Democrats and the “R” Word … Obama Special Olympics Comment, Retarded Term in House Health care Bill and Teaching Moments … Does Any One Ever Learn?


Well look at this “Obamanation”!

What is it with Democrats and their use of the “R” Word? Since when is the word Wtf_dude“RETARDED” acceptable and why do Democrats learn nothing from the “teachable” moments?

It is just another example that no politicians, including the White House has read the House of representatives health care bill known as Obamacare.

The term “RETARD” was used in the house bill. How unreal, unthinkable and insensitive can these people be? The House bill of Health care reform written by Democrats refers to the out dated and insensitive term, “mentally retarded”.

The proposed health-insurance bill from the House of Representatives refers to mentally disabled people as “retarded” — a term advocates, relatives and physicians find outdated and offensive.

The bill refers to: “A hospital or a nursing facility or intermediate-care facility for the mentally retarded . . .”

Has anyone read this bill that Obama wanted a forced vote on prior to the August recess? The same bill that Nancy Pelosi still insists might still have a vote on prior to the recess. It is obvious that House of Representative members have not ready pages 389 and 390.

Mentally Retarded? Are you telling me the crafters of this bill have never heard of the term, mentally disabled or better yet intellectually disabled? How out of touch are these people and why hasn’t anyone read this to point it out sooner?

UALS.—In the case of an individual
who is a full-benefit dual eligible indi
vidual and with respect to whom there
has been a determination that but for
the provision of home and community
based care (whether under section
1915, 1932, or under a waiver under
section 1115) the individual would re
quire the level of care provided in a
hospital or a nursing facility or inter
mediate care facility for the mentally
the cost of which could be re
imbursed under the State plan under
title XIX, the elimination of any bene
ficiary coinsurance described in sec
tion 1860D–2(b)(2) (for all amounts
through the total amount of expendi
tures at which benefits are available
under section 1860D–2(b)(4)).’’. [pages 389–390 of House Health care bill]

Barack Obama had previously stated that he was not familiar with a certain section of the Health care reform bill. One would think that when he was embarrassed by not even knowing the contents of the bill that he would have made him self familiar.

But then again, when a President thinks that it is funny to make a derogatory comment and thinks it is funny to laugh at “Special Olympics,” why would one think that using the term mentally retarded in the language of a bill.

Appearing on “The Tonight Show,” 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. The he rolled a gutter ball by quipping: “It was like the Special Olympics or something.”

The audience laughed, but the White House quickly recognized the blunder.

The backlash of the insensitive gaffe regarding “Special Olympics” was to give Obama a pass and say that it is a teaching moment. Funny or I should say pathetically sad that it appears that House Democrats learned nothing from that teaching moment and could not remove the “R” word and the negative stereotype by using the word “retarded” in their bill.

The Special Olympics thinks the president’s gaffe can be used as a teaching moment to remove the “r” word from our every day language and the negative stereotypes that go with it.


Sound familiar? We were just told the other day regarding another teachable moment when Barack Obama put his foot in his mouth and played the race card with the arrest of Harvard professor Gates by a white Boston police officer.

Then again, it was not to long ago that the liberal Democrat internet site,  the Huffington Post, had a post entitled … Palin will Run in ‘12 on the Retardation Platform. Once again I ask the question, how the hell did the term “retarded” get into the Democrat House health care bill? Has the far LEFT taken over the party? Also, has any politician read the bill? How does “RETARDED” make it by everyone’s eyes?


I guess we know what to expect from the Obama, Gates, Crowly “teachable” moment over a beer. Because so much was learned from Obama’s teachable Special Olympics moment. So will it be Miller Light diplomacy or Budweiser? Interesting that Obama can law off in front of the White House Press the using of the race card. So beer is supposed to change the fact how Professor Gates feels and thinks? Just another example of an Obama terrible mis-step and how it then becomes a “teachable” moment for those who were not responsible for the error in the first place. We are still waiting for what was learned in the “Special Olympics” teachable moment, let alone the playing the race card one. Who was it Obama who racially profiled the white police officer?

Teachable moments be damned, who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

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  • Comments

    15 Responses to “Democrats and the “R” Word … Obama Special Olympics Comment, Retarded Term in House Health care Bill and Teaching Moments … Does Any One Ever Learn?”

    1. buster on July 26th, 2009 8:04 pm

      The term Mentally Retarded is coming back and years from now every one will associate obama with it.

    2. St Stephen on July 26th, 2009 9:36 pm

      I happen to use the term retarded all the time. I have absolutely no use for “politically correct” terms which seem to change daily, a la Orwell’s Ministry of Information and Newspeak.

      The only politically correct term I choose to use right now is the term SAVAGE, which I described the culture and people in Arizona from Liberia who threw their 8 year old daughter out when she was gang-raped by 3 savages. To make matters worse, they want the savages freed because in their culture they did nothing wrong. It was not until 1986 that Liberia even categorized rape as a crime.

      To be politically correct, we should ship this savage culture and those who adhere to it back from whence they came.

      But I digress. No, “retard” is a perfectly fine term to me. Sorry, PC followers.
      SM: Sorry, its not a matter of being politically correct. It is a matter of being sensitive to those that are disabled. This is not like calling someone on institutional resident vs. convict. Those that have mental disabilities never asked for it. It is sad that you cannot see the difference.

      Having dealt with the mentally handicapped and been a part of Special Olympics, this is a real sore subject. It is ignorant to use the word retard or retarded, nothing more.

      And its not acceptable.

    3. Scared Monkeys on July 26th, 2009 10:12 pm

      Using the term retard and retarded is just plain wrong. I personally could care less whether any of you find it a perfectly fine term to use.

      The fact of the matter is, it is not and has nothing to do with PC. If any of you that use such a term ever worked with, trained or coached as special needs individual, you would know the difference and understand its offensiveness.

      Its not a matter of being PC, its a manner of respect and having some compassion for those that are mentally disabled.

    4. St Stephen on July 26th, 2009 10:44 pm

      #3 SM

      I will respect your opinion and sensitivity.

      I have nothing more to say on the subject as I never saw it as a perjorative. But my kind is dying out so you will not have to take offense with the innocent use of the term in the future.

    5. St Stephen on July 26th, 2009 10:57 pm

      I do need to elaborate a little more.

      When I was growing up we had those kids that needed protection from being bullied because of their mental situation. This was taught by my father. No one, I mean no one picked on them and those that tried didn’t try again.

      Yes we used the r word as a matter of fact but we also felt that duty to protect them as an obligation to what we believed in. We loved them as we were taught.

      We also used the term “deaf and dumb” which I will probably get heat for as well. We respected them too.

      Of course I will honor the board’s decorum and refrain from using the archaic but harmless terms out of respect, but I am afraid that I am too old to change what I feel is a descriptive, not insulting term.

      Thank you for explaining your feelings to the members of this board on the subject.

      And yes, there were members of our family that had the situation.

    6. Scott on July 27th, 2009 6:53 am

      Liberals are just CRUEL people PERIOD!

    7. Rusty Bridges on July 27th, 2009 8:05 am

      #6, exactly, they lack the morals that makes others honorable. The blatant pathalogical lying and hatred that spews from these utterly grotesque animals is sickening.

    8. ANewGirl on July 27th, 2009 10:32 pm

      OK—I have just one question on this—-for a board who constantly complains about the liberal left always having to be so damned “PC”—isn’t this nitpicking just a tad too much?

      I agree with St. Stephen—growing up- children/people who were special needs/handicapped/Downs Syndrome were always referred to as Mentally Retarded—with no insults inferred or implied. Just like we used to call people of dark skin color blacks—until it was beaten into our heads they should be referred to as African-Americans. You know what? PLEASE……either way it’s still the same.

      So, I’m sorry—-this post to me was a bit much.

    9. ANewGirl on July 27th, 2009 10:35 pm

      BTW & IMO, when Obama was on the late night talk show and tried to crack the “joke” about the Special Olympics—THAT was insensitive and inappropriate. Even though he was attempting to make fun of himself-he should have chosen his words much more carefully.

    10. St Stephen on July 28th, 2009 6:59 pm

      #9 ANewGirl

      Yes, totally ignorant and not a joke. It spoke volumes about his thought process.

      We absolutely did not refer to those who were mentally handicapped in a demeaning manner when growing up. We were taught better than that.

    11. Dexter on August 5th, 2009 8:59 pm

      I would like to point out the fact that you state “The proposed health-insurance bill from the House of Representatives refers to mentally disabled people as “retarded” — a term advocates, relatives and physicians find outdated and offensive.” Has anyone asked the retards?

      I bet half of you who say “retard” is not P.C. use it every day to discribe something you find stupid. Example: “That movie was retarded.” So, if you can’t use it to describe a person who actually is, then please cut it from your vocab at all times.

      Secondly, it’s all p.c. bull. People who have time to worry about being p.c. all the time, clearly don’t have enough things to worry about in their own lives.

      I think Obama’s comment was an attempt (perhaps a bad one) to aline himself with the common American. And, by the way, if you can’t use the term “retarded.” Please don’t refer to Obama as “black.” He’s African American (or whatever other p.c. bull is up for the day). And please don’t refer to people as “white.” They’re Caucasian.

      Oh, and for the record, I work wtih the retarded.

    12. Tina on September 11th, 2009 1:21 pm

      Are any of you parents? I’m the mother of a little boy diagnosed as moderately mentally retarded. And yes, it does hurt a mommas heart to hear the term used in a negative way, but if you had an overweight child and every time you tried to go out to dinner someone near was using the word fat would you not grow to dislike the word, and hurt when you saw your child hang her head and be to ashamed to finish her meal? Rather than fight the use of one word, why not promote being considerate of all humans when you speak?

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    14. some guy on February 4th, 2010 12:29 pm

      if you are retarded… you are retarded. If you’re black, you are black. People obviously can’t handle the truth.

    15. some guy on February 4th, 2010 12:31 pm

      not that any of those things should carry a negative connotation anyway. I just think people need get over using all these “politically correct” terms. I think using those is insulting. “Oh we can’t say that! Let’s say this instead! It means the same thing.”

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