So I only caught part of Obama's appearance on Jay Leno last night. Witnessed the "Special Olympics" comment. All I could think of was, "He'll get some grief over that remark." And of course he has. I did not concern myself with the remark as much as I noticed it as something he said that we all might say but really shouldn't when we are on TV in front of millions of people.
Before the show even aired, Obama called the guy in charge of the Special Olympics and apologized. Apparently his apology was sincere and he did not mean to offend. What the Hell? In this day of over sensitivity, what was he thinking? Oh yeah, that's right, he is human. Bonehead remarks are part of that human condition. Instead of jumping all over him, I think we should look at his own situation as a Black and his own response to the insensitive words thrown in his direction. He blows them off.
People get stupid sometimes. Shit happens. But at least the line could have been delivered better. Obama Man better keep his day job. He ain't no comedian.
My daughter went to UNC for her Master's degree. As students often do, she became a dedicated Tar Heels fan. That her discipline was also Athletic Training, it was a no brainer. By direct relation, so did I become a fan if I knew what was good for me. I am rooting for Carolina Blue to go all the way in this annual March of Madness. I did this before I knew Obama Man also is rooting, no more like demanding that UNC prevail. Believe me when I say my daughter's influence came first.
I think back through the Presidents I have lived through. It seems that with each one, the world that grabs and swoops them up became more complicated and urgent than their predecessors. Media spotlights shine in every corner of a President's life now. No longer can even a distant relative or third grade screw up go unnoticed. We have a World with apparently more pressing needs than ever before, yet we hold the magnifying glass ever closer with each administration. And each administration strives harder to keep that magnifying lens further away.
Obama has promised more transparency. In some respects he has accomplished this. He shows his human every man side well. But I am becoming nervous that the transparency we want from him is not the transparency we will get. Maybe I am wrong and I am just getting caught up in the frenzy of "fix it now", "I want the problems to go away" instantly routine. Obama needs to settle down and focus. He is beginning to waste more time back pedaling than I am comfortable with. Admit the mistakes and move on. And ferchrisakes stop the campaigning. You won already.
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