In a moment of "unscripted" banter, President Obama commented that he bowls like the special Olympics. Now, as someone who has closely followed Barack Obama for almost three years now, the content of the quote itself does not cause suspicion. He has, on occasion, been insensitive. It's human. What is surprising though, is the piss poor grammar. "I play like the special olympics" is not only awkward phrasing, but doesn't make sense. I play like I am in the special olympics seems much more on spot for such an articulate and eloquent person.
Now, that gaffe does a number of nice things for the president as well. It assures that the Leno interview is watched by tons of people, as it is played online. It takes a fairly innocuous outing and turns it into a week to two week story. It also, and this rings of Michelle, calls attention to a racially driven cause.
It just so happens to neatly correspond with the new R-word campaign run by the same people who run the special olympics. They are taking on language itself, a very Obama thing to do, to "change the conversation" about mental handicaps.
And, finally, although a tad conspiracy theorestic in nature, the organization responsible for the r-word campaign is JPKF, or the Joseph P Kennedy Jr Foundation. A foundation, which is presided over by Barack's good friend Sen. Edward Kennedy and a Mr. Steven M. Eidelman, a good friend of Vice President Joseph Biden's from undergrad.