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March 20, 2009


Kate McDonald


thanks for sharing this. As someone who has a brother with special needs who has participate in Special Olympics, I was also unable to ignore the comment.

I haven't visited your blog in months and came today to read as I knew your little one had certainly arrived since I last visited here. He is ADORABLE. Love the pics from the first photoshoot. What a gem... and you are right..,God perfectly created him. Congrats to you and Erin, both. Please tell her hello for me. A book I read the first few months after cohen was born, that helped me stay light-hearted admist lots of not sleeping was "Operating Instructions" by Anne Lamott. Would love to send you guys a copy if you are interested.

Kate McDonald


i'm gonna cut the guy some slack. . its hard to be constantly and always politically correct, say just the right thing and never screw up, no matter who you are. I can't imagine the pressure he's under. everything he does or says is scrutinized and is probably never right. So glad i'm not living in a fishbowl. . still that doesn't give me licence to talk however i like either, does it? words do have power, you're right.


Our family fosters & adopts special needs children from the Texas foster care system. I was deeply offended by President Obama's statement and pray that he will allow God to change both his heart and his social skills!


For someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life's lessons.

Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think 'highly' of America again. Will this joke help?

For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the Special Olympics?

The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

Obama has just showed us that 'yes we can' destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.



He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to some organization.

During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ 'not-polished,' 'not-compassionate' and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them:


Actually, the president is not good enough to be a Special Olympics Bowler.

Derk Gates

Check out actor John C. McGinley's interview on the TV Guide Channel as he talks about the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign.


Great post, Jeremy. Thanks for the balanced, fair look at the President's offhand remark. You are right to expect better of him. (Perhaps that's why past Presidents have been wise to avoid such situations!) And I'm going to watch my words a little more carefully today--it's amazing the power the tongue has! Give my love to Erin and squeeze Liam for me!

Heidi Mittelberg

Sarah Palin's comments on Special Olympics. . . :)

Ashley Moyse

Hi Jeremy,
I appreciate your post here. First, let me congratulate you on your new baby. I know he will bring you much joy and profound happiness. Second, let me recommend a book: "Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability . . . ," by Amos Young. I think it is an excellent read, as is anything that Stanley Hauerwas and/or John Swinton on the topic of theology and disability.

Now I too often hear, and correct, the immature and ignorant speech of my students on a regular basis. My wife who is also a special educator can also empathize with the "red" you see when such ignorance and apathy are evident in common speech--all the more when heads of state and/or the educated masses use such phrases followed by after-thought apologies and patronizing invitations.

Thanks for your post, pop!

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