Prez Trips Up With Special Olympics Gaffe

Major flak expected for Tonight Show quip on his clutzy bowling
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 2:34 AM CDT

President Obama is expected to be zinged by critics today after a quip he made about his bad bowling and the Special Olympics during the taping of yesterday's Tonight Show appearance, ABC News reports. "I scored a 129," the president said when Jay Leno asked him if the White House bowling alley was getting any use. "I know, it sounds like the Special Olympics." 

"The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics," said White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton. "He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world." (More Barack Obama stories.)

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