Sarah Palin slammed the president’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on her Facebook page this week, saying that “his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.”
The former Alaska governor referred to a Wall Street Journal report that Emanuel scolded participants in the session, calling them “f---ing retarded.”
Palin, the mother of a young son with Down syndrome, added, “Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.”
In her Facebook missive, Palin asked why the Special Olympics, National Down Syndrome Society, and other groups “condemning Rahm’s degrading scolding have been completely ignored by the White House. No comment from his boss, the president?”
For his part, the chief executive also had his own red-faced run-in with the Special Olympics. On the Jay Leno Show in March, Leno asked the president whether the White House bowling alley had been “burned and closed down,” referring to Obama’s gutter ball embarrassment during his campaign.
Obama replied, “No, no. I have been practicing. . . I bowled a 129.”
Leno assured Obama “that’s very good, Mr. President.” To which Obama retorted, “It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.”
After that aside blew up in his face, the president apologized, noting he meant no disrespect.
Rahm is following suit.
According to a report in Politico, Emanuel has acknowledged calling liberal Democrats “retarded” and apologized for the remark.
“Rahm called Tim Shriver Wednesday to apologize, and the apology was accepted,” a White House official said. Shriver is the chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.
“The White House remains committed to addressing the concerns and needs of Americans living with disabilities and recognizes that derogatory remarks demean us all,” the administration official said.
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