Andrew Sullivan Sasses Sarah Palin for Sassing Barack Obama Over His Special Olympics Joke

Today at the Daily Dish:

The woman who used a Down Syndrome infant as a campaign prop attacks a presidential joke:

“I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

Why am I not surprised? By the way, she just refused stimulus money for educating special needs children.

And if I can pile on a bit here, isn’t the mature—and dare I say, Christian—response to Obama’s gaff forgiveness? Is this how a professing Evangelical responds to a joke (by trying to maliciously tar a person’s reputation through innuendo)?

How gross is that?

WWMD? (What would Machiavelli do?)

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Andrew Sullivan Sasses Sarah Palin for Sassing Barack Obama Over His Special Olympics Joke

  1. Jax says:

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

    In addition, 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

    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.

    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:

  2. Otto says:


    Sarah Palin is more presidential cause she made a youtube about the special olympics.

    Compare his interviews to any of hers, and tell me who is more presidential.

    So he made a joke EVERYONE makes, that he shouldn’t have.

    Sarah Palin is refusing Government Money For Special Needs Children!

  3. santitafarella says:


    You are clearly trying to send out a viral Sarah Palin meme, courtesy of Fox News, and feigning being “hurt” by Obama’s joke. Your insincerity is obvious.


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