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3/20/2009

Obama’s Special Olympics Remark in the L.A. Times: A Whisper at the Tail End of a Piece by a TV Critic

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:19 am



Obama’s “Special Olympics” remark is showing up in the L.A. Times . . . in a piece by a television critic:

Even in the annals of media, President Obama’s appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Thursday night isn’t likely to be remembered as a watershed moment.

And in the short run — well, a run whose distance is yet impossible to measure — it is liable to be most newsworthy for a remark made in a clumsy attempt at humor. More on that later.

Yeah. Much, much much later.

In fact, the line appears in the 14th paragraph of a 16-paragraph article.

Again, in a piece by a television critic.

This has got to be a joke. This is amazing even for this paper.

Maybe there’s another mention in another story. I can’t tell by using their crappy search engine. If there is, let me know. This is the only reference I see right now.

This is like when Jeremiah Wright said “God damn America” and the paper wrote a story about the Wright controversy without even mentioning those words.

Can you imagine the coverage that George Bush would have gotten if he had uttered a remark like Obama uttered last night?

Now, I said last night: this comment was stupid, it was in poor taste, and it showed a tin ear. But it was not OUTRAGEOUS. Clearly, Obama meant to mock himself. The fact that he mocked Special Olympics participants was not intentional — just thoughtless and idiotic. And not very articulate.

Still. Had Bush done this, it would have been on the front page.

And instead they bury it in the 14th paragraph of 16, in a piece by a television critic.

The bias is pretty clear. If you can’t see it, poke your eyeballs out and get better ones.

UPDATE: After I wrote this post, a separate story appeared that was wholly devoted to Obama’s “Tonight Show” appearance. The ‘Special Olympics” comment merited a “by the way” mention in paragraph 22 of 39. This only reinforces my conclusions.

137 Responses to “Obama’s Special Olympics Remark in the L.A. Times: A Whisper at the Tail End of a Piece by a TV Critic”

  1. Ear Leader is a scumbag, and the MFM are his water bearers.

    how much longer before the Times goes belly up like the PI?

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  2. C’mon. All those layers of fact-checking require anything that reflects poorly on President Jughead needs to be put at the end of any article, where people of average intelligence will have gotten bored and moved onto something more important.

    Dr. K (c73ad4)

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  4. I agree. the comment itself, while ill-considered, is not “outrageous” by any stretch given modern media standards.

    What IS outrageous is the appalling double standard applied to The One versus every misstep and fumbled phrase by Pres. Bush.

    Remember the long run they got out of “nookulur?”

    Steve B (5eacf6)

  5. I think it’s hilarious that obama did this and free speech is fun I just wrote a big blog about this

    http://www.thisisawebsite.info/?p=216

    mantra2 (eedb13)

  6. […] credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love […]

    Obama sans Teleprompter: not pretty | The Anchoress (a05f7c)

  7. But Obama did say “Tim Geithner, you are doing a heck of a job!

    Nuiance! Maybe Allah will come back and not be so outraged.

    Joe (17aeff)

  8. I disagree. I think a comment like that coming from the President of the US is a lot different than coming from your average Joe. I think the problem is that Obama doesn’t yet really believe he’s the president. Or he’s too stupid to step into the role. (For me, the final confirmation that this man is truly an idiot came when he read “thank you to President Obama” off a teleprompter – how it’s obvious he doesn’t even skim some speeches prior to giving them, plus he couldn’t think fast enough to stop that from coming out of his mouth when he read it off the screen? But I digress.)

    I mean, can you even imagine the Special Olympics comment coming from Palin’s mouth, or Bush’s? Certain comments just don’t pop into the heads of people with a lot of innate sensitivities toward certain groups of people (in the spirit of fair bipartisanship I will offer as an example Bush’s mock of Karla Faye Tucker, since unfortunately he doesn’t have a lot of respect for the lives of convicted murderers), much less leave their lips. Obama’s a jerk, and a stupid one at that.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  9. I diagree strongly with you. President Obama’s remark on the Special Olympics was very articulate. It was, however, adolescent and insensitive, the sort of remark you would expect from a clever high school student. But don’t bother making much about it. The Kennedys are big in the Special Olympics, so they will ensure that there is no resulting contraversy.

    Publia (724670)

  10. Obama responds to the controversy: “You know, I didn’t mess with those people’s chromosomes. This administration has inherited these genetic anomalies.”

    There are more, many more…

    Joe (17aeff)

  11. Patterico, you missed the second insulting remark about the mentally challenged made by both Leno and Obama yesterday. Leno asked about the upcoming Presidential pooch and called it a ‘waterhead’. Mr. Obama laughed and said he didn’t want a ‘waterhead tripping around the WH’, and indicated clumsiness with his fingers. “Waterhead” is a slang term for people with Down’s syndrome and a synonym for retarded.
    Now given the numbers of ‘waterheads’ in the Obama Administration, the fact that he made this comment without irony is astounding. As part of the ‘waterhead’ alert part of this program, we bring you the following breaking news:

    Remember those 25 DVDs that Mr. Obama gave as heartfelt presents to PM Brown on his state visit a few weeks ago. Some of us jokingly stated that Obama gave Brown USA region DVDs unplayable in Britain, whereas other posters gave Obama the benefit of the doubt and said even Obama and Hillary weren’t that clueless to give wrong region DVDs to PM Brown on such a special and important occasion.
    Well, the NY Post reports on p.10, on March 20, 2009 that PM Brown decided to pop one of Pres. Obama’s gift DVDs into the DVD player, when these words appeared on the screen, “WRONG REGION!” So it looks like Pres. Obama’s State Department is even more clueless than we believed. (Well after the State Department’s Russian interpreters couldn’t even translate ‘reset’ into Russian, I maybe understated our disbelief a smidgeon).

    eaglewingz08 (e40a12)

  12. Anyone catch the whole we “need more doctors and lawyers” logic to punishing the AIG guys?

    Under that theory let us start with taxing lawyers who make over $250K at 90% SO AS to get more MDs and Teachers.

    This animal believes not a wit in our Constitution, our rights or how he destroys them one by one in order to enslave us to his idea of what is “best.”

    Leftist, marxists, ideology in the packaging called Barack H. Obama.

    Jimminy'cricket (637168)

  13. […] reveals an unfortunate superfluity of a certain kind of pride and lack of another, to my mind.  I think this performance was shameful, or would be to a normal person, and I’m not outraged so much as deeply disgusted. Posted […]

    Sardonic, Without the Chops [Dan Collins] (7a2640)

  14. Obama apologizes to Special Olympics and Kennedy family Tim Shriver by saying: “You *&$#$@ up, you trusted me.”

    Joe (17aeff)

  15. When does the teleprompter throw Obama under the bus?

    Dr. K (f196bc)

  16. There is a disturbing pattern here. Patterico points out the MSM’s obvious bias and all the commenters do what i call “pileing on”. There is nothing wrong with that. What good does all this do? We vent our spleen so maybe we get rid of our frustration. But is there any good beyond that. We helplessly witnessed the MSM kill Bush and win the election for Obama. But the MSM goes on as if they are not worried about our opposition. We need to be more effective , we need what S/W engineers call a Killer App.In the meantime I thank Patterico for all of his fine work.

    Moose (dcacef)

  17. Here is the full video of Obama’s Joke:

    http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

    jax (c80c29)

  18. The newspapers are dying, not just because of the bias but the bias keeps half the potential subscribers from being concerned about it.

    This whole AIG fiasco is showing Congress at its absolute worst. The 90% tax law will not pass the Senate but it allows fools to get some TV footage to use for campaign commercials next year. We are seeing the same weakness of democracy that caused Athens to lose the Peloponnesian War. They look like a mob.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  19. This is far more appalling than Obama’s insensitive Special Olympics remark: $170 million of the $228 million that Sarah Palin is allegedly refusing includes funding for programs to help special needs students.

    Viewer (762df1)

  20. Uh, “Viewer?” Bullshit, unless you post a link.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  21. As an example of LAT bias this is minor. The Jeremiah Wright non-coverage you mentioned was far worse.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  22. Why do I suspect that there is more to that issue than what Viewer states? And why do they hate a Gov. Of Alaska so much?

    JD (cc1fc4)

  23. Actually, Viewer, given that we now see quite plainly that the Feds are more than willing to slap capricious, retroactive conditions on any “bailout” funds, the wisdom of accepting them for even ostensibly noble purposes is highly suspect.

    PCachu (e072b7)

  24. JD, it’s all about distraction.

    LOOK! SARAH PALIN!

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  25. JD – I vaguely remember some of the liberal blogs mis-reporting the hand-written cuts to proposed spending increases in the AK budget. Not that liberal blogs have a problem understanding things like numbers and budgets, but they had it all wrong. Also, Sarah Palin is evil.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  26. The outrageousness is less the thoughtless crack, than the fact this sitting president goes on light entertainment interview shows to make cracks at all…

    He seems to be struggling a good deal with the humdred days business, and if this was his way of shoring up his wonderfulness, I worry about his other miscalculations.

    SarahW (fdd722)

  27. I have brought this up in the past, but I think it is time to revisit it. You are picking on the LA Times, not for what they choose to include in their stories, but where in the piece they choose to include it. That seems awfully touchy and pretty stupid to me.

    Yawn… I mean, the first amendment is still valid, right? I know that Bush Toooooo liked to get up every morning and urinate on it, but the fact is that it is still in the constitution.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  28. I think the problem is that Obama doesn’t yet really believe he’s the president

    Hmm, nice analysis, skippy. No, he probably doesn’t believe he’s president yet… *rolls eyes*

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  29. EfP is a mental midget.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  30. Where’s David R. to tell us this is just a distraction from Rush Limbaugh, or something?

    Chris (a24890)

  31. I see Ed is making up stuff from his fantasy world again: “I know that Bush Toooooo liked to get up every morning and urinate on it, but the fact is that it is still in the constitution.”

    SPQR (72771e)

  32. Had Bush done this, it would have been on the front page.

    Had Bush done this, there wouldn’t have been an apology before the show even aired.

    Kathy Kattenburg (760e51)

  33. People like EfP don’t get that the First Amendment applies to all Americans, not just those in the media.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  34. “the first amendment is still valid” is dummerer than a sax of androos.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  35. Bush would not have done this, Kathy. How do I know this? Because he did not. Barcky, Teh One that we have been waiting for did.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  36. Kathy K – that’s because, unlike Rahm Emmanuel, Karl Rove hates him some Tards. Right?

    carlitos (efdd90)

  37. EfP – Please provide for us your evidence that Bush pissed on the Constitution every morning. This reminds me of Levi, the ‘tard of thunder, claiming that Bush wiped his ass with the Constitution.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  38. […] ITEM: That didn’t take long: President Obama apologizes for his “Special Olympics” remark on the Tonight Show last night. In the meantime, the New York Times beclowns itself (hat tip to Strategy Memo at Real Clear Politics) by saying: “In his appearance with Mr. Leno, Mr. Obama walked a tightrope between projecting good humor and projecting a presidential air.” Yeah, joking about handicapped people falls under “projecting good humor”. Oh, and the NY Times article quotes almost every Obama clip except the Special Olympics one. No selective reporting there. Philip Klein (The American Spectator) notes that CNN gave Obama a pass as well. The LA Times did cover it, but only at the very end of a long story. […]

    Black Friday | And Still I Persist (13e666)

  39. I will use small words, on sill a bull when I can, EfP. This was not abobe the fold, or below the fold. It was not in a news story. It was not in an opinion column. It was not in an editorial. It was buried in a column by a tv critic buried within the paper.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  40. Comment by JD — 3/20/2009 @ 8:18 am

    Brilliant comment! You are wayyyyy too smart for this board. I think you should graduate to Huffington or Media Matters! 😉

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  41. Sorry about the typos. I suspect that everyone except EfP will be able to wade through them.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  42. Hey, Bradley…isn’t this the fellow who couldn’t even keep track of his own comments on another thread, and said you couldn’t read for comprehension?

    Or was that another troll? Or one using another name?

    Eric Blair (61dcb2)

  43. Comment by JD — 3/20/2009 @ 8:38 am

    If you want us to understand what you are posting, I suggest you stop typing with your knuckles. Just a friendly hint.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  44. Ed, again, watch feeding trolls…

    especially those who cannot understand an analogy, a simile, or a metaphor (unless it’s spoken by the right partisan, that is)…

    or, worse, a troll who does understand the difference, but just wants to ask stupid gotcha questions, because he wants to be Sean Hannity.

    This whole thing is so funny. There are three posts on how “outraged” and terrible his remark is made from a blogger and his commenters who mocked SSI less than a month ago and called it welfare.

    So, when the President makes fun of his bowling, he’s an insensitive jerk; but when the main government subsidy to the disabled is referenced, it’s a welfare program to a bunch of ingrates and cheaters.

    Substantive policy debate, conservative style!

    timb (a83d56)

  45. One troll leaves, another troll enters.

    Sigh.

    Eric Blair (61dcb2)

  46. I do not need to go to Media Matters or HuffandBlow, EfP. I can count on you, Hackey Sack, and David R to puke out their talking points like the gospel truth.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  47. http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-nov140

    Bush vetoes bill with Special Olympics funding

    08:40 AM MST on Thursday, November 15, 2007

    BOISE – President George W. Bush vetoed a large funding bill – which included more than $8 million in funding for the 2009 Idaho Special Olympics World Winter Games.

    The president vetoed the Labor Health and Human Services bill Tuesday.

    This funding was so crucial — the Special Olympics committee in Idaho says these games might not happen without it!

    $28 million is needed for Idaho to host these games. So far $17 million has been committed, but not collected – but that included the $8 million the president vetoed.

    Nearly half of the money committed has just been taken away.

    Bush would have never made that joke! He might have ordered blind reporters to remove their sunglasses amd vetoed bills with Special Olympics funding, but….refer to himself disparagingly? No way!

    timb (a83d56)

  48. Eric – it is sad that they cannot make their “points” without being overtly dishonest.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  49. I shall bid you all farewell until the creepy little one is gone.

    JD (cc1fc4)

  50. timb – that’s a pretty stupid attack. That Bush vetoed a “large funding bill” that happened to include $8 million in funding for special olympics he’s worse than someone making fun of them?

    That’s typical of your dishonest rhetoric, timb.

    SPQR (72771e)

  51. How did O disparage himself, Timb?

    Who did he compare himself to to do that? On it’s face it’s constructive insult, and wrong, because SO athletes turn out very respectable or even superior athletic performances.

    Does it follow that spending bills for Special Olympics have any bearing on whether the athletes suck or not? No, the spending bills have to do with what the government ought to pay for with the money earned by its citizens.

    SarahW (fdd722)

  52. I shall bid you all farewell until the creepy little one is gone.

    Comment by JD — 3/20/2009 @ 8:59 am

    I’d gladly “David R” him for us, JD, but I’m afraid the little creep would actually take me up on it.

    nk (0a1ba0)

  53. Ed from PA has in the past accused other posters of making up facts about real documented events, claiming those events did not occur even though they were shown live on TV and widely reported at the time. When called out on this EfP either ignores the facts or doubles down on his mendacious twatwaffleness.

    Then Ed from PA comes by and claims that George W. Bush took a leak on the 1st Amendment every morning.

    The chutzpah of this troll breathtaking in its depth.

    Have Blue (974cdf)

  54. That’s typical of your dishonest rhetoric, timb.

    Is it typical of yours, debunker man, to ignore the post and comment thread where aid to the disabled was called welfare? Or, are moral equivalencies the only thing you argue about?

    timb (a83d56)

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  56. Barack Obama is the David Copperfield President:
    He goes to Burbank to distract attention from what the House was doing to the Constitution in DC.
    Just more Presidential Prestidigitation.

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  57. Timb, even the government includes SSI under the umbrella of welfare programs. It’s just what it is.

    SarahW (fdd722)

  58. I have brought this up in the past, but I think it is time to revisit it. You are picking on the LA Times, not for what they choose to include in their stories, but where in the piece they choose to include it. That seems awfully touchy and pretty stupid to me.

    Yawn… I mean, the first amendment is still valid, right? I know that Bush Toooooo liked to get up every morning and urinate on it, but the fact is that it is still in the constitution.

    Comment by Ed from PA — 3/20/2009 @ 8:15 am

    Oh look, something shiney!!

    Puhleze Ed from PA. Patterico said absolutely nothing about removing the Times right to put part of the story at the end. He is questioning the wisdom of doing so if the Times claims, as it often does, that it isn’t biased. That is called criticism and is a valid response to someone elses criticism.

    My family was from Pa a hundred years ago, I’m glad they came to Texas otherwise I’d have to live near an idiot. And yes Ed, that is a criticism too.

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  59. Tim evidently doesn’t know about the left wing tactic of including a motherhood item in with a ton of pork and daring the president to veto it. They know that little tiny ‘ all over the country will never forget that catastrophe and bring it up and stamp their tiny little feet whenever they see an opportunity.

    Nice work, kid. I hope you get into law school where you can use that sort of tactic all day. Sorry, Patrick.

    Bradley, here is a college journo student worthy of your attention.

    There are multiple problems with blogs.
    It is impossible to decipher whether or not a blog is being posted by legitimate writers, who have been educated in journalism, or the average Joe, who does not know how to properly write a concise, well-thought out article. Without proper editors, blogs allow themselves to be polluted by unimpressive stories and writing.

    That is just a sample of the impressive wisdom there. I see a great future for the writer with the LA Times, but he/she had better hurry and graduate while the Times is still around.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  60. Not outrageous for a president to make a joke that refers to the Special Olympics? Conservatives are typically fairer and more rational in judging comments made by liberals than liberals are in commenting on conservatives. The result is that liberals can always claim the high moral ground vis-a-vis liberals. Conservatives have this to learn: judge liberals the way liberals judge them. For liberals politics is the equivalent of war. Liberals assume that conservatives are evil to begin with and they take no prisoners when the enemy is a Republican. (They have no enemies otherwise, including in Guantanamo, not even enemy combatants.) I have lived in the belly of the beast, having once been a liberal. Now I fight liberals as if I were engaged in hand to hand combat, substituting history and facts for their emotionalism.

    mhr (24b152)

  61. Mike K.
    That piece was a joke, right? Or are there really embryonic journo-curmudgeons out there, still cursing that newfangled Internet?

    That writer must have been reading hackneyed, self-serving defenses of newspapers like this one in the LA Times.

    Or this one in the SF Chronicle.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., (e24bda)

  62. Mike K.
    The comments on that piece you linked to are hilarious:

    Sir: old time journalists that knew how to find a story did not go to Jschool to become regurgitators of press releases as they are now. They found stories by hard work and ingenuity. I’m not sure what Jschool trained reporters do today. Neither are newspaper readers. Your assumption that newspapers are superior to blogs is–well what planet are you on? Compare the superficial coverage of the Duke Lacrosse case in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times to the fact-dense and informed reporting on the DurhaminWonderland blog. Not only no contest, not even close. No one wanting in-depth coverage relies on a newspaper. (PS: You sound like a sniffy midiaeval noble bemoaning the rise of the merchant class.(

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., (e24bda)

  63. SO, the NY Times today has a TV column on the Leno appearance, where the Special Olympics thing is relegated to the 10th of 11 paragraphs. Much like the LA Times.

    DO you suppose there’s a site where all these reporters go to plan their coverage?

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  64. Edpa – Location is everything. You know that right? Have you found that complete Michael J. Fox transcript yet, Bozo?

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  65. daley…comflating edpa with Bozo is an insult to professional clowns everywhere.

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  66. You sound like a sniffy midiaeval noble

    Let’s see…re a recent discussion of interpreting words, I can’t remember if the speaker was responsible, or the listener, or both. I shall wade in regardless as a less than intrepid interpreter.

    “midiaval”…could be interpreted as a mid_evil noble. Yeah, a half-assed bad noble.

    Or, how about a media_evil noble? Even better, a journo with an nasty superiority complex.

    A midi_evil noble would have a disgusting synthesizer.

    Context? Don’t need no stinkin’ context. Words is words.

    allan (8ab42b)

  67. AD-RtR/OS: Are you referring to Limbaugh, Weiner, and Coulter in that category? Fine, fine, I will grant you that; all three of them are indeed professional clowns.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  68. No.

    I can not imaging the press reaction to George Bush saying something like that.

    I can not imagine George Bush saying something like that.

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  69. …where in the piece they decide to put it…..

    I actually had a little training in the journalism biz, both from the writing and from the type-setting, composition, printing, mailing and delivery sides.We were taught that the most important think we had to say should be first,m the second next, and so on until what we were writing was essentially filler at the bottom to fill out the budget.

    Why? Because when your piece got to the composing room, if it turned out that a paid aid only left 2 column-inches instead of the budgeted three, an inch got cut and pitched back in the pot with no correction unless the new-last line had to be reset to remove a sentence fragment.

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  70. And to think that I forgot that Obama making a tin-eared comment on national TV was about conservative radio hosts. Thanks Ed for reminding me!

    PS – regarding “Savage,” I’m sure that you think you are being witty. Questions for you – “have you ever:”

    – waxed the ol’ dolphin to a Maxim layout of Jennifer Aniston Anastassikis?
    – Said nice things about the William Jefferson Clinton Blythe administration?
    – Wished Senator Hartpence Hart hadn’t been caught on the “Monkey Business?”
    – Closer to home, discussed the manager for the first 50 years of the Philadelphia Athletics – one Cornelius McGillicuddy Connie Mack?
    – Sang along with “Philadelphia Freedom,” by Reginald Kenneth Dwight Elton John?

    Personally, I call people what they want to be called. It seems courteous to do so.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  71. Eh, I don’t think that his ancestors would appreciate his changing his name from that which offers such rich history, just so he can have a ‘cool’ radio show name. I think Weiner Nation is a much more fitting title for his program.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  72. And, Carlitos, if that were true then I assume you will not insult any commentator on this board with any play on their handle. Right? So if you are referring to emperor07 you will call her such, and not lovey/lovie? Glad we got that settled.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  73. AD-RtR/OS: Are you referring to Limbaugh, Weiner, and Coulter in that category? Fine, fine, I will grant you that; all three of them are indeed professional clowns.

    Comment by Ed from PA — 3/20/2009 @ 11:20 am

    And yet each of them has a far more intelligent and nuanced view of the world than yourself.

    Have Blue (974cdf)

  74. #25 get with the libtard lockstep program. Check the archives. Levi asserted time and again that the evilbushitler ‘wiped his ass’ with the constitution, not micturate on it. And I wonder if people who swoon for Teh One O’Dumbo/Dimbulb are like Levi’s assessment of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush- they served merely as ‘cum rags’..

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  75. Then again, neither nor his ancestors asked you, did they?

    Perhaps one day you will be right. ‘Til then, as Francis Avalone sang – keep right on dreamin’ Dreamin’ till my dreamin’ comes true ue ue ue ue ue ue ue…

    carlitos (efdd90)

  76. Ha! I would call Weiner’s view of the world anything but nuanced. I have a little game I play with his show. I will turn it on and listen until he either 1. says something blatantly incorrect or 2. Uses information to come to a very questionable conclusion. I think the most I have ever listened to his show consecutively is 9 minutes, and that was because he had a caller on his show who was even crazier than he was (calling for the independent states of America instead of the United States of America).

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  77. Comment by Ed from PA — 3/20/2009 @ 11:50 am

    Glad to see that the mentally ill are looking out for each other.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  78. Professional clowns…
    Well, Bozo was a professional clown, along with Emmett Kelly, and many others.
    You Sir, are just a disturbing pest, whilst those you bring into the discussion,
    are authors and media entertainers, but could never get a job with Ringling.
    You, though, could have had a long and fruitful career with P.T.Barnum.

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  79. You, sir, are not that clever. Calling someone a clown is sooo 1993.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  80. Ooow!
    I’ve just been devastated by the President of the Sophomore Class.
    Thank You, Sir! May I have another?

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  81. Ed’s engaging in a distraction. He tries to make every thread about Limbaugh or Savage.

    Steverino (69d941)

  82. No, I think that he tries to make every thread about himself.
    His narcissism is only exceeded by that of his idol at 1600 PA Ave (how’s that Jergens supply holding out?).

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  83. It’s like only African-Americans saying the “N-word”

    For the administration that defines the stereotype for the phrase ..
    Hire the handicapped .. they’re fun to watch
    .. this remark on the Special Olympics means nothing.

    Neo (cba5df)

  84. No Ed I didn’t say Savage was intelligent or nuanced, I said he was far more intelligent and nuanced than you.

    By the way have you found the footage of McCain chastizing Bill Cunningham yet?

    And have you found any record of Obama chastizing a Democrat for their low class put downs of Bush, McCain or Palin?

    Have Blue (974cdf)

  85. EfP is presuming to speak for somebody else’s ancestors?

    His obsession with pointing out Jooooooooooos is kind of creepy. EfP, why do you hate the Joooooooos?

    JD (c3a7b7)

  86. Ed’s making up stuff out of whole cloth but deigns to criticize someone else’s “view of the world” … hey, at least they are looking at the same world as the rest of us except Ed.

    SPQR (72771e)

  87. You can always tell how little a Leftist wants to discuss a topic based on how hard they try to distract from the actual topic. Also, you can always tell when Barcky is floundering, as the trolls increase in number and volume.

    JD (220a1a)

  88. Allah, Give Palin a pass. I mean if you have had to go through six months of Andrew Sullivan obessing over your ueterus and “Trig trutherism” for blatently partisan purposes to help Obama get elected, you might be a bit sensitive too.

    Joe (dcebbd)

  89. I am of Jewish ancestry, JD. Why do you hate everybody who isnt a crazy, wacked out, wingnut?

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  90. I do not hate you, EfP. I pity you.

    Why are you so obsessed with Savage’s birth name?

    JD (220a1a)

  91. When one is unable to cope with, or comprehend, the difficult problems that they face,
    they tend to focus on the mundane;
    which enables them to project (at least internally) a sense of superiority over those they deal with.

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  92. I have a little game I play with his show. I will turn it on and listen until I

    Choose one of the following:

    a) wax the knob
    b) box the clown
    c) bop the bishop
    d) grip the guppy
    e) play pocket pool
    f) all of the above

    Dmac (49b16c)

  93. I thought it was either
    1. Wax the weasel, or
    2. Choke the chicken

    JD (220a1a)

  94. If you guys were a little better on interpersonal relationships, you might be able to step up to “hide the salami”.

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  95. I like “choking the squirrel”. — Sam Peckingpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid”.

    nk (814cbe)

  96. Let the record show, I had ‘wax the dolphin’ at post 68.

    carlitos (efdd90)

  97. Kevin Murphy #60:

    Do you suppose there’s a site where all these reporters go to plan their coverage?

    How about JournoList?

    Anon (eb4fed)

  98. In EfP’s case, jerkin’ the gherkin or polishing the thimble might be more size appropriate.

    JD (220a1a)

  99. …but many of us heard what our President said about Special Olympics/Olympians, didn’t we? We ferreted our way to it. And we are concerned, aren’t we? See, we are still alive.

    Sylvia in SC (546e4c)

  100. Funny how you all sound like the Democrats did when W. was President. It takes a lot of energy to complain and hate. Why do people do it so much? What do we fear?

    Adrianna (47d6e0)

  101. Who’s we, kimosabe?

    carlitos (efdd90)

  102. Well, the NY Post reports on p.10, on March 20, 2009 that PM Brown decided to pop one of Pres. Obama’s gift DVDs into the DVD player, when these words appeared on the screen, “WRONG REGION!” Comment by eaglewingz08

    Oh, sheesh. I actually thought the speculation that Obama’s gift, already shoddy enough to begin with, was not technically appropriate for someone residing in Britain was perhaps incorrect or too skeptical. However, I keep forgetting that when it comes to the “Goddamn-America” joker in the White House, no amount of skepticism or cynicism is too much.

    Mark (411533)

  103. Comment by Dmac — 3/20/2009 @ 4:46 pm

    That comment did nothing but showcase your lack of intelligence and creativity. None of those euphemisms were even close to mildly amusing.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  104. In EfP’s case, jerkin’ the gherkin or polishing the thimble might be more size appropriate.

    Comment by JD — 3/20/2009 @ 6:14 pm

    Sounds to me like you’re taking an unhealthy interest in my private parts, JD. I would appreciate if you didn’t exercise your deviance as the entire topic of a thread.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  105. Me thinks he doth protesteth too much.
    That arrow must have struck the Bull.

    AD - RtR/OS (5fb16f)

  106. the “joke” was scripted? not a tin ear. complete indifference and insensitivity. but he’s really a good guy.

    chas (53215d)

  107. well not sure how links work nowadays on your site so here’s the link i tried to put in #106

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/obama-townhall.html

    chas (53215d)

  108. I think that this Special Olympian, who has a few 300 games to his credit, has the right attitude: I’ll teach Obama how to bowl.

    kaf (8b76d0)

  109. One of the things that bothers me about the comment is the thoughtless nastiness about it. I had an aunt who was a wonderful human being and in special care because of being what we used to call “retarded”. My kids were aware of her warm, loving nature despite her limitations. My sons were coaches in high school for special olympics athletes. I can honestly say that nobody in my house has ever made a joke about special needs people. I am appalled that Obama thought, on any level,it was ok to make that kind of joke.

    Roberta (646bc8)

  110. Me thinks he doth protesteth too much.

    Yep – bullseye.

    Dmac (49b16c)

  111. 100 adrianna ..some of us with enquiring minds want to know why you married that Huffington dude knowing he was on the other team? Do you really enjoy just fellating O’Dumbo figuratively or do you add to the feeling by using BOB as you fantasize (BOB= battery-operated buddy)? How come all you Obots and Obamacons want not only the media kissing his ass covering for him, but also insist on a double standard vis a vis dem assclowns (Carter, Lurch, Breckgirl, Bubba Clinton, Sharpton, Raines, Gorelick, algore, stuart smiley, et al)? Funny how you fools still follow Bush II around and publish new Bushisms, but won’t recognize what a corksucker/idiot bastard’s son that O is.
    Btw, your accent sucks. Can’t escape you cretins, even have to cope with janeanne garofolo on 24. And I love your own hypocrisy using private jets to fly around the world touting AGW. Pity you didn’t win that Ca. Governor’s race. The world needs more incompetent leaders of the female variety.

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  112. 110 (and others): You know, for supposed ‘conservatives’, you people sure do have an unhealthy relationship with sex and sexual innuendo. I mean, aren’t you supposed to keep this stuff in your own bedrooms, with your own spouses?

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  113. Ed from PA is reciting all the familiar memes of a certain “journalist” troll who just coincidentally hasn’t been present these last few days.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  114. 111…must not have gotten the memo back in the 70’s: If it feels good, do it!
    Don’t be ashamed, revel in it, baby!

    AD - RtR/OS (6252e2)

  115. So you’re saying that we should all take an interest in the size of each other’s baby-making parts, Bradley? Please explain what you mean by this?

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  116. Ed needs to call Sue Johanson and work out his problems.

    AD - RtR/OS (6252e2)

  117. My problems? What problems? Is not wanting to talk about masturbation and penis size really a ‘problem’?

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  118. Bradley, I sense sock lint. Don’t you?

    Eric Blair (61dcb2)

  119. It’s just trollish another distraction from the tin-eared, oafish comment of TOTUS.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  120. Actually, Bradley, you give such posters too much credit. It’s just about the fighting. OUTLAW!

    Eric Blair (61dcb2)

  121. It isn’t really about fighting. It is about questioning hypocrisy. I want to know how far you’re allowed to take it in the conservative cause. I mean, we all know you’re hyper sensitive to it when it comes to those to the left of you, but you don’t seem to be too upset about it coming from your own mouths.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  122. So Ed from PA is questioning hypocrisy. Isn’t it funny that he only sees hypocrisy on the right, and never on the left? That’s the same old double-standard politics.

    One could call that . . . hypocritical.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  123. Bradley…
    You’re being….judgemental!

    AD - RtR/OS (6252e2)

  124. If that is so, Bradley, then you are the mirror image of me. I have no doubt that there politicians of all parties can be hypocritical, but the posts on wingnut sites like these are extremely myopic.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  125. Yes, I always attack the left and never criticize the right, as long-time readers of this blog know very well.

    Congratulations on your keen perception.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  126. :-)

    Thanks, Bradley. I am glad you are starting to see it my way.

    Ed from PA (c313be)

  127. Ed from PA,
    You’ve been more helpful than you know. :-)

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  128. Ed, does that mean you’re a wingnut ? After all, you’ve been hanging around this site.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  129. And….

    The troll has hijacked the thread yet again!

    I’ve written this before, but trolls never take the advice: start your own blog, or ask Patterico to let you post a “compare and contrast” essay on bipartisan hypocrisy.

    It’s so much easier to fight and snark around, though. Maynard G. Krebs said it all.

    Eric Blair (85cf0b)

  130. I used to think Sarah Palin was sooooooo cool and wonderful, as longtime readers of this blog will remember. Now I know she’s vulgar and trailer-trash, as opposed to our cooooool and sophisticated, the elegant, the weightless, Barack Obama.

    PALIN: Now thanks to Special Olympics, we know for certain that Trig is going to have every opportunity to enjoy sports and competition that all of our other children have. I know I don’t have to worry that he’s going to be on the sidelines, when he wants to be in the game. You know what the difference is between a hockey mom and a Special Olympics hockey mom? Nothing. For our family and for millions of other families with special, special children, Special Olympics gives us confidence and excitement for his future, and we’ve got big plans for this little guy — and we can’t wait.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  131. All politics aside, doesn’t this particular situation make you proud of our friends who thought all the Sarah Palin photoshops and jokes were funny?

    But Republicans all lack empathy and don’t care about the disadvantaged. And GW Bush wasn’t all smooth and erudite, either. Funny. If I didn’t know better, I would think that people were just projecting their politics onto the current POTUS.

    Eric Blair (85cf0b)

  132. Class will out!

    AD - RtR/OS (6252e2)

  133. EB,
    But Palin’s vulgar! That accent! She kept the baby (which wasn’t really hers). She’s a nutball Christianist, an American Taliban! Practically as bad as Bin Laden! (Oh, wait, Bin Laden was just misunderstood, Palin is eeeeevil!).

    All of those Photoshop jobs and jokes were done by leftists who care and that makes it okay!

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  134. If that is so, Bradley, then you are the mirror image of me.

    Oh, no – now Eddy’s coming on to Bradley. Trust me on this one, Eddy, he’s definitely not your type. He walks upright and can both talk and chew gum at the same time.

    Dmac (49b16c)

  135. Thanks Dmac! Check’s in the mail . . .

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  136. I also like how Maria Shriver twisted herself into a pretzel to criticize mainly that the audience laughed, not that The One made the joke. The left are insincere to the max.

    Again, if Bush had said this…but you know the rest.

    Patricia (2183bb)

  137. Here’s a funny I think Patterico would enjoy on dog trainers:

    Biden teased the press a bit too, saying, “I understand these are dark days for the newspaper business, but I hate it when people say that newspapers are obsolete. That’s totally untrue. I know from firsthand experience. I recently got a puppy, and you can’t housebreak a puppy on the Internet.”

    Patricia (2183bb)


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