President Obama on Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Transcript

INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT

BY JAY LENO, “TONIGHT SHOW”

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Here’s What I Think of the President’s Special Olympics Crack

Over at AOL, I reported on President Obama’s crack about the Special Olympics on Leno tonight:

I just got the advance transcript, which can’t be released until the show airs, but the remark that Olbermann references is in there, pretty much exactly as he says:

Q Now, are they going to put a basketball –- I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down.

THE PRESIDENT: No, no. I have been practicing all –- (laughter.)

Q Really? Really?

THE PRESIDENT: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)

Q No, that’s very good. Yes. That’s very good, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s like – it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)

Q No, that’s very good.

THE PRESIDENT: No, listen, I’m making progress on the bowling, yes.

Bill Burton put out a walkback/apology-type thing later on.

Let me be the first to say, if this were a Republican politician, the left would be all over this like balsamic reduction on arugula.  And there’s really no excusing this kind of insensitivity.

Having said that, most people will be satisfied with an apology.  Nobody thinks he was trying to slam the disabled.

The Republicans can get some mileage out of this if they don’t overplay it, which one or more of them certainly will.  Here’s my prediction:  Somebody will grandstand about this, Keith Olbermann will dig up a montage of conservatives making “retard” jokes and slashing funding for this or that, and the whole thing will be a net loss for them.

What they would do if they were smart is accept his apology, and invite him to match a massive donation to Special Olympics.

In any case, the President needs to improve on Burton’s statement, and quickly.  I’m sure he will.

Update: I want to add that there’s a lot of tone-deafness out there on this issue.  That’s one of the reasons I think people will forgive Obama for this.  People make offhand remarks like this all the time.  That don’t make it right.  Once, Keith Olbermann used a short-bus graphic to mock John McCain on the same show where he grandstanded about donating money to the Special Olympics.  I’m sure we could all be a lot more sensitive about this.

Bill Burton Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One

PRESS GAGGLE

BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY BILL BURTON

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Just When You Thought the Bush Era Was Over: New Jersey Mulls Brazilian Waxing Ban

This is an example of government regulation run amok:gardenstate

The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is moving toward a ban on genital waxing altogether after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line.

Both women were hospitalized for infections following so-called “Brazilian” bikini waxes; one of the women has filed a lawsuit, according to Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the cosmetology board.

Oh, New Jersey, why must you make it so easy?

What I really love about this story are the constant references to “the bikini area.”  I’m gonna use that in daily life.  “You’re a real pain in my bikini area!”

One thing is for sure, if New Jersey does enact this ban, it won’t be a smooth transition.

A lot of us will be waxing nostalgic at the beach this year.

Compliance is sure to be patchy.

OK, your turn.

More of McCain’s Money Came From AIG Than Obama’s

As a percentage of the total amount of campaign funds raised, much more of John McCain’s money came from AIG than Barack Obama’s, as this chart illustrates. (Data Source: OpenSecrets.org) That’s a fact, but perhaps a misleading one. Does this mean that John McCain was in AIG’s pocket? Of course not, no more than Barack Obama is.

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