things .Obama is doing a great Job good to see he's as normal as we are and getting arround us NORMAL Folks .
People should losing up a bit .
Keep up the great Shows

Bonnie Webb   March 21st, 2009 5:38 am ET

It seems to me, with all the personal appearances and comments that President Obama is making that he is trying to play the "cool" parent, while what we need right now is the real parent for guidance and leadership. He tends to focus more on his popularity with the people rather than the task at hand.

Dr. Sheela Benedict   March 21st, 2009 5:39 am ET

Looks like this is a modern day crucifixion. The moment the man trips up, lets get him. Please, he is the only hope for a world that was heading towards oblivion. Here is a person who came to the WHITE house on his own steam, unlike his predecessor. If anyone needs to be castigated, George Bush is the person. But his major disasters and all the people who have died because of him don't seem to matter. One off color remark from Obama and all the pompous don't know it alls (Sarah Palin) get vicarious pleasure from condemning him. Get a life!!!
Don't be crabs!. In my country, India, they do not close crab baskets. If one crab climbs up the others pull him down!!!

Rashawn Smith   March 21st, 2009 5:40 am ET

I believe everyone’s is paying too much attention to what President Obama said within 2 minutes of a 30min interview with jay leno. I think it is the presidents responsibility to cross all publications to get the information out to the people whether its leno or sesame street! He’s our president we need to give him a chance! Remember ¾ of Bush term he was on vacation

Anthony (Tony) Kapulka   March 21st, 2009 5:41 am ET

I feel some people and organizations make Mountains from ant hills.Everyone and I mean everyone knows Pesident Obama meant no harm when he made the comment about being in the Special Olympics on the Tonight Show. If you believe he did you are a complete idiot. The ones who keep making remarks and bringing things to the publics attention are the ones who cause the damage.The world needs less people like Al Sharpton (only a comparison I know who is not involved) and more people who truly care and believe in what they do and support to bring less harm to their cause than to look for reasons to find offense in evrything someone says or does. Calling attention to these things only harms the people who you are trying to support. Imagine how they must feel today Wondering if everyone finds them different and repulsive. Nobody not even the President should be on guard 24-7 of what he says or does. I do not belive the President should hire anyone from the Special Olympics Organization for this that is totally absurd He could however invit them to the White House to show them he truly meant no harm GROW UP AMERICA LET US ALL LIVE IN PEACE

Karen   March 21st, 2009 5:46 am ET

I think it's great that President Obama is getting out and talking to the American people. I don't think it is a waste of time for him to go on Jay Leno's show – I think it is a way for him to connect w/a majority. I also think we are being too critical – the man has not been in office 100 days and he has made every effort to connect w/us and keep us informed. As for the criticisms of his policies – he has asked more than once in public – and i'm sure he has asked behind closed doors, for those who are empowered to submit an alternate plan – which hasn't happened. It is easy to be critical – what is not so easy is to come up with a plan to get us out of this mess – i wish some of the folks that you have on the show would be either a little more open-minded – or share the brilliant ideas they must have which allows them to be so critical

sandy main   March 21st, 2009 5:47 am ET

someone should tell obama he's no longer on the campaign trail

mike morrissey   March 21st, 2009 5:49 am ET

President Obama's comment was unfortunate. However, since he realized his mistake and apologized, I consider it water under the bridge.

What is more troubling to me, as a person with a disability, is the tendency to refer to disability as a "special need."

"Disability" is not a bad word. There is no need for euphemisms. People with and without disabilities have the same basic needs: food, water, clothing, shelter and love. Beyond that, everyone's needs are different. Therefore, they should be thought of as "individual needs."

artemis klonaris   March 21st, 2009 5:54 am ET

g'day larry!
i love your show.
Australia LOVES president Obama! what bothers ME is just HOW MUCH your country scrutinise this man and how you forget he's huMAN?
WHY CAN'T REPUBLICANS give him a break and put some support behind their president?!! ...instead of always, only, negativity!!!!!
American's should lighten up and realise this president , for the FIRST time, is reaching people AROUND THE WORLD on the one/same level, which didn't happen for the past 8yrs?
As for Leno's appearence,
"I" am a quadriplegic and it did NOT affend me cause... I HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR AND I KNOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A GOOD, GOOD,.... DAMN GOOD MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and would not have implied this was his opinion of the way he sees US disabled people.
may he who has NEVER said something in the wrong context, cast the first stone!

Brenda   March 21st, 2009 6:29 am ET

I am the parent of a child with special needs. I am not at all offended by President Obama's comparing himself to a person with special needs. Obama is only human, he is not God, We all make mistakes. Anyone who truly knows and understands the President undestands this is not how he truly feels. It is time that Sara Palin take some time to get to know our President and to also realise that the election is over. I am hurt and embarrassed to see that the President's mistake seems to be used as a catalyst for people with special needs to obtain jobs in the White House. My child and People with special need do not need the President's mistake to get them to the White House. We are already there and will continue to make it to the white house by our own merits, strength, capabilities and with the help of positive leaders in their lives. I am happy to be seeing more of our President everyday keeping the public informed and involved in what he is doing for us. I pray that this mistake does not prevent him from appearing on other talk shows. My advice to everyone who feels offended by the president's mistake needs to try to focus on all of the wonderful positive things which President Obama has already done for us, Now, take a step back and allow him the oppotunity to continue to do positive things for everyone including positive things for those with special needs. Thank you Mr. President Obama, keep up the good fight.

yvette jarvis   March 21st, 2009 6:32 am ET

President Obama has done more in 55 days than any other president.
He passed an economic stimulus plan that was unprecedented in less than 30 days, he signed the equal pay bill that Bush had buried in a draw, he reversed the stem cell research ban which by the way could be very helpful in curing and preventing disabling diseases, he made a decision to bring the troops home and I know I'm forgetting something! Let's get over thecriticizing and do something besides sitting on the couch watching TV. When is the last time that you took to the streets to protest, wrote a letter to congress or a network about their insensitivities?? We have an active President who thank GOD is a multi tasker and CAN handle the economy, 3 wars, health and education at the same time!!!

Ronnie Conrad Augusta, Georgia   March 21st, 2009 6:39 am ET

Please read this I believe these to be valid points & my last comment has not even been compared in the media. Example: Obama vs Imus?
1. First in general I'm not a Obama basher
2. But I'm not a Obama groupie either.

3. Even though they say he's on Leno to get more of
his message out there. Sounds good but I don't feel
a comedy talk show is not an appropriate place when
we have: Serious Problems & need Serious Answers.
The majority of American's are not happy & there's
not a lot to laugh about. My point I don't want to
see our President on a silly talk show having a wonderful
time. I would be happy to if I got to host parties at the
Whitehouse & invite all my wealthy (NEW) (Hollywood) friends.
May I also add at the taxpayers expense.

The Stevie Wonder party. How many homeless meals
or some kind of children's happiness program could
the money he spent on that party buy? How Many.

Obama is not the first President to take use his position
as a door opener to Hollywood's Elite so he can

One last thing: The special Olympics.
We have all done this at some point in
our life..let make a comment without enough thought.

BUT: Is this not the same thing as Example:
Them old nappy headed...ect...
AND: When I was bowling I looked like a special Olympics kid.
What do these comments have in common?
They are both caused by a slip of the tongue.
Should we try to impeach the president?
Should we try to make sure he can't get
a job in his field ever again?
NO we should not & we should also not try to ruin
anyone's life for a remark as these.
Remember growing EVERYONE told us
stick & stones????
They are words & even though in real life, yes they may hurt a little
But we should not try to ruin someone life for words. NO ONES
Not the presidents, not a talk show host, & finally
not even a janitor's. There has to be common sense
about words. I don't have a special needs family member
but if I did I would be just as offended about the presidents comments
as the girls from the basketball team were offended.

Dave Dawson   March 21st, 2009 6:42 am ET

I'm looking for a new SOULMATE & the Devil ain't my type!
The highest of regards,
Liverpool UK

Marge   March 21st, 2009 7:11 am ET

Governor Palin has turned down stimulus money for the education of the handicapped offered to Alaska by President Obama's administration. Is this not worse than a harmless remark which was self-directed and in no way meant to offend anyone involved with the Special Olympics? This has been blown way out of proportion.

cindy parker   March 21st, 2009 8:00 am ET

The President shows he has a connection with his fresh sense of open mindedness as opposed to the staunch stiff white collar conservatives that have led this country in a monolithic path of narrow minded corporate debauchery

Julia Schreier   March 21st, 2009 8:47 am ET

I agree with many of your viewers that this is not the most important topic facing our country today. But I must add, the comment by the President about his bowling broke the heart of many parents who have disabled children. There is no excuse for such an intelligent man, a father of two healthy children, and the President of the United States, to make such a comment, whether he meant to hurt people or not. I was shocked, the comment cut me deep in my heart. I am the mother of a 29 year old disabled American citizen. President Obama should walk in my shoes for a couple of days so he understands! Better yet, he should walk in my sons shoes for a couple of hours. He would understand then. Please let him know if he wants an education on the facts of raising a handicapped child, there are plenty of parents that would gladly help him out. I am very proud of my son, just as proud as he is of his children. Unbelievable! And to think, my son voted for him!

aurora   March 21st, 2009 9:13 am ET

stay home Suzanne Somers , Robins,,all words..when there isn't any money to buy food pay rent buy clothes & the children are looking gaunt, parents are so depressed,,playing a game w/kids will help ? parents are out of the house looking for jobs, smtimes part time jobs 24/7,,working day & nite trying to bring food home,etc,,,panelists do not know what it's like to have holes in their clothes, moms need food so they can nurse the babies, why don't these people go & work in soup kitchens & veteran hospitals & give sm of their money away..these people are not realistic. Depression is a horrible thing..we cannot move physically..we feel like our bodies are filled w/ how can we excercise if we do not have food to eat ?...

jeannie a smith   March 21st, 2009 9:30 am ET

Larry – come on now ! You are stooping to new lows. I left you before – I was sickened after weeks of the dribble on Anna Nicole Smith – it was like you switched to writing the front page of the Inquirer. I came back during the election but will leave again. I watched last night for exactly 31/2 minutes – you have to be kidding. That was interesting??! Someone acting all offended when in actuality
they never would have been on the show except for a slip of the tongue. Yes, for sure, President Obama can’t stand our special needs citizens and wants to offend them at every chance he can get – is that what you think? President Obama will probably do more for special needs than any President in history. In the meantime – get rid of that representative who basically exploited a personal phone call from our President – and you Larry, trying to squeeze about as much as you can out of nothing. Good bye.

Fran, NYC   March 21st, 2009 10:40 am ET


You would be well served if CNN takes notice of the comments made on this blog. It's clear to see that we are tired of being fed the same sensationalized trivia over and over. We're starving for good journalism and interesting speakers. We don't like it when the media tries to play "gotcha" with our newly sworn in President. Stop the nitpicking and get real! This is America and we standstand together behind our great country and our President, Why not be the first to try talking about positive things happening in our country. We're fed up with all the gloom and doom. A large part of our economic crisis is based on fear from all the bad news fed to us by the media. Our country has always thrived when Americans are spending. That's what keeps the wheels turning and the economy moving. Stop trying to scare us and stop trying to berate our popular President. Let's get behind him and give him a chance to get us out the mess the last administration left us in. Thanks for listening.

Kathy   March 21st, 2009 11:25 am ET

What a sad sad shame Friday's show was. With 3 competent, engaging, inspiring and informative panelists right there to talk about what we can all do to gain control of our own wellness in these tough times, you spent the 37 minutes on ridiculous partisan BS. You had to cut Dr. Robin, Suzanne & Jillian off when giving helpful advice because of wasted time on divisive rancor. I'm glad I have Tivo and can skip the BS – if not I'd just have turned you off in the first minutes.

george   March 21st, 2009 11:53 am ET

suzanne sommers & the rest..some families are living in their cars..OH she had root beer floats ? wasn't she lucky...neighbors were giving us $2 a wk in 1930's to survive !

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 21st, 2009 12:11 pm ET

@Carol Get a grip lady. It's not a liberal conservative hoo ha.
Obma made an offhand joke; Bush was an offhand joke, and so are all you who voted for him.... TWICE!

Jay   March 21st, 2009 12:22 pm ET

Obama has done more in two months to get this country back on track than Bush did in eight years.

sandee   March 21st, 2009 2:14 pm ET

anyone who has never made a mistake is either dead or not doing anything ! it's very important to let children & grandchildren KNOW when we make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life and we cannot avoid them..A classy person like P. Obama apologizes...

Debra E Brown   March 21st, 2009 2:40 pm ET

I do not think that President Obama is making too many TV appearances nor do I think he is going to too many states. He is trying to explain how our country got into the situation we are in now. As far as the remark about Special Olympics, I do not see why the news media is making such a big deal out of it. President Obama would never say anything to hurt special needs people. The press and news media are the one's that are making it worse than it was. Maybe if they would lay off of this things would quiet down. This President walked into a real mess and I wish him nothing but the best. It is a pleasure to hear a President speak who can speak well and has a personality, not like what we had the last 8 years. Please Larry let go of the remark he meant nothing by as he was only making fun of himself.

Susan Farquhar   March 21st, 2009 2:56 pm ET

If only we would have scrutinized President Bush as closely as we do President Obama! Can't fault a guy for trying hard to serve 'we the people' in the ways so fundamentally needed. BTW, a Special Olympics spokesperson said that Senator Obama was beaten by a Special Olympics bowler at a SO event that he attended a few years back, and this may be what he was referring to. I'm glad that he apologized, but what he does on behalf of special needs folks will speak volumes more than words do!

Donald Darrow   March 21st, 2009 4:27 pm ET

President Obama is not wasting time with Town Hall meetings and the Tonight Show! To suggest that he is wasting time or not tending to the multiple problems handed to him is, in itself, a negative and unfair political comment about a president who has accomplished a great deal in the short time he has been in office. He needs to communicate directly with Americans, and cut through all of the distortions coming from the Republicans and news media. Town Hall meetings and the Tonight Show provide the a great opportunity to do this. In my view, a recent distortion was calling Obama's comment about his bowling game a "gaffe." I have a granddaughter with severe autism and appreciate the Special Olympics very much. I think the numerous emails to Tim Shriver about being hurt by Obama's comments are more political than real. Did you see Obama's first try at bowling during the primary campaign?

M.J.C.   March 21st, 2009 4:56 pm ET

President Obama should stay at work.He has spent more time on tv than any president since taking office.
It would seem, and he admitted, he does not spend time reading what he signs. How can you say he is doing the right thing when it is YOUR tax money he is giving to bail out his friends and campaign contributers. Guess you like working hard to feed the government. Personally I would like to be able to take home some of my paycheck AFTER paying taxes and bills.. That is called capitalism.
By the way, do you have any idea how much 30 TRILLION dollars is..REALLY?? That my friend is what you and I and all our descendents OWE NOW !! Unless this country collapses from debt!! Even China is begging the president to pull back..CHINA !!!!!

Barb   March 21st, 2009 7:09 pm ET

He wants too keep his rock star status,with too many problems in Washington.................

OCT-OBAMA............remind you of anyone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

isadore   March 21st, 2009 7:27 pm ET

isn't it amazing ? we see the Pres & V/Pres up front & not hiding like Bush/Cheney did for 8 yrs?..and Bush is still mking bad jokes which proves he is not realistic about the poor/middle class,,he said 2 wks ago jokingly, "Am I the only person who is able to buy a house this year?"..& he laighed when he said not know how pwople voted for hm twice, Bar Bush said on Opray 8 yrs ago, "He's the black sheep in the family".

Ashley J.   March 21st, 2009 8:57 pm ET

No, I do not think he's wasting too much time on late-night tv shows and the like. But I do think that he is a human being and people should stop blaming him for the bad economy. He is one of the coolest Presidents, and he's the only one who has tried to connect with the American people. He just started in this job, and I think for the short time that he's been in that position, he's done a lot. I don't know why people are putting him underneath a microscope. Don't they have anything else better to do? Leave him alone!

bj abrams   March 21st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I think that one of the duties of the president is to make people feel good about themselves. His visit to the school to visit with those depressed children was a miracle in itself. I don't recall another person in authority doing such a thing for the few. When criticizing the president on the Jay Leno show is to criticize all the people who enjoy that show and it's guests. " Can't we all just get along?"

Rick in El Paso   March 21st, 2009 9:23 pm ET


Get me on your show. I can tell you how our federal government ended up with this AIG mess and what we need to do to prevent it.

Judith   March 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

President Obama can do mulit tasks.

At least he's flying to talk to the people letting the people ask questions without him knowing what will be ask.

Reagan use to go back and forth to Calif because Nancy miss it.

The GOPs should stop acting like kids in the middle school and grow up or retire.

julie   March 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Does Judge Judy think that a women of violence should go thru counseling, especially if she goes back to the perpetrator? that is should be mandatory to seek some kind of counseling. In so many cases, these women have low self esteem, they are fearful. etc

Joni Cooper   March 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Judge Judy – I am an atty and actually speant a day w/ you in family court when I was interviewing for a position w/ the juvenile rights division of Legal Aid; I did not pursue that position, but did end up working as an insurance atty in a downtown location; following 9/11 my co-workers and I were told that we must return to our jobs in our blg (55 Water St – approx 3 blocks from ground 0) or submit our resignation; our company did nothing to filter the air and we breathed in the contaminated air (said to be safe by the president); at 47 I now suffer from emphysema and am on social security disability; do you believe there should be reparations for persons such as myself who were made ill by the contaminated air.

cecile bacinski   March 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Yes, Mr. Obama is an American President but he is also a man with a family, I loved him on Leno, shows he is a human and what a President he is, I can say that as a Canadian. God bless Obama. Cecile

saltyboy   March 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

AIG was forced to insure the mortgages that where taken out by people that did not qualify for them by congress. This is way they failed. It was congress that killed AIG.

Dave   March 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Judge Judy should be overseeing AIG. We need someone honest.
Is anyone getting tired of Obama repeating himself everywhere while nothing changes?

Shirley Pearson   March 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

AIG – They are criminals. The federal government should seize everything they have and help companies who are not so wreckless.
I hold both AIG and the government responsible for the AIG fiasco. I cannot believe our representative do not read a bill before they pass it. Unbelievable.

Michael Moyer   March 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The President is doing his job, plain and simple. Each and everyone of us needs a break from day to day and who wouldn't spend some time on Leno or if he could, or what self-proclaimed basketball player hasn't filled out his favorite picks.

As for the "Octa-mom", LET THE DOCTORS and the hospital pay the bill, they allowed a person without the ability to meet the future needs have a selective procedure.

Shell Hari   March 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET


I was surprised…shocked…flabbergasted…perplexed…confounded…when Amy Holmes stated on Larry King Live last night that it was unpresidential for President Obama to appear on Jay Leno’s show on Thursday this week. Even after her well delivered explanation as to why President Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno’s show was unpresidential, I still could not fathom what was “unpresidential” about the leader of the free world wanting to remain intoned with the people he serves.

Is it that some people are dogmatically trained to see the world in a certain way that, to their own detriment, they lack the will or drive or, are trepid to step outside their well-guided niche to experience the world in its fullness? Or, is it that these people have been groomed to bow their heads and prostrate to the floor when their leaders enter the room that it is hard to fathom how this leader of the free world would want to create an environment wherein the people he serves can interact with him in a healthy and respectful way without these people feeling intimidated, alienated or forsaken?

I may never be able to comprehend Amy Holmes’ perception of what is “presidential” and what is “unpresidential”. One thing I do comprehend however is that I am more endeared to President Obama because of the way he carries himself than I have been with many of his predecessors. And he will always earn my respect and admiration as my leader as long as he does not adorn the “wolf in sheep clothing” persona as many of his predecessors who used it to win the hearts and minds of the American people only to shove their selfish political agendas down the asses of the American people! Here is one that would resonate with every American-young and old: George Walker Bush and the Iraq war.

Maybe I am an iconoclast; maybe I am eccentric; maybe I am unorthodox. One thing is clear, however: my parents did not bring me into this world to bow my head and prostrate to the floor when my leaders walk into a room. I never have; I never will!

J C R   March 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

He should stay in Washington and appear more professional in dealing with all of the issues at hand. My family and I will not vote for him or any other his parties representatives that allow AIG, or any other company, receiving taxpayer/bailout money to take ANY bonuses. They are lying, greedy scumbags that deserve nothing better than to be fired, not rewarded in any way!!! Obama and his cronies will lose approximately 27 votes from me and my family in the upcoming elections!!! We all voted for him and his party this past election.

Susan P-Z Tucson, AZ   March 22nd, 2009 12:43 am ET

How could one be wasting his time spending valuable hours trying to be productive about discussing and trying to resolve major world issues.

Dion   March 22nd, 2009 12:49 am ET

Question for Judge Judy....

Do you think President Obama appearance on the Tonight show helped or hurt is image as a serious leader of our country?

Michael   March 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

In this whole AIG situation it seems that one thing that is forgotten is that AIG is calling the bonuses Rentention Bonuses. Doesn't it seem fair for the Government to get the money back from the people who DIDN'T stay after receiving their bonus? AND aren't most bonuses paid upon completion of a job well done? if that is the case then driving the company into the ground should not be considered "WELL DONE", and NO bonus should have been given

Ron Leonard   March 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Obama seems to being haveing a ball galibatting the country in Air Force One spending millions of tax payer money on fuel and crews to appear on Jay Leno?

Give us a break, that is waste, as is most of his other trips where he is still politicing.

His comments to Iran were an embarrasment to this country. We are now the laughing stock of the world over that little stunt.

Brenda Murray   March 22nd, 2009 1:08 am ET

The President seems he has to READ everything he says on a teleprompter or he eats his foot. I hope the next time a comment
is made about NAACP, he will excuse that.

Chuck Arnette   March 22nd, 2009 5:49 am ET

What's the best way for the people to rid itself of a corrupt government?

gloria ezrin   March 22nd, 2009 5:52 am ET

why isnt the doctor responsible for paying for these children he is the real father and culprit

Rick   March 22nd, 2009 8:36 am ET

Dick Cheney had hit squads to kill people across the world, and it get less then one day of news coverage from all of the people who are suppose to look into this stuff. WE had Nazis in the white house and it does not even seem to bother anyone across the country! If they get away with it, someone will do it again in the near future!

kmcgary   March 22nd, 2009 9:44 am ET

we do not need Obama to go on Lenno to explain how we got in this situation. Everyone needs to stop blaming Bush for all our failures. It started a long time ago as far as the bank and real estate problems. You might not agree with everthing Bush has said or done, but he did do some good things for this country. The media bashed him practically the whole time he was in office. You people that make remarks concerning the war and everything else need to really research the "facts" before you speak. That is the problem – you go along with everything you hear from the media and you really don't find out for yourself. you need to get off the hate mongering. Take a good look at what policies Obama has already changed. You will see this country in a socialistic state before your grandkids are grown. Sad, sad state of affairs. Stop drinking the Kool-aid.

donna   March 22nd, 2009 10:44 am ET

no i think obama needs to get people to pull together one way or another. i think he needs to be more agressive with aig, and i feel we are in such a state of fear and poverty, He needs to take a stand. I think instead of laying people off the other employees should take less pay. so they can keep working and the people don't have to be layed off. I think the goverment employees should take a pay cut so that money can go in to build up the debit. Obama can only do so much, we the people need to help. The actors , football players, baseball players, etc. and the singers should donate 20% of there earnings to help get the country back on it's feet. Aig needs to give back the money the gave out the the ceos and spent on vacations. not just agi all the ones given money that spent it wrong. I live in a small town in pa. and i see people going with out food and heat, because they are just paying rent, elec, gas, we the people have given to all of you goverment officels, actors, singers , ceos, etc. And you all live very very well , while we fight just to live, don't you think it's time yous gave back so the kids next door can have heat, food , and there parents can work.

Cheryl   March 22nd, 2009 11:02 am ET


Yes we do need President Obama communicating to the American People. The problem has been for the last 8 years bush and company not communicatiing to the American people what really was happening under his watch. We had lies upon lies. The war was a lie. The deregulation of the banks which got us into this mess. People are losing their homes because so much deregulation happened on the Bush and company watch. They did not even have the guts to get rid of the bad assets while he was still in office. Instead he took the Tarp money and spread it around to his wealthy friends and allow companies to give bonuses.

Obama policies is looking out for the everyday American Citizens and not for the wealthy. Yes, we are getting America back to where it belongs to the American people and not just to the wealthy. It is sad that people like you drank too much of the MISSION ACCOMPLISH KOOL AID. Instead of having the intelligence to read and look beyond the fox news network to determine what was really happening and pushing your members of congress to do something about it. People have been saying for years the economy was going down. What did you and your friends do to stop the bush disaster.

Sandy   March 22nd, 2009 11:13 am ET

Yes, I feel the President has the right to share his thoughts on all areas and don't believe it takes away from the hard work and long hours he's giving to more serious issues. After all, it allows us to know him as a real person from "gaffes" to oratorial excellence to his intellectual decision making abilities. Let's face it...he's not like any other President we've had in a variety of ways. Yea!

Bill   March 22nd, 2009 1:59 pm ET

I have done a lot of work with special people, They have a sense of humor about most all things in life. I seems that the people who are not special people do not have a sense of humor. Life is not so serious. remember that on one gets out alive, so be happy, if you can't laugh at yourself then YOU have a problem.

Lisa   March 22nd, 2009 2:30 pm ET

The more he is present, the less Republicans can take over everything.

joanne   March 22nd, 2009 4:51 pm ET

I've heard D Cheney say 4 letter words thinking that the mike was turned OFF....I've never seen J Leno so emotional & overwhelmed was a great interview...& soon a special invite to the white house for the disability children, adults, etc. won't that be exciting for them ?..."it's the people's house" the Obama's said,,,I did not have a good feeling walking thru the house tour when George H W Bush was Pres. but this time I will !

beverly   March 22nd, 2009 8:02 pm ET

special needs kids are special people, the look in their bright eyes, Pres Obama knows this, special programs will be made up for them in public schools.

Jon   March 22nd, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Since He's so fond of appearing on talk shows,why does'nt he go on Limbaugh or Hannity.Answer;Because He knows He will be exposed for the fraud he is which is exactly why He and the Liberal Congress are trying to shut down conservative talk radio.They do not want American people listening to anything that threatens their liberal agenda.All you Kool-aid drinking toe licking Obamanauts are going to get exactly what you deserve,The Soviet Union.

Cheryl   March 22nd, 2009 8:54 pm ET


Limbaugh and Hannity is not workth his time. President Obama has proven limbaugh is not worth his time. Limbaugh needs to concentrate on getting clean. Hannity has been proven wrong as well. He has been on Fox before and Fox was should to be nothing but a Right wing propaganda network. The Owner had to recently apologize for comments made by tthe rightwind wingnuts.

Steve Newman   March 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

What's Up with Mitt Romney – ?

Twice commented "its not fair to take away "their" money wrt AIG bonus scandal. Mitt – wake up – its my money and the money of the US taxpayers!! How can you not get it?

Mitt also seems shocked that Govt would step in to right the shameless wrong of the AIG bonuses – If not the Govt then who?
Without our taxpayers bailout AIG would be in a bankruptcy court and the wiz kids hoping to hold on to their jobs – not deciding how to spend their obscene, undeserved, morally corrupt, ill gotten gains. I thought I would support Mitt at one point in time. .... Not a chance in the future.

Maggie   March 22nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

President Obama used his guest spot on Jay Leno to talk to a segment of the population who is more entertainment minded and probably doesn't follow politics closely. It was a great idea and worked really well. He doesn't want to stay isolated in the 'White House' bubble like Bush. This is his way of00 circumventing the media and political filters to talk directly to the American people.

Kudos to him!

John   March 22nd, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Marcus – I don't know what you said but it must have been a doozy! I have seen your apology in nearly every subject area.

Could someone please help me out here and tell me what the heck "amp" means? It seems to be all the thing as so many people are making it a part of their comments.

Fran, NYC   March 23rd, 2009 12:17 am ET


They say you know a person by the company he keeps. President Obama should not go on any program with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. They are both divisive and hateful and always try to get a rise out of the uneducated people. They lack patriotism and put ratings ahead of respect for our country and for our President. President Obama has been in office for only a very short time and has done nothing to fall out of favor with the American people. If and when he should ever behave as the former admisistration did only then will he loose our respect. Until then, no one has a valid reason to disrespect him. By disrespecting the President of the United States, you are disrespecting the American people and your country.

Linda Hoffman   March 23rd, 2009 1:34 am ET

What is the President of the United States doing on a late night comedy show. How shameful. He is so full of himself, he thinks he's invincible.
Secondly, he can apologize all he wants for his special olympics comment, but from out of the heart the mouth speaks.

Jon   March 23rd, 2009 5:37 pm ET

Again,Fran...........He only appears where he knows He will be pandered to,and you and your Ilk are obviosly proof of that.Anyone who has an opinion different than yours should be silenced,Eh?

Jon   March 23rd, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Also Fran,Speaking of uneducated people,that spelling class you took at your Liberal university was a waste of your money.Disrespect the President?Have you lived under a rock for the past eight years?I guess it was fashionable in your social circle to trash George W.Now that the shoe is on the other foot you're going to cry foul?Tell it to CBS,ABC,and NBC.After all,they did everything in their power to make sure your man got elected.

F. Beary   March 23rd, 2009 8:05 pm ET

Hi , While no President has a 9-5 job, President Obama works all day almost every day, and if he is going to stay sane, he better make sure he mixes business with pleasure.

He is doing the right thing to ensure that he stays balance. If he works all the time, he is going to be moody, he is not going to be a good husband, father and he definitely will not be a good President, much less a great President.

When people are smart, incompetent people just don't get it. it is not about being emotional it is about competency. Mr. President is brilliant – that is why he can do more than one thing at a time.

Paulia   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Ed Henry comes off to pompous when asking the president questions. The president did fine. He is such a visionary...not too many of those left.

Ronnie Conrad Augusta, Georgia   March 29th, 2009 7:02 am ET

I don't enjoy seeing O having the time of his life while America is suffering. Like all of Hollowood's stars coming by to chat, having a party at the White House for Stevie Wonder. What did that cost us? O didn't pay for it, tax payers did. Having Boyonce sign for theO's while they dance. Yes they are human but I don't want to see his enjoying all his perks while tax payers suffer. If he were not the president/politican would they give him the time of day? NO. If we show up at the WH & want to come in & hang with the stars. Can we? NO..We would most likely be thrown on the ground & have an object stuck in every orifice looking for what made us crazy enough to think we could come in & join in on the super bowl party. NO I don't want to see all of this & a lot of others don't.

Ronnie Conrad Augusta, Georgia   March 29th, 2009 7:20 am ET

Most of these post & american's will support the Prez no matter what he does. He can do NO wrong, even if he were to ruin America? Everyone would blame it on someone else. I pray that he can do what he say's. But I am not sold & not blinded by his smile & the media's love for the man. He does not have a proven record on anything & I can wait & give him the chance to try & acomplish his goals. The only thing about him that is proven is he could sell a man with a brick house, aluminum siding. In my entire life I have never seen anyone that could rule america with no more than a smile like O has done. He's easy to like & admire, his charm & ease of how to address's people is amazing. But him smile & personality will not get America out of trouble & blaming others don't float the boat either.

Ronnie Conrad Augusta, Georgia   March 29th, 2009 7:51 am ET

Everyone supporting O & his talk show appearance. Can you even imagine how much it cost tax payes to make sure he's safe there & back. Millions of dollars & police & secret service man hours so he could have a good time & enjoy his celebrity status. O did not appear on leno to sell his agenda, he did it for fun & to enjoy hanging with the stars which is an elite group that poor & not famous people are not allowed to participate in.

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