Special Needs Politicians

By now most of you may have heard about the gutter ball of insensitivity by President Obama when he told Jay Leno that his bowling score was representative of the Special Olympics. Now, that is an insensitive remark. And if Dubya had said it, I would have been incensed.

But let’s look at the response: President Obama immediately realized his mistake and called Timothy Shriver, chairperson of the Special Olympics, to apologize before the show aired. He didn’t wait for people to react, he didn’t pretend it didn’t happen, he didn’t deny it or say he said or meant something else, he didn’t send out winged monkeys to fling poo at anyone mentioning the faux pas.

He apologized. Words do matter and special bonus: he knows it.

Contrast that to Governor Palin of Alaska. Remember this? Here is what she said at her national debut in August 2008:

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Well that just sounds so niiiiiiiice! So very warm and fuzzy. Until one learns there’s nothing there but manipulation. I guess she’s for special needs kids IF she gets elected Vice President, not Governor of Alaska.

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is "shocked and very disappointed" that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it.

So who’s showing the love?