March 20, 2009

Palin Responds to Obama Comment

Posted: 04:45 PM ET

The full press release:

Governor Sarah Palin responded to remarks made last night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”artpalinafpgi

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

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

Also, CLICK HERE to see the message Gov. Palin recorded for the Special Olympics just a few weeks ago.

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Ida Claire   March 20th, 2009 5:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin, like the other Republican hacks and losers, are quick to jump on the band wagon of Obama criticism for any reason. She is a typical Republican opportunist and I hope she doesn't expect to be taken seriously after the circus she and her family have created and turned themselves into an international joke. This woman, regardless of party, is a scary whack job and you just know that the Republicans are dying to nominate her for their presidential candidate...ha ha ha...won't that be a riot?

Peter   March 20th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Palin's Hypocritical Stance on Special Olympics:

According to state documents, [Palin] cut the state’s Special Olympics budget in half.
- New York Times, Sept. 7, 2008

What ever happened with those autism lawsuit mention in this article?

carol anne   March 20th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

is she really being paid 11 million to write a book ? well, she'll have enough money now to open chg acc'ts @ Sak's & Neiman Marcus !!last nite Mitt Romney said she would be paid that huge amount...

Linda   March 20th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Sarah Palin is so outraged at what the President said on Leno BUT she turns down stimulius money that would help with education and care for the Special Needs kids as well as other kids in Alaska. And you want me to believe she cares about kids with special needs Please. Now it she starting up again with her stupid commentaries saying one thing and yet doing the opposite well she stil hasn't learned anything and I say Go GOP with your Pres Candidate, there definitly will be another 4 years for Pres Obama

Dorothy   March 20th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Please! President Obama does not have a prejudice bone in his body! It was a joke and he has apologized! Well, maybe God's showing everyone the pain we(meaning me) as blacks have felt over so many years. Get over it and stop finding fault with one of the most thoughtful and loving Presidents we will ever have.

Isabel Johnston   March 20th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I am a retired school teacher and the school where I taught for 15 years, Charlotte Country Day School, has hosted the Special Olympics in Charlotte, N. C. for as long as I can remember. It's a wonderful opportunity for these wonderful people. I really don't think that President Obama meant any harm in his remark last night on the Jay Leno Show. I know he regrets the statement, as indicated by Mr. Shriver on your show. Let's accept his apology and move on!

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

Is her comment for added political mileage? Sarah, its over.

Heather H.   March 20th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

What does Sarah Palin know about thinking before she speaks? This is the woman that was pranked on the radio and knows nothing about anything. She's stuck her foot in her mouth numerous times. Barack Obama showed that he was a REAL person with his tonight show "fau pax". Apparently it's not ok to be laid back and joke a little. Quit worrying so much about being "PC" and cut the guy some slack. I personally think this is much better than the tyranical, better than you, above the law thinking of the last administration...but maybe that's just me.

Nicolre Webb   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Gov. Palin has cut the state's Special Olympics budget in half. She opposes stem cell research that would help people. However, she is quick to bash the President and get some PR for herself.

Fran Chin   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Is her reaction for more political mileage. Sarah, its over.

Ivette Rivas   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am the mother of an autistic girl, and I was not at all offended with Obama's joke. He was making fun of himself!!! What I was very offended by was Palin's ignorance during the presidential campaign when she ridiculed funding for autism research. While Obama was joking, this woman was serious. Ignorance is a very dangerous thing!!! Thank GOD Obama won the election, THANK GOD!

EFenton   March 20th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

President Obama's remark on the Tonight Show was insensitive to say the least and especially surprising coming from an African-American, who one might think would be more sensitive to slights on a whole group of human beings. It was hurtful to anyone who has a family member with a disability.

sherelynn   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Who cares! Her five minutes is up.

Jan from Gilbert   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Why is this woman still in the news? She should start trying to do something positive for this counrty and her state instead of "being shocked" and trying to continously divide everyone.

mr d   March 20th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

tired of hearing of al the problems he (obama) inhertited. he was a senator should have been well aware of any and all issues.

B Osman   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Please Sarah, don't tell us you really cares about morals. And, the election is over, let us not be Sore Losers.

nancy Joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I took a course some years ago that was out of my field and I said at the time: "I felt like I was coming from the special Olympics into the Olympics" No one ever second guessed me as they knew what I meant. Come on....we know where the President's heart is...Sarah Palin is waiting like a vulture to attack her prey. Says more about her than about him{the President}

DAVID D.   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

of course she's commenting.......please, give us a 2-3 year break.

Bill Anderson   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Palin has no room to talk about special olypimic as she just rurned down over 127 million dollars in money that could help all children.

J.H. McCleany   March 20th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Palin is exploiting this comment for her own political gain. She has said a million more "shocking" things than this man would ever consider. We all do silly things, and he is a caring individual who would not knowingly hurt anyone. She knows it, too. She needs to examine her own soul.

dora jackson   March 20th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

your guest mentioned who w/b on Leno tonight following Pres. Obama. I think Leno could have made a better choice in his lead-in story to the President's appearance......Items from a Dollar Store???? WOW!!

Joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

who cares ? She's all mouth and incredibly annoying to listen to.

JULIET   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET



Fatemeh M.   March 20th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

President Obama was trying to be funny and joke about his own struggle in bowling...He does not think low of special need people struggle at all. He is a human being first and anyone makes mistakes.However, he is quick to apologize.Give this President a brake for the country's sake...He is doing every thing that he promised during the election campaign and some groups are trying to criticize hime for petty things every single day .

Judith   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Sarah Palin better look in her own closet and clean it out till it's clean.
She paraded her son around who has special needs telling lies she will work for kids with special needs if McCain and her would go to the White House.She lied to get votes.

She only wants to take part of the stimulus money for bridges etc but it will 'Not Include' money for Special Needs kids nor will it include for the poor for Food Stamps,nor for unemployment benifits.

I would say to Sarah Palin take care of your State and the people because you have the highest unemployment rate along with too many kids having kids.You aren't President Material because you talk but have a dirty closet.

Ky Colonel   March 20th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Oh No! Sarah, don't give all the lefty weirdos a shot at you again. They always try to get off Obama's dumb mistakes by bringing up George Bush or Sarah Palin or anything else to change the subject. Someday we will all realize that Obama is stupid but a nice guy. Hey, remind you of someone(Jimmy Carter?)

AG   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

why are we making a big deal out of what the President said on the Tonight Show. No one made a big deal about the picture of the watermellon on the White House front lawn and the monkey book in a Barnes and Noble store in Florida in a display that featured President Obama's books. Please get back to what's important and that is fixing the world economy. thank you

Terri   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Sarah Palin never ceases to amaze me–she can't go one week without making sure she gets attention. During the campaign she was a no-holds barred attack dog towards Barack Obama–now she's offended by a slip of the tongue? Stop using your son for attention/stay in Alaska/ & please just GO AWAY!

Steve   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Sarah WHO?????? Is that the one from Alaska?????

babzie   March 20th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Yes, I agree, he was making fun of himself.

Jane D   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Ida Claire, if you were a Republican, you'd better know whether or not the Repubs can't wait to nominate her.

If Palin makes such a comment, why does everyone have to jump on it as being something political. She has a special needs child so the comment most likely struck a personal chord with her. If you saw Mr. Shriver on the program tonight, I'm sure you would agree he did not feel good about the comment; yet he is a Democrat.

Having said that, I think too much was made of the comment. We are all human; cut the man some slack.

mitchell bergman   March 20th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

it wasn't a comment he was speaking of his bowling game nothing more
Sarah stay at home out of the news
it just makes you look bad

jbar   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Palin is not shocked, if she is such an expert on the subject then she
would understand the meaning of the remark.

miguel   March 20th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

What's it with all these self righteous and special needs people.On the one hand they claim that they want to be treated like everybody else yet,as soon as someone pokes fun at them {as is done everyday with everybody else},they are up in arms and suddenly want special treatment.I symphatise with someone who is handicapped but,they can't have it both ways.

joyce   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

how come palin is rejecting stimulas cash for special needs children in her own state, she is such a hypocrite.......

Judith   March 20th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Well Larry you can see how many of us think with the % that President Obama didn't mean how it came out what was said and Sarah Palin you can take that to the votes!

What's it going to be next with Sarah and the other GOP?Are they going to talk about what kind of toilet paper President Obama is using or tooth paste that he uses for his beautiful white teeth?

Nancy Janiszewski, Kaukauna, Wi   March 20th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hey, she's got to keep talking so the public doesn't forget about her in 2012. She should be quiet, take care of Alaska and her family!

Mahone   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Gov. Palin

Needs to go away and stay away

Steve   March 20th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hey Sarah how's your International experience coming still lookin at Russia??? Maybe should be appling to be an astronaut as you can see the moon from where you are too>

theresa   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

She's a class act and it shows everytime she speaks. Russ compared her speech in front of the Special Olympics compared to Obama on Jay Leno and well need I say more

Terry   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I guess it's OK for the POTUS to make a remark about developmentally disabled people? Whether he meant it or not, he said it and he should own up to it and make a public apology. I work with DD children and if we were to make a comment like that, we would be fired!
Where is Al Sharpton? I guess because it wasn't considered a racist comment, he and the likes of the ACLU don't care.

Faye J.   March 20th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

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, and extreme right-wing aggressive behavior.

Judith   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET


Sarah has enough in her own closet to talk about President Obama.

This week, Palin’s henchmen have killed 66 wolves, using helicopters, spotter planes and aerial gunners. To make matters even worse, Palin’s Board of Game has approved the use of poison gas and deadly snares to kill defenseless wolf pups and their families in and around their dens.

carol w   March 20th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

That was a very unfortunate remark the president made about the Special Olympics......however I don't think he said it with any malice. As a mother of a special needs child I know first hand. He talks about "accountability", well he needs to be accountable for all the people he offended. He should thank his God everday he has healthy normal daughters. Maybe he can turn this into something positive??

Tim Emery   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The comment that the President made about the Special Olympics was so innocent, it was merely a comment about his bowling ability and nothing more. I have a special needs person in my family and i was not at all offend it about the in any way.

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Sarah Palin's comments show that she is an opportunist. There was nothing "shocking" about the President's gaff. It was a thoughtless yet innocent remark. The American people are not fooled by those who pretend to be "Holier than Thou".

M. Millan   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Get a life Larry. You and Campbell Brown beat a thing to death. It's obvious President Obama did not mean what he said and has since apologized. I'm so sick of CNN going on about something ad infinitum. It's very poor journalism.

Jerome Parkin   March 20th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If John Mcain or Sarah Palin had made such a comment the media banshees would have immediately compared him/her to Adolf Hitler and his programme to erradicate the disabled.

Jerome Castlebridge Ireland

Fran, NYC   March 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET


The President did, in fact, apologize for his careless remark. I accept his apology and admire his sense of responsibility.

Becky   March 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Palin just needs to stay in Alaska and be quiet. She never fails putting her foot in her mouth. lol

D.ferrara   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Palin, please go away. Your really nothing more then a 'B ' rate actress. Please do not write a book, try reading one and learning something, anything.

hopeful   March 20th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Maybe Sarah would like to say she is sorry for the nasty hateful things she said a few months ago. I have not forgotten. Mow the grass in your own yard first;Thank you.

Jerome Parkin   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

If Sarah or John Mcain had made such a comment the media banshees would have put up an unprecedented uproar, comparing her/him to adolf hitler and his effort to elimminate the disabled

Johnson   March 20th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I feel people has taken what the President said out of content. He was
trying to say how bad his bowling is. We as people should just leave
it at that. We have many more issue to worry about.


Julie Creed   March 20th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Sarah Palin should worry more about the stimulius money that would help with the education of Special Needs kids,that she is turning down.She is willing to take 70% of the money but chooses not to take the other 30% that was for eduction and care of special needs and the poor.I am a Mother of a 16 year old autistic son and the President's mistake didn't upset me.I am sure that he was not wanting to hurt anyone.Palin is not for autism research funding and opposes stem cell research.I think the President is out there trying to do the right thing and get things done.Can she say the same and really I have heard enough of Sarah Palin. Who cares what she has to say.

Darrell   March 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Sarah, go home. You are not the poster mom for special needs children.

Joe G. (Illinois)   March 20th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

In my opinion Sarah Palin should not lose sight of her Clean Morals just to let her bearings be directed by all the dirty trenches out there.. Clearly she is not meant to be a boss of the caliper she aspires to, and for that I think she should step aside and give elbow room for other “Possible” potential unknowns.

linda   March 20th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

President Obama's policys for helping the disabled children and adults among us, show his true, caring, and responsible nature. Actions speak louder than words. Gov. Palin does not want health care or help for the disabled in her state or our country. She has proven this time after time by the way she votes.

rosaspinoza   March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Sarah Palin is so sensitized towards mentally and/or physically challenged people. So proud of her son and others like him.

Is that why she chose to hide her pregnancy from her closest family and friends? Is that why she took those serious risks flying all those hours after her water broke? She didn't even inform her own children of the expected arrival of Trig, because she said she didn't know how to deal with the fact that he had Down Syndrome.
Now she feels that she can impugn President Obama.

I don't know why people care about this disgraceful woman.
I have a grown child with Down Syndrome. He is in the special Olympics, and he is fully aware of why he competes in those Olympics, and not the "able-bodied" Olympics!

Nobody I know was offended by the remark. We know Obama's intention was not to ridicule the disabled, so lets put a sock in the fake outrage. There are enough real issues abounding without having to embellish an off hand comment.

Mesha   March 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Why is she even commenting? She has the nerve to criticize President Obama when in her own state she cut funding for the Special Olympics

David McDonald   March 20th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

A teleprompter prevents honest, personal thoughts which reflect one's ingrained beliefs. Athletic ability varies among all, and the insult to the mentally or physically disadvantaged reinforces Obama's overt arrogance so evident as we struggle to regain our capacity to handle financial failure. As adults, surviving recession caused by the subprime mortgage crisis and FNMA/Freddie/MBS failures compare to young handicapped people running the race to secure dignity and enhanced self-worth. Individuals and businesses contiribute time and money to Special Olympics each year, and we know our input creates winners. We're used to having the same confidence in the leaders responsible for the safety and security of our country.

Faye J.   March 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

She has nerve to talk after her continued insult to African Americans by the use of the words “hockey 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, and extreme right-wing aggressive behavior.

Jerome Parkin   March 20th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

you people are so scared of Sarah it just shows how insecure you are in your own convictions

John D.   March 20th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I think it is time for some of the Democrats to accept that the election is over and stop beating a dead horse to death about McCain and Palin. Should we all behave this way when Hillery says something; afterall, she lost too, didn't she? Each party has positives and negatives. If we can't admit that, we are simply unsophisticated and brainwashed.

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:03 pm ET


Johnson said it best that some people took it out of content.

What will be said next about our President?Will it be the kind of toilet paper he uses or the tooth paste or the color of his socks or if it's too hot when he talks he takes his tie off?

Now for Palin and the rest of the GOPs many of us Americans are tired of the picking and blocking of our President.We knew before he took office that he would not have the support of many of the GOPs.
We voted him honestly so get over it and start working for the people by Uniting instead of dividing.Our Country doesn't have the time for games like what was done in the past.
Isn't no one seeing and remember that when President Obama went to Canada for 6 hrs he received Cheers while when Bush went he received boos.

Adilla   March 20th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Sarah Palin:

I suggest that you go back to your campaign and see all the derogative comments you made about people that caused an uprising among your illiterate followers. You should realize that because you have a child with special needs it does not make you anauthority on special needs. You did not even know that the testing on those flies were intended to help children with autism. I have a child with autism and I do not feel that I am an authority on autilsm. The president is a smart articulate man who knows how to walk and chew gum at the same time. You need to learn how to speak and how to think and address people, your constituents before you decide to criticize someone who will be a much better debator than you are, even when youhave prepped for weeks and he is still asleep. Go study and leave smart remarks to people who know what they are talking about.

You did not have the sense or sensitivity t leave your children out of the public scrutiny, but you think you can criticize the President. Please remember, he is te president and you will never be a match for him as long as you choose to be God and not listen to the God t o whom the presidet listens.

Go study, Sarah, and read your Bible while you are at it. You will learn true Christian love, the way Mr. Obama does.

frances brown   March 20th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I'm sure Sara Palin is delighted to have the slightest slip of Obama's tongue to have an excuse to pounce on him. I watched Jay's show last night and never even caught the remark about special olympics. If it wasn't repeated over and over all over the t.v. and radio I don't think it would be as big an issue. Geeze people, stop acting like a bunch of catty little seventh grade girls!

Jerome Parkin   March 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Hey adilla even a cow can walk and chew cud

Eleanor   March 20th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

this woman has no right to come out and judge President Obama for a verbal gaffe after all she did on the trail
She even at one point insinuated that parts of america were not really american and then all the times she incited hate and racism on the trail. Take a look in the mirror Palin and judge and adjust your own morals
President Obama is a compassionate man he would never hurt anyone intentionally let alone disabled people!

jean ratliff   March 20th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

This """"MS PALIN""""" IS SICK. Who would ever BUY her book??? What could she say that anyone would be interested in????? She is not educated or classy enough to be in any office.

Texas Republians

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Well John D.It was Palin who smiled and wink when she said about Hillary whining and look at Sarah she's the bigger whiner of all.

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Right on Jean Ratliff.I wonder if her book will be taken out of the library?

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:18 pm ET


Tell John King and all the others that it looks like President Obama's polls are up and the GOPs with Sarah's is down.

Adilla   March 20th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Mrs. Palin:

It would be a good idea for you to try to remove the big beam out of your eyes before you try to remove the sliver from Obama's. Take care of your household and stick to what you believe in, do not judge, and judgement will not come upon you. You have many skeletons in your closet.

Mr. Obama realized that he might have mis-spoken, and he called the relevat authorities and made his apologies. Have you apologised for the terrorism and racism that you stimulated on the campaign route and that you are still subtly endorsing?

jean ratliff   March 20th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

How could Alaska ever vote """MS PALIN""""" into ANY office???? Don't they have any educated people to run for office??? How can she write a book ??? She needs to READ books. She does anything to get on the news. She needs to take care of her kids and teach them some morals.

joyce   March 20th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I can't wait for the 2012 campaign, and for sarah to b the nominee, i wonder if alaska has lost tourism because of her, bristol would probably b a better canidate at least she makes sense, maybe the so called leaders of the republican party should listen to meghan mccain and take some tips from her....please don't go away sarah it's just too much fun when you comment on

jean ratliff   March 20th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

This """MS PALIN"""" either MIS SPOKE OR LIED about all the money spend on her clothes. She said ""'THE MONEY WAS FOR EIGHT PEOPLE""""". SHE LIED OR CANT COUNT. I COUNT (1) SARAH (2) TODD, (3) FOUR KIDS . Who were the other 3 ????? Did she buy clothes for her SON IN IRAQ ??? AND WHO ELSE???? The boyfriend ?? Did the boyfriend travel along and did we have to pay for his hotels, flights and fancy resturants???

Sick Republicans in Texas

Judith   March 20th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Palin,Gov of SC and Jindal talk about not taking money or maybe just a bit.All those States have..
High unemployment
High high school drop outs
More on welfare
Taking more away from teachers
Closing more Schools

It's time for the people of those States to run those Govs out of office because all of those govs have health care,warm beds and food.

Michelle   March 20th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Shocking Sarah actually said this? Complete sentences, big words and no also too's I don't buy it . Anyway it was a joke with no ill intent I watched Jay's show the President was very funny and down to earth. Leave it to the GOP=Gloomy Old Party to cling onto every word and pounce on anything they can turn into a negative.

Jennifer   March 21st, 2009 12:11 am ET

OMG! The comment was not meant to be taken literally or to heart. It was not that serious for people to make this big of a deal about it. Obama is attempting to fix what he did not break! Give the man a break!!! Give him a chance to make things right with the economy.

Anita Bonghit   March 21st, 2009 12:12 am ET

Pres Obama has proven that the only change he can bring is crudeness, lying, and Chicago Thug Politics

Mari Hurt   March 21st, 2009 12:14 am ET you think SP could bring herself to compliment someone?

In fact, why are we still interested in anything she has to say?

Danny   March 21st, 2009 12:16 am ET

The President apologized for the improper statement. I am sick and tired of people critizing...checking everyone else. Look in the mirror first!

X   March 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

sarah palin turned down stimulus funds slated for education and special needs children

Barbara Moore   March 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Sarah Palin needs to clean up her own Family and stop killing moose, so she can have a big bloody steak.

Karen   March 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

OH PLEASE!! Lay off President Obama. He is the best thing that has happen to this country in years. Give the man a chance.
I really don't think he cares what anybody thinks anyway, especially Congress.Tell them to shut up. I am sick of them and the way they are so corrupt and lie all the time. Help get the country back instead of knocking the President all the time.

William   March 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

Palin needs to take the money... and put it ALL towards teen pregnancy prevention.

Hanna   March 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

Honestly, I think Palin and everyone else who is hanging on President Obama's every word and bashing on everything that he says and does needs to find a life. Being the president is a job, is it not? Or does he need to spend 24 hours a day trying to fix everything? I really don't think it's fair that everyone thinks he needs to spend every second of every day trying to fix the things that aren't even his fault. The only reason that people are doing this is because our President is black. I think this is a little racist to be watching him for every little mistake that he makes. If he was white, people would not be reacting this way. Get off his back and let him do his job, that he IS doing.

Going back to what Palin said, I believe that she is putting down everyone out there that is not a part of the Special Olympics. Her comment, "This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world," enraged me. So the fact that I'm not mentally handicapped make me not a special or unique part of this world? And besides, is this not exactly the same type of thing that Obama said in a way? So is she allowed to talk like that and not get bad mouthed for it? I think what Obama said was kind of mean, but everyone says things like that everyday. Plus right after the show he went and apologized to the chairmen of the Special Olympics, which is something that I highly doubt any other President would ever do.

Karyne   March 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

....why are we still listening to her?

fedupwithhypocrits   March 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

After this woman ran all around the country inciting hatred and violence by calling the president a "terrorist" and disrespecting him at every turn, she has NO room to criticize the president for his unfortunate choice of words. She did more harm than his words did Thursday night, and I am fed up with CNN and every other media outlet giving this woman a platform. A reminder: McCain/Palin was rejected by 69 million plus voters. We chose Pres. Obama by 365 electoral votes and 53% popular vote. If Sarah Palin is thinking about running in 2013, she will be rejected again because women (majority voters) are not stupid. She needs to do herself and the rest of us a favor by staying out of the media and focusing on her children and the state of Alaska.

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Seanna   March 21st, 2009 3:18 am ET

Every person on this planet has tried to make a joke about themselves and ended up saying something wrong and regretting it, after realizing what they have said wasn't what was ment. I believe Obama tried to joke about himself and is now sincerely sorry for what he has said, knowing that it was a joke about himself went wrong.

Susan Peters-Zillhart, Tucson, AZ   March 21st, 2009 5:21 am ET

Regarding Obama's remarks about special Olympics:

I believe President Obama's remark about the Special Olympics on the Jay Leno Show was inappropriate because it offends certain groups of people when it comes to cultural diversity and sensitivity. However, I believe it was a "slip of the tongue" and it was not intentional to be of harm. As a Nationally Certified Counselor and Clinician, I believe people need to learn about cultural diversity and how remarks may offend others, but I also believe that we all need to remember we are human and can never be perfect in what we say. Overall, I believe President Obama is very polished and is doing a great job as president thus far.

Susan Peters-Zillhart
Tucson, Arizona and originally from Rockford, Illinois

Anthony (Tony) Kapulka   March 21st, 2009 5:47 am ET

Governor Paulin has no right to make a comment on anything anybody says her life and comments have not been that prstine either How does it go PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLAS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES

G   March 21st, 2009 7:02 am ET

How about this…Governor Palin and Other special needs parents, “please, get a grip”, the president was making fun of himself and not your child. Governor Palin I think its short sighted of you to be thinking so narrow. However, now that I think of it “champion the cause”, this notion of making it better for special needs people is a good way to drum up a nice spot light on yourself at the president’s expense.

I believe your cause is disingenuous and hurtful. In my opinion you’d do much if you focus on your own skeletons. Manage your family and the Alaskans’ business. In short do what you do best, hunt, designer clothes shop, hold meeting with the AIP. Oh, I forgot you’re a soccer mom, too. Do that! You are quite and opportunist.

Leenie of the North   March 21st, 2009 9:15 am ET

seriously; Sarah who?

the woman who presided over comments like "terrorist" and "kill the N-word"? she's one to talk and talk and talk. she pimped her own "special needs" child (her grandchild according to recent admissions by her daughter Bristol) for sympathy too. and she's rejecting stimulus $$ that would actually help ppl with special needs in her own state.

whatever. must be a slow news day.

willie   March 21st, 2009 9:20 am ET

stay home Palin..we've had enough of you..everytime she opens her mouth she puts her foot in it..tke care of your children & grandkid.

Adilla   March 21st, 2009 10:28 am ET

Hey Jerome:

A cow is meant to chew cud. Palin cannot walk and chew gum, but she can see Russia from her bedroom, that's foreign affairs experience. Anyhow, she does draw on the ignorance of the basest of thebase of society. And I am being polite.

Adilla   March 21st, 2009 10:42 am ET


Get a dictionary, look up the words you used. Let me remind youl, "crudeness, lying, and Chicago Thug Politics" you might find the definition is GOP, Sarah Palin, John McCain and I refuse to even write the name of the biggest sleezeball, who was arrested for abusing drugs, lost his job and then had to beg for it back. Use your conscience and stop looking at the man's skin. You will find that he is honest, trustworthy, faithful (unlike others he did not leave his crippled wife to have an affair with a married woman, and then divorce her to marry the married woman who also had to divorce her husband) that is crude, lying and al the nasty things you feel about Mr. Obama. You don't know the meaning of these words, or you would not use them in relation to Mr. Obama.

Get a life.

Leenie of the North   March 21st, 2009 10:45 am ET

@Judith (March 20th, 2009 10:03 pm ET)...President Obama received more acclaim than the minority conservative (Republican) Prime Minister of Parliament. the majority of Canadians are non-conservative.

Gayle   March 21st, 2009 11:05 am ET

We live in a new world where we are supposed to include people with disabilities in our society. Yet we call people with needs "special" or as Sarah put it, "unique". These folks just want to be treated the same as everyone else. I always hated the term special, maybe they just need to change their terminology to People with needs Olympics! But then what are words anyway! Get over it and move on! Obama needs to bowl with someone who has a disablity, they will no doubt put him to the test.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 21st, 2009 12:15 pm ET

Who cares what that wanna-be has to say. Like anything she says is heartfelt and genuine.

She probably just had her own baby so she could tell all her little friends... "Gee, I'm so noble, look at my special needs child, aren't I just the epitomy of a good christian?"

Let her jabberjaw. Everytime she opens her mouth she sounds like Princess Clara from Drawn Together.

sanang   March 21st, 2009 1:22 pm ET

I was thinking Palin cut funds for Special Olympics in her state, maybe she should rethink her statement criticizing Pres. Obama.

peter   March 21st, 2009 2:27 pm ET

wish she would just go away & continue cooking her "moose stew" ...

debbie   March 21st, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Does Palin even know the definition of Special Olmypics? Someone must of explained it to her. Palin is not taking half the Stimulus money she claims but clearly cares less about her people in Alaska that needs the funding. Huckabee is who the Republicans want and he is making his rounds already so Palin needs to stay in Alaska and go shopping there and leave us alone with her negativity. What ever McCain and Palin has to say is just them attacking our President because they are jealous and trying to slander him in anyway. Can you imagine the fun Tina Fey will have if Palin runs. Did anyone expect Palin to understand the President was joking, I knew she wouldn't get it!

amb   March 21st, 2009 7:50 pm ET

I have never read so much negativity from the liberal Dems about Governor Palin. Many of you couldn't hold a candle to her – she has a high approval rating in Alaska, and I believe most of the Democrats who voted for Obama are just jealous of her because she attracted hundreds of people wherever she spoke, and without the use of a teleprompter. President Obama had no business appearing on a comedy late night show and should have been fixing our economic problems which are in such a mess.

kmcgary   March 22nd, 2009 1:02 am ET

Most of your comments is what is scary. The Pres could easily feed you the kool-aid Jim Jones once gave his followers. You better take a real close look at the way America is today because your kids and grandkids will never see the freedom you have today. He may have good intentions but Congress is still the same – corrupt and full of liars and that goes straight down both party lines. The President's policies are far left not at all to the center where it should be. As far as Sara Palin goes, people are full of hate. you have persecuted her whole family which is totally uncalled for. This is not to say she is the only one that was attached – so was Hillary Clinton. You need to stop the hate mongering and open your eyes to what is really going on with your country. It didn't just start with Bush either; it has been going on for many years, it's just now it is coming to a head.

Joe Redneck   March 22nd, 2009 5:55 am ET

Gov Palin,
Please just go away

Maggie   March 22nd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

This comment from Palin just goes to show her powers of comprehension haven't improved one ioto since the campaign.

Steve   March 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I cant believe anyone is still talking about Palin, She is not at all qualified for the reaches of the positions in government she wish's to achieve!! Now shes trying to act like she can be a future president... She really should just understand that Obama is #1 and shes nothing. Plus i don't see how anyone would pay her 11 million for a book deal, maybe she can join the AIG executives with her lack of skills!! Sarah... okay McCain let your run for VP because because he wanted the female vote, It didn't work so do us all a favor and stay out of the media and just do your job for your state.

Al Falfa   March 23rd, 2009 5:48 am ET

Palin is such a hypocrit! PLAIN AND SIMPLE! Don't go casting bowling balls whyen you live in a glass bowling alley, SARAH. You could get knocked down, WASILLA KING PIN!!!

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