Friday, March 20, 2009

This is refreshing after reading the article below about Special Olympics~

Things that make you go hmmmmmm...

I wonder if Special Olympic athletes were considered as being invited to the White House BEFORE or AFTER the president made such a low blow On the Jay Leno show....hmmmmmmm

Nice Mr. Prez, nice. Too bad this statement that you made, doesn't apply to you.

"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."

-- Barack Obama, April 11, 2008


WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.
Appearing on "The Tonight Show" Thursday, the president told host Jay Leno he'd been practicing at the White House's bowling alley but wasn't happy with his score of 129. Then he remarked: "It was like the Special Olympics or something."
The audience laughed, but the White House quickly recognized the blunder. The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, is a global nonprofit organization serving 200 million individuals with intellectual disabilities.
On his way back to Washington on Air Force One, Obama called the chairman of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver, to say he was sorry - even before the taped program aired late Thursday night.
"He expressed his disappointment and he apologized in a way that was very moving. He expressed that he did not intend to humiliate this population," Shriver said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Obama, Shriver said, wants to have some Special Olympic athletes visit the White House to bowl or play basketball.
Still, Shriver said, "I think it's important to see that words hurt and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seem as humiliating or a put down to people with special needs do cause pain and they do result in stereotypes."
Shriver is the son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose endorsement early in the Democratic primaries was critical to Obama winning his party's nomination.
Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters traveling with Obama that the president's offhand remark was not meant to disparage the Special Olympics, only to poke some fun at the commander in chief's bowling skills.
"He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world," Burton said.
Despite making fun of his score, the president appears to be getting better the more he visits the White House lanes, which President Truman installed in 1947. During a campaign photo op a year ago at a bowling alley in Altoona, Pa., he rolled only a 37 in seven frames. The clip of the disastrous game was replayed on late night television shows such as Leno's - one of Obama's few campaign gaffes.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm in love

with IKEA. Oh my gosh. The fam and I went to IKEA tonight for the first time and I am thinking it was a BIG, BIG mistake. I loved it, every bit of it. I saw cute beds for the kids (not that they need them), book cases, shelves, lamps, bedding and a zillion other things that I MUST have. We were there for about 2 hours and that was just not enough time for me... the kids and Mike hurried right along from room to room, sometimes leaving me behind as I took in as much as I could. Grrrrr, I do not like to be rushed when I am doing my best not to miss anything, although I did. I will definitely be going back during the week sometime when the kids are in school and Mike is at work. I imagine I will probably get lost in there for several more hours. We did find what we had set our for. A grooooovy cabinet to put in our living room under our flat screen. Bad thing is- it is yellow. Good thing is - I can paint it black. It is the cutest thing ever and is everything I have been looking for, except for the color. Picture will follow as soon as I get it painted and planted right under the tv.