"It was like the Special Olympics or something." — President Barack Obama to "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on his score of 129 in bowling. A presidential spokesman said his offhand remark was not meant to disparage the Special Olympics, only to poke some fun at his bowling skills.
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The Transcript as released by the White House:
The White House
Press spokesman Bill Burton said: “The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.”
Mr Obama, he added, “thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities around the world.”