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Posted on | March 23, 2009 | 5 Comments
President Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno late last week to try to restore public confidence in Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, after Geithner’s royal screw-up over the AIG executive bonuses. While he was there, Barack and Leno had some playful banter about Obama’s lousy bowling skills, which Obama said was on a par with people from the Special Olympics. Indignation spread all over the internet. There were so many articles expressing outrage at Obama for making a remark that most of our children would make and find funny (not to mention many adults) that I couldn’t find an exact quote of what he’d actually said. I had to watch the video–bloggers either assumed that you already KNEW what the offensive statement was or else they were so busy expressing their own feelings about the gaffe that the thought that someone might not have been watching Leno never occurred to them. Even Sarah Palin, still running for vice president–apparently, no one has told her the election is over–weighed in on it. Thank God for YouTube.
I’m not going to post the YouTube video–if you haven’t seen it by now, you’ve probably just returned from an expedition to the source of the Amazon, and dammit, they’ve got a search engine there, find it yourself. Obama started apologizing even before the segment AIRED, as well he should: champion Special Olympic bowlers are WAY better than he is. Special Olympics bowler: I can beat the president! But although that was one great gaffe almost worthy of Joe Biden, who’s SUPPOSED to make the stupid statements in THIS administration, it wasn’t the BIGGEST gaffe of the evening. The BIG one was telling everyone how great a job Tim Geithner was doing and then NOT “accepting his resignation” the next day!
Maybe someone forgot to tell him. TIMMEH! When your boss says what a great job you’ve done after a colossal screwup–that’s a signal that you need to spend more time with your family. You’re supposed to offer him your resignation. He can decline to accept it–if he’s an idiot! Perhaps Obama didn’t make it clear enough–he couldn’t possibly think you really are doing a great job, could he? If he does, he could be facing, as Frank Rich opined in the NY Times (in an article I read after I’d already sketched my cartoon–GMTA), his Katrina moment Frank Rich: Has A ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived? “Heckuva Job, Brownie”, George Bush said while most of New Orleans was under the Mississippi. “Heckuva Job, Timmy,” Obama may as well have said. Frankly, South Park’s Timmy may be able to do a better job than Timmy Geithner. Perhaps there ought to be a Special Olympics for solving economic crises!