Last night the President was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He made a joke about the Special Olympics that might haunt him… as the mother of a future Special Olympian, I am mostly annoyed.
There is no lower form of humor than mocking the disabled. Not only the disabled, but kids with greater challenges than most of us have ever faced, who then spend months and years training to be able to rise above their disabilities and do great things. These kids are overcomers. So the joke was offensive, but more than that it was so, so ignorant.
I wish the President had shown more honor for the office of President and skipped the comedy circuit.
Having a child with multiple disabilities has taught me a lot. I don’t think fat jokes are funny. I don’t think midget jokes are funny. I don’t think blind jokes are funny. I especially do not think “retard” jokes are funny. I think they are all low and cowardly. So if you want to make me laugh, grow up.
In other news, I feel the need to write something more positive here. I’m trying to think… ah yes, I am going to Texas in ONE week! That is very, very exciting! So there you go.