Behold the power of The One as, with but a single joke about Special Olympians, he causes The ‘Cuda to morph into Momma Grizzly:
Governor Sarah Palin responded to remarks made last night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.
“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”
(via Jim Geraghty)
I speculated earlier that the administration’s proposal to make soldiers carry their own insurance for treatment of their wounds might be a tipping point that moves public opinion against Obama and the Democrats. But they’ve since backed off from that, and I doubt more than a few will remember it (outside of military family voters) by 2010 and 2012.
Now, however, I wonder if this little incident could be the flapping butterfly wings that eventually create a storm. PBO not only crapped on Special Olympians and their families, but on one particular mother of a special needs child, a mother who also happens to be one of his possible opponents in 2012. And, as Geraghty points out, it’s not the first frat-boy put-down he’s aimed at Sarah Palin.
Could this be the incident that makes her angry and energizes her to run? I don’t know, but, with a moment of tasteless levity, President Barack Obama may just have summoned Nemesis.