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Bush Would Have Been Skewered for Obama Joke

3/20/2009 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama made fun of the handicapped last night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." He was making a joke about his bad bowling skills, but here's the question: If George W. Bush had said the same thing, would people be lashing out more? If so, why?

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By the way, Kolan McConiughey, a Special Olympics competitor from Michigan, has bowled three perfect games of 300. Yes he can!

UPDATE -- The Special Olympics has released this statement.



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len    

Obama, have respect for the office for which you were elected. You are the president of the united States of America, not a prime time Celebrity. You have serious work to do. A schmoozer, we do not need..... a Leader is required. You are employed by the people of the United States of America.not Hollywood. Act accordingly.

2012 days ago
542.

len    

Joanna. Obama's "reference" made a joke , using th Special olympians....Obama may feel free to make a derogatory joke about his bowling..He is not free to "use" the Special Olympians , in a derogatory manner.which he did.

2011 days ago
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Dory    

How do I get to the Live Chat?

2011 days ago
544.

len    

Dory..............you cannot access "live".if you are dead.

2011 days ago
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RM    

I agree with Deb123 and I AM black. if he were white, he would have gotten some flack, though considerately less than W. It's still not fair and this double standard on Obama could hurt blacks in the long run.

1998 days ago
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